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The Spring/Summer 2011 Chilewich Tablemat Collection

oval mini basketweave placemats in gravel by chilewich

faux-bois pattern in driftwood :: chilewich placemats

Stylish placemats are ideal for a casual chic event. I look for placemats that are easy to clean like the ones made by Chilewich.  The Spring/Summer 2011 is filled with beautiful patterns.  I am partially fond of the driftwood pattern from the faux-bois series. It is superb against modern white tableware. There is also a faux birch and a faux walnut.

The Fade Print collection is available in 8 colors from stone tones (slate, brownstone, onyx) to bold hues like fuschia, aruba (turquoise), and cucumber. Just looking at the cucumber, make me dream of a summer picnic.

oval mini basketweave placemats in gravel by chilewich

The Oval Mini Basketweave tablemats will please the modernists. I love it! I like to know who made these cute pastel bowls.

chilewich's white weave napkin ring on top of kono placemat in desert

Finally, you can now get stainless steel napkin rings with an inlay made of a strip of the classic mini basketweave pattern. It’s a nice touch. The placemat is called Kono. Placemats come as a square or a rectangle and there is a matching table runner.

SOURCING:
+ Driftwood / Faux-bois tablemat $12 USD
+ Fade Print tablemat $16.50 USD
+ Oval Mini Basketweave tablemat $16 USD
+ Stainless Steel Napkin Ring $18 USD
+ Kono tablemat – square $13, rectangle $15, runner $47 USD

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Utensil-themed Dish Towels

utensil-themed dish towels

utensil-themed dish towels

I have a thing for beautiful kitchen linens. They are a small indulgence that makes you happy while you are doing the dishes. Therefore, it will comes to no surprise that the dish towels with superb utensil drawings caught my attention whenI read the February 2011 issue of Country Living.

Mason jar dish towels by ohlittlerabbit

My favorite patterns are:
+ the embroidered and appliqued knives, forks and spoons on the Flatware Frukost Dishtowel. $18 USD at Anthropologie
+ the Block Printed Organic Cotton Mason Jar Towel by etsy seller Oh Little Rabbit. $10 and $12 USD

SOURCING:
+ photos by J. Muckle / Studio D for Country Living

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Four Modern and Airy Fruit Bowls

four modern fruit bowls

four modern fruit bowls

They say that a fruit bowl with holes will preserve better your fruits. And I think that seeing what inside will tempt you more to eat them. With my pregnancy, I make sure that I eat at least two fruits every day. Some nights, I replace cookies and milk with a green apple and milk. It’s healthier and bring less calories.

I compiled a list of 4 sublime fruit bowls that would look great on your kitchen. They will also make awesome Christmas gifts.

1. You are probably familiar with the Black + Blum Fruit Loop Bowl. I like its simple sculptural design. You cannot go wrong with that one if you are looking for a fruit bowl that contains plenty in a small container.

2. The most affordable that I featured is the chrome plated wire Affix bowl. I like the fact that it is a footed bowl. And it can easily moves from a traditional kitchen to a modern style one. This one can contain way more than the Black + Blum fruit loop bowl. With a diameter of 11.75 inch, it does not take that much more counter space.

3. The Lorea Fruit Bowl is an origami shaped zebra wood fruit bowl  that won a Red Dot Design Award in 2007.

4. Who does not know the Mediterraneo bowl designed by Emma Silvestris. It made by Alessi of steel with red epoxy resin (my favorite), or you can get it in 18/10 mirror-polished stainless steel. It comes in two sizes.

SOURCING:
+ Fruit Loop Bowl by Black + Blum $42 USD at MoMA store
+ Affix bowl $38 at Chiasso
+ Lorea Fruit Bowl by Zoocreative, $82 at GSelect
+ Small red Alessi Mediterraneo Fruit Holder $78 at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Large red Alessi Mediterraneo Fruit Holder $102 at Lumens

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Colorful Kitchen Knives | Reader’s question

kuhn rikon's colored cooking knife collection

Kuhn Rikon colored knifes

A reader asked me where she could find colored cooking knifes that are similar to the ones depicted in the DIY magnetic rack project. Heather and I united our digging skills to find great options.

Inspired by the colorful knives spotted in this DIY Magnetic Knife Rack tutorial featured a few weeks ago, we were delighted to discover there’s actually a rainbow of bright options for this everyday essential.

kuhn rikon's colored cooking knife collection

We started at Williams-Sonoma – the source for the knives pictured in the tutorial. They’re made by Kuhn Rikon, the #1 Swiss brand of cooking tools, combining ergonomic design with a variety of colors, sizes and styles. And since safety comes first, most knives include a coordinating sheath for protection and storage purposes. This adorable watermelon-themed knife has us pining for sweet summer days.

Komachi and scanpan sprectrum cooking knives

These Kershaw Komachi knives are adorable, but the colored blades actually serve to eliminate cross contamination when preparing food. Stylish and smart! Danish brand Scanpan’s Spectrum utility knife is designed to work not just in the kitchen, but on the BBQ and beyond. The knife features a food-safe non-stick coating for easy clean-up.

spreading knives by Opinel

I love these charming spreaders with brightly hued handles from French-based kitchenware company Opinel. They’d be a colourful companion for tea, scones and jam. While you are there, have a look at the Essential Fifties collection.

