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HOW TO DESIGN YOUR KITCHEN FOR SUCCESS

 

 

The best memories are always made in the kitchen. Don’t you agree?

 

 

 

Whether it is cooking a weekly dinner, baking with your little people,

 

 

or drinking a cup of latte with a friend at your kitchen table,

 

 

our kitchens are our safe havens.

 

 

 

It’s not hard to make your kitchen work hard and look beautiful all at the same time.

 

 

 

Keeping beautiful culinary antiques out in the kitchen is one way

 

 

 

 

to set your kitchen up for success.

 

 

 

Here are a few of my favorite kitchen antiques that work hard:

 

 

 

CUTTING BOARDS.

 

 

 

 

 

I have a stack of antique cutting boards on one side of my sink at the ready.

 

 

 

 

When cooking, it’s easy to grab the right size for chopping herbs, vegetables or other foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not just for chopping, give yourself extra points for usefulness if you use

 

 

 

 

 

your antique cutting boards as Charcuterie Boards when entertaining.

 

 

 

 

 

Depending on the size of the party, {which could be just one friend stopping by!} you can grab a board,

 

 

 

add cheese, nuts, fruit and some crackers, and you are ready to enjoy time together.

 

 

 

The really big ones make the perfect addition to a buffet too!

 

 

 

 

BOWLS.

 

 

Antique bowls, ironstone, or wood, not only look charming but work hard in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I come back from the little farm stand in our neighborhood,

 

 

 

I love nothing more than to place fresh picked apples in a large bowl or tureen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having our fruit out in the bowls on our farm table or on the upholster bench in the seating area

 

 

is also a great reminder that we need to eat fruit.

 

 

 

FLOWERS AND THEIR CONTAINERS.

 

 

 

A kitchen without a little green or flowers is well, missing something!

 

 

 

 

I always advise my clients to add some fresh flowers to their kitchens to

 

 

 

warm up their kitchen space.

 

 

 

 

 

A fresh flower bouquet on your table in the kitchen, or on your counter is such a friendly greeting.

 

 

 

 

I keep a variety of antique pitchers on hand for flowers, but at FrenchGardenHouse,

 

 

 

 

really any kind of container will do to hold flowers!

 

 

 

 

 

{ps. not just for flowers, pitchers are perfect storage for everything in the kitchen!}

 

 

 

 

TABLE SETTINGS.

 

 

Don’t forget to use your antique French {and English} dishes and serving pieces!

 

 

 

They’ve survived over 100 years, and love nothing more than to be used

 

 

 

while you gather people you love around your table.

 

 

 

 

English Bird Dishes >

 

 

Especially this autumn season, when we want to enjoy long dinners

 

 

 

 

with friends, setting a table with French linens and antique dishes is a joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read how to Make this pumpkin centerpiece HERE >

 

 

 

 

 

Read a few of my favorite posts about fall HERE >

 

 


SHOP FRENCH & ENGLISH CULINARY ANTIQUES >

 

WHAT KIND OF ANTIQUES DO YOU KEEP “OUT” IN YOUR KITCHEN TO USE ON THE DAILY?

 

Let me know in the comments below, so we can all pick up a few new tips.

 

à bientôt

If you want to romance your Home and Garden with antique and vintage treasures to make you smile each time you come home, visit our shop FrenchGardenHouse.

12 Responses to HOW TO DESIGN YOUR KITCHEN FOR SUCCESS

  1. Good morning, Lidy. Love this post, but then I love anything old. I have a stack of cutting boards that I use and my grandmothers’ blue crockery mixing bowls. Along, with several of her hand-embroidered dish towels. I love your English bird dishes, they are so pretty.

    Wishing you sweet September days, Lidy.

  2. I think you kitchen must be a LOT bigger than mine, Lidy! But it definitely is beautiful, all your useful AND pretty vignettes!

  3. Good morning Sandra! Stacks of cutting boards, your grandmother’s bowls and towels, that sounds so beautiful. What sweet memories you have in your kitchen. xo

  4. It’s not that big, Jeanie, but our big table is in the middle of it…that gives me lots of room for displaying “a few antiques” : )

  5. I so enjoyed this post on your fall kitchen ideas! It was so lovely and full of ideas. I also enjoyed my side excursion to how to make the pumpkin centerpiece post! Thank you for always sharing your expertise, Lidy! Have a wonderful week!

  6. I have a stack of cutting boards, including one I brought home from Lyon, France, and one chopping block I’ve grown up with. I also have a tin egg mailer container that I bought years ago. It has the wavy metal egg separators where you place the eggs to keep them from breaking, and it still has the old mailing labels from when it was last used. And I have a old small wooden coffee grinder that my mother used as a child, while sitting on the floor to grind coffee with the grinder between her legs, and it’s 100 years old now. A Victorian coffee mug that my paternal grandfather used for shaving, now I use to hold pens. And lastly, the old push button signal cabinet that was used to call your household help, it’s from a house in England, but it doesn’t work very well here! Just kidding. And I always enjoy your posts and decorating ideas. Thank you, Lidy!

  7. Liz, I love hearing about all the wonderful pieces you have in your kitchen. I am intrigued by your egg mailer! I’ve never seen one…how fun. And then your push button – wishing for you it came with household help! : )

  8. Lidy, you have given us such lovely ideas for beautifying our kitchens. You have created such beautiful vignettes! You have inspired me to look for some vintage cutting boards. Enjoy your day, sweet friend!!!

  9. Lidy! This is just lovely. Your beautiful home and decor is such a pleasure to look at! It always brightens my day to come by here to visit. Many blessings to you!

  10. Thank you so much Cheryl. I am so happy that you love visiting me here. : ) Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

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