10 essential kitchen items
We all need them -- spoons, spatulas, that other thing nobody really knows the actual name of -- but there's no reason why functional can't also be fun! These cheerfully coloured utsensils are a great way to organize and brighten your kitchen design at the same time. West Elm, $6.30 each.
Cool cutting board
Rinse and chop at the same time? This nifty cutting board is specially designed to perfectly fit your kitchen sink and has a pop-down strainer so you can wash your vegetables and then slice, dice or cube them at the same time! Williams Sonoma, $51.76.
Who are you baking for?
Hoo? Hoo? It is the question these darling owl-inspired measuring cups will be asking. The next time you settle in for baking cookies it'll be an even greater hoot with this set of beautiful stoneware cups that are dishwaser safe and sturdy. West Elm, $19.94.
Every kitchen needs some pretty mugs to liven up the cupboards, stylish open shelves and counter tops. These over-sized beauties are made from ceramic stoneware and can comfortably hold anything from cereal to soup to that massive cup of coffee that is so desperately needed first thing in the morning. West Elm, $8.40.
Make sure your dinner guests always have the option to indulge in the health benefits of olive oil with this sophisticated stainless steel oil-can. The slender, delicate design creates a pleasing aesthetic for any stylish tabletop and allows for easy pouring. Williams Sonoma, $96.20 - $111.01.
All too often dessert is viewed as a serious business ("Do I want all of those extra calories?") Present your next delicious pie recipe, cake or tartlette on this cheeky plate to help lighten the mood and encourage enthusiastic gobbling. CB2, $3.97.
One of the most overlooked aspects of a beautiful kitchen is seating. That's why a pair of these delightfully graphic stools are a brilliant idea to ensure that everyone has a place to sit and stay a while. CB2, $229 - $239.
Keep knives, forks and spoons properly sorted with this lovely flatware caddy. The vintage design makes it an appropriate addition to any country chic space and the pretty cast iron handles mean it can be carried around easily. Pottery Barn, $64.70.
A little bit of vino is never out of place in a kitchen (especially if you're in charge of cooking!) so keep those bottles organized with a gorgeous wall wine rack. Just hang it up, fill with your finest vintages and voila -- instant wine storage! Pottery Barn, $15.85.
Knives are very much a kitchen essential, but they don't always look the prettiest out on the counter (nor are they the safest thing to have lying around). Why not invest in a stylish knife block to match that elegant knife set instead? West Elm, $108.