The Kitchen Designer

Thanks for stopping by! I'm Susan Serra, certified kitchen designer, and my mission is to take kitchen design style, function and analysis to a higher level. Here's why the kitchen has the most honored place in the home - all five senses reside in the kitchen.  Best...Susan  Contact: susan@susanserraassociates.com

Follow my personal profile here on Google+ for LOTS of fresh content! Google+




Subscribe by Email


houzz interior design ideas

Follow on Bloglovin

Interior Design Blogs
Kitchen Design


Our webshop of handmade Scandinavian rugs and ceramics


Scandinavian inspired, warmly modern kitchens


Custom kitchen design by Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS

« Nostalgia or Shredder Material? #7 | Main | Normal Room - The Best Kitchens! »

What's On Your Kitchen Counters?

I like to be surrounded by my favorite things. I just need to have things around, meaningful things,...memories. I'm sure many of you are the same way. It is what puts "soul" in our kitchens. Personally, I much prefer meaningful things than decorative items selected for the design of the kitchen, but, that's also a look that certainly is viable and can be a lot of fun and of great interest, and I will be showing this look as well on these pages..

Here's what I have on my counters and also what they mean to me:

personal kitchen accessories_1.jpgpersonal kitchen accessories_8.jpg

A bowl of shells - picked them up at Jenny Lake out west with my husband many moons ago.

Wooden sign with lettering on it - picked that up off the ground. It is the side of a herring box. Got it in a little island called Bornholm, when I was 16 and visiting with my Danish aunt and uncle. I knew at the time that I'd have it forever. I can't tell you how long ago I got it.

personal kitchen accessories_4.jpgpersonal kitchen accessories_5.jpg

Bottles - many of these were recently acquired as my husband and I found a man who searches for bottles in construction sites in the New York area, antique bottles. He knows many details about these bottles. One by one, at the upper west side flea market in the 70s in New York, we pick a bottle up and add to our collection. These bottles will soon be filled with roses from my garden!

personal kitchen accessories_6.jpgpersonal kitchen accessories_7.jpg

Shoe form - my uncle from Denmark, Thorvald, sold shoes for 50 years and ultimately met the Queen in tribute to his life's work. He's always been an amazingly wonderful uncle.

personal kitchen accessories_2.jpgpersonal kitchen accessories_3.jpg

Other images are of useful items that I think look great together, the oils, utensils, a few appliances. I'm fine with that. Not everything has to have a perfect place. Bring out your precious items and put them on your kitchen counter. Anywhere.

This last image is of a vase bought at a Scandinavian auction and is by a well known ceramic artist. The painting is of a little fishing village in Denmark, near where my cousin has a summer house. This is at the area of my kitchen where I have a second sink. Nice memories...

Kitchen Accessories.jpg  


PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (7)

thanks for sharing. i'm the same way, i love surrounding myself around meaningful things, especially in the kitchen and my office where i spend most of my time!

April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJLee

Me two. I am inspired by color, whimsy, sights and sound.

April 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

What a wonderful countertop. I'm sure that all of your guests feel right at home.

April 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDriftwood

Thanks for the comments, I appreciate them. It was good to do this post, because I have other areas on the counters (which I couldn't photograph!) that have assorted stuff on them, which I'm now newly inspired to organize. Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, and I'm definitely one of those, to a fault.

April 13, 2007 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

This comment is in regards to the one you left on Decor 8. I didn't want it to get lost in all the other comments. I think it's a great idea for all/some of us who left comments, and are interested, . to post about the same thing on the same day, etc... I would be up for helping get it started. It would be really cool if it could benefit something like you said, and maybe do on an annual/biannual basis. Let's do it!!

April 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPhara Thomas

I love the things you have in your kitchen! I wish my kitchen had more character...yours is full of it!

April 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Kristen, just bring things in that you love, that's all you have to do, and it will be transformed little by little.

Phara, It would be cool, I'll email you.

April 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersusan

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>