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Guest Picks: Outfitting Sweetheart's Kitchen: Cook, Bake, Relax, Dine
The winter months are a time when I hunker down, spending much more time at home and in the kitchen cooking and baking. The best way to lay low in style is with someone you love, so this month I've gathered some of my favorite kitchen tools, objects and decor to help you settle in and snuggle up. From sweet measuring spoons to a savvy recipe journal, you'll be outfitted for a sensual kitchen, valentine or no valentine.
— Megan from A Sweet Spoonful
— Megan from A Sweet Spoonful
The "Marie Antoinette" Champagne Coupes
I can't get enough of these champagne coupes named after Marie Antoinette. They're a step away from the typical flutes you see everywhere, and they shine with an understated elegance. They'd be nice for a scoop of ice cream too.
Woodbury Pewter Revere Bowl - $37.50
A classic pewter bowl is perfect for serving or storing fruit on the countertop. It's the picture of simplicity, and it's a piece that will stay in the family for decades.
Dining Room Measuring Spoons - $24
These pretty vintage-style brass spoons make a graceful kitchen adornment. Or you can break them out and actually use them! They're as useful as they are lovely.
February weekend agenda: snuggle up on the couch with friends and spiced cider. Here is your ticket to get there.
Lavender Heart Wreath - $59.95
Something about February starts to give me a little tinge or tickle of spring. It's still early, sure, but the scent of fresh lavender helps the imagination travel to sunnier fields and warmer vistas. This vibrant heart-shaped wreath will help take the chill off.
Vintage Pressed Glass Jars - $38
Everyone needs a sweeter countertop storage idea, and these vintage, pressed-glass jars are perfect for teas, sugar and coffee.
Chennai Tea Glasses - $20
This updated Chennai set is made of translucent, washed, chocolate glass to hold your favorite hot tea.
Shopping List Plaque - $29
I love this smart hanging grocery list. Market items are listed in French (everything from chocolat to pommes), encouraging you to flip the arrows toward the items you need to pick up that day. It can be a quick reminder for your sweetheart or just an intriguing wall adornment — you choose.
Kapu Coffee Scoop and Bag Closer - $26
This is a coffee scoop and bag sealer all in one. It is one of those simple kitchen objects that straddles the line between a genius invention and an understated piece of art.
This is a maple, hand-crafted clock hanging from a simple wooden rope. It's a handsome way to tell time in the kitchen, indeed.
Winter months call for cocoa nibs. Use them in baked goods like cakes and brownies, sprinkle them on top of cookies, or use them in savory salads or grain dishes. They'll add a bittersweet crunch to whatever you're mixing up in the kitchen. The cocoa nibs from Seattle Washington's Theo Chocolate are the best I've come across.
Kitchen Towel with Stripes - $19
These Romanian towels are handmade in a collective that aims to preserve traditional handicrafts while supporting members of the community. They are not only sustainable, but utterly beautiful too.
Tilt Bowls - $12.95
There should be a few Valentine's Day treats out on the counter this month, and what better way to display them than in these Polish-made, angled, handmade glass spheres? They would be striking vessels for floating blossoms or candles too.
Sweethearts Garland Kit - $10.50
This is a fun, festive and bright garland to hang above kitchen doors. It's time to ring in the season of love!
Recipe Journal - EUR 19.50
Everyone should own this recipe journal that contains food calendars, food facts, measurements and conversions. There's also plenty of space for personal notes, drawings and explanations.
dbO Home Textured Botanical Serveware - $9
Handmade by a husband and wife design team, these botanical serving pieces usher in the winter season with a quiet, deliberate peacefulness.
Utility Graphite Pendant Lamp - $39.95
Add a glow to a cozy nook in the kitchen with these modern pendant lamps. They would be wonderful to hang/wrap in multiples.
Perforated Candles - $24
Slow, slow, slow, clean-burning candles are for those long nights of table-side conversation.
Tivoli Model One - $150
Audio designer Henry Kloss came out of retirement to create the contemporary Tivoli Model One. Perched on a stool or kitchen counter, this little guy is a welcome alternative to the often dull drone of television. How about a little news or some favorite tunes to accompany your next meal prep? Yes, please.