Hello! Here are some easy kitchen counter styling ideas that include damage-free mounting of art to your backsplash and what to put on your island. There is also an outfit of the week for Paris in Winter (we are going in a few weeks), a good read, an app that helps you find things using a photo, and the darling baby shower that I attended last weekend.
It’s time for our Five Faves with Annie and Cindy!
1. Easy Kitchen Counter Styling
Keep your counters clutter-free but with useful items like fruit, vegetable, oils, and utensils. And perhaps a plant or two.
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I like to hang small art on a backsplash to add some color but still be able to clean the counter. I have great luck finding small paintings on eBay. Search by subject matter like Seascape and size. Sometimes, they need framing, and sometimes not.
Enter Command Strip Velcro tabs for damage-free hanging.
Kitchen Island Styling
Start with a large tray, breadboard, or platter and arrange on top of it in elements of three. This tray is from Serena and Lily and EVERY thing is 20% off right now.
You can change the elements on the tray or breadboard as often as you like.
Accessorizing the Area By The Range
Did you ever notice that usually, only the wooden utensils are on display in photos (our metal and plastic ones are in the drawer below)? I try to disguise the outlets a bit but still leave them accessible.
Counter Charging Station With Stand For Reading Recipes
Howard gave me this handy charging station for Christmas. He thought I would keep it by my bedside, but it’s great for reading recipes (and now I know where my phone is downstairs 🙂
2. Photo Search App For Price Comparing With Google
Recently, I took a photo of two natural wood nesting tables in a home decor store. The price for both of them in the store was $425.
I could source it for less but I like the idea of supporting a small business and actually seeing the wood grain variation in person. It is a fun tool to use though. Have you tried it?
3. “Good Night Moon” Baby Shower
My friend, Joy and her daughter, Ana gave a sweet baby shower for their daughter/sister-in-law last Sunday. It was based on the “papa to be’s” favorite book as a child “Good Night Moon.”
We had a delicious brunch and a little craft of decoupaging wooden blocks to decorate the baby’s nursery. Fun!
4. What To Read
This was a feel-good book: Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel by Shelby Van Pelt
“For fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty, and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow’s unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus.”
5. Paris Daytime Winter Outfit – What To Pack
Layers and walking shoes!
cashmere scarf • sunglasses • black straight jeans • classic wool coat with Thinsulate lining (I waited for this to go on sale. Size up since it’s fitted) • beanie (packable)• Rothy’s durable tote (it’s washable) • On Cloud 9 sneakers slip-ons (great for airports) • cashmere crewneck • thin turtleneck for layering
If you are new here, each Sunday I share my top five favorite things along with my friends, Cindy and Annie. It’s like our weekly “catch-up” phone call. If you would like to receive this series every week, please sign up HERE.
Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: