Good morning, everyone! We hope you all had a fun, relaxing weekend and are recharged and reenergized for a great week. One of the things that we find can always make our week go better is a sparkling clean, well-appointed and uber-organized kitchen. We're needing a little nudge to get the hearts of our homes in tip-top shape this Monday morning...
And we have bread boards on the brain!
Even in the most modern kitchen, a touch of the antique can be a welcome addition, adding a homey feel and lived-in quality. For the ultimate in that authentic feel -- and practicality -- a wooden bread board is essential for every well-stocked kitchen.
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If you're like us, you get sick of stashing all of your kitchen essentials every time you use them. A gorgeous wooden bread board is one of those kitchen necessities that you can use, clean and display on the counter instead of clogging that precious cabinet space.
When it comes to cutting boards, the wooden variety has gotten a bad rap. Bacteria, dull knives, blah, blah, blah. Though the words "kitchen utensil" and "family heirloom" aren't generally interchangeable, a great wooden cutting board, when well maintained, is something that can be used year after year after year. Plus, who couldn't use a little less plastic in his or her life?
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Not only do wooden bread boards look fabulous lying around the kitchen or hanging up, but they also make entertaining a breeze. Who wants to spend all that time preparing a gorgeous cheese tray just to have to move it and rearrange on another serving dish? We love the earthy quality of food served directly from a wooden board.
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And let's not forget that they are amazingly useful for those domestic goddess moments when we are inspired to actually knead our own dough... So, yes, those moments are rare. But it's good to be prepared all the same.
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A touch of wood absolutely pops against the backdrop of a crisp, white stone. We love having wooden boards of all sizes on hand for every moment, whether we're slicing a lemon for a little tea or preparing a huge batch of pizza dough.
We are adamant about every room having a little hint of dark -- preferably wood -- to ground the space. An antique bread board is the ideal way to do that and is a spectacular complement to a rich wood floor.
Bread boards simply belong in a kitchen like this. The aged stone, the reclaimed wood.... We would be immediately transported to Tuscany in this kitchen, even if we were still right here in North Carolina!
Whether you're low on storage space or looking to add texture to the kitchen, filling a basket with bread boards is such an ingenious idea!
The textures and colors in this kitchen make it feel fresh, clean, rich and well lived all at the same time. What an amazing combination!
Happy Monday, everyone. To all our friends still recovering from Sandy, we're thinking of you and wishing you and your families well!