K is for kitchens
K is for KITCHENS
For me the kitchen is the heart of the home, a place that should be inviting, warm and cosy. It also should be the classroom for our children, a place where they learn to love food and develop their cooking skills which they will one day take away with them and pass on to their children. I am not one for expensive contemporary kitchens with shiny surfaces that look like a laboratory and appear never to used for fun. I want a kitchen that looks like a family uses it every day, a place that is a safe and pleasant sanctuary for all.
If you aren't happy with your kitchen you aren't likely to feel completely comfortable working in every day. Because we are in the kitchen every day of every year!! And according to Nigella Lawson "make it suit you, and not the universal customer. Make it an extension of your personality."
You don't need to bring in builders to create a warm cosy kitchen with personality. Having a kitchen rebuilt is expensive, I know, we had ours done 6 years ago. Adding some personal touches like:
- pot plants/herbs on the window sill
- colourful blinds
- displaying your cookbooks
- hanging some colourful mugs
- finding some pretty potholders or tea towels
- bowl of fruit
- fairy lights
- invest in some brightly colour baking dishes or cannisters
- even painting the kitchen a bright colour
can make all the differences and turn a dull room into something cheery and inviting
Of course, what is cosy to one person is clutter to another . . . so what I might like may not be liked by someone else. But that is OK, as Nigella's says, the kitchen is an extension of our personality and not someone elses.
My kitchen isn't big and once 2 or 3 people are in the kitchen it is crowd. Storage is a problem at times but it forces me to streamline what I have and not buy things I don't really need (or couldn't possibility find a home for). I have been using up food in my pantry so I can streamline what groceries I need. With changing family size, we need less food and I have to adjust to this.
I don't put lots on my benches as I don't have stacks of room, however I do leave my stand mixer and food processor as it leaves spare room in the cupboards for other things.
Make sure you have fun in your kitchen, it should be a place of laughter and joy with the smells of food wafting through the house.
What do you like best about your kitchen?
|Source - I like this old style kitchen|