Guest Picks: A Travel-Inspired Kitchen
Let kitchen accessories with a nod to London, Paris and around the world inspire your cooking at home
Kitchen accessories are my favorite souvenirs to bring back from trips around the world. If you're dreaming of France, Japan or any other international destination, why don't you do it the other way around and fill your kitchen with travel-inspired accessories? It's a great way to visualize your dream — and make it come true, I hope! — Marie from Food Nouveau
These plates use London landmarks in a modern and different way, leaving a lot of white space to beautifully frame whatever you'll choose to serve in them.
If you're like me, your oven mitts are always out and easy to reach. Because I see them all the time, it's essential to choose a print that's beautiful and inspiring. This elegant London oven mitt fits the bill perfectly. I love the phone booth's color and the stitching detail.
Bento boxes: If I could eat each and every meal in one of these gorgeous compartmental boxes, I would! They are so elegant and look like jewelry boxes. The truth is that melamine is a very resistant and long-lasting material, so investing in a melamine bento is a great idea.
A bowl of noodles is my favorite go-to quick and easy weeknight meal. Because I eat them so often, I love to shop for noodles bowls, especially gorgeous ones like these eye-popping red bowls. The chopstick-holding holes are a nice and clever addition!
The Montreal Canadiens are an institution, whether you're from Quebec or not. This tea towel, adorned with a vintage Canadiens illustration, is the ideal gift for any hockey-loving cook.
A London-inspired tea time? But of course! I love the minimalist Big Ben illustration that adorns the bottom of this Tea Bag Tidy.
I have yet to visit San Francisco, so this one hits close to home. I know I will fall in love with the city the minute I set foot over there, and this vintage-inspired print by Jim Datz, which highlights the city's best neighborhoods and attractions, reminds me of that every day.
Fun facts adorn these color-blocked coffee cups. Did you know that sixty tons of paint are needed to paint the Eiffel Tower? Neither did I. Collect all the cups and discover more interesting facts from cities around the world, such as Pisa, London or New York.
Want to bring fun to the breakfast table? These stackable bowls that show a modern take on the Native American totem carving tradition will wake everyone up and spark conversation.
A classic by whimsical home accessory company Fred, these Russian Matroyshkas dolls double as useful measuring cups.
This one's so clever! Six dessert plates and a serving bowl represent Rome's Palazzo Borghese when stacked. Designer Alessandro Zambelli has also created five other sets representing classic Italian buildings, each serving a different use, from cookie jars to soup dishes. I can hardly think of a better looking gift — a must for Italy lovers!
Every kitchen needs a charming French touch. This 100-percent cotton grain sack features an intricate vintage print that makes it look like you've inherited it from the French grandparents you wish you had.
Is anybody not dreaming of Paris? Little Brown Pen's photography makes sure we do. I love how she shows the city in a different way — avoiding all the clichés! Many different sets are available, all categorized by color, which means you're sure to find a set that's perfect for your decor.
Did you know Japanese people often carry their own set of chopsticks around? I like the idea and this compact set is easy to slip into a lunch bag.
Fancy knives abound, but some classics will never go out of style. Opinel has released its "essentiels du cuisinier" (the cook's essentials) in beautiful bright colors, which my Grandma, who used Opinel knives all her life, would have loved. These knives last a lifetime — the perfect gift for newlyweds!
Paris or New York — which one's your favorite? They are such amazing cities, so fascinating and so different. Artist Vahram Muratyan has framed both cities' quirks in cheeky ways. Browse through the whole collection to find the one that reflects your love of the two metropolises' contradictions the best.
I believe Italy changes everyone's coffee-world upside down. How can you go back to bland, watery drip coffee when you've experienced rich, creamy and chocolaty Italian espressos? Quick, buy an espresso machine and carry on the Italian tradition at home.
In case you feel nostalgic about New York, why don't you enjoy your cappuccino in this charming replica of the ubiquitous NYC coffee cup? More than 180 million of the distinctive blue-and-white Grecian-style cups, designed in the early '60s, are used in NYC every year.
I'm flying to Denmark in the spring and this tea towel, featuring whimsical Copenhagen-inspired prints, makes me long to be there. I can't wait to see these icons in person!
If you've had the luck to enjoy a cooking class in Italy, you probably left with the urge to bring a mezzaluna back home. Widely used by Italian home cooks, this knife makes the task of chopping herbs a snap — and it's safe too! Both of your hands are holding the handles, which reduces the risk of cutting yourself to zero.
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Ideabook updated on April 14, 2012.
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