My infatuation with copper deepened this holiday season when I came uponâ€”and attempted to ransackâ€”my motherâ€™s copper cookware collection (turns out sheâ€™s rather partial to the collection herself). The oh-so-shiny, oh-so-conductive metal looks great whether freshly polished or slightly tarnished, whether hung majestically from a rack or used as a casserole dish. With copper prices continuing their upward trajectoryâ€”and not wanting to have to lift and scrap copper in order to afford some of my ownâ€”I began hunting down some affordable pieces to get a collection going.
Moscow Mule fans will clamor for these solid copper mugs, but theyâ€™ll keep other drinks pleasantly chilled too. $19.99 each from Kitchen & Company.
A mixing bowl worthy of Julia Child herself: Mauvielâ€™s copper 4.9-QT beating bowl with handy holding ring. $89.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond.
Made of copper wire and lined in mesh, this handmade tea strainer is pretty and practical. $58 from Canoe.
This 4-piece set of copper-plated canisters would look right at home in a French farm houseâ€”or your houseâ€”and is the perfect place to store flour, sugar, coffee and other staples. $61.99 from Overstock.
This very solid-looking copper and brass nautical oil lamp isnâ€™t just for skippers and lighthouse keepersâ€”use it in place of candles for a cozy winter dinner. In the warmer months it makes an awesome outdoor lantern.Â $169.95 from Garret Wade.
Just imagine the sheen youâ€™d achieve by hanging your copper cookware from a copper rack! The top shelf is ideal for storing lids or cookbooks. $144.99 from Home Depot.