Before & After: Spice Rack

_MG_4488Sometimes I'm still amazed at what a little paint can do. As I've gotten older, I have become more and more of a fan of all-white spaces, even if they might not be very practical in my day to day life (I have, unfortunately been known to spill things every so often.) Someday when I have my own place, I will have a white kitchen with tons of light and marble countertops. But until that day -- since I can't change the generic wooden cupboards that seem to be in every New York apartment -- I'll have to update my kitchen in smaller ways. I had this wooden box from wine that seemed the perfect size to make a shelf, and since we are pretty limited on storage space, I thought it would be nice to display all of my various spices. And for a while, it got the job done. _MG_4977

But then the raw wood started to bother me, and I didn't like how all of the spice jars were different sizes and not all of them fit. I started looking for some spice jars but didn't want anything too pricy since this update was purely for aesthetics, and stumbled across these jars from Cost Plus World Market. At less than $1 apiece, they were within my budget and so far, I have been really happy with them. Sometimes, all you need is a little paint and a few matching items to make a big impact -- and I can keep dreaming of my ideal kitchen in the meantime.

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Style Find: Caroline Swift Porcelain Spoons

Porcelain Glazed Spoons, carolineswift.com I stumbled across these gorgeous porcelain spoons a few months ago, and have been coveting them ever since. Wouldn't they be perfect for stirring a little sugar into your morning cup of coffee? As they are a little out of my price range at the moment, I'll just have to keep admiring them from afar -- but if you would like to pick some up for yourself, you can find them here, along with Ms. Swift's other beautiful ceramics.