It’s true that most of us have stone countertops that can withstand heat, but I think (preferably) modern trivets still have a place in the kitchen.
Not long ago I put a Pyrex baking dish straight from the oven onto our granite countertop. It was wet. The entire dish, salmon included, exploded. Seriously. Exploded.
Many kitchens, including mine, mix countertops, using a different material for the island than for the rest of the workspaces. The ship-like cherry wood countertops on either side of our stove are scorched from the tea kettle. (Not my doing.) I leave a cork trivet nearby now.
And unless you have have a marble-topped Saarinen tulip table you don’t want to be putting hot dishes on your dining table.
This weekend we went out to the Cape, where we ate, drank, and slept rather a lot. On a trip to Provincetown (the boys wanted new Swiss Army knives) I stopped into one of my favorite home decor shops in Provincetown, Room 68. (Actually, it is my very favorite Provincetown boutique).
Brent Refsland is the creator of home design shop Room 68, which first opened in Jamaica Plain, Boston, before relocating to 377 Commercial Street in Provincetown on Cape Cod in 2014. Over the last couple of years he has begun curating fresh, contemporary artwork in addition to cutting edge home furnishings.
Here’s a tour of what is in store at Room 68 this month:
I love this copper geo chair from Bend Goods, which would have been perfect in that model apartment I decorated last year at Troy Boston. The curved floating shelf is gorgeous.
This organic brass bowl is an unexpected piece for greens and makes a great contrast to the resin salad servers by San Francisco-based designer Tina Frey.
The PELLE Bubble Chandelier made of a cluster of blown glass globes is stunning and comes in a variety of finishes.
Sarcastic greeting cards for when you don’t really mean it, but have to say something.
Cutting boards in geometric shapes and bright, dipped colors by Bower. Use the blank side to cut and the colored side to look at.
In case you forget where you are. This graphic Provincetown print by Liz Roache comes in various colors and makes a great housewarming gift.
These nylon mesh pouches by Alaina Marie are super cute. They are inspired by a lobsterman’s bait bag, created with the same marine grade materials, but in way better colors, obv.
Resin salad servers and serving bowls by Tina Frey are hand sculpted in San Francisco. The large bowls are great for serving pasta or leafy greens.
Professor of Design and Material Culture at Parsons in NYC, Alice Min Soo Chun invented this new Solar Puff light that is useful for camping, the patio, or just whatever in the dark. They fold flat and expand into cute little cubes.
Room 68 owner Brent Refsland, who has traditionally worked in photography, takes on a new material with these cut sandpaper renditions of sandcastles. They look great in a grouping of three or four.
Cambridge-based company Nervous System gets all shiny with this statement laser cut coral necklace. The spiral cuff up in the corner is cool too.
Because everyone needs a flask, especially in summer. (Summerhouse shares, traffic, family, etc.) These well-worn copper beauties by Surname Goods are made in Brooklyn, natch.
Wheel thrown stoneware by Michele Quan is beautiful. She makes ancient style bells too.
These matte porcelain coffee pots are perfection, thanks to the minimalist silhouette and spare copper details.
A typography diptych by artist by Boston-based artist Cody Justus.
Kawa vases and vessels designed by Souda are slip-cast in reusable leather molds. The blue color-plate etching on the left is the work of Boston-based artist James Mustin III, who earned his MFA at MassArt.
Copper and smoky mirror behind the desk at Room 68.
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