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7 Steps to Styling Your Kitchen Countertops with Annie & KitchenAid

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Kitchen clutter, beware: Annie’s got you in her sights. In her quest to make the world more beautiful, one room at a time, she’s dishing on how to style your kitchen countertops like the kitchens you see in your favorite home-design magazines, over on the Kitchenthusiast, the KitchenAid blog. The good news? You don’t need a professional stylist to give your counters that editorial look. The even better news? With a little planning and some well-chosen appliances and accessories, it’s really simple to make your kitchen look like it popped off the pages of a high-end magazine or blog.

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Ready to learn how to do it? Hop over to the Kitchenthusiast. Then come back here and enter our giveaway for a KitchenAid Artisan Design Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer in the color of the season—Candy Apple Red—and a set of Pine Cone Hill Kala Neutral table linens. That’s almost $500 in prizes—for free!

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Annie has teamed with KitchenAid to give one lucky reader their very own Artisan Design Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer in Candy Apple Red and a set of Pine Cone Hill Kala Neutral napkins—with a combined value of $500! Check out the Rafflecopter entry form below for 4 easy ways to enter! Contest ends on Sunday, January 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  View the full details.

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132 comments

Olivia gregory December 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

Beautiful kitchen!

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amy williams December 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

Resist the urge to load up on decorative objects, no matter how large your kitchen counters.

I completely follow this rule…less is more!

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tami December 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

love that kitchen. Mine is very minimalist….the only two things on the counter are a coffee maker and a cookie jar.

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Jessica December 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Less is more!

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Brighid December 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Love this! Time for the decluttering to begin!

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Jennie H December 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Gorgeous kitchen!

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Erin in CO December 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Yes! I need to do this…too much ends up on the counter when it has another place to live!

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Jennifer Essad December 30, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Choose visually interesting vessels or containers for any fruit or veggies you’re planning to keep on the countertop

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karen@somewhatquirkydesign December 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I decorate with Kitchen Aid every chance I get!

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cheryl January 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Love all the ideas.gives me a lot to work with. Love kitchen aid.

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Catherine December 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I have a teeny kitchen, but I’ve never thought of installing hanging storage… I like that tip!

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Pamela Bolton December 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

All of your styling tips were excellent but #7 is really important in my kitchen. One piece of stray mail seems to clone itself into a big piile of unsightly junk.

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ella December 30, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I love the tip for keeping your color palette simple! That’s a good one, definitely useful.

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ash December 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Love the ideas and kitchen! Beautiful! Love the kitchenaid oven.

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Alina December 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I love tip #3. I show off my old cake platter that used to be my great grandmother’s. It’s simple and vintage but GORGEOUS!

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Sean C December 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Tip #4 Choose visually interesting vessels or containers for any fruit or veggies you’re planning to keep on the countertop, and vary the size and shape.

I always have fresh fruit displayed in a glass vase in the center of my island. It adds color and texture to the kitchen.

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Melissa December 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

I like this tip: “If your counter or cabinet space is at a premium, make use of hanging storage for fruit, pots and pans, and stovetop utensils”….my kitchen counter and cabinet space is next to nothing, so I’ll go for this tip.

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Jennifer December 30, 2014 at 11:05 pm

#4 is my favorite tip — I’ve got an old copper canister for my wooden utensils, and a beautiful onyx bowl for keys on the edge of the counter by the door.

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Stafford December 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

Tip #7 I can totally relate to. I try to follow this religiously. The “…resist the siren song to use your kitchen counters as a catch-all..” It’s so easy to walk in and throw keys and phone and other little things on the counter and move on. I bought myself a leather catch-all a year ago, and placed it in my entryway table and have been trying to use it.

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Rust December 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I’ve just recently started utilizing your tip 5 and it’s freed up a lot of space — 5. If your counter or cabinet space is at a premium, make use of hanging storage for fruit, pots and pans, and stovetop utensils.

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Debra Lee December 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I am definately going to incorporate some hanging storage to free up some space!

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Lori L. December 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Tip #4 is one I am going to have to work on. Right now I have a very unattractive basket for my fruits/veggies! I think I may have to go stainless steel 🙂

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Mary Sizemore December 31, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Wow, Wow!!! I would love to win the KitchenAid Mixer….red is my FAVORITE color!! I have always wanted this mixer, and the napkins-Gorgeous…gray is one of my new favorite colors!!

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Katie December 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Tip #6! I really need to remember that one! “Resist the urge to load up on decorative objects.”

