A small island with a butcher-block top grounds this cottage kitchen. The table under the window, surrounded by a built-in banquette, offers seating and more work area. Milk glass pendants, gold curtains and a brass colander add warmth to the design.
Risers and vessels are both excellent elements for adding personality or conversation-starters to your buffet. Use a combination of wooden, acrylic or metal risers paired with unique vessels such as antique strainers or copper colanders.
Make a gift basket the grad will actually use. Grab a colander and fill with kitchen basics such as pasta, a cutting board, a coffee mug, measuring spoons and dish towels. Include stationary or a notebook to jot down recipes.
A common way heirlooms are shared is from collected seed. I rub faded wheat-flowered celosia (Celosia spicata ‘Flamingo Feathers’) through a colander to clean chaff from seeds, before packaging up to give as gifts to friends and visiting children. Clean seeds can be stored indoors in a cool, dry place for months or even years.