- I allocate one space in the kitchen to cookbooks. My whole library doesn't fit, but I rotate volumes in and out based on the season or my current obsessions.
- We installed these Ikea butcher-block counters right next to the stove so we can chop and toss right into the pan. They're still pretty new and pristine; I look forward to when the wood shows wear and tells the story of our past meals.
- I wanted a deep countertop where I could roll out dough using the antique wooden rolling pin that belonged to my great- aunt Hattie. I selected black granite and had it honed so it has a subtle satiny surface.
- My friend Mirena Kim is a potter, and I've collected lots of her pieces over the years. I keep a tall vase on my windowsill to hold fresh-cut sage, thyme, oregano, and chives from my garden.