Decorating Tips, Tabletop

My Urban Kitchen + The Stelton Emma Pitcher

May 24, 2017

Hello friends! Do you want to see a room in my house that I never, ever show? MY KITCHEN. And even now, I’m just giving you a behind-the-curtains peek. Maybe I’ll show more on my Instagram soon… But for now, this is my blue, Nordic-inspired, kitchen. And the best part? I’ve filled it with things that I love like the new Emma Pitcher from Stelton along with their glasses and concave vases, all linked at the bottom of this post.

My Urban Kitchen + The Stelton Emma Pitcher

I love combining budget pieces with nicer, well-made ones to create a space that works for me and my family. Take for instance my kitchen. I have affordable cabinets from a big box store, a custom counter from a local kitchen store, inexpensive shelves and paint on the walls from a very exclusive paint brand. I think the paint was more expensive than the countertop! And the countertop was more expensive than the shelves. While it may seem my priorities are whack, I know what I want. I can get white cabinets from anywhere but I can’t always find the perfect paint color that speaks to my heart. My heart leads when I’m decorating, always.

Maybe you are the same? Even when it comes to my wallet, I don’t mind spending a little more on things that make me happy, even if it means saving up for them. That is why my next investment will be a home that I own so I can build the kitchen of my dreams. Fingers crossed. But until that day, I take pride in what I have and make my urban rental my own. One way I do this is to only purchase what I plan to use and love, but also things that I can see loving a year or two from now. I’m trying hard to be less wasteful when it comes to everything in my life, especially with material possessions. I don’t need 20 bottles of perfume and 200 vases stored in my home, do I? But I do need functional objects in my kitchen that I use each day and enjoy, and if they are not cheap, even better – because then I will keep them for longer and they won’t break and end up in the trash can.

My Urban Kitchen + The Stelton Emma Pitcher

This is why I love Danish design and always go back to it, even after periods when I get a little tired of seeing it, I return again and again. It seems the Danes have a keen eye for detail, beauty, all things natural, craftsmanship, simplicity, and functional.

If you’ve not heard of Copenhagen-based brand Stelton, then you have to check out their website and see for yourself how right the Danish do it. I have many Stelton products in my kitchen and enjoy them year after year. I given Stelton as gifts to friends for special occasions, my friend who recently bought her first home was gifted a copper Stelton copper EM77, for instance. I know she will love it for many years and use it. I know it won’t break in a month or even a year from now.

If you notice in this post, you will see my current favorite product from them – the Stelton Emma Pitcher. It was designed by Sebastian Holmbäck and Ulrik Nordentoft, who met while attending the Danish Design School. A decade after school, they founded their own design studio, HolmbäckNordentoft, and collaborated with Stelton to create products like the Emma Pitcher, available in gray and blue. The Emma Pitcher has a 50s Danish vibe but incorporates modern materials like stainless steel and a coated beechwood handle. I love how these designers have made this classic design fresh and new.

When I use the Pitcher at home, I like to place the optional top on it (made for refrigerator-use) and store herb-infused or fruit-infused water. My goal is to drink one pitcher per day now that I have Emma in my life. Today, I have mint in my water with some fresh ginger and lemon. Tomorrow, I may opt for raspberries and mint. This Pitcher if perfect for me to meet my goal to drink more water each day.

My Urban Kitchen + The Stelton Emma Pitcher

My Urban Kitchen + The Stelton Emma Pitcher

You can see in my kitchen, complete with my generic inexpensive cabinets, what happens when you mix in well-crafted and beautiful things to your interiors like Stelton products, the overall look goes from budget to personal and even a bit classy. Plus, these iconic brands make an impression on you and your guests each time you use them. They just feel better. People notice them when they visit, and you can tell them a little about them. In some ways, it’s the difference between owning a fancy car and very inexpensive, no-frills car – the fancy car gives you a lot more to talk about – not brag, just to discuss. I like that about owning nice things.

My Urban Kitchen + The Stelton Emma Pitcher

It’s not about showing off, because my friends know me better than that anyway… But it is about showing that you care about having a few good pieces because they make you happy to just own them and share them with guests, too. I also like having some things that not everyone else has. If it sounds pretentious, well fair enough. But being pretentious is to pretend you have something better than you really do. But if you DO have good things and you’re not pretending, then you are not pretentious are you? You just like what you like and quality, long-lasting pieces come with a price. They don’t have to be expensive, but they also won’t be from the dollar store. The older I get, the more I require good products in my life. I don’t want to be surrounded by things that break easily or end up in the trash in six months. Quality over quantity wins.

My Urban Kitchen + The Stelton Emma Pitcher

 Shown above from Stelton:

On my wishlist from Stelton:

More glasses because 4 isn’t enough, a press coffee maker and the coffee grinder – would love to start making coffee at home like this vs. using the Nepresso.

For a limited time, you can WIN the #EmmaPitcher by signing up for the Stelton newsletter here (wait for the pop-up in the lower right).

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a view of my kitchen and these products that I love so much.

Psst: Need some Kitchen inspiration? Here you go: IKEA Kitchen Hack, 8 Design Tips For a Modern Country Kitchen, A Kitchen I Designed At IMM Cologne.

(Note: This post has been sponsored by Stelton, a friend of mine for several years who is very supportive of decor8 and the work that I do. It’s through occasional sponsors like Stelton that I can keep working full-time in a creative profession that I love, support my family, and keep decor8 ad-free. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. I only review what I own, use and love.)






10 Comments

  • Reply Deb Kendall May 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Hi, do you mind me asking where your wall art is from? Thank you :)

  • Reply Veerle May 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I so agree with your philosophy of being more mindful when it comes to investing in what you need (more than in what you want). Based on that same principle I wanted to build my business around a limited list of products, many of Danish brands, but not exclusively, that are the right ones to invest in for your home. Basic furniture and some accessories, all good quality, on a small scale, craftmanship and tradition embedded. And like you I follow my heart, always, when I pick new pieces.

  • Reply Stephanie May 24, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Being a big fan of all of your decorating ideas, I love your kitchen decoration very much, too. The wall color is awesoe and the print is one of my favorites, it fits your space perfectly. And, yes, I must admit the Stelton pitcher is the icing on the cake.
    xx, Steph

  • Reply upgradesign May 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

    You are so right. And I love everything about your kitchen – affordable cabinets, old-school backsplash (these tiles are my all time favorite, and I’m using them in my bathroom remodel as we speak), the blue wall. Creating the neutral background for all your beautiful details and decorations to pop is, in my opinion, the best thing to do. Can’t wait to see the kitchen of your dreams :)

  • Reply Al May 25, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    do you cook ???

  • Reply fantasycrafting May 26, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I’ve had one of their vacuum jugs since 2009. It still makes me smile to see it on my countertop and to use it for picnics.

  • Reply Te Esse by Velvet May 26, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I can really relate to this! I also own a pitcher I love and use in my everyday life (a Carrol Boyes one as a matter of fact) that “dresses up” my indifferent kitchen. It makes me smile every time I pour water. It’s always details like that, that make such a huge difference because they add a personal touch. Isn’t it funny indeed like you said how we appreciate them the older we grow! By the way, I love the color of your walls …

  • Reply Alpha Windows May 26, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Its all about how you decorate it to feel it like home and nothing else.

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