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Cindi December 31, 2014 at 6:10 pm

What a lovely blog she has. I like the idea of her simple color palette…Many thanks for
this fabulous giveaway!
Cindi

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Rita A January 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I would make use of the Hanging Storage tip. I never thought of hanging baskets for fruit or other goodies.

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Ronda Garnett January 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Tip #4 Choose visually interesting vessels or containers for any fruit or veggies you’re planning to keep on the countertop, and vary the size and shape. I am always changing things to create interest and to keep ME from getting bored with the look.

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Saundra McKenzie January 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

I like the fresh flowers on the countertop idea, and the photo on the wall of the dresses. LOVE that!

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Angie J January 1, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Great ideas-I have too much clutter!

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katie January 1, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Beautiful kitchen!!

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Robin A. January 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

#7. I need a basket for all of the mail $ school papers

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Susan B January 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Must have a small vibrant green plant or herb in a simple white pot for kitchen beauty.

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Sharon January 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I need that splash of red mixer in my kitchen.

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Toni Marie Caravello Feimer January 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Start by taking everything—and I mean everything that isn’t bolted down or painted on—off your counters. Give them a thorough cleaning, and then step back, look, and think. Which appliances do you absolutely need to have at hand every single day?

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Maureen A. January 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

Love the clean, classic feel with a few unexpected touches!! Beautiful kitchen!!

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Susan Sauve January 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

I love the richness and the fact it feels like a lived in home. The natural elements paired with the clean white is beautiful.

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Catherine January 3, 2015 at 1:16 pm

beautiful kitchen!!

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Stephanie Chaney January 3, 2015 at 2:08 pm

I love white cabinets with marble countertops! It looks timeless and classic.

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Sara Hathaway January 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm

I love white cabinets. And I’d love to add some of the neutral linens to the Pine Cone Hill napkins I already have!

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vikki Webb January 3, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Would love to win this

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Sheryle Broehl-Spears January 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Love the style of the mixer

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Karen Wilson January 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Love the clean, minimal counters.

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Laura Reasor January 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Simple is best.
I have been looking for a wire tiered basket like that for years!

Now I want one of those countertop convection ovens.

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velder dixon January 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm

beautiful kitchen

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Liz January 3, 2015 at 6:56 pm

I really love the less is more idea. You don’t need a lot to have a beautiful kitchen.

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Jan January 4, 2015 at 1:28 am

I love the idea of hanging storage

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dale fish January 4, 2015 at 9:59 am

The blue one would so match our kitchen!

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kathleen January 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

resist the siren song to use your kitchen counters as a catch-all for car keys, mail, gloves, cell phones and other electronics, and the like…my downfall

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Betty Arp January 4, 2015 at 11:06 am

I like the idea of taking everything off the counter and start over.

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Linda Shaw January 4, 2015 at 11:36 am

I love white kitchen cabinets with marble countertops. Timeless and classic beauty. Plus I live where it rain a lot and a bright kitchen is a must!

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Kali Wilkinson January 4, 2015 at 11:53 am

I love all these tips, but I definitely need to declutter my counters asap!

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kellie January 4, 2015 at 12:03 pm

I love the idea to keep the color palette simple.

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Kellie January 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

I love the tip to keep the color palette simple.

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Reda January 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Like your blog very much. Lots of good stuff in it.

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Lauren Hallman January 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Oh the wonderful baking I would do all all the treats I would share.

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Melissa Adcox January 4, 2015 at 12:09 pm

I love the hanging storage idea and would love a kitchen aid mixer! You have beautiful ideas!

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Gala Wurdeman January 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Pretty and practical.

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joan cuba richardson January 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Beautiful kitchen. .just love it! 🙂

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Kathy cantrell January 4, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Keep your color palette simple.

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Sandra Kedanis January 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

reds my favorite color, won’t match. But I love it

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Annie H January 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

when I need design ideas I go to Annie’s site. Like her style.

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Ann Marie January 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Decluttering and hanging baskets would be the way to go.

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Carol Yemola January 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

I love the first tip! I recently did this with my dining room cabinets. I completely emptied them and found things that I didn’t even know were in there! I gave lots to my daughter (she loved the china) and donated the rest.

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Annette January 4, 2015 at 12:51 pm

I’ll use tip 5. “If your counter or cabinet space is at a premium, make use of hanging storage for fruit, pots and pans, and stovetop utensils.” My space is limited so I like the idea of going higher.

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LuAnn Crim January 4, 2015 at 12:51 pm

The light colors and clean lines make this kitchen the BEST.

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Mary Sotis January 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Love the simple color pallet idea and would love to have the mixer and linen for a new look.

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Maria Capella January 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm

All of the ideas are worth trying, plus I have had my kitchen aid mixer for over 20 years. Would love to upgrade to the 5 quart.

