Elegant Basket of Tea Towels

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Christmas Present Idea: a Silver-Plated, Large Basket for the Kitchen Counter or Hanging on a Cook’s Cart~Perfect for Tea Towels, Fruit, or Casual Flower-Arrangements
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M-J’s Elegant Pantry Update, August 2018

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Groups of identical or similar containers make this busy cook’s pantry/kitchen cupboard look less cluttered.~©M-J de MestertonElegant_Pantry_by_M-J_de_Mesterton

M-J’s Elegant Little Kitchen Island

Small Functional Kitchen-Copyright_M-J_de_Mesterton (1)A sturdy stainless steel cart with a custom-cut Melamine surface serves as a work-island in M-J’s tiny kitchen, and attached hooks hold her heavy French cast-iron pans. The smaller stainless steel cart has a butcher-block surface, together with two shelves that hold a basket of potatoes, a wooden Zeissen coffee-grinder, assorted porcelain platters and baking-dishes. ©M-J de Mesterton 2018

 

 

Tiny, Highly-Functional Kitchen

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One doesn’t need lots of space to have an elegant, organized kitchen like the one pictured here. Things just need to co-exist in coherent fashion. Large, white appliances combined with lemon yellow, orange and lime green cookware can give a unified appearance; I call the effect “harmonious clutter”. All the many tools in this kitchen are used frequently, so there really is no wasted space.
Heavy French and Danish pans are hung on stainless steel carts with practical S-hooks from the hardware store, saving the home-cook lots of kneeling and heavy-lifting at low cabinets. Ladles, spatulas, can-openers and other essential kitchen tools are hung the same way for easy access.
Cookware-Cleaning Tip: stubborn stains on cookware, sinks and fixtures can be reduced or eliminated by scrubbing them with a paste made by combining cream of tartar and a little vinegar. This acidic mixture is often more effective than an abrasive chlorine-based cleanser.

@M-J de Mesterton, May 2017

The Tiny and Highly Functional Kitchen

 

4a835-traditional_household_small_functional_kitchenOne doesn’t need lots of space to have an elegant, organized kitchen like the one pictured here. Things just need to co-exist in coherent fashion. Large, white appliances combined with lemon yellow, orange and lime green  cookware can give a unified appearance;  I call the effect “harmonious clutter”. All the many tools in this kitchen are used frequently, so there really is no wasted space.

@M-J de Mesterton, May 2017

Please Visit M-J’s Traditional Household  for tips on kitchen essentials.

Elegant Counter Lamp

To light an area on the kitchen counter where tall bottles or other cooking-tools are stored, I have used a small lamp with a wrought-iron base and a classic shade. This tiny lamp resembles those used on restaurant tables, and takes a four-watt night-light bulb.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Elegant French Curtains

Two spring rods and two accurately-measured panels with sewn pockets at the tops and bottoms make a lovely set of French curtains. This pair is constructed of a traditional utility-mesh material that lets cool air in from the window.
©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant French Curtains

Two spring rods and two accurately-measured panels with sewn pockets at the tops and bottoms make a lovely set of French curtains. This pair is constructed of a traditional utility-mesh material that lets cool air in from the window.
©M-J de Mesterton