This post is sponsored by The Kitchen Place.
At the moment I’m helping a friend out with her new house. It’s not finished yet and she’s in those panicky throes of choosing bathroom vanities and tiles and fittings and floor finishes and …. her kitchen. The stress of building is huge, isn’t it? I’ve done it twice now and each time it’s had it’s own set of stresses and panic moments. Both times, the most important part of the whole building process, for me, was the kitchen.
The kitchen is the heart, don’t you think? It’s the busy place where lots of stuff happens. So it’s important to get it right when you’re in the building/reno stage. Choosing cabinets, bench tops, appliances, colours and all of those things are really crucial. My friend is feeling that right now as she tries to make some final decisions, hoping that the ones she makes will be ones she’s happy with in 5 and 10 years time.
There’s no perfect home though, is there? Everything has it’s imperfections. Stuff you like now is likely to be very different to what you like in 5 and 10 years time. Stuff that you think is really, really important can mean absolutely nothing by the time you move in and start actually living in the house. Good design is important, don’t get me wrong, but it’s the little things that make a house a home. Oh, and vintage things. There has to be old stuff hanging around. Has. To. Be. And, OK, yeh I hear you….people. People make a house a home too. As long as they don’t move your vintage things around and wipe down the benches;)
My favourite room has always been the kitchen. It’s definitely been the heart of every home I’ve ever lived in. So many of my childhood memories are caught up in the kitchen. Hanging out with my mum, hovering around ready to race my brother to the beaters dripping with cake batter. Sneaky moments of stealing those crispy, fatty bits from the roast pan before mum had a chance to serve it all up. Running my finger around the edge of the chocolate cake to ‘neaten up’ the runny icing mum had freshly drizzled over the top. Helping out with the cooking while chatting with mum about my latest schooly or horsey sagas. So many happy, foody, fun kitchen memories.
I love the kitchen in our home because it’s the place where a lot of our chit chat goes on. Our big island bench is where we tend to congregate and it’s also the spot where Lew does a lot of talking. I tend to do my best listening there too. Listening and cooking, cooking and listening. Umming and ahhing. Ahhing and umming. The cooking bit keeps me more silent than normal. A good thing for a teenage boy who needs to be listened to.
Lots of stuff happens around our kitchen bench. Issues get broached. Planning takes place. Decisions get made. Lists get scrawled. Books gets flicked through. Music is played. The computer will get brought over and cool YouTube videos or stuff that Lew’s been working on for the day gets shared. Funny photos get their air time in the kitchen and often get deleted. Why is it that teenagers like to take really crappy photos of their mum’s many chins and then threaten to put them on face book? What’s with that? So not what I signed up for!
I love walking into other people’s kitchens for the first time and looking around to find the story of their lives, their loves. I love sticky beaking at their collections and their well worn wooden spoons. I like it when I spot an old rolling pin or a well used mixing bowl.
People who walk into my home get a pretty good idea straight up that I like old stuff. It’s smattered everywhere. They’d also see that I love kitcheny/foody stuff, and that’s before they’ve looked my not-so-svelte body up and down and noticed the cake crumbs around my mouth! The vintagey stuff cosies the place up a lot. It softens everything and gives a bit of a story to a fairly basic, kind of starkish white kitchen.
I like to collect kitcheny stuff. Hand made-by-my-clever-Dad breadboards, old enamel tea pots, fowler bowls, old scales, colanders, canisters, cake tins, old china. I’m running out of room!
I have 2 old kitchen cabinets filled with old china and bits and pieces and I’m planning on bringing in a 3rd one just so I can have a few hundred more old plates and cups and saucers!
That’s a little bit more about my kitchen. Now I want to know about yours. Tell me, what do you love most about your kitchen? What would you change if you could? What works? What doesn’t? Do you collect old kitcheny stuff too? Share away….I’d love some photos too, if you could:)
Oh, and if you are right in the middle of planning a new kitchen then you should check out The Kitchen Place. It’s got some lovely designs and products that I’m sure you’ll get inspiration from.