10 kitchen upgrades under $50

Bon Appetit

If you can't jet off to a faraway land to hit your refresh button this summer, don't worry: Here are some simple--affordable--upgrades you can use to make your kitchen into a beautiful, comfortable destination in its own right.

Courtesy of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

Our favorite biodegradable cleaning products, Mrs. Meyer's, is the official dish soap of the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen, after all--now come in a springy Bluebell scent. (Think vetiver, bergamot, and tuberose.)

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Bluebell Liquid Hand Soap and Dish Soap, $4 each; mrsmeyers.com

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Turkish towels work in every room of the house--to brighten a bathroom, to dress up a dresser, and, of course, to clean up in the kitchen.

Fouta hand towel, $19; scentsandfeel.com

Courtesy of momastore.org

If there ever was one item on your table that says "party," this is it.

MoMA Design Rainbow Tray, $40 ($32 for members) ; momastore.org

Courtesy of Global Table

Cheese utensils are nothing new, but in clean teak and polished stainless steel, we think your knife drawer deserves another set.

Cheese utensil set, $46; globaltable.com

Courtesy of Target Pressroom

Richard Lambertson and Suzanne Cassano bring the bohemian-chic feel of their Connecticut boutique, Privet House, to Target in early May, as part of The Shops at Target series.

Privet House for Target Cheeseboard, $14; target.com for locations

Photo by Jonathon Kambouris

Swap your standard-issue Brita pitcher for this minimalist Danish design. (And they don't just look good--they're user-friendly, too, since you can use regular water filters in them.)

Water jug, $50; steltonusa.com

Courtesy of Canvas Home

Think felt is only for doll-house decor and summer camp blankets? Nay. We find these hand-felted place mats from Nepal tres chic.

Felt place mats, $22 each; canvashomestore.com

Courtesy of West Elm

South African ceramicist John Newdigate designed this porcelain bowl with the sea in mind, as part of a limited-edition collaboration with West Elm. The wide, shallow shape is perfect for pasta.

Wave Low Bowl, $24 for 4; westelm.com

Courtesy of Sur la Table

The science: air-pressure brewing shortens filtering time to 20 seconds. The goods: more flavor and less acid.

AeroPress espresso maker, $30, surlatable.com

Courtesy of HSN

Our food editors tested and approved every piece in Bon Appetit's cookware line for HSN. Tri-ply means this pan's surface heats evenly, plus it can go from your stovetop to the oven.

Bon Appétit Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel 12" Open Frypan, $50; hsn.com

 

 

 

 

 

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