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Kristine Gambaiana January 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Beautiful ideas!

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Kristine January 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm

I love this. Great starting points.

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Colleen January 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

A colored mixer on the counter is s beautiful accent

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Taylor Clark January 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

This kitchen is it!! Our kitchen is long, but storage is scarce. I love the idea of hanging storage!

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Jordan Kahn January 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

I love the tip about keeping your counters from becoming a catch all. Such a good reminder to declutter and make sure everything has it’s own place.

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Linda January 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Beautiful!

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Jodi Deputy January 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Beautiful! I love to keep fresh fruits and veggies in baskets and bowls in my kitchen and dining room. Lovely to look at … and an easy-to-reach snack for the children!

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Jinnie January 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm

I love the kitchen.

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Jonathan G January 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm

All of the tips were helpful to me, probably because I’m moving into a mobile home soon, and will be looking to decorate a new kitchen, so tip # 3 stands out to me the most. “3. If you have an appliance or tool that you simply love to look at—think: a vintage enamel teakettle or a hammered copper saucepot—make it part of your countertop décor.”

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Trudi January 4, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Beautiful kitchen! Great tips….even bears repeating every year or so. Reevaluate what there that doesn’t need to be.

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Gen January 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Beautiful!!!

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Linda Holley January 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Fresh and organized for 2015!

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Jennifer January 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Wow – beautiful photos, styling and products!

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Pam Feerer January 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Love the bright kitchen with the all of the natural elements wood bowls, and fruit. This is the perfect balance in my mind’s eye.

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Terri January 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

I try my best to not clutter the countertops with both gadgets or decorations. We have a terribly small kitchen and I love to have my workspace accessible and clean.

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AlexisB January 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm

I love step #1. My counters always need a good cleaning!

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HL January 4, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Would make any kitchen look great!

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samantha roberts January 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Beautiful

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Lindsay L January 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

I’m going to remember the tip about overloading the kitchen with decorative items. It’s something I struggle with that!

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Deb C January 4, 2015 at 9:40 pm

One of the tips I need to keep in mind is ” Resist the urge to load up on decorative objects”. I do tend to collect too many of them and I want to display them but it becomes a jumble.

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Jasmine January 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm

That’s my dream kitchen!

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Bonnie January 4, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Number 4. Choose visually interesting vessels or containers for any fruit or veggies you’re planning to keep on the countertop, and vary the size and shape.
I have a red and white ceramnic colander with cherries painted on it. It makes me smile and would go perfect with the red Kitchenaid Mixer!

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Elisabeth January 5, 2015 at 1:08 am

I love tip #7! My counters so easily become
Filled up with all those little things!

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LC January 5, 2015 at 3:50 am

Beautiful kitchen. Especially love the hanging baskets!

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Jennifer January 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

SImplify!!

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Allie January 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

Less is more! Beautiful blue mixer and those countertops……swoon…..

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Chrissie Patterson January 5, 2015 at 11:01 am

I love the thought of keeping the color palette simple.
I have neutral cabinets and walls and us pops of color on my counter tops with useful and decorative items.

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Heather Radcliff January 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

I would love a nice big beautiful kitchen.

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Erin Rabatin January 5, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Choose visually interesting vessels or containers for any fruit or veggies you’re planning to keep on the countertop, and vary the size and shape
This is a great tip!!

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Susan Rabatin January 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm

I really need to do this one. I have way too much on my counters!

#6 Resist the urge to load up on decorative objects, no matter how large your kitchen counters.

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Michele Vannucci January 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Planning to redo my kitchen soon. Definitely using the tip to keep the color palette simple

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Angela Dixon January 5, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Going to try to put all my stuff on the counter in different kinds of interesting containers to give it more character

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Shannon January 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Great tips!! I love the idea of taking EVERYTHING off the counters first. That’s how I clean everything…closets, dressers, etc. I also like your tip to “make use of hanging storage for fruit, pots and pans, and stovetop utensils”.

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Donna January 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Less is more!! I have to remember that!! I love little decorations….I just run out of room!! So I need to just resist the urge and stay simple and clean!!:)

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Christina Z January 5, 2015 at 5:39 pm

I like tip 5 If your counter or cabinet space is at a premium, make use of hanging storage for fruit, pots and pans, and stovetop utensils. I need all the space I can get with my tiny kitchen.

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Vanessa LENZMEIER January 5, 2015 at 5:53 pm

I have always dreamed of having a red mixer.

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Michael Taylor January 5, 2015 at 7:56 pm

I’m all about rule number one…de-clutter! Minimalist is the way to go.

