Lord have mercy. So I recognize most everything here, and figured I'd post an image for reference:
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Thank god Sharon shops at Crate & Barrel. For the most part. Also, and this is VERY important, why does that woman have so many salt/pepper mills? What is going on with this? Granted, I have been gifted a salt/pepper mill combo that is in addition to enormous pepper mill I've had forever & my old salt pig. I use them because they're a)convenient and pleasant and b)a gift. But seriously, this lady has two on the stove, and at least two on the counter--and I believe a second, smaller metal set (a pair) which potentially makes 4 (!) separate pepper mills. I hope each one has different pepper or salt in them. Mine do.
So...from Crate & Barrel, Sharon's salt & pepper stove set:
"Biscayne" salt and pepper mills.
Also from the stove, Le Creuset tea kettle. Sharon's isn't this beautiful flame color--(I'm assuming it's either Cassis or black) but it's the same size/style. Le Creuset tea kettles come in two sizes and a plethora of colors, so pick your poison:
The plain, wooden mill, near the tall metal one, has a lighter counterpart (available at Crate and Barrel), but the dark version is available from Cole & Mason. Windsor mills from (respectively) Crate & Barrel and Cole & Mason, sit on Sharon's kitchen counter (I've seen the C&M mills recently at TJ Maxx, in the foodie/kitchen section, BTW):
Seems like a William Bounds Ltd spice mill:
One can find tall Imperial/King mills just about everywhere--and most places carry metal as well as wood. The one I have owned for years isn't a William Bounds, but it is metal. Anecdotally I've heard that the WBs are plastic--with a brushed finish. No idea if this is true or not.
Another Crate & Barrel item--a set of stainless steel clip canisters:
These stainless steel clip canisters have gotten pretty mixed reviews--they look good, but I speak from experience when I say that many currently produced "clip" style canisters--regardless of who has made them--are at worst ornamental and prone to falling apart, and at best, clip down so firmly as to be painfully difficult to flip open. There are several see-through canisters out there, but this style is the one on set.
Finally, Sharon's utensil crock is by Le Creuset, the colorway is Cassis:
The Cassis is a beautiful blackcurrant color. But for traditionalists, only the Volcanique will do:
Utensils and other misc items I'll do another time. I figure all the machinery is obvious. I'd love one of these large-size utensil crocks. I always lean toward Volcanique, or "flame"--because I grew up surrounded by Volcanique-colored cookery. But in my kitchen, white would make more sense--or brushed stainless. But I do love both those colors above. Cassis is so smoky and mysterious. And flame is, well, flame!
UPDATE: July 2013
I nearly got the two-tone stainless crock, but went with the lovely marble one instead. Just yum:
Felt that as much as I liked the stainless, marble would always be warmer. Either would have been good choices but I'm happy I chose marble. This is a crock I will live with for the rest of my cooking life.
But, back to our set: