I’ve been tough on our kitchen. I mean, really tough. Since we moved in, it’s the one room I want to change the most but will also take the largest financial investment to improve since one day we want to build a brand new Dreamy kitchen at the back of the house. Until then, a point in the future so far off that no doubt we’ll all be living with robots, we’re stuck with our kitchen and all it’s failings.
The place we’ve come from is a spoiled one – the first home Pete and I shared together was a beautiful one bedroom, split-level flat in West London. It was so bright and airy and although we only rented it, it was really quirky with so many interesting features and hidden nooks and crannies. After 4 years there, we then moved to South East London and rented a two bedroom, Victorian terrace which our landlady had lived in up until we started renting and she’d added a gorgeous light and airy kitchen at the back, creating an open-plan kitchen diner with underfloor heating and limestone floor and bi-fold doors out onto the garden.
In fact, so unhappy was I with the kitchen of our house when I came to do a viewing by myself that I almost didn’t put an offer in (thank goodness my sensible husband talked me round). It was impossible for me to see the vision or potential of what we could create, instead I saw a dark red tiny room with a worn out brick-style lino on the floor, diamond-leaded windows, a tap on its last legs and rotting work surfaces. And don’t even get me started on the ceramic hob and fan-only oven.
Over time though, we’ve both definitely come round. We painted this tiny room white and replaced the floor and realised that actually, for just the two of us and the dog it’s generally ok (how the previous family of 5 coped I will never know!) . The only issue that we have is that as soon as you do start cooking or baking there is zero work surface space so everything becomes a bit of a juggling act.
Despite that we’ve tried really hard to make the kitchen our own as much as we can so I thought I’d share some of my favourite bits and pieces.
We love colour – the last kitchen we had was a big white space and felt too clinical so we filled it with colourful things and it’s kind of stuck now. The kitchen is where anything goes. I have two of these Joseph Joseph worktop savers although the second one does remind me a bit of psychedelic 80s cartoons (Jamie and the Magic Torch anyone?)
We bought this lovely little wooden pestle and mortar back from our Sri Lanka trip in January, it’s so aesthetically pleasing and whilst I would love a bigger one at some point it’s just perfect for the two of us.
COOK! My Mum bought us this super cook book stand one Christmas and it’s been a firm favourite ever since. Although most of the time a cookbook is resting, closed, against it…
On the wall, we’ve hung these pretty measuring spoons which I bought from Tigerlilly Quinn online shop last year. They’re so pretty and add a dash of colour.
This corner is my favourite of the kitchen which isn’t exactly hard, the other corners house the bread bin, microwave and breadmaker. It’s also about the only clear surface space we have.
Also on the wall is the absolute best present we got last year for Christmas, unbeknownst to us Dani had taken all these pictures of Maddie when she takes her out for walks during the day and had turned them all into a calendar. It’s an absolute treasure as it captures all her puppy and growing moments so we’ll keep it even once the year has finished and maybe frame some of the photos.
And last but by no means least, this pretty plate that I picked up for £1 from a local charity shop a few weeks ago. Perfect for all my cake-eating exploits!
So in the end, our kitchen isn’t so bad and will definitely see us through the next couple of years. Whether the tap and the oven survive remains to be seen!
What about your house? Is there a room you really love or one you can’t wait to change?