Designed by: Williams-Sonoma
Ah, September...that glorious buffer between the final lingering days of warmth and the first few days of cool breezes. With fall right around the corner (which means the holidays will be here before you know it), we've rounded up 5 great ways to refresh your kitchen while easing into the season.
1. De-clutter Your Drawers [photo above]
Goodbye, lazy summer days; hello, organized kitchen! Take control of your drawers by creating a place for everything (and then putting everything in its place). We love the durability of wooden drawer organizers like these from Williams-Sonoma—they offer the perfect blend of style and functionality.
2. Celebrate Oktoberfest
Photo: Courtesy of West Elm
Why save all the fun for Halloween? Oktoberfest is a great excuse to throw a beer-tasting party—and these monogrammed beer mugs and pilsner glasses from West Elm can be a personal and unique party favor for a small gathering of friends and family. Pair each one with an interesting bottle of beer so your guests can keep the festivities going after they head home.
3. Change Your Cabinet Hardware
Photo: Courtesy of Amerock
Cooler temps offer a refreshing change of pace outside—and you can get the same effect inside your kitchen by swapping out your cabinet hardware for something a little more formal. These knobs from Amerock will add just the right amount of sparkle to get you in the mood for the approaching holiday season.
4. Plan to Upgrade Your Microwave
Photo: Courtesy of GE
The go-to food zapper has gotten a bad rap among passionate foodies, but GE's new Monogram Advantium oven is a totally new breed of microwave. It can cook a perfect roast chicken in under an hour, while also doing all the tricks you rely on your microwave for, like popping a fabulous bag of popcorn. (If you start stashing away $200 a month now, you can have one in your kitchen for next year's holiday season.)
5. Add Some Mason Jars
Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn
Mason jars (yes, the same ones your grandma used to can her famous strawberry preserves) are showing up everywhere in kitchens this fall, appearing as countertop accents, repurposed vases, food storage containers and even as a design element, like in this conversation-starting Pottery Barn chandelier. With their "hunkering down for the winter" undertones, a collection of mason jars is the perfect summer-to-fall accent.