Guest Picks: The Coastal Kitchen

Summer is upon us and there’s no better time to think about bringing seaside coastal designs indoors. Most of these pieces will help whisk us away to a mini vacation with the simple act of pulling an espresso shot or creating a bowl of ice cream. They provide us a fashionable respite from the day to day — exactly what each adult needs at the summer months. So for the times when we can’t break away to get outside, permit your own kitchen to invite the feeling of a coastal getaway. — Megan from A Sweet Spoonful

Mimi the Sardine

Blue Herring Tablecloth – $69

Casual, easy to wipe off, machine washable tablecloths state “summer.” This Swedish design showcases daring fish onto a nautical white background. Stylish and stress-free!

Kaufmann Mercantile

Two-Piece Enamelware Lunch Pail – $69

When on the go, eat lunch in style with this outdoor-inspired lunch pail. This one is not just for kids.

Sundance Catalog

Large Color-Tipped Cutting Board – $150

Adorned with a wash of marine blue, this sycamore cutting board is handsome and hardy — at the kitchen counter or boatside.

Whisker Graphics

Blueberry Divine Twine – $15

I use baker’s twine all the time in the kitchen from corralling bouquets of flowers to tying up bundles of biscuits to bring to friends.

Pigeon Toe

Popsicle Sticks Set – $10

Popsicle sticks are usually not a thing you think twice about. Unless of course, you have been lucky enough to score these porcelain numbers.They remind me of summertime boating excursions, and come as singles or as a pair of four.


Bird Spoon Rest – $38

A seabird or not, this Jonathan Adler spoon rest is essential for any kitchen this summer. This regal bird will guarantee no more cluttered countertops.


SPARQ Stones, Whiskey Rocks/Wine Stones/Coffee Stones – $25

Bring some of the coast indoors with these revolutionary whiskey stones. They are perfect for keeping drinks cool without watering them down. A summer essential.

Heath Ceramics

Dessert Bowl Heath Rim Line – $25

Still produced in Sausalito, California, these Heath Ceramics dessert bowls are the perfect size to get a cup of summer berries or ice cream. I love the nautical blue color and traditional design.

Ballard Designs

Woven Beverage Tub – $79

Reminiscent of picnics on the coast, this handwoven basket has an inset galvanized zinc insert, making it the ideal candidate for displaying and serving beverages indoors.


Turkish Stripe Towels – $19.95

These beautiful, durable cotton towels have been inspired by a traditional Turkish design. They bring the sensation of the sea indoors. The towels are pre-shrunk and machine washable.


De’Longhi KMix Espresso Maker, Blue – $375

Beautifully designed and blue like the Mediterranean, this Delonghi espresso maker is the ticket to absolutely foamy lattes all summertime.


Blue And White Striped Porcelain Serving Bowl by Mornin Glori Pottery – $24

These wheel-thrown porcelain bowls are hand-painted, signed and dated by the artist herself. The graduated nautical stripes encourage summertime salads and side dishes!

Newport Nautical Decor

School Fish Rug, White – $155

Kitchen rugs are a nice touch for spaces that have to be installed from the rest of the room. This school of fish rug creates subtle motion and nautical charm — its neutral colors will work with just about any design scheme.


Staub Round Cocotte – $230

Cast in a vibrant coastal shade of blue, Staub’s durable round cocotte is the best selection for slow cooking summertime chilis — or simply simple ears of corn. This one will last a lifetime!

Ballard Designs

Aged Terracotta Jar

While this terracotta jar looks like an old sea relic, it’s actually a brand-new design. It was handmade of natural terracotta to add character and charm to your kitchen or dining area.


Rustic Wooden Spoons Watercolor Print by East Ashley Studio – $18

This beautiful watercolor print relays the feel of rustic driftwood spoons. Serene and easy, much like a quiet day at the shore.


Surf And Salad Servers – $38

Nothing says seaside dining like salad serving utensils with enchanting fish designs.


Vernazza Canape Plate – $8

Handmade in Portugal, these beautiful plates are perfect for appetizers or little cocktail bites.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Hamilton Beach Half Pint Soft-Serve Ice Cream Maker – $29.99

What will the summer kitchen be without a simple (and fast) ice cream maker? This version makes 12-ounces of ice cream also enables you and your partner in crime to serve it directly out of the bowl itself. Genius.

Brook Farm General Store

Linen Napkin, Blue – $12

There are many options in napkins out there, but lace constantly reigns supreme in my home as it’s so hardy and wears so well. These soft blue stripes with thin white stripes are perfect for everyday dining indoors or outside.

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