Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kitchen Accessories Really Do Make a Difference

It's that  time of year- you take all your Christmas decorations down and your house looks like it's missing something.  Know what I mean?  So I am in the mood to re-do all the kitchen accessories and create a little change in my kitchen.  When Angela, the Parisienne Farmgirl, was  here last spring, we played around with a few new ideas. I was just reviewing those photos and decided I liked the little pops of color- especially for this deary time of year. 

I love the pop of green on the neutral tiles by the range.

And the pop of a little red in the flowers on the old tray placed behind the stove is good too!

The French pastry stand on the island is fun to change with the seasons and it seems to need a spot of color right now!

Todays view from the kitchen through the stone arch into the servery.
It does seem like it needs a little color??

While not practical for the normal home cook- I do love the way this looks.
An old silver tray is gathering a collection of vinegars in antique carafes, celery vases with old horn flatware,
silver plate sherbets filled with sea salt, and an Old Paris porcelain tureen. 
Maybe I'll re- create a version of this vignette in another spot!

Close up of the pastry stand- think I need to add a little Valentine's decor today to it!

Aged mirror refrigerator- will probably do this again in my next house.
It always reflects what is going on in the kitchen and makes the small space seem bigger.

another little spot of red on the kitchen table.
I found this old silver plate decanter holder that was missing its bottles.
 It is perfect for wine, candles and flowers
on the kitchen table.

So in the next few days, I am going to re-do my kitchen accessories. Let's see what I'll come up with.
 Yes, It is that time of year again-  time to "nest" and move things around!  Stay tuned!


Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous, and I loved the idea of the silver tray in the middle of the stove. I might try that with a white round platter I have,
which would go better in my kitchen.
I have put a skinny oblong dish there
before with olive oil and vinegar or salt and pepper and it looks very nice but your idea would be a lovely change too.
That pop of red does look lovely as well. All images are lovely.
Have a great day,
Blessings, Nellie

frenchbourne said...

This is a fairy tale true of the best!

Christy said...

I copied your silver tray idea on the stove a few months how it looks! The pop of red is pretty. Still the prettiest fridge I have ever seen.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Susan!
It already looks wonderful to me. I love your mirrored refrigerator. Fantastic idea!

You always have the most elegant accessories. LOVE your style.


Sarah said...

Gorgeous kitchen! I love the special touches you've added with the accessories, especially the pastry stand.

Sopa Azul said...

Your kitchen is really incredible. All objects are chosen with great success. Congrats!!!

The enchanted home said...

What a totally gorgeous post..filled with all my favorite things! Yes love the boxwood orbs by the stove, who cares if they are not practical..they look amazing!
Ditto your gorgeous pastry stand and all the beautiful items adorning your style!!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

The prettiest refridge I have ever seen! Might have to copy it when I'm rich and famous!!

Carol said...

I really like the greenery in the white urns. Your kitchen is beautiful. Love all your ideas.

Have fun with adding all the beautiful touches.


Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Susan!
Hi Susan,

You don't have to publish this, but wanted you to know I just posted on you and your book and the giveaway for my followers!

Hope you get a lot of new followers through it.

Thanks soooo much for the second book!


M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Hello Susan .... I have just found your blog via Alison at The Polohouse. I LOVE your blog and your style! I love attention to detail and as a designer/decorator it is so lovely to find like-minded people. YOur kitchen is stunning and I have always wanted a French Patisserie stand. Also where do you find your silverware? Gorgeous. I am off to buy your book! Come visit me if you would like!
best wishes

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

P.S. I also put silverware on my stovetop! It always looks so elegant. I have a silver cloche which I sit on top of the gas tops and also a beautiful Portmeirion dish..... I also put my sea salt, olive oil, white wine vinegar in a little portmeirion dish on the top as well. It is handy for cooking and looks gorgeous!
best wishes

MarmePurl said...

Visiting from the Polohouse. So happy to be introduced to this lovely blog.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your kitchen, so beautiful. The tray on the stove is wonderful as is the pastry stand on the island. Everything looks so lovely. Hugs, Marty

Ricki Treleaven said...

Good morning! I'm visiting from Alison's blog. Your kitchen is stunning, and I know I'm going to enjoy reading your blog and getting to know you!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Oh my, so beautiful! Love all the silver, stone and all your other pretties! So happy to have found you through Alison!
(can't wait to see what you do next in the kitchen!)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What an amazing kitchen! I am visiting from The Polohouse. I am your newest follower.

Suburban prep said...

Your site is gorgeous.
I was introduced to your site via The Polohouse blog.
Both are such wonderful and charming blogs.
I am sure I will enjoy your postings as much as I look forward to reading those on the Polohouse.

Emily said...

I am sooo coveting that French pastry stand...I now must have...oh no!! :) and the hunt begins...simply lovely space matter how you slice it!

Blue Creek Home said...

Hi Susan,
I am coming over from The Polo House to see more of what Alison is tempting her readers with!!!
You had me at your header!!! My computer is a bit slow this morning but what fun to look at your header for a few minutes - Alison is right about your attention to details!
I am your newest follower and I am so glad that Alison introduced us.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Hi Susan, I am here from Alison's at The Polohouse and am SO glad she told us about you!!! What a beautiful blog! I will be your newest follower too. XO, pinky

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

What a gorgeous kitchen! I have never seen a mirrored fridge! I love the pastry holder, so beautiful too. Can't wait to see what you do now:) XO, Pinky

At the garden gate said...

I am too say hi from the polo house blog, truly some of the most beautiful pics, I have enjoyed visiting your blog , you have a timeless, opulent style that I love. If I don't win one of the books, I will be looking for it in the stores, BUT hope I win! Lyn E.

michele said...

looking forward to seeing what you choose! found you via alison's blog.


Garden, Home and Party said...

I'm so happy Alison at The Polohouse has introduced me to you. Blog land is vast and to find all of the talented bloggers would be impossible if not for referrals.

Divine Theatre said...

How are we not already best friends? I love your blog! Alison from Polohouse recommended you!
I am going to drool over your photos now.

Suzie Q said...

I absolutely love your style, the silver, just EVERYTHING! I am so happy that I already subscribe to The PoloHouse as she so very kindly shared some photos and the link. I am a fan! Where do you find such beautiful pieces? Thank you!

Anne Boykin said...

Hi Susan, I'm visiting from Polohouse and Alison says hello!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love your house....Just my style. Stopped by from the Polohouse!!! Will be a regular follower!

Betsy said...

Alison from PoloHouse shared your link and I am so happy she did. I am now a follower and hope I can add a little of your sparkle to my everyday decor and dining. My mother in law used to always use silver and cloth napkins in her table settings. Dinner was always special there. She worked a long day outside the home and still made things so pretty and pleasant.
Your post is one I have so much enjoyed reading.

A Toile Tale said...

Oh, my stars!!! How have I missed this great blog? Allison at Polohouse featured you and I can't believe I must have been blogging from under a rock! Love what you do. I'll be spending the evening with you tonight, be warned! I've already pinned your mirrored refrigerator.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Vikki said...

Oh I can tell I'm gona love reading your posts. Alison says Hi

dgmills said...

Allison at The Polohouse sent me over and I so thank her. Your blog is absolutely gorgeous. I look forward to becoming a follower and will spend many hours enjoying your blogs...

GRC.Ltd. Design said...

Thanks to Alison for another fabulous source! Love everything about your blog, and have been admiring the silver swans on the Christmas table!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a gorgeous home you have! I've enjoyed browsing your lovely blog and look forward to looking in the archives!

Allison said to tell you hello! I'm also Following!


Melanie said...

What a gift to find your blog- thanks to Allison at Polohouse!

Laurell Banner said...

Stunning kitchen. What good work space for all of the great parties you have. You know how everyone always ends up in the kitchen. Well this would be a good reason why.
All of the silver sure pops those fantastic walls you have.

kallen1105 said...

Wow... love your blog... so glad Allison at Polohouse mentioned it. Can't wait to see more

kallen1105 said... glad Allison @ Polohouse mentioned your blog. Can't wait to see more.

Sally said...

So happy to find your blog via Allison at Polohouse. Love this post and your beautiful kitchen!!

Splenderosa said...

Susan, this is lovely. I love the idea of "propping" the kitchen. I don't cook so much any longer so I can stage my kitchen too. Silver tray is beautiful and inspirational.
What a wonderful post!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

That was so fun - missing those days, these days!

Shaun Swales said...

I love the wine bottle holder a pretty yet practical kitchen / dining accessory.

Kirsty x

Julian Levi said...

Adorable kitchen... I love love love this... Thanks for sharing. I am inspired.
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