Friday Favorites 8/8/2014

August 8, 2014

Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor
Once in a while on my travels, I’ll come across a great copper pot in an antique store and think about how wonderful it would look on a photoshoot or in my own home. Often these pots are beautiful and interesting on the outside, but inside their tinning has worn away. Experts say you aren’t to cook with these because it could be dangerous (particularly if you’re cooking tomato sauce apparently). But recently someone told me about East Coast Tinning in Rhode Island. They will retain and polish any of your old copper pots. They also have a number of gorgeous pots for sale on their site.

Lynda Simonton, Online and Market Editor
When I read Stacy’s contribution to today’s Friday Favorites I instantly thought of this lovely kitchen that graced the cover of New England Home Connecticut’s spring issue. The grand kitchen island was designed to store and showcase a wonderful collection of copper pots. The owner was a serious cook and he understood the value of cooking with copper. Even cooking novices may want to start a copper collection just for the looks alone!

Maria La Piana, Contributing Editor
Truth be told, the antique copper pendant lamps foisted on an unsuspecting couple on a recent episode of House Hunters Renovation were very, very big. The designer was clearly pleased with his find, but the wife held her ground: “They’re lovely,” she said, delicately, “but they may be just a little too much.” After all, her newly remodeled kitchen had all the “wow” factor it needed in its outsize, book-matched marble island. The homeowners ultimately went with faceted glass fixtures. But they didn’t have to sacrifice the luminous properties of copper if they’d considered one of these scaled-down pendants instead: