Looking to refresh some of the pieces in your kitchen? You decide which upgrades are worth the investment.



A glass carafe is a staple item for entertaining—perfect for refreshing guests’ water glasses during a dinner party.

Splurge: Hand blown from Finnish glass, this delicate piece is finished off with a spout for a perfect pour.
To buy: Gray Carafe, $104; abchome.com.

Save: This sturdy pitcher boasts delicate detailing at the base and—best of all—is dishwasher safe.
To buy: MIKASA Swirl Smoke Glass Water Carafe, $29; lordandtaylor.com.



Try something new and incorporate multicolored utensils in the rotation. Both options are dishwasher-safe and will surely make a statement on your table.

Splurge: This set of stainless steel, Italian-made utensils flaunts the look of a mood ring (with colors ranging from bright yellow to energetic violet) and will delight dinnertime guests.
To buy: Natura Rainbow Flatware Place Setting, $175; neimanmarcus.com.

Save: This utensil set appears sultry and rich (with darker, more iridescent hues) and would make an ideal accessory atop a modern table.
To buy: Rainbow Flatware, $48 for 5; momastore.org.


Serving Bowl

Elegant and sophisticated, these copper vessels aren’t just for show. Both bowls are food safe and can fit large portions of salads or side dishes.

Splurge: Perfectly imperfect, this solid brass bowl is given the designer's signature sculpted look and finished with a copper coating.
To buy: Copper Large Fruit Bowl, $290; shophorne.com.

Save: The gleaming interior is juxtaposed against this serving bowl’s rough welded edge for a unique look.
To buy: Keaton Round Serving Bowl, $40; crateandbarrel.com.


Marble Board

Serve fruit, cheese, or bite-size desserts from a chic marble board at your next get-together.

Splurge: Crafted by artisans from solid white marble, this sturdy, 18-inch long board has been hand smoothed for a flawless finish.
To buy: White Marble Rectangular Board, $40; williams-sonoma.com.

Save: This weighty piece highlights the marble's natural markings, meaning no two are exactly alike.
To buy:Large White Marble Paddle Serving Board, $16; target.com.


Glass Tumbler

These gilded glasses will add a hint of shine to your table.

Splurge: Hand blown, colored glass is accented with a gold banded rim for a festive touch.
To buy: Gold-Dipped Tumbler, $24; anthropologie.com.

Save: This tapered glassware is enhanced by an organic brushstroke ring along the rim.
To buy: Golden Rim Tumbler, $10; zarahome.com.



Protect your furnishings from water rings and stains with the help of these teak accessories.

Splurge: Made from hand-picked teak logs from Uganda, these sophisticated square coasters come contained within a sleek brass holder.
To buy: Pure Brass & Teak Coasters,$110 for 4; food52.com.

Save: Simple and functional, these round wooden coasters bring an element of nature indoors.
To buy: Teak Coasters, $20 for 4; surlatable.com.


Serving Spoons

A sturdy serving set is necessary when doling out portions of your favorite foods.

Splurge: Minimalist and machine-washable, these golden servers boast a stainless steel core that will ensure a long life.
To buy: Gold Salad Serving Spoons,$39; westelm.com.

Save: The textured metallic handles mimic the look of tree bark while the deep curve of each utensil make serving simpler.
To buy: Metallic 2-Piece Salad Server Set in Gold, $20; bedbathandbeyond.com.