8 Kitchen Essentials in My Simple Shaker Kitchen

8 Kitchen Essentials in My Simple Shaker Kitchen takes a closer look at those kitchenware items I rely upon day in and day out. It will illuminate for you a few things which ease daily chores, improve efficiency, and that I would rather not live without.

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet
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Kitchen Essentials in My Simple Shaker Kitchen

Is the desire to tidy up your home, improve its organization, and pare down a bit bubbling up in you as the promise of springtime edges near?

Each year at this time, it happens to many of us homebodies.

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Time to Joyfully Embrace Spring Cleaning?

As the light outside begins to change, it is as if we see our spaces and belongings with new eyes. It feels like the time is ripe to address them.

We are all different so your essentials may vary from mine (and if so, I’d love to hear about your picks).

A simple and serene European inspired classic kitchen with marble subway tile, Minuet quartz, and window seat. #hellolovelystudio #serene #whitekitchen #Frenchcountry
Kitchen Essentials in My Simple Shaker Kitchen and photos for design inspiration.

Downsizing Isn’t Downgrading

This topic becomes particularly significant if you happen to be downsizing as we did five years ago. At that time, we gutted the dated kitchen we inherited here at the fixer.

before kitchen
before

Then we addressed the dozens of design details involved with creating the new kitchen. While it can be argued one can never have enough storage in the kitchen, we had neither the budget nor space for bountiful storage.

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.

Instead, I imagined the ease of using and storing the simple essentials. For example, if ever I get the itch to make a trifle, I will have to borrow the appropriate dish for it from a friend.

Same goes for Pizelle cookies or any recipe requiring a Mandoline slicer or pressure cooker.

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Kitchen Essentials in My Simple Shaker Kitchen as well as photos of my Viatera quartz countertop.

Pare Down to Favorites

Simplifying for me, goes hand in hand with truly wanting what I have. Excess stuff I don’t use, am wishy washy about (or simply reluctant to part with), or is a color I don’t like seems to have energy all its own.

White classic kitchen with Shaker cabinets, marble subway tile, Viatera quartz countertop in Minuet, farm sink, and stainless bridge faucet. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #farmsink #modernfarmhouse
Fireclay Apron Front Farm Sink: FIND HERE

That energy drains me and blocks the way to a lighter way of living and being.

Window seat in white kitchen with dappled natural light, white roses, and European inspired decor. #hellolovelystudio #belgianlinen #windowseat

I still have boxes of stuff in the basement I am storing (kids artwork, photos, styling props, Christmas decor, baby clothes, books, and home decor I JUST KNOW my Millennial sons will thank me for later *ahem*). However, whenever I address those stored things and pare down, I feel so much better!

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Kitchen Essentials in My Simple Shaker Kitchen as well as photos of my white Viatera quartz Minuet countertop.

A Less Cluttered Kitchen

Am I going to convince you to whittle down your rolling pin or spatula collection? I don’t know. Lots of folks are comforted by the clutter that creeps in. But keeping just one favorite (the rest can be offered up for free on FB Marketplace or donated) may clear clutter and make room for a more pleasing kitchen space as well as a greater lightness you never knew you needed.

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1. Touches of Antiqued Silver

While I feel uneasy with too much clutter, a little is necessary for efficiency sake. And that clutter may as well be lovely!

An essential on the counter next to our farm sink is a silvery mercury glass holder (meant to hold a candle) for vegetable and pot scrubbing wood brushes.

Find wood pot scrubbers in my shop HERE.

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet
Kitchen Essentials in My Simple Shaker Kitchen as well as photos of my white quartz countertop.

I like the antiqued glass finish of these receptacles since it bounces the light around and provides relief from all the white while remaining understated.

I also love the mercury glass options at Pottery Barn:

Another vintage-y looking touch of antiqued silver which I leave on the counter: salt and pepper shakers.

Antiqued silver salt and pepper shakers on my kitchen counter (Viatera Minuet quartz). #hellolovelystudio #antiquedsilver #kitchendecor #viateraquartz #minuet

Here are the exact ones, and you’ll note mine are thoroughly tarnished!

2. Rustic Warm Wood

Our reclaimed elm wood stool below abstract paintings by me is something I rely on every single day. It gives me a boost when the 5’2″ me needs one, makes a great perch for a handbag or small sack of groceries, and often holds a stack of cookbooks I drag in here. It is the perfect perch, and I love the warmth of wood in an all white kitchen!

