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Object Lessons: The Mason Cash Mixing Bowl

From Megan Wilson

British ceramics are often associated with the potteries at Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, but the tiny village of Church Gresley, in Derbyshire, made a very valuable contribution by giving us Mason Cash (as well as blue-and-white striped Cornishware). Like Stoke, the area was once rich in clay and coal deposits, idyllic conditions for running a kiln. In 1901, Thomas Cash bought a century-old pottery in Church Gresley called Mason, and soon after introduced the Mason Cash mixing bowl. It's been a staple of every British kitchen great and small ever since.

Unchanged over the years, the bowl is easy to recognize: It has an exterior the color and texture of an English custard cream biscuit, and a smooth white interior akin to the biscuit's butter-cream filling. The embossed pattern is not merely decorative—it provides a good grip for mixing and beating by hand, and the wide, shallow bowl is ideal for kneading dough. Over time, other shapes have been added and subtracted to the Mason Cash repertoire, but the mixing bowl has always remained the signature piece. Here are some examples of Mason Cash staples available today.

Five to Buy

Mason Cash, classic British mixing bowls, from Food 52 | Remodelista

Above: The Mason Cash Mixing Bowl is offered in two sizes at Provisions: The 3.5-quart and 5.25-quart bowls are $35 and $55 respectively. Space was as much a concern in grand Victorian kitchens as it is today, so Mason Cash mixing bowls have always been stackable.

Above: The traditional pudding basin also hails from Church Gresley. This stackable bowl is for cooking a treacle, steam pudding, or traditional breadcrumb-custard concoction known as "queen of puddings." The Mason Cash Set shown here is available at Kaufmann Mercantile; the bowls are sold separately for $8.95 to $17.95 each.

Above: The Mason Cash Ceramic Baking Dish, 9.75 inches across and 2 inches deep, is ideal for gratins, cobblers, and pies; $17.95 at Kaufmann Mercantile.

Above: The Mason Cash Pestle & Mortar, a favorite of many cooks, has a bowl with an unglazed interior and the pestle has an especially wide base for greater area coverage. This example, with a 4-inch-wide, 3-inch-deep bowl and a 6-inch-long pestle, is $42 at Whisk and Bowl.

Above: The Mason Cash Counter Grip Bowl has been recently reintroduced from the archives. Its incorporated stand enables the bowl to be held steady at an angle to better reach the ingredients at the bottom. This one, 12 inches wide and 5.25 inches tall, is $49.95 at Pacific Merchants.

Object Lessons columnist Megan Wilson is the owner of Ancient Industries and the curator of the Remodelista 100, a collection of everyday essential objects featured in the Remodelista book. watch for her column every Tuesday, and have a look at her past lessons on iconic designs, including the Pastel Enamel Pot and Shaker Storage Solutions.

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The Dean Hotel: Providence's Answer to the Ace

From Meredith Swinehart

A first in a city packed with corporate chain hotels, The Dean, in Providence, Rhode Island, is an Ace-inspired gathering place with a playful vibe and a flair for applying a fresh spin to old New England design. 

The hotel was created with the hope of becoming a local point of pride: Most of the furnishings and accoutrements are the work of designers and artists in and around Providence. The fact that it was developed by New York real estate and interior design firm ASH NYC might be damning—except that ASH founder and CEO Ari Heckman is a Providence native and cheerleader.

The Dean's interiors are the perfect draw for parents of students at Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, but the hotel is also young and ready for fun: a coffee bar and Hofbräuhaus-style restaurant are the tamer of the four in-house establishments; a karaoke bar and seductively decorated cocktail lounge are the more risqué. And waiting in the lobby for those ready to explore Providence is an army of fixed-gear bikes.

Photography via The Dean.

Lounge with Original Vintage Tile, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: The Dean is set in a 1912 brick building, originally an Episcopalian social services center, and later a brothel turned strip club. The lobby displays the original tiled floor, which was uncovered during the renovation.

Italian Style Coffee Bar at The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: The lobby also hosts a cafe modeled on traditional Italian stand-up espresso bars. 

Above: A bench-seating table at Faust, The Dean's Bavarian restaurant.

Bedroom with Black Barn Door in The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Furniture in the 52 guest rooms is a mix of custom-designed and vintage pieces. Developer Ari Heckman told Sleeper magazine, "We asked ourselves if we could use local artisans for everything, and it turns out it was actually more affordable to do so."

The light fixtures are by Will Cooper, creative director at ASH NYC. They're the first products in ASH's soon-to-launch furnishings line.

Portrait and Furniture, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: The top-floor suite has four connected rooms and sleeps up to 10. 

Bathroom with Shower in Glass Wall and Black Door, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: A revealing shower in a double room is described as "ideal for voyeurs and exhibitionists." 

Antique European Portrait, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Artwork is a mix of vintage European portraits found in Paris and contemporary photography by RISD students and alums.

Vintage Persian or Kilim Rug, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Classic rugs—some Persian, some Turkish—add color to otherwise neutral rooms. 