SOURCING:
+ Kuhn Rikon
+ Kuhn Rikon watermelon knife $24.95 USD at William-Sonoma
+ Pure Komachi 2 Series 9-Piece Knife Set with Block $65.99 at Amazon.com [affiliate link] – The Kamachi knifes are also available sold individually
+ Scanpan knives
+ Spreading Knifes by Opinel Kitchenware

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The Winter’s Scarlet Dip Tableware Collection by Heath Ceramics

winter's scarlet dip collection by heath ceramics

winter's scarlet dip collection by heath ceramics

Heath Ceramics introduced a seasonal collection that mixes red with winter grey. For the bud vase trio, they played with finishes. Serving as the base for their Winter’s Scarlet Dip pattern, the trio features two glazes, ruby red and suede red; the second is a beautiful orangey red. Serving bowls, prep bowls, a dip tray and three styles of cups complete the 2010/2011 winter collection.

espresso set from winter's scarlet dip collection by heath ceramics

Imagine how nice it will look to serve real hot chocolate with the mugs on the Scarlet dip tray. My other favorite piece is the espresso set. If you wish to add of hints of reds on at your Christmas table, this is the way to go.

SOURCING:
+ Winter’s Scarlet Dip Bud Vase Set $110 USD at Heath Ceramics
+ Scarlet Espresso set $32 USD at Heath Ceramics
+ Scarlet dip tray $60 USD at Heath Ceramics
+ Stores where to buy Heath Ceramics, including one Canadian store

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Sabre Frosted Acrylic Flatware

Sabre Frosted Acrylic Flatware in bold colors

Sabre Frosted Acrylic Flatware in bold colors

Are you looking for a great option to add color to your buffet table, a dessert table or to a tea party? The colorful Sabre Frosted Acrylic Flatware will cheer up your party. I like the subtle play on old and new.

Sabre Frosted Acrylic Flatware in green and blue

With a choice of 10 colors, you will be able to find one that fits within your party palette. Festive fashionable hues include purple, lapis blue, moss, pink and orange while dark grey, caramel and pearl cover the neutral spectrum.

Sabre Frosted Acrylic Flatware in metallic tones

The Sabre Frosted Acrylic Flatware are available in 4 sizes: teaspoon, demitasse spoon, serving spoon and a salad set. I wish that they were making knifes and forks.

SOURCING:
+ Sabre Frosted Acrylic Flatware from $4 to $35 USD at Gracious Home

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Ovale Tableware by Studio Bouroullec for Alessi

ovale stoneware and stainless steel tableware collection for alessi

ovale stoneware and stainless steel tableware collection for alessi

The French design brother duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created for Alessi a new tableware collection suitable for any time of the day. Ovale definitely has rustic and traditional roots; it is visible especially through the usage of each piece. But, at the same time, the asymmetric shapes reminded me of Scandinavian tableware.

ovale tableware collection by alessi

The Ovale collection marries white stoneware with stainless steel in an exquisite way. The dishes, serving ware, covered containers and buckets are reasonably priced for designer pieces. It is scheduled to be shipped in Fall 2010.

ovale covered containers

If you live in Montreal, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco or Los Angeles, you could check out the collection at Alessi flagship stores.

SOURCING:
+ Ovale dinnerware by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi $14 to $62 USD at Unica
Ovale serving bowls, containers and ice buckets by Alessi $14 to $275
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

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Bijoux Glass Domes by Kiki van Eijk for Secondome

Bijoux glass domes by dutch designer Kiki van Eijk

Bijoux glass domes by dutch designer Kiki van Eijk

Bijoux is a new collection of glass domes created by Dutch designer Kiki van Eijk for Secondome. I like the lines of her serving pieces. They will be presented at Maison et Objet this week.

fabrica glass domes cake stands bowls and pitchers for secondome

In 2008, Fabrica made a unique glass serving ware collection for Secondome. It contains 14 mouth-blown glass pieces: cake covers, roast covers, pitchers and sculptures. The whimsical pieces cheer up any table. Rita Botelho played with wine glasses to create her glass domes. Sam Browm created Futiles, a series formed by a fruit bowl and two pitchers. Yukihiro Kaneuchi imagined the happy cake stand. I like the Martians glass domes by American designer Becka Citron.

SOURCING:
+ Bijoux by Kiki van Eijk for Secondome
+ Secondome Glass Martians Third by Becka Citron for Fabrica $552 USD at Yook
+ via Moco Loco

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Simple Ceramic Dinnerware

ceramic tableware at canvas

ceramic tableware at canvas

These tableware pieces are produced by a ceramics studio in Jersey City and sold at Canvas. I appreciate their simple lines. I usually lean towards simple dinnerware because they give me more freedom when I design my tabletops. I let the ad-hoc accessories and decorative elements create the punch.

And no one can deny that the styled pictures make the bowls and plates more desirable. Good photography sells whether you are a retailer or a blogger. Canvas is a retailer that specializes in home products created by artisans and craftsmen from the US and abroad.

My favorite pieces are:

Hand-Made Earthenware Cooking Utensil Holder in a matte white finish$56 USD
+ Earthenware Colander w/ Saucer that is unfortunately sold out
Bistroware Small Pasta Bowls in vintage white finish $18
+ Glass mini Carafe $18

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Britain Buffet Servers for an Elegant Buffet Table

britain buffet servers in pewter

britain buffet servers in pewter

Elegant buffet servers enhance the look of your table. Holders and caddies are handy to bring the plates and flatware from your kitchen to the table. The pattern of the Britain Buffet Servers is neither truly traditional nor modern. And the beauty of pewter means that this set will never go out of style. I like it to bring a formal sense to your buffet table.

britain buffet servers with glass dishes

Made of pewter, the Britain Buffet Servers are handcrafted in Italy. The baker and flatware caddies come with dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, and oven-safe glass inserts. They are available at Horchow.

SOURCING:
+ Pewter Flatware Caddy $340 USD
+ Pewter Dinner Plate Holder $240
+ Pewter Salad Plate Holder $200
+ Pewter Single Baker $230
+ Pewter Double Baker $230