There is something sublime about opening your kitchen cabinets and looking back at your foods stored in uniform, oh-so-charming glass jars. They’re practical (the air tight vessels keep critters out while keeping your food fresh for longer) and, more importantly, they’re pretty (they transform cluttered cabinets into airy, artful arrangements that inspire you to create glorious meals — or at least, a bowl of pasta). It’s the way my mother stored grains and lentils growing up. I was recently reminded about the pure genius of this organizing method by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen and in the January issue of Martha Stewart Living, which spotlights the minimal chic kitchen of fashion designer Jenni Kayne. Don’t get intimidated — you don’t have to have 4,000 jars like Kayne. I say start with a few, you can find good deals at Overstock.com.
Photo by Lisa Romerein. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living magazine. Copyright © 2013.