Vintage Bench and Hangers, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Instead of closets and dressers, rooms are kitted out with simple hanging hardware. (Pack lightly.)

Chairs in an Open Plan Bathroom of The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Another staple absent from guest rooms? Phones. The hotel's general manager told the Providence Journal, "We find that passé; everyone has a cell phone these days." 

Black and White Bathroom with Brass Fixtures, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Bathrooms are in black and white with brass hardware. The mirrors were designed by ASH's Cooper and Heckman.

Brahms Mount Blanket at The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Beds have linens by Matouk of nearby Fall River, Massachusetts, and custom-woven blankets by Brahms Mount of Maine, both longtime Remodelista favorites.

Bunk Beds at Night, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Bunkbeds, anyone? The Dean's blackened steel bed frames and desks are by Providence artist Nate Nadeau.  

Glamorous Red and Black Bath, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: A bathroom off the Magdalenae Room, "an intimate and discreet" cocktail lounge modeled after European hotel bars. 

Pink Walls and Crystal Chandelier, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Pink walls and overtly romantic lighting nod to the building's past.

Pink Paint and Lobby Sign, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Basic needs—plus karaoke. 

Exterior Brick Renovated Facade, The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island | Remodelista

Above: Kite Architects of Providence restored the building's original architecture, including the facade. For more information and reservations, see The Dean.

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10 Favorites: Wall-Mounted Candleholders as Mood Lights

From Margot Guralnick

Is there anything more festive or flattering than candlelight? Not that we've discovered—and we've been looking (see 11 Ways to Instantly Look Younger). For full drama on special occasions, consider lining your walls castle-style with mounted candleholders. Just be sure to keep an eye on the flames.

Black Pivot candleholder by Fort Standard | Remodelista

Above: Pivot, a new design from Fort Standard of Brooklyn, has a moveable steel arm and a stone candleholder that can also be taken out and used on its own. It's available in black (shown here) with a granite holder and white with a Carrara marble holder; $350 directly from Fort Standard, available starting at the end of November.

Wall of Flame candleholders by Frederik Roije | Remodelista

Above: Dutch designer Frederik Roijé's Wall of Flame consists of single-arm candleholders of powder-coated metal. Made in Holland, they're available in dark gray (shown here) and white; €29 ($36) each from the Frederik Roijé Shop.

Marble wall sconces by Fort Standard NYC | Remodelista

Above L and R: Another just-launched design by Fort Standard, the Stone Candle Sconce, $420, comes in white Carrara marble and black granite, and has a removable candleholder.

POV stainless wire candleholder | Remodelista

Above: A modular design by Danish company Menu, the POV Wall Candleholder is made of powder-coated steel and comes in eight finishes, including black (shown), white, gray, chrome, and brass. It holds tea lights and works equally well individually and clustered; $34.95 from Menu.

Abel Brushed Silver Wall Sconce from Not On The High Street UK | Remodelista

Above: From UK consortium Not on the High Street, the Abel Brushed Wall Sconce by Rowen & Wren is made of metal with a soft silver finish that reflects candlelight; $46.88 each.

Ryssby Mirror Sconce from Ikea | Remodelista

Above: Mirrored sconces that amplify light are a tradition dating to pre-electricity days. This pleasingly simple version from Ikea, the Ryssby 2014, is prehistorically priced at $7.99.

Renaud Sauve porcelain candleholder via Mjolk | Remodelista

Above: Quebec potter Renaud Sauvé of Atelier Des Cent Ans's Wall-Hung Porcelain Candleholder is $80 CAD ($70.43 USD) at Mjölk. N.B.: The piece is currently sold out; inquire about availability. Mjölk recently held a show of Sauvé's work in its Toronto gallery.

Pottery Barn Artisanal Candleholder | Remodelista

Above: The Pillar Holder, one for $24, a pair for $44, is from Pottery Barn's collection of Artisanal Candle Holders made of cast aluminum with a blackened bronze finish.


Marstrand Candle Lantern from the Dwell Store | Remodelista

Above: Made for indoor and outdoor use, the Marstrand Candle Lantern by Danish company Skarsgaarden hangs from leather straps around a Swedish blown-glass hurricane lamp; $150 from the Dwell Store.

Viabizzuno wall-mounted candleholder by Gabriele Pezzini | Remodelista

Above: One we'd like to replicate: Alvaline, a concept design by Gabriele Pezzini for Italian lighting company Viabizzuno, features a mounted candleholder and companion book of matches.

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Steal This Look: A Kitchen Designed for Entertaining

From Alexa Hotz

Interior designer Summer Thornton took a masculine approach to the remodel of an early 1900s French Tudor in Evergreen Park, Illinois, a half hour south of Chicago. The house was overhauled for a single man—one who likes to entertain—and the plan allows for ample growth and plenty of guests.

With its classic French range and industrial accents, the grand-scale kitchen is a healthy mix of modern warmth and ruggedness. Here's a look at the design and how to source the key elements.

