It's not hard to spot the favorite cutting board in a cook's kitchen—it's the one that bears the most nicks, scorches, and stains. While those scars confirm its essential role, they're also an eyesore. I like this solution, which is equal parts practical and aesthetic: Suspended from a backsplash rail, a sturdy metal sleeve keeps the trusty board close and concealed. elmarcucine.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.