Kitchen Organization

Cutest Dish Rack Ever

We added a dishwasher back when we remodeled our kitchen, but I’ve been washing Eleanor’s bottles, bowls, and spoons by hand. A tea towel on the counter worked well for laying everything out to dry, but then I found the grass drying rack by Boon. It’s adorable.

Cutest Dish Rack Ever

I tried to make the other side of the sink cute too. The green soap dispenser is for hand soap, and the olive oil bottle is for dish soap.

Soap Dispensers

The green one is great but the other isn’t working out as well. I liked the look of it much more than any actual dispensers I had seen, so I thought I was being very clever when I bought it. When I tried to use it though, I realized I’d have to dilute the soap considerably for it to pour through the spout. Oh well. At least I tried, right?

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  • Mandy Ford
    March 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

    The grass drying rack is adorable! We just switched to using an oil bottle for our dish soap too, and it does come out a lot slower, but we’ve noticed that we’re saving soap that way because we don’t use nearly as much.

  • jbhat
    March 16, 2010 at 11:02 am

    The drying rack is perfect. I heart everything Boon. Love the snackball.


    • Making it Lovely
      March 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

      Yep, I’ve got the snack ball too. :)

  • Amy Kelly
    March 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

    What a cheery sink you have! I’ve been wanting to find a pretty vessel to hold my dish soap, hand soap, and lotion but I haven’t found the perfect solution yet. It’s a shame the olive oil bottle isn’t very practical, it’s so cute!

  • Cynthia
    March 16, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Hi Nicole how lovely is this!!!!!!!!!!!! And what kind of plant is that?!? I need one!

    • Making it Lovely
      March 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

      They’re flowers. Kermits or mums, I think.

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode
    March 16, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I concur with Mandy. I had the same trouble, but I don’t mind, because in reality we tend to use more soap than we need to. Just a thought.

    Anyway, it all looks super cute!!!

  • Keri
    March 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

    reminds me of this-

    umbra grassy holder. i have one on my desk and love it!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I’m loving that dish rack. Been thinking about replacing my plastic bottles with nice glass one’s. I like the one’s they have at target!

  • Allison
    March 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I have used something similar for dish soap with no problem … an old lemonade bottle with a top that I bought at a resto supply store. Maybe the style of top on mine works better for something viscous like soap? Or maybe my soap was thinner….

    Anyhow, here’s a picture of it:

    • Making it Lovely
      March 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

      Love it!

    • Christina
      March 17, 2010 at 7:23 am

      I love that too!!! Very pretty!

  • Deborah
    March 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I do the same thing with dish soap, but I buy super cheap dish soap so it pours through nicely. I have a dishwasher so I only use it when I’m soaking something in the sink.

    I’m loving mine! So much cuter than the bottle.

  • Jessica at Lavender and Lilies
    March 16, 2010 at 11:18 am

    So cute. I love how you carry the pink through your house. I had the same problem when I tried to use a bottle like that for dish soap.

  • Jean
    March 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

    The olive oil dispenser is beautiful and ingenious! I just started using liquid castile soap for, well, everything, including as dish soap. You’re supposed to water down castile soap so it might work perfectly in your olive oil dispenser.

  • Tiffany
    March 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I use a syrup dispenser like you would see at a diner for my dishsoap. Same kind of look, and the top makes dispensing just a little bit pretty easy.

    And your house is adorable as always! I’m always inspired and a pinch jealous at how effortless you make it look!

  • Mrs Soup
    March 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Oh man, that is so cute….and what a GREAT idea with the olive oil….we’ll have to see if we can get ours to work…we have one with a bigger hole that may work.

  • Elisa @ whatthevita
    March 16, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I read your blog while cooking my breakfast.. then I looked over to my kitchen sink.. and I’m looking at my DAWN dish soap still in its plastic bottle, sitting right by my sink. It’s never looked uglier. Thanks for the idea… Make dish soap look pretty!

  • anna
    March 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I have a more functional (less form-tastic) olive oil pourer for my dish soap, and I’ve never had to dilute it. So I guess you have to decide between pretty and “it works” sometimes. :)

  • christina in nh
    March 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

    i just noticed that pottery barn reissued the original 70’s star wars sheets! is your husband campaigning for them yet? hehe

    • Making it Lovely
      March 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

      He actually had those when he was a kid!

  • Emma
    March 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Cute, yes. But, a good place to grow mold fast. No, thanks!

    • Making it Lovely
      March 16, 2010 at 11:43 am

      The grass part pops out and the whole thing is dishwasher safe.

  • Erika @ Practical Princess
    March 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

    That is the cutest sink I have ever seen! Too cute =)

  • Uyek
    March 16, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I use the same olive oil bottle/spout for my detergent and had the same problem with the slow flowing soap. However, a trick of my mother’s saved the day: dilute the soap with some vinegar. It will speed things up and, according to Mum, makes the dishes cleaner too.

    Great dish drying rack!!
    I do the bottles-on-a-tea-towel-on-the-countertop too. I am so ordering that rack right now!!

  • Jenny
    March 16, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I love the drying rack but was wondering if you found it to get a moldy smell. That is my only fear if I get it as it does not have anywhere to drain. Would love your feedback.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      No, I haven’t experienced any problems.

  • Charlene @ Sweetchic
    March 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    AHH! I can’t get over how pretty your SINK area is, of all places! What type of pink dish soap is that? It is the prettiest color…

  • charmaine
    March 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    The drying rack is so cute! I use an oil bottle for my dish soap as well, so far no problem. The sink is adorable!

  • Emily
    March 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Where did you get that adorable baby bowl? My little girl is starting solids so I’m in the market, and everything seems to bright and gaudy.

  • dolores
    March 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I would love to do dishes in that sink any day! Everything looks perfect!!

  • MB
    March 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I love it! That is the cuttest and coolest drying rack I have ever seen! I’m lovin’ the pink dish soap bottle too. I put our dish soup in an old chemistry bottle. Dish soap in a glass bottle is actually a pretty thing, who knew…Thanks for sharing all your creativity with the world, you’re fabulous!

  • Margaret
    March 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I use a glass sparkling lemonade bottle. It has the old fashioned top attached by a metal clasp, you know the kind? Darling and works like a dream.

  • Audrie
    March 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    That’s the cutest drying rack ever!! Now I want one!

  • Katrina
    March 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    That is the cutest drying rack ever! I’ll have to get one for my best friends baby

  • Win
    March 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I dilute dish soap 1:6 with water in my olive oil bottle. This is for washing individual dishes. In fact, I think this is the recommendation (might have read this on Apartment Therapy a few years ago) because otherwise the soap is far too concentrated.

  • Scientific Housewife
    March 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    That drying rack is awesome! That would look so neat in my kitchen :)

  • c
    March 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    oh gosh. i love everything about your kitchen, nicole!

  • Mrs. Jones
    March 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I used the olive oil dispenser thing for a while, too, but had the same problem. Then I bought this and I love it! Just as cute but more functional.

  • Kimberly @ Daily Sip Studios
    March 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Love how fresh the kitchen looks. Nice, clean color palette! Love it!

  • Tracy
    March 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Pottery Barn makes a clear pump for their bath line.. I use mine with light blue in the kitchen. Works great, and great simple styling!

  • christie
    March 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    SO cute! Does the grass come off so you can wash out the white part?

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      Yep, it comes apart. The whole thing can go in the dishwasher (if you have one) too.

  • Danielle
    March 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I saw this on Land of Nod’s website! Very cute! Now I know that I want it also!

  • Decofabulous
    March 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    May not function properly but it sure looks beautiful. :) I have been using a couple of clear soap dispensers for both the liquid soap and the washing up liquid. It gets some people confused when they come to the kitchen but it looks soo much better than the original botthles of both liquids.

  • sarah
    March 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I love your kitchen.

    I’ve been using the Limmaren bottles from Ikea for my dish soap for a few years with no problems aside from a little rust spot on the spout, which stays away if I wipe a little oil on it periodically.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

      Oh, DUH. I actually have those bottles! They’re upstairs in the bathroom looking pretty but being functionless. I should try one out!

  • Brigite
    March 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Gah! I must have that drying rack. I looked at the description and it’s recommended for bottles, etc. Would you recommend it as a replacement to a traditional rack for a non-baby household? We have a dishwasher but was certain items (glasses & pots and pans) by hand.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:12 pm

      It’s kind of small. It would be fine for a few glasses, but not much more.

  • Mefi
    March 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    you make the sink look awesome. thanks for the tip.

  • Jan
    March 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Love the dish rack! At least you tried with the olive oil bottle; and it seems you’ve gotten some good advise about it.

  • CaliKatrina
    March 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Ah! A fellow BOON lover!
    Your grass looks perfect and oh so lovely. :)

  • In Honor Of Design
    March 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    you find the cutest things! Thanks for sharing all your fun finds with us!

  • Laura
    March 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I have to have the drying rack. I don’t have childern but have been using metal water bottles and they are a pain to dry…this is perfect and super, super, super cute! Love you can pull it apart and place in dishwasher!!!

    It’s at Target for $14.99! I’m going tonight!|B0032G9E0G&CPNG=baby&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

  • Laura
    March 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Decorative bottles has always been one of my MS favs! I’ve been wanting to do it but haven’t taken the time to find a clear bottle for recycle or used all my pump soap. I’ve heard you need to cut the soap with water for better pouring performance.

  • Emily S
    March 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I JUST went and bought the drying rack yesterday, so I was quite amused when i saw it pop up on your blog :) However the rest of my countertop doesn’t look nearly as lovely.

  • Emily S
    March 16, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Also, I was wondering if you picked up any good Liberty of London goodies this weekend? I got a few pieces, but my Target had been practically picked clean by the end of the day!

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      My Target was pretty empty too, and I went just an hour after they opened! I got the bike (ordered it online), and in store I bought some dresses for Eleanor and ties for Brandon.

  • Natalie
    March 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I just added that drying rack to my baby registry a few days ago! My husband decided that we needed to have a special drying rack for bottles, so I jumped on the opportunity to get the cutest one I could find!

  • Kari
    March 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Love the drying rack. So adorable.
    And I wonder if it’s just your brand of dishsoap–I use a olive oil bottle for mine, and it’s worked great for years.

  • simply grove
    March 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    That drying rack is adorable!!! The whole look is great! xx

  • Michelle
    March 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve been using a square recycled glass bottle with a white pump for about 7 years now (with Method dish soap, but now the cucumber matches my kitchen better than pink grapefruit). Every so often I have to scrub the pump area to get it clean again – but I love not needing to pick up the bottle. I picked my dispenser up at Pier 1 in their bath section, but they’ve stopped carrying them. I’ve seen them at Target (on the wall of kitchen gadgets) and Bed Bath & Beyond (but can’t find it online at either retailer). It looks like this amazon link:

  • Ruth@GraceLaced
    March 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    That exact thing happened to me with the olive oil spout and bottle. I even used a vintage decanter that looked so lovely, but was completely useless for actually dispensing!

  • Susan
    March 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    That drying rack is so great!! I love the look — I am wondering if it’s easy to clean. I have a Skip-Hop bottle drying rack, and when even the smallest amount of excess water collects toward the bottom after a while ,it is SO GROSS to clean. But easy to click apart and run under soapy water and dry with a towel. I am interested in feedback on cleaning between the grass blades.

  • Joi
    March 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Um, I think I need the drying rack! It’s adorable!

  • hena tayeb
    March 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    i like the idea of soap in an oil dispenser

  • Ellen
    March 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    That is so cute! I am headed to Target to pick one up tonight. :)

    I have been using a towel to dry my baby stuff too. This will be much cuter!

  • lori
    March 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve never had a problem with that type of soap set-up. (I had a boiling flask from the local university’s cast-off sale with an olive oil-style plug until I broke the flask. Boo hoo.) I use 7th generation soap, and it seems to come out okay. Maybe it’s a thinner soap than Method?

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm

      The method soap is pretty thick. I suppose it’s not so bad that I diluted it since that’s what everyone is suggesting anyway!

  • bianca
    March 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I want my kitchen to look this sunny!

  • pinksuedeshoe
    March 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    LOVE that drying rack! Do you mind if I use one of your pictures in a St. Patty’s “Best of Green” post tomorrow? (with links back to you and credit where it is due, of course)

  • Pencils
    March 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    That’s an adorable drying rack–I’ve seen it online–but doesn’t Eleanor drink more bottles than you can put on there? Do your bottles not have a lot of pieces, or do you wash them all day long? We use the Dr Brown’s bottles that have a bunch of pieces, and I have to use two drying racks with a lot more space on them to dry the bottles. I do run them through the dishwasher now that Aurora is older, but I rinse them again by hand. We had a lousy dishwasher in our old apartment, and I haven’t gotten past the habit. We’ll see what the new Bosch is like when it’d delivered next month.

    It is a really adorable kitchen setup. I’m very jealous.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm

      Eleanor is still nursing, so she only gets a bottle occasionally. Here’s what’s typically on the rack: her little bowl, a few baby spoons, a cup, a bottle or two, and a pump shield or two.

  • Condo Blues
    March 16, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I love Boon and have considered buying the dishrack for myself. Why do kids have to get all of the cool designs, why not us too?

    I have the snackball. I don’t have kids. My husband uses it to hold trailmix when he’s out and about. I use it to hold treats at the dog park.

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  • Catherine @ waking up with you
    March 17, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Love that you even have pink dishwashing detergent!

    I have a Simple Human System dish rack and although I like it a lot, I’ve noticed that there’s a strange orange build up that seems to collect on the plastic parts. It washes off okay, it just worries me what this stuff might be and where it’s coming from!

  • Charlotte
    March 17, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Absolutely love it! I use Fairy liquid in my glass dispenser -I’m sure it must be available in the US too.

    Charlotte xx

  • Emy
    March 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I use a soda bottle with a spout that I got from Kmart and mine works a little too good. I just use Dawn though, in blue of course. ;)

  • Carol
    March 17, 2010 at 7:21 am

    You are so right – I bought 4 of the ‘olive oil’ dispenser for the same reason you got them for – but they don’t work so well. They look nice though but alas! they now sit unused in storage :-(

  • Christina
    March 17, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Your readers share really great ideas! I did the olive oil container years ago but gave up b/c it was just too slow!! Now I have several other options to try … or going back to the olive oil type container but with soap that has vinegar in it! Beautiful sink area, by the way!! Love it!

  • marybeth @
    March 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I tried to do exactly the same thing with the olive oil dispenser for my dishsoap – big fail! Oh, well, it was a clever idea!

  • Karen
    March 17, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I had the same trouble with using an olive oil dispenser with dishwashing soap. I replaced the top with a metal wine pourer, which has a much larger opening, and it works like a charm.

  • jeny
    March 17, 2010 at 9:07 am

    ladies, i’ve used the glass decanter with dish soap for years … try out different spouts and remember to keep them clean. clean by soaking in hot water then rinse. and, the cheaper (plastic bar type) spout seems to work better. especially if you like your soap to pour out fast(er).
    happy dish washing!

  • Lisa
    March 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Aww, LOL! That grass rack is sooo cute. :D Your blog is always full of incredible inspirations. I get excited every time.

