We’ve done it! We’ve made it through another winter, and finally the signs of spring are starting to appear. The pansies in my window boxes somehow managed to weather a chilly winter, and the grass I’ve been dreading mowing since October is turning green once again. Inside my house, I’m swapping comforting soups and stews for fresh spring pastas and easy meatless dishes. I want things that look as cheerful as the spring makes me feel.
The same goes for the interior of my house. I’ve put away my wool blankets and have replaced them with some lighter cotton shawls, and I’m trading my heavy duty slow cooker for grill pans and a blender.
Want to add a touch of springtime bliss and wonder to your kitchen, too? I’ve rounded up an entire rainbow of kitchen accessories, gadgets, and tools that are just as beautiful as they are useful as we move toward spring and summer’s lighter, brighter foods. Enjoy shopping!
Deviled egg platters that don’t hold 24 eggs are practically useless. After all, if you boil a dozen eggs for your Easter brunch, where are you supposed to put the other 8 that didn’t fit your small (though adorable, I’m sure) rooster-shaped platter? Enter Le Creuset’s Deviled Egg Platter. The 16″ x 8″ stoneware plate has 24 slots and comes in 8 colors to match your dinnerware style. ($70, amazon.com)
In the cookware department, you once had the choice between black and stainless steel. Now thanks to advancements in non-stick and ceramic coatings, colorful cookware is popping up everywhere. Farberware’s aluminum non-stick line of speckled lavendar pots and pans is such a fun way to add a splash of color. And for only $100 for a 12-piece set, you might be tempted to buy a second set in a complimentary color so you can mix and match. ($100, farberwarecookware.com)
Vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottles are the way to go if you want cool, refreshing water or warm tea for hours and hours. The new Tuff Mugs from Zojirushi come in two sizes, 12 and 16 ounces, and they keep drinks hot or cold for a minimum of 6 hours. Available in 3 colors. ($40-45, amazon.com)
Need a placemat that will match any and all your springtime tabletop decorations? Chilewich’s new Sugar placemats (14″x19″) effortlessly threads together an entire rainbow of colors. Bonus: the placemats are made with an antimicrobial yarn and can be washed for repeated uses. ($16 each, chilewich.com)
It’s not quite time to heat up the outdoor grill yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not craving grilled flavors. Whether it’s a quick weeknight burger or a delicious side of grilled veggies, I live by my grill pan in the spring. Staub’s 12″ Steam Grill is the best of both worlds–you get the searing heat of a grate with a protective lid so your house doesn’t smell like you hosted a pig roast over the weekend. Available in 6 colors. ($150, surlatable.com)
A new line of Pyrex-inspired mixing bowls will have your heart going pitter pat if beautiful bowls are as much your thing as they are mine. Vintage Charm’s 3-piece mixing bowl set is inspired by Butterprint, one of Pyrex’s most popular patterns from the 1950s. The three bowls hold 3, 6, and 10 cups. ($30, shopworldkitchen.com)