With record-breaking mid-summer heat hitting SoCal, it's hardly time to think about cooking in 'la cucina. Soupe à l'Oignon, tian de Poivrons etd'aubergines aux anchois or simple veal shank hardly sounds appetizing when Hollywood hits 100-degrees.
The new Pottery Barn early fall catalog arrived this week, full of new, upscale kitchen looks-- which of course got us thinking about cooking when the weather cools down. What's most striking are the new organizing accessories for the kitchen. If you're an enterprising Julia Child, you've got to see the new gear for storing your stuff:
Candy-Store Chic. Store your Splenda, flour, rice, beans and irish oatmeal in these cool Glass Canisters with Rack. Cool use of vertical space even though they sit directly on the counter.
Get Twisted with the Paloma Basket Collection. Old-world ambiance in a twisted wire bring an antique touch to the kitchen. The baskets and shelving sit high above the counter, flush against the wall (again) taking advantage of the vertical space.
More Paloma-- again-- love the wall baskets. Trosko's tip? If you're a visual learner, use the 3 tier basket everything and often-- you'll be more apt to eat your veggies if they're in your face and not in the fridge.
Utility Shelf with Glass Cups. Great for the kitchen desk, stores sissors, pencils and pens. Try it for pastry brushes, chopsticks, spatulas and measuring spoons if you sit it next to the sink.
Gallery ledge with spice jars. Keep your MSG safe and sound with a nice ledge so the jars won't fall off in the next Quake (no promises though). We like how you can toss the glasses in the dishwasher if they get dirty.
Stainless steel backslash and shelving collection. Pamper your pots and maximize your workspace by using S-hooks for hanging. The backsplash makes for a clean, durable workspace for those homemade red-sauce spills. We wonder how expensive the backsplash would be for an entire kitchen, but for a guest house, or high-rise small condo, this would rise-and-shine.
Wayne Modular Wall System. Hang the slotted backboards, then add a ledge, metal bar, pinboard and deep shelf. Reconfigure as necessary and you're in business.
Purchase all these looks through Pottery Barn.
So, we'd love to hear your comments. Do you think Pottery Barn is getting more and more in touch with typical needs of an American home?