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carly g January 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Number 7: “Also resist the siren song to use your kitchen counters as a catch-all for car keys, mail, gloves, cell phones and other electronics, and the like. To truly get that editorial look, all of these items should be stored out of the kitchen, preferably on a console table in the entryway. If your home or apartment is small and you must store these items in the kitchen, tuck a pretty basket or opaque bowl on one end of the counters, and stash everything inside.” I am guilty of this not just in my kitchen but the whole house. I really need to investing some cute everyday item storage.

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Colleen Boudreau January 6, 2015 at 12:34 am

I like top #2. Keep your color palette simple.

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Deb January 6, 2015 at 1:34 am

Love tip 7. Going to do that!

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Donna Patterson January 6, 2015 at 6:13 am

With having limited counter space, I have learned to be selective with what I can keep out. The urge to load up on decorative objects is always a struggle. I try to keep them under control as much as possible. Trying to find a happy balance. This was a great article!

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Kathy January 6, 2015 at 7:04 am

That blue, so gorgeous. A must leave out, kitchen tool for the baker in all of us!

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Jeanne January 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

A colorful mixer add instant wow to any kitchen!

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Patti B January 6, 2015 at 11:25 am

Love her #3 tip, leave out an appliance or piece you love. I love vintage serving plates, so I will definitely leave one of these for display on my counters!

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Natalie M January 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

She makes a good point on getting the non-kitchen stuff out, we have almost no counter space, but keys and such still seem to end up there, I need to look at more hanging storage in the entry

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Janel M. January 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm

I would use the 4th tip of using visually interesting vessels or containers for fruit you’re planning to keep on the countertop. So smart and simple!

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Louise January 6, 2015 at 11:09 pm

“Resist the urge!” Yes, it’s so tough, but the best advice is to remain clutter free! Makes you feel calm and capable!

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Mimi January 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

#3 – get inspired when you view your appliances! When I see the red Kitchen Aid I think of candied apples, then apple pie, pie crust, pie crust cookies, sugar and cinnamon…. it just goes on and on and on….

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Barbara Bomba January 10, 2015 at 11:11 am

I have been going to a kitchen store “Now You’re Cooking” in Bath, Maine and heading straight toward the mixers for 4 years now. I love the Kitchen-Aid. My mother had one way back I was little and now I want one!

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marcia muddiman January 10, 2015 at 11:17 am

Would love to win this!

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Meredith January 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm

So clean and bright and cheerful!

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Stephanie O'Day January 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Tip #7 suites me perfectly! 7. Also resist the siren song to use your kitchen counters as a catch-all for car keys, mail, gloves, cell phones and other electronics, and the like.

I am the world’s worst about stashing things like this on my kitchen counter!

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Meaghan Arnhold January 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm

I am going to go with tip #2, keep it simple!!!!!

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klynn January 10, 2015 at 8:39 pm

I like her idea about rotating decorative objects.

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Betty Canterbury January 10, 2015 at 9:23 pm

i would use the keep your color palette simple.

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Marla Timmins January 11, 2015 at 10:45 am

I absolutely love the repetitive pops of color. My favorite picture is the one with the hanging basket with green apples, green honeydew in the blender and the green sparkling water bottle. I love to add color this way! Plus I love that Kitchen Aid gets this. I would love one of these blenders in a jadeite color to match my garbage can and random Jadeite dishes that show up in my kitchen!

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Diane Bassette January 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Take everything off from top to bottom and clean it ..I would put back only what was utilized often!

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Meghan Finley January 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I love the idea of making favorite appliances part of the countertop decor especially something as lovely as this mixer!

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Stephanie Reed January 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

I would keep the color palette simple, as advised!

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trista hevey January 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm

I like: 4. Choose visually interesting vessels or containers for any fruit or veggies you’re planning to keep on the countertop, and vary the size and shape.

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Shannon F January 11, 2015 at 10:33 pm

“Aim to showcase no more than four decorative accessories at a time, and make sure you leave adequate spacing between them, rather than bunching them together in a single corner.”

This is something I struggle with as I love everything I see and then I have nowhere to put it all. I love the idea of rotating it out.

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Kevin January 11, 2015 at 10:42 pm

I think the biggest tip for me is not using our kitchen counters as a catch-all for car keys, mail, gloves, cell phones and other electronics. We have a habit of doing this in my house.

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diane January 20, 2015 at 8:31 am

where do you announce winner?

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Fresh American January 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm

We’ll announce it here, Diane! Just waiting to hear back from our lucky winner.

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diane January 21, 2015 at 8:16 am

I’ll respond 🙂

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