Summer Thornton Kitchen Remodelista

Above: A long marble-topped island runs down the center of the eat-in kitchen ending with a circular dining table. The range is set within a brick niche. Photograph from Summer Thornton Design.

Summer Thornton Kitchen Remodelista

Above: Thornton's firm designed and built all the cabinetry, including the columns of rustic open shelves on either side of the range.

Summer Thornton Design Kitchen Remodelista

Above: Large baskets tucked below the island add an extra layer of storage in the kitchen.


La Cornu CornuFé Stove in Stainless Steel | Remodelista

Above: La Cornue's CornuFé Stove in Stainless Steel is available with chrome accents or, as seen above, chrome and brass accents; $8,600 at Williams-Sonoma.

Sub Zero BIUG 36 Refrigerator | Remodelista

Above: See what you've got: The Sub-Zero BI-36UG Built-in Bottom Freezer Drawer Refrigerator is $9,949 through approved dealers.

Faucets & Hardware

Kallista Wall-Mounted Pot Filler Faucet | Remodelista

Above: A handy feature mounted over the range, the Kallista One Wall-Mounted Pot Filler has a 22-inch reach; $1,095 in chrome finish. Also available in nickel silver and brushed nickel through Kallista. Pot fillers are a Remodelista favorite; for more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Pot Filler Faucets.

Schoolhouse Electric Edgecliff Pull in Natural Brass | Remodelista

Above: Similar to the cabinet hardware on the sink wall, Schoolhouse Electric's Edgecliff Pull is made of solid natural brass and comes in three sizes: 6, 8, and 11 inches; $28 to $50 each.


Acquatinta Glass Pendant Light | Remodelista

Above: Designed by Michele de Lucchi and made of Murano glass, the Aquatinta Suspension Lamp in clear glass is $730 at Horne. Another glass pendant we like is the Mega-Bulb Pendant Light by Sofie Refer; $290 at YLighting.

Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand Potence Lamp | Remodelista

Above: To light the dining table, Thornton selected the long-armed, modern classic Potence Lamp, designed in 1950 by Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand; $1,870 at Design Within Reach. For more like it, see 5 Favorites: Prouvé-Inspired Swing Arm Lights and High/Low: The Iconic Potence Lamp by Jean Prouvé.

Restoration Hardware Modern Taper Sconce with Linen Shade | Remodelista

Above: Restoration Hardware's Modern Taper Sconce, like the dressy wall lights over the sink, has a polished chrome base and white linen shade; $129.


Williams-Sonoma Larkspur Marble-Top Kitchen Island | Remodelista

Above: For a stand-alone kitchen island with similar appeal, Williams-Sonoma's Marble-Top Kitchen Island has a white farmhouse-style base and a Carrara marble counter; $3,695. For other ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Instant Kitchen Islands and get inspired by 11 Kitchen Islands Gone Glamorous

West Elm Mid-Century Round Dining Table | Remodelista

Above: The Mid-Century Round Dining Table has a solid eucalyptus base and walnut veneered top; $499 from West Elm.

Michael Thonet Era Chair in Black | Remodelista

Above: Michael Thonet's bentwood Era Chair, designed in 1859, is on sale for $141.75 to $189, depending on color (ordinarily $165 to $189) at Design Within Reach. See it and other options in 10 Easy Pieces: Wood Dining Chairs for Under $200.

West Elm L-Beam Wall Shelf | Remodelista

Above: For an industrial, wall-mounted shelf akin to the one of the sink counter, consider the L-Beam Wall Shelf with metal brackets and mango wood shelves; $249 at West Elm.


Simplex Gas Mirror Chrome Finish Over Solid Copper Kettle | Remodelista

Above: The Simplex Gas Kettle has a mirror chrome finish over solid copper; $189.95. See 10 Easy Pieces: Classic Tea Kettles for more.

West Elm Gallery Frames | Remodelista

Above: A framed print by the sink brings art into the kitchen. West Elm's Gallery Frames range from $12 to $69 depending on size. To replicate the look, find more inspiration in The New Art Gallery: Paintings in the Kitchen.

Canvas Home Blonde Cutting Boards | Remodelista

Above: The Canvas Blond Cutting Board is made by Amish woodworkers from American hardwoods; $68 each at Canvas Home.

Williams-Sonoma Open Kitchen Stainless Steel Colanders Set | Remodelista

Above: The Williams-Sonoma Open Kitchen Stainless Steel Colander Set of 3 is $38.

Small Double Handle Storage Basket from Toast | Remodelista

Above: The Small Double-Handle Storage Basket is made of woven water hyacinth; £49 ($78) at Toast, in the UK.

Nickey Kehoe Match Pewter Candlestick Pair | Remodelista

Above: From Nickey Kehoe, in LA, Match Pewter Candlesticks from the north of Italy are $135 for a pair.

March Hand Dipped Taper Candles | Remodelista

Above: Hand-Dipped Taper Candles made in the US are $8 a pair at March, in San Francisco.

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