Mix and match accents in metal and stone in no particular arrangement for a kitchen rooted in rusticity
Photography by Tanuj Ahuja, Styling by Sonia Dutt

Repurpose ceramic pots and metal buckets to store handy kitchen tools

Culture Curry: Explore the kitchen of a seasoned traveller


by Aditi Gaitonde Oct 23, 2015

So, you’re a globetrotter who loves collecting souvenirs, only to keep them locked up in a glass cabinet or at the back of your wardrobe. To conquer your fear of mixing cultural treasures with your existing decor, look to the kitchen of Christine and Aman Rai’s home in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh – it's filled with souvenirs paired perfectly with local finds. 

Think beyond the box. So what if the sole purpose of a metal bucket you found in South East Asia is to hold water. Throw away the instruction manual and try using it to store kitchen utilities instead. Use hollow containers you picked up at your last flea market run to hold spoons and forks. 

Like the Rais, decorate your cookroom with ethnic finds like an antique rack from Jodhpur, brass church candle stands from Kerala, a Kashmir copper teapot and cane baskets from Bali. Mix metals, materials and finishes to achieve an Eastern vintage vibe. 

Get this look
Above
Antique rack from Jodhpur
Brass candle stands from Kerala
Copper teapot from Kashmir
Cane baskets from Bali 

Left
Ceramics from Japan
Mini brass bucket from a local flea market 

Repurpose ceramic pots and metal buckets to store handy kitchen tools