15 Awesome Everyday Essentials for My Kitchen

When you downsize by half as we did, it means editing your belongings and even what you consider to be ‘essentials’ out of necessity. What I discovered as I went through each item in our former spacious kitchen and thought carefully about what to donate and what to pack was a lot of excess, duplicates, and clutter. 15 Awesome Everyday Essentials for My Kitchen is a roundup of what made the cut because of its value to my everyday as well as new items upon which I now rely.

White classic kitchen with Shaker cabinets, marble subway tile, Viatera quartz countertop in Minuet, farm sink, and stainless bridge faucet. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #farmsink #modernfarmhouse
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15 Awesome Everyday Essentials for My Kitchen

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1. Fireclay Apron Front Sink

A white apron front fireclay farm sink is a kitchen design ingredient I dreamed about for years. This sink truly lives up to all the hype, and I highly recommend these good looking fireclay kitchen sinks for going beyond pretty. It makes doing dishes more pleasant while also standing up to abuse and adding vintage style character to a multitude of kitchen designs.

30" x 18" Thick Wall Fireclay Single Bowl Farmhouse Kitchen Sink #farmsink #farmhousesink
Fireclay Apron Front Farm Sink: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

Here are a few helpful tips I have learned along the way. First, like any kitchen sink, be sure not to leave anything metal lying on its surface for too long. If you forget, it may be necessary to scrub rust residue with a Mr. Clean eraser and perhaps a little iron-out.

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Secondly, although a fireclay kitchen sink is heavy von heavy, if you order one to be shipped, be sure to remove it from its packaging to inspect it thoroughly as soon as it arrives. Even if you won’t be installing it until a later date, it is worth the effort to check it for imperfections. My own sink (ordered from a different maker than the one below) arrived terribly bowed and un-usable. It was necessary to have a second farm sink shipped, and this caused a slew of inconvenience to the kitchen design.

2. Bridge Style Kitchen Faucet

Bridge style kitchen faucets are a wonderful way to add traditional, good looking style to your kitchen. It was high on my must-haves since I desired a high quality, timeless, classically designed kitchen faucet to stand the test of time. The one I chose does not come cheap, but I have already lived with enough subpar kitchen faucets so I was prepared to invest in one that would go the distances.

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Here is the exact Kohler faucet I chose:

Bridge Kitchen Faucet in Vibrant Stainless Steel #bridgefaucet #parq
Bridge Kitchen Faucet: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

3. LG Viatera Quartz Counters

I did a fair amount of extensive research to arrive at a decision about quart countertops for our kitchen. I settled on a product by LG called Viatera in the color MINUET. Home Depot is one source for Viatera quartz. You can read about my preference for quartz RIGHT HERE. I deconstruct how I sifted through the myriad of options in the marketplace in this story.

Minuet quartz from Viatera on this kitchen countertop. #hellolovelystudio #minuet #quartz #countertop #kitchen
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Viatera Minuet Quartz Countertop

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Milieu magazine and rose wines from #marthastewartwineco on my Minuet quartz countertop from #viatera. #kitchen #minuet #quartz
Milieu is an essential read in my kitchen!

4. Louis Style Counter Stools

When you’re going for a European country or French farmhouse look, oval-backed Louis style counter stools, bar stools, or dining chairs may just help you snag the look. The Belgian linen upholstery is more durable and easy to live with than I can say…although if you have young children finger-painting in the kitchen, they are perhaps not the right choice!

A serene white classic kitchen with window seat and European inspired decor including #Belgianlinen and reclaimed wood table. #hellolovelystudio
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5. Polished Marble Mosaic Tile

A polished carrara marble, venatino marble, statuary white marble, or calacatta marble tile backsplash can be a more elegant alternative to plain ol’ ceramic white subway tile. There are a couple of ways to get this effect: a mosaic tile with a sheet of marble tiles (this is how we achieved the look) or individual field tiles (which takes more time but lends itself to a multitude of different tile patterns).

White classic kitchen with marble subway backsplash, Minuet quartz countertop (#Viaterausa), farm sink, and black teapot. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #modernfarmhouse
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We did the job of tiling this wall in the kitchen ourselves, utilizing 12″ sheets of mosaic polished marble tile.

