...and some random thoughts, because I love to be in the kitchen and I can't stay on topic.
When I'm looking to freshen up old kitchen utensils or linens, I do really enjoy Crate & Barrel. They always have a nice selection of good-looking, affordable, durable goodies.
Pier 1, has over the last decade really had some off seasons/years. But I still check them out for textiles: pillows, table-runners--small details. I used to love them for plain white serving pieces, sake bottles and cups--but that was the 80s/90s--and their focus has changed a lot since then.
Occasionally, Pier 1 has good accent furniture: nothing very durable--but for the price I don't expect forever--I just expect to live around it a little more carefully than something solid and oak! I've gotten a slender Étagère from them--perfectly fit an odd wall space, and two wrought iron café chairs. Some of the textiles on their fun, chunky square chairs have been tempting.
But, onward to the point of the post: IDing the crap out of Sharon's kitchen/dining area.
From Pier 1(2012):
Medallion sunburst table runner:
From Crate & Barrel (2012):
Acacia 10" salad bowl:
That's a tall bowl--and several folk have said it's a real space-saver on small tables--lots of depth to fill, but not too wide. Unfortunately for me, I grew up with this style:
The black and white salad-servers: bit more elusive. I've seen several variations on the theme: black and white handles paired with wooden servers. Many stores carry these--inset bone or enamel, depending--I *think* the set ones are olivewood with dyed bone handles. I find them unappealing and can't bring myself to narrow down a search. Suffice to say: not hard to find if the style suits you.
Personally, I love these: "Alster" Walnut servers from (brrrr) Ikea:
Also an enormous fan of anything Danish Modern:
But these are the ones that I fancy, as they are so easy to use for those of us with Bad Hand Days & are that insane green plastic that I love so much:
I'm not saying I wouldn't kill for those gorgeous black, chrome and wood Danish ones, though...
That blurry paper towel holder can be found at so many stores and online kitchen venues. It's a teardrop style, freestanding brushed stainless dispenser:
(and hello, cameo shot of the famous Raydor Glasses--also identifed and ProDesign, you're welcome)
Crate & Barrel has these--but I've seen them at Linens n' Things, the Container Store--you don't have to look far to find this style. Personally, I still prefer the old under-counter hanging style--frees up real estate and gives me more space to cook. Plus, I just can tear off sheets as well from the free-standing versions. Oh well--they're popular enough that you may already have this "prop" in your house. At least this one is elegant in its simplicity.
Update: July 2013:
Adding a few more items that I id'd recently. Cookbook holder and cookbook, full post is here:
Sango Nova sugar and creamer set, for full post go here:
Sharon and Rusty use Ikea DATA flatware at home. Full post with pics is here:
And for Part II of Sharon's kitchen items, go here: