Like most rooms, a beautiful kitchen lies in the details. You can have custom cabinets, surplus counter space, two Viking ovens, and a SubZero double-wide. But if you don't accessorize, if you don't have the right utensils, it might as well be on the showroom floor at Home Depot. Martha Stewart is one cook who has mastered this concept. Her kitchens - both on the show and in her homes - are drop-dead gorgeous. Many of these featured in today's post are from her homes, show, and website.
The photos above and below are of the same view. But below, you can see some of the hidden gems that are useful to have in the kitchen but eyesores to the overall decor.
This espresso station is actually made up for the various colors that go into making our favorite caffeinated beverages. Genius and delicious.
Cool blue hues.
So why a post on kitchen accessories? Yesterday I saw this video posted on West Elm's Facebook wall and had to share it with all of you. Meet the man who started the kitchen craze in America: Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma. The video is chalk-full of historical details about the man and his legacy so I urge you to watch. It begins with Williams' inspirational trip to Paris - everyone needs to go at least once - where he discovered the oh-so-beautiful French copper cookware, which at the time, was not available anywhere in the U.S. So what did he do? Brought it back to sell to the masses. The rest you could say is history. aka a billion-dollar corporation and a slew of fabulous stores we all know and love... including Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and West Elm.
...and before I sign off today, here's my wish list of Williams-Sonoma items:
Mauviel Copper Cookware
The pots that started it all. And the most gorgeous collection of cookware I've ever seen.
My mom actually has a set of these and they really make the food that is in them look more beautiful. They're a magnificent way to display fresh fruit come summertime.
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Buttercup Yellow
Mainly because of the color. This is one of the only kitchen electronics I wouldn't mind leaving out on the counter.
Gotta love the bubble.
White dishware is classic. The beading trim gives it that something extra.
Because knives are important. Or so I hear.
"The mortar and pestle carved from volcanic rock is among the world's oldest kitchen tools. Today, you'll find a mortar and pestle handy for blending guacamole..." Volcanic rock. World's oldest. Guacamole. How could you not want this?
Essential for Mise en Place - "Everything in place." I don't know. I see it on the Food Network.
I'm guessing every item in this book is creamy, cheesy, and delicious. I'll take it.
because a hostess can never have enough tricks up her sleeve
So. What would you get if you could have anything from the wonderful world of Williams-Sonoma?