This is the centre of our home at the moment.
The fireplace in the kitchen.
It’s utterly freezing here. The snow still hasn’t melted and the girls and I have shivery freezing cold colds that give us temperatures and make us very very cold indeed. So we have the fire on day and night to help keep us warm and we gather around the kitchen table to eat, drink and tomorrow open Easter Eggs!
When we arrived here we thought they’d forgotten to put some of the kitchen bench in next to the cooker, but apparently it’s the new thing to have free-standing furniture in the kitchen. So off we went up to IKEA and bought two Bekvam kitchen trolleys which fitted nigh on exactly into our 99cm gap. We trimmed 5mm off each one, polished the tops with local beeswax polish and hey presto, a temporary kitchen bench extension.
The mid-century piece on the right fitted perfectly in our five bedroom London terrace but is definitely a bit mis-matched in the Cotswold cottage. I did consider Farrow and Ball-ing it but thought the better of it in the anticipation of a victorian terrace house in the forseeable future.
My wonderful pink breadbin was bought at the Nigella Lawson secret sale on eBay – the shop of the manufacturer I believe, Bliss Home. My newest acquisition is the enamel Falconware pudding basin (with eggs in it) – only £3 from Daylesford Farm Shop – along with the bread and the flowers. It definitely is a plus living just up the road so I can speed down for supplies when I need them.
I’m such a fan of the Burleigh seconds shop – I picked the egg cups up at a fraction of their price during the Christmas sales. Since Ocado has been having a big intro sale on Kilner jars I’ve topped up my collection. The big 3L jars were from Lakeland before they put their prices up, but you can get a great deal on smaller ones right now at Ocado.
The big cat print, Katta by Studio Violet – I must admit the girls are scared of and won’t have it in their room. Because I love it I get to have it in the main room which makes me happy. I love it and it fits perfectly with all my lovely dreamy Pisces blues and lilacs.
My verdict on this room – it’s bit mismatched and my usual not very grown up.
I’m going to paint the IKEA trolleys Buttermilk to match the kitchen cabinets. And don’t get me started on the shelving brackets. What I really need is a good sized display cabinet in country cottage style.
I found a lovely display cabinet at Laura Ashley in their Bramley range which matches our Buttermilk walls.
What do you think? A better match?
It would definitely be a lot more grown up.