Up Your Cooking Game With These Must-Have Pieces
Think you don't have what it takes to be an Insta-famous cook? These pieces — from vintage-inspired stand mixers to dining chairs worth cooking for — will make you think otherwise! Here are 21 gadgets, tools and design pieces from Trevor and Kelly's renovation that are guaranteed to unleash your inner head chef.
MIX A LOT. Say goodbye to kneading dough, waiting for butter to melt and other classic kitchen time-wasters, because this stand mixer works so much faster than us mere mortals do. As a bonus, this modestly-sized mixer fits perfectly in the corner of Trevor and Kelly's l-shaped counter.
TAKE A SHOT. Turn your kitchen into the hippest new cafe in town. Chances are, it will also be the fastest — compact machines brew in just 30 seconds, making them perfect for both relaxing aprés dinner espressos and early, on-the-go mornings. With 14 new light fixtures/windows in the couple's previously-named "dark scary hole" of a kitchen, they can now enjoy watching light stream in while drinking their morning coffee.
STEP UP TO THE PLATE. Do you flip-flop between informal gatherings and extravagant dinner parties? Get a plate that can do both. This sturdy, white dinner set can easily incorporate itself into your existing collection, but its on-trend square style can also stand on its own. A porcelain set also perfectly matches Trevor and Kelly's white counter and kitchen table.
FORK IT OVER. Stainless steel silverware lasts forever, so make sure it's timeless. Opt for clean lines and a sleek design for a set that's bound to impress.
FIRST PLACE. Cutouts aren't just for clothing anymore! Stylish, florally-inspired vinyl placemats turn your dinner table into a work of art. Mix and match different colors and sizes to create your own unique arrangement. The cousins opted for dark gray placemats to match the kitchen's color scheme.
THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING. Crazy-convenient and tough-as-nails, a brightly-colored French oven stays sturdy on your stovetop, expertly slow-cooking stews, roasts and more. Best of all, less time spent laboring over a hot stove means more time spent with your guests.
MIX AND MATCH. The cousins combined classic wooden cooking utensils with sleek black nylon ones for a versatile, uber-functional set that can tackle even the toughest recipes.
HEAD OF THE BOARDS. Since cutting boards aren't just for cutting, the cousins chose one with an intricate-yet-clean wooden finish that'll wow Kelly's guests and save her extra prep time.
FIRST IN ITS GLASS. Elegant, ergonomic round glassware provides the perfect complement to the couple's square dinner set and fits in with the kitchen's modern, clean design.
WINE UP. What better way for the couple to celebrate their brand-new, hand-crafted wall wine rack than with a set of fine crystal glasses? This timeless design brings a touch of tradition to the otherwise-contemporary kitchen.
RUSTIC ACCENTS. A wood serving tray matches the cutting board, and iron handles give it an industrial finish. Plus, an easy-to-carry tray inspires guests to help out, so Kelly can take some time to enjoy her party too.
A SLEEK SET. A knife set featuring a transparent display case echoes the couple's statementmaking wine rack, so it's no surprise that the cousins placed these two pieces directly across from each other as visual bookends to the new space. Boasting a knife for every type of cutting, this set ensures that you'll expertly slice and dice anything that comes your way.
SHAKE IT UP. Fluid, simplified salt and pepper shakers bring a casual sensibility to the couple's relaxed space. The intentionally-mismatched materials — such as a metal salt and a wooden pepper shaker — upset symmetry in a stylish way.
PACK IT IN. The cousins chose wood when picking out the cutting board and serving tray, and glass for the knife set and wine rack, so why not combine both materials? The canister's twisted, offset design adds visual flair.
A CLASSIC ESSENTIAL. The cousins installed a handmade, hexagonal backsplash over the couple's stovetop and sink, so they opted for classic white kitchens towels to provide a simple, clean accent.
A POLISHED ACCENT. Of course, one of the cousins' goals was to lighten up the couple's way too-dark kitchen, but dark gray napkins ensure the beautifully-brightened new space won't get washed-out. It also doesn't hurt that gray is one of Trevor's favorite colors.
KEEP IT TOGETHER. Hexagonal napkin rings provide a whimsical nod to the backsplash and keep things neat for Kelly's entertaining.
STAY SEATED. Brown leather dining chairs add a regal sophistication to all of Trevor and Kelly's entertaining. Who wouldn't want to sit through a dinner party on these seats? Plus, the cousins smartly placed them facing the kitchen, so Kelly can chat while she preps.
GOOD CLEAN FUN. Trevor and Kelly may finally have the dishwasher of their dreams, but this pretty porcelain accent might make them want to do dishes again! This dispenser mixes a sleek white base with a wooden top, paralleling the room's light-and-dark balance and proving the cousins' inimitable attention to detail.