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  • jenn
    March 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    We use olive oil bottles for dish soap, and the trick is to use a top/stopper that has an air hole in it

  • sara
    March 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    the one question that hasn’t been asked- where is the white planter from?

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      It’s a vase from west elm, but I bought it years ago.

  • AKA
    March 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Maybe a silly question…is the grass drying rack sturdy enough for regular, adult dishes? I want one for me, myself, and I.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      No, unfortunately it’s a little too small. Well, maybe for a few plates if they’re on the smaller side it would be OK.

  • Kristin
    March 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I just got this drying rack as a baby gift {I’m due in one month!!} and have already used it for washing bottles. So perfect and seems easy to clean :).

  • Leah
    March 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I am slowly but surely revamping my 50s kitchen…can you point me in the right direction for your cabinet hardware? Those would be perfect.

  • Lights
    March 18, 2010 at 5:00 am

    the kitchen is gorgeous, very cool idea. xx

  • Melissa
    March 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Love everything! Looks so fun and organized.

  • Daria
    March 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    When I saw your olive oil bottle I thought “What a great idea! Too bad I like to use diluted soap” and then I read your comment.

    For environmental reasons I prefer to dilute my soap considerably when I wash by hand, at a ratio of about 1:10 or even 1:15. That way my soap lasts way longer. With undiluted soap I would use few drops of soap every second or third cup, with diluted soap those few drops could fill about 10% of that bottle, which would last much longer.

    I will look now for a bottle like yours, currently I am using an ugly old plastic bottle over and over again. Based on my current experience (I also wash by hand all my daughter’s bottles, cups, and anything plastic) and I would need to refill it about twice a week, which isn’t too bad.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      Yeah, I’m thinking it’s a good thing I diluted the soap now!

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  • Katie Stephenson
    March 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I tried doing that super-cute dish soap in an olive jar thing once too and it ended up being sortof a mess. I just keep it under the sink now :)

  • caroline
    March 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I’ve enjoyed reading since I came across your site a few months ago!

    Had the same problem with bottle pourers + soap. I found that Palmolive (or equivalent Target brand) works well with these plastic bottle pours:
    No diluting necessary. Plus the soap comes in green or purple. Even the traditional orange is pretty in a glass bottle!

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    March 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Unrelated baby gear question… what kind of stroller do you have and how do you feel about it? We’re thinking of adding another (baby) to the family and our perfect one-baby stroller won’t work out anymore!

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  • Maddie
    March 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    hello making it lovely! you are an inspiration to busy women out there who are very busy and yet you still have time to make your home beautiful! i just bought an rar chair and i can’t wait to see it in our living room.

  • Natalie
    March 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Sorry it doesn’t work well ~ at least it looks cute!

    What kind of flowers are those?? They’re so fresh and springy! :)

  • Linda
    March 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

    The warmer the kitchen the easier the soap will pour. And yes, keep the spout clean and check around for larger spout.

  • caitlin
    March 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Love, love, love the grass drying rack.

    You have a beautiful blog. So nice to meet you in person on Friday at Dyson. I’ll certainly be back to read more on your site.

  • Laura Durrer
    March 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I too tried using an olive oil dispenser for soap and found that the spout was too narrow. I now use a glass sugar pourer. The one I have now I got at Ikea, but the under side of the top is rusting, so i’m back in the market for one. The spout is much wider and more convenient but still and attractive on my counter.


  • mindy t
    March 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Love the green hand soap dispenser. Where can I find one?

  • emilie
    March 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    very cute, nonetheless!

  • Rebecca
    March 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I must say you are pretty darn amazing..I love your style. I will be back for more!! :)

  • Stephanie
    March 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Just gorge! I need to get me one of those.

  • Danielle
    May 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I know this is an older post, but I have this same drying rack and had no idea there were accessories to go with it!

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