Dish towel gift wrap is an excellent idea for new homeowners. With a wide range of sizes, colors and patterns to choose from, towels are ideal for keeping more practical presents stylishly concealed until they're opened. In addition to what's inside, the towel itself also becomes part of the gift.
As you prepare to serve guests buffet-style this season, consider creative ways to put practical items such as napkins or dishtowels on display. To add color and pattern to this serving area, a cake stand topped with bundled rolls of cloth napkins adds seasonal flair and also serves as a conversation piece, striking up conversation among guests.
Clean, white cabinetry gets a visual upgrade from this kitchen's European-style Big Chill appliances. The bottom cabinets were original to the home; designers kept them to cut down on renovation costs.
This beautiful kitchen was created by removing walls and opening up the room to an adjacent dining area. A coffered ceiling contrasts oak panels with white beams, the white matching the crispness of the countertops.
A set of brightly colored hand towels can perk up the kitchen for mere pennies. And you aren’t limited to the oven door handle: hang interesting linens (aprons and oven mitts, too) from hooks or pegs on a floating wall shelf or line a wooden bowl on the countertop to add punch. Shown are waffle-weave Salsa dish cloths and towels from Crate & Barrel.
The red-striped pillow on this kitchen banquette was made from an antique French flour sack, but you can create a similar look using vintage dish towels, says author Susan Sully. For a weekend craft, make no-sew accent pillows with the dish towels or another fabric of your choosing to add color to your kitchen.
The wild patterns in this amazing bathroom shouldn't go together, but they do (brilliantly!) thanks to a similar color palette and the small-scale size of the sconce's stripes, dish towel's beading and the mosaic tile floor.
Stash dishwashing supplies out of sight. This narrow pull-out provides sink-adjacent storage for dish soap, scrub brushes and hand towels. Plus, a towel rack allows the dish towel to dry after use. Photo courtesy of Dura Supreme Cabinetry
The crisp white-and-gray decor of this galley kitchen allows lots of room for bright pops of color in the accessories, like the yellow tea kettle and turquoise dish towel. The gray tile backsplash is both efficient and sophisticated.
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.
Behind its sleek, glossy façade, this kitchen island conceals tons of hidden storage. Multiple pull-outs offer spots to store dish towels, trash cans and more. Book-matched slabs of exotic granite were used to create a seamless-looking waterfall countertop.
Once you’ve laid the foundation, create a festive place setting. Jenny’s seven-layer place setting formula works for “any occasion this summer,” she says.
To recreate her seven-layer place setting, start with one or two chargers as anchors. Then layer in a large hobnail plate with a melamine or ceramic plate on top. Then Jenny suggests layering in a seasonal dish towel in place of a napkin. “I consistently use dish towels as napkins…layering [them] in between dishware so it drapes off the center of the setting,” she explains. Finally, add a coordinating salad plate and a small dish, bowl or bread plate and a name card or seasonal accessory.
Take your kitchen project up a notch by building an island out of crates that fits your storage and space needs just right. This DIY plan, from Mindi Carwin at My Love 2 Create, combines small and large crates, along with vegetable bins, from Crates & Pallet to create a kitchen island with multiple sides of pantry storage, as well as room for a cutting board, hanging dish towels and organizing cookbooks.