Carrara Marble Subway Brick Mosaic Tile 2x4 Polished - traditional - Floor Tiles - Stone Center Online
Polished Carrara Subway Mosaic: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

Honed marble tile backsplashes are also gorgeous, and it’s a highly subjective issue. I wanted to bounce the light around as much as possible so the polished tile wall made more sense. There is no worry about scratches since I’m not cutting vegetables on the wall and very few platters are hurled at it!

My white classic kitchen with Minuet quartz countertop, polished marble subway backsplash tile, and silver mirror. #hellolovelystudio #classickitchen #Minuet #Quartz #countertop
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6. Black Cast Iron Teapot

I love those kitchen decor essentials that look beautiful but also work hard!

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Iwachu Japanese Iron Tetsubin Teapot, Gold/Black
Japanese Iron Tesubin Teapot, Gold/Black…certainly lovely indeed.

7. Turned Wood Candle Holders

Flower market sign hangs above window seat in serene space. In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart
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Still not tired of turned wood candle holders that have a rustic look and add romance to dining or just the everyday! Scrubbed, bleached, aged, limed, stripped, and natural wood candlesticks look right at home in a French farmhouse, French country elegant kitchen, laid back California dining room, and rustic rooms of all types.

Rustic Wood Candlestick Set #rusticdecor #wood #candlestick
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
A simple and serene European inspired classic kitchen with marble subway tile, Minuet quartz, and window seat. #hellolovelystudio #serene #whitekitchen #Frenchcountry
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Candle holders on the table in our former kitchen:

A peaceful message from a Navajo prayer paired with a photo of my French Country kitchen. #hellolovelystudio
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White decor in a completely renovated Chicagoland cottage with modern farmhouse style by #hellolovelystudio. White oak flooring, Belgian linen upholstery, and a white classic kitchen with Shaker style cabinetry.
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8. Functional Wood Stool

This reclaimed elm wood stool in the kitchen has been delivering all sorts of function and style for years, and I can’t imagine living without it. When you’re fun-sized like this fairy, you need the boost everyday! It adds rustic warmth and organic texture to a white on white kitchen which can read sterile all too easily.

Rustic wood stool in kitchen
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The stool also makes a smart perch for cookbooks, grocery bags, or even feet should you care to kick your feet up. This good looking stool is nearly identical.

Clipped Corners Accent Stool
Oak Accent Stool…certainly lovely indeed.

You can see below that abstract seascape paintings (the large one is by Melissa James Studio, the smaller two are by me) can also add warmth and interest to an all white kitchen.

Rustic stool with books, abstract art by Michele of Hello Lovely, and Louis barstool in kitchen.
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9. Double Duty Glass Tumblers

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When you have limited cabinet space in a smaller kitchen, it helps to have tumblers (with a super simple, clean, modern design) like these which do double duty. They work as little Spanish wine glasses, as dessert dishes, for serving yogurt, and as condiment receptacles. They can even hold votive candles!

7.5 oz. Glass Tumbler
Simple plain glass tumblers: FIND HERE

You’ll notice I worked them into a romantic tablescape from a few years back.

My romantic farmhouse tablescape with blush roses, branches, and candelight upon a distressed white #farmtable. #tablescape #hellolovelystudio
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Candlelight, blush roses, and fresh greenery on a distressed white farm table with design by Hello Lovely Studio. #farmtable #farmhouse style #shabbychic #hellolovelystudio
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10. Round Woven Placemats

Another tip for adding texture and natural warmth to a kitchen with pale decor…woven placemats like thsese.

Hello Lovely Studio's serene white breakfast dining area with linen chairs, window seat, and white roses. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #allwhite #kitchen
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Natural Fiber Round Placemat Set of 4
Woven Round Placemat Set of 4…certainly lovely indeed.
Window seat in white kitchen with dappled natural light, white roses, and European inspired decor. #hellolovelystudio #belgianlinen #windowseat
Hello Lovely Studio. 15 Awesome Everyday Essentials for My Kitchen…certainly lovely indeed. Get the look of my European country inspired white kitchen with these design and decor resources as well as inspiring photos and sources.