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

Our stool came from RH years ago. Sarreid used to offer a very similar one as well. An antique stool showing its age would be my first choice…look at this beauty made of elm:

or this scrubbed wood rugged example:

Chinese Village Raw Wood Rough Finish Accent Single Sitting
Chinese Raw Wood Accent Stool, GoldenLotusAntiques on Etsy
A rustic oak step stool in my kitchen comes in handy and looks good too. #hellolovelystudio #rusticwoodstool #oakstool

They also make great perches in the bath, and if you live in the UK, the shipping on this next one is free:

Vintage Rustic Wooden Stool Rustic wooden stool Rustic image 5
Antiqued Rustic Farm Accent Stool, Inekohome on Etsy

A round accent stool may do the trick too:

A rustic oak step stool in my kitchen comes in handy and looks good too. #hellolovelystudio #rusticwoodstool #oakstool

If you love the rustic look of wood stools in the kitchen and need one as seating at the counter, here’s a good looking, greyed finish, friendly priced reclaimed wood option at Pottery Barn:

Another way to bring the warmth of natural wood into the kitchen is with a turned candleholder or two.

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set #rusticdecor #wood #candlestick
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

3. Multi-use White Ruffle Bowl

I can’t give this versatile, beautiful bowl for $25 enough praise.

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

It is pretty enough to leave out on the counter to hold fruit, snacks, napkins, and an endless array. But it also works as a popcorn, salad or pasta bowl (when you’re not serving a crowd).

It’s basically a genius-sized everything bowl with a great sculptural form.

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

It also makes the perfect gift! You could fill it with the lucky recipient’s favorite snack! (One of mine is RIGHT HERE.)

If your kitchen needs a round board for charcuterie or a pizza paddle, these reclaimed pine options with a vintage Italian look, are beautiful:

4. Marble Bowls & Crock

Get ready for my favorite finds that hail from a surprising source!

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

TARGET! Yep. These gorgeous, natural stone bowls (for dips, nuts, condiments, or at-the-ready spice blends as you see here on my counter).

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet
Marble Utensil Holder White - Threshold™
White Marble Utensil Crock
My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

5. Vintage Mixed With New

When everything in a new kitchen feels NOW, there may be a lack of character and interest. To avoid that generic, non-custom, showroom look…just add vintage and antiques to the mix.

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

I love living with beautiful vintage dishes (like these Fireking Swirl plates) and cookware (glass mixing bowls from the 50’s are a dream to use and admire in the kitchen).

This healthy bread I make is packed with good for you seeds and nuts and contains no flour! #hellolovelystudio #healthybread #noflourbread

Did you miss the post where I showed you how to make my no-flour, no-knead easy healthy bread? I make it weekly and eat it toasted for a snack with a handful of dried cranberries, cherries, and golden raisins. While it has fats from the nuts and seeds, they are the good ones.

Did someone stay TOAST? We cannot live without this:

Metal Classic 4 Slice Toaster in Brushed Stainless
Classic 4-slice Toaster in Brushed Stainless: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

After we added this vintage cart in our kitchen and topped it with quartz, we wondered how we ever lived without it. Our harvest table with bench is another vintage element. We commissioned these custom pieces over two decades ago, and they were built with antique barn wood and square nails.

6. Heavy Cookware

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

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet
Cuisinart Casserole, Matte Snow White, 5.5 Qt
Cusinart White Casserole Enameled Pan…certainly lovely indeed.

7. Dishtowels With Stripes

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Aster Stripe Dish Towels, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed.
Blue and White Everyday Dishtowels #stripe #dishtowel
Everyday Stripe Dishtowels: FIND HERE

8. Sous Chef

This is the Vitamix model I have, and you may be surprised to learn its price. I always thought it was an extravagance I could live without, but when time and/or strength is low, it’s money! Also, I got so tired of replacing cheap blenders after burning the motor out…mercy.

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

If 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 everything from smoothies to grounding oats into flour.

A Word on White Quartz Countertops

I field so many questions about white quartz countertops, and I still love our Viatera “Minuet” quartz five years later.

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

There are some scratches from years of use, but nothing that I even feel the need to have buffed out.

White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
Countertops: Viatera quartz “Minuet”; Bridge Kitchen Faucet: FIND HERE

There isn’t a single stain, and while the veining is busy, the color is light grey and understated so it doesn’t jump out at you.

