5 Ways to Add Mad Style to Your Kitchen

_new I love a working kitchen -- one that is totally unfussy and invites the home cook to jump in and easily navigate his or her way through a recipe with tools and ingredients being readily at hand. To keep the space chic without feeling messy, I splurge on specialty items that will always look nice when left out. Read on for sources and ideas I love for keeping a food prep area looking stylishly functional.
Opt for a Classic Fruit Bowl
Like a good pair of jeans, my simple fruit bowl works well with any accessory on your countertop. I love the tonal look of Heath Ceramics' options. Large Serving Bowl, $118, Heath Ceramics
Mix and Match Vessels
Look for special canisters to keep your tools on display. I like to mix and match vintage or handmade vessels with more sleek and modern pieces. Brass Hexagon Canisters, from $60, Michele Varian
Curate an Assortment of Cutting Boards
Having options on hand is good in a pinch. Collect cutting boards in varying sizes and styles -- they'll look great leaning against the backsplash.
Baguette Cutting Boards, from $96, Max & Moritz
Create a Home Base
For seasonings and oils used on a regular basis, place a stylish catch-all near the stove for pulling items on the fly.
Kashmiri Square Trays, from $75, Jayson Home
Go Big or Go Home
A good pepper mill is just as important as your left arm so why not make a statement with yours. The bigger, the better.
17" Mario Batali Peppermill, $77, Fletcher's Mill
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