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.
We all know someone who loves to cook (or eat what’s cooked). A basket full of practical kitchen supplies like this one by Jill Nystul will give the chef in your life fun tools to enjoy for years to come. Arrange kitchen supplies such as colorful utensils and a kitchen timer in a vibrant colander, replacing messy Easter grass with cheery dish towels. Finish it all off with faux carrots and eggs for a festive nod to the holiday.
A tall cabinet cleverly hides a deluxe coffee and tea station, including an espresso machine with plumbing (no need to venture away for water). And there's also additional storage for countertop appliances and bulkier kitchen items like colanders.
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.