White classic kitchen with marble subway backsplash, Minuet quartz countertop (#Viaterausa), farm sink, and black teapot. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #modernfarmhouse

I’m not sure I would like it as much if the veining were less busy because this way, it stays forgiving.

White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.

Here’s a smart teapot (below) that looks great resting on the black grates of your cooktop or range.

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

Another kitchen essential are these small tumblers which are perfect for wine, little desserts, mocktails/cocktails, and juice.

7.5 oz. Glass Tumbler
Simple plain glass tumblers: FIND HERE
My white classic kitchen with Minuet quartz countertop, polished marble subway backsplash tile, and silver mirror. #hellolovelystudio #classickitchen #Minuet #Quartz #countertop

Woven placemats protect surfaces but also add a layer of texture…don’t you love those double duty essentials?

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

Tour a Whimsical Home!

I mean you just know Jonathan Adler’s home will be whimsical, but prepare yourself!

Candlelight, blush roses, and fresh greenery on a distressed white farm table with design by Hello Lovely Studio. #farmtable #farmhouse style #shabbychic #hellolovelystudio

THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING AND VISITING ME EACH DAY. SAY HI IF YOU HAVE A MOMENT…I LOVE MEETING YOU IN THE COMMENTS. πŸ™‚

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French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Capri Blue Candle in Mercury Glass
Gold Starburst Mirror
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Gold Sacred Milagro Hearts
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Bonjour Pillow
Vintage Chinese Bench
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
French Ticking Stripe 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

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-michele

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Gold Milagro Heart
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Gold Starburst Mirror
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Gold Sacred Milagro Hearts
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Bonjour Pillow
Vintage Chinese Bench
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
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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10 Comments

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    March 12, 2020 / 1:34 am

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    March 12, 2020 / 6:21 am

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    • Michele
      Author
      March 13, 2020 / 1:03 am

      Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

  3. Deb Wostmann
    March 12, 2020 / 9:00 am

    Great post. I agree I must have my Staub dutch oven. They may be expensive, but will last forever. Next on my list is that Vitamix blender! Cheers.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 13, 2020 / 1:03 am

      Gotta love those good looking, hard working pots that seem to just get better as they age. There is so little that we buy anymore that can claim that. You’ll love the Vitamix. Happy almost weekend and thanks for reading, Deb. πŸ™‚

  4. Joanna
    March 12, 2020 / 12:18 pm

    I am constantly decluttering my home. New pieces come in, old go out. I gleam happiness from a clean, clutter less home. Having empty drawers brings on a sense of accomplishment. I have nothing on my kitchen counters except a Keurig. I simply can’t function without my morning caffeine. All other appliances are tucked away in an appliance garage. Open the door and voila! I love that clean expanse of a shiny countertop. I might be a little OCD. πŸ˜‰
    What is it about spring that makes us desire to clear out and clean every surface?

    • Michele
      Author
      March 13, 2020 / 1:01 am

      Good for you with that consistent clutter prevention! I feel like the light changes as we near spring, and suddenly I see with new eyes all of the things I let go all winter! Maybe feeling more energized too just like nature around us gets to work. I do love my appliance garage too!!! Happy Friday!

  5. Amy
    March 14, 2020 / 7:53 pm

    I’m in process of cleaning out so much, going through boxes that have been in storage for 6 1/2 yrs…oh my😳…now that we are in our house. I’m definitely going for a more minimalistic vibe, but I must say I need to invest in some of your kitchen essentials…I’d especially like that cast iron tea kettle to be sitting on my stove as beautiful decor but would use most every day for my cup of hot tea! And I am a sucker for vintage dishes like your white ones. My blender is so old…the pour spout is actually broken off & has been for a long time…haha! When I can save up I need to invest in a Vitamix like yours! I’m sure once I do I will wonder why I put that off for so long!πŸ˜‚

    • Michele
      Author
      March 16, 2020 / 1:56 am

      I hear you on the need to go through boxes. It is NOT my favorite thing to go through a bunch of little things that stir up memories and nostalgia since I get bogged down really easily in all that! But I always feel better once it is done. We may have another kid moving back home temporarily before he moves into a house he is buying so somehow I’ll have to make more room for storing more stuff! Thanks for playing along, Amy. Wishing you peace and well-th. πŸ™‚

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