Bread Boards

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?
John Merkl Photography
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!


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  1. Oh, you know I love this post! Is there anything better than a great kitchen? Or bread boards, especially these with perfect patinas.
    Happy Monday.

  2. awesome! ;DD

    new post


  3. I love the look too-so many pretty ideas of how to display them. Have a nice day.

  4. I’m a big fan of wooden bread boards and cutting boards as well. So beautiful and functional. I have a small collection hanging in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing, liz

  5. Great pics! I love wood boards. I owned a cook shop and cafe for 10 years, and I only sold wood! Nothing beats it:)

  6. Love the idea of keeping a basket full of bread boards! I have a collection of olive wood bread boards that I have hanging in my pantry. Love the dining room shot showing the various sizes displayed. Have a great Monday – Tonya

  7. gorgeous kitchens, and love the bread boards. I have a few beautiful boards displayed, and am always on the hunt for more =)

  8. They’re my favorite for adding some rustic charm, great inspiration for displaying them!

  9. Wonderful! I have one that is under the counter that would serve us so much more if it were “out”! Will do so ASAP.
    Thanks girls!

  10. Love all these images….and the bread boards.

  11. Such beautiful kitchens and I love all these bread boards! I have a couple and I’m looking for another :)

    Enjoy your day!


  12. i love em! what a splendid collection of images you have gathered.

    smiles to you.


  13. Love it! On a Monday morning you are motivating me to:

    1) Clean up my untidy kitchen
    2) Look for a vintage bread board – perfect for the cheese tray I’m preparing for a party on Saturday
    3) Revisit changing our don’t love ’em gray speckled granite counter tops to white marble!

    Have a happy week! XO

  14. Beautiful kitchens. I’ll take number one thank you!!
    Have a great week

  15. The organic touch of the wood makes any place cozy! Beautiful images!

  16. The bread boards are cool, but I notice other things, too. The islands with contrasting materials details. The stone (concrete?) countertops with the chamfered edges. Lots of open shelving which lets you bring wonderful texture and cold into the kitchen, very funky light fixture, etc…

    Perfect end of the day post.


  17. My kitchen is the nicest part of my house and it makes preparing food for my family so enjoyable. I love gorgeous kitchens…they are the heart of the home!

  18. This is a great post and I agree, give me a great cutting board any day over the plastic variety. From what I’ve read, many talented chefs agree, as well.
    I love the looks of some of the boards in you images. Love the Jane Moore kitchen in Veranda.

  19. Beautful images with those gorgeous bread boards. They have been such a trend, and still are.

  20. I am so on board(no pun intended!) I think they add character and warmth to a kitchen,all kitchens!

  21. Can you imagine I never even knew what they were until you featured it here? Thank You – that’s why I love your blog, I get a visual feast and an intellectual boost too! Have a nice week ladies!

  22. I adore bread boards and so many great examples here!They add an element from the past.

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  23. I just love all of these rustic elements, so beautiful!

  24. Beautiful images and such wonderful design ideas here. Congrats on the nomination…off to vote for you now

  25. As everyone else here, I too love the feeling of rustic in the kitchen. My breadboards/cutting boards are always on display.

  26. You made me wanna cook! (I have no idea how to!)

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