     11. Classic Stainless Toaster

Obviously the toaster made the cut when we were downsizing…who can live without it!?! Even though I eat less bread now, I still use it for toasting corn tortillas. And if you’re entertaining a small group, don’t forget you can toast slices of French bread in the toaster for crostini if you happen to be using your oven for other dishes or don’t want to heat up the oven!

Metal Classic 4 Slice Toaster in Brushed Stainless
Classic 4-slice Toaster in Brushed Stainless: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

This toaster is still my fav!

A long view of the living room, dining room, and kitchen in our Chicagoland home we have completely renovated ourselves. White oak flooring, Belgian linen, and Benjamin Moore "white" paint are a few favorites! #whitedecor #hellolovelystudio #whiteoak
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12. Heavy Enameled Pans

I love heavy pans that do a beautiful job and last for many years. Here are my everyday ones.

Serene white simple modern farmhouse kitchen with Minuet quartz and marble subway tile
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Cuisinart Casserole, Matte Snow White, 5.5 Qt
Cusinart White Casserole Enameled Pan…certainly lovely indeed.
Red cast iron dutch oven on cooktop with marble subway tile backsplash. #red #dutchoven #marblebacksplash
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Artisan Round Dutch Oven with Lid
Artisan Round Dutch Oven With Lid…certainly lovely indeed.

13. AMAZING Nonstick Grill Pan

Grilling is an almost every day occurrence in my kitchen, and I rely on a good quality, nonstick grill pan to deliver delicious and healthy results. It cleans up so easily, and if you avoid putting it in the dishwasher, it will serve you well for many years.

Calphalon Signature™ 12" Non-Stick Grill Pan
Round Nonstick Grill Pan: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

14. Vitamix Explorian

When you are striving to eat a healthier diet with smoothies, vegetable juicing, and protein shakes, you can reach for a blender and maybe get a fair result. Or you can invest in a Vitamix and wonder how you ever settled for less. It’s a dream. I use it for batters and marvel at the efficiency. If you missed my Gluten-free flourless chocolate cake recipe, give it a whirl (see what I did there?).

Explorian™ Series E310 Blender
Vitamix Explorian Blender: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

15. I Love Striped Dish Towels!

Crate & Barrel is still my favorite source of beautiful, quality, reasonably priced dish towels.

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Aster Stripe Dish Towels, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed.
PedroStripeFringeDishTowelSHS19
Pedro Stripe Fringe Dish Towel, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed.
MylesNeutralDishTowelsS3SHF18
Myles Neutral Dish Towels, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed.

These towels below are super inexpensive and can serve as casual cloth napkins as well as dry dishes, mop counters, and housecleaning tasks.

Blue and White Everyday Dishtowels #stripe #dishtowel
Everyday Stripe Dishtowels: FIND HERE
Swedish Wood Electric Candelabra
Evergreen Bucket
Courtney Lamp Base
Capri Blue Candle in Mercury Glass
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Faux Bois Candleholders
Grainstripe Pillow
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
Antiqued Sunburst Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Love a European Farmhouse Style Kitchen?

Joanna Gaines has designed her fair share of European country inspired kitchens, and here is a taste of how she approaches kitchen design.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. Lisa D.
    April 11, 2019 / 10:33 am

    Michelle, I just love your kitchen. It is white-on-white perfection! So peaceful, so calming…an oasis of peace.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 12, 2019 / 2:08 am

      I’m so flattered. Thank you very much and peace to you.

  2. Julie Briones
    April 22, 2019 / 1:29 am

    Great suggestions and tips, Michele. Thank you for sharing with us at Homestyle Gathering (Pinned to my Kitchen Inspiration Board!)

    • Michele
      Author
      April 22, 2019 / 9:52 am

      Thanks for reading, Julie – and for hosting this wonderful gathering. 🙂

  3. Bonnie
    May 25, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    Michelle, I always love your posts and your calm and serene rooms. I want to order the same marble tiles you used as a kitchen backsplash. However, the ones you refer to at Wayfair are much darker than yours (as shown in other people’s photos and reviews of that tile). Do you have another source for them? Thank you!

    • Michele
      Author
      May 26, 2019 / 1:02 am

      Allen & Roth polished venatino marble mosaic tile at Lowe’s. 🙂

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