Tagged: kitchens

Old tricks x

We should be in Greece now where one thing that is fundamentally different from the UK (apart from sun, sea, beach, food, music..life) is the bathrooms and in particular shower/trays walls which are made on site, in one piece away from any notions of hinges, doors and glass and their battle with limescale.

A similar effect can be made using Tadelakt – or Moroccan plaster, now making it’s presence felt over here.

The joy is it’s versatility – waterproof, flexible, able to create curves or lines it’s totally usable.

This is about embracing forms beyond and one for the mental storage box.

Laters, Kate x

The Big Idea x


The passing of time is nothing more than the feeling we get as our brains shift and shunt sensory information into the holding chamber of memories.  It’s a bit like trends – they push their way to the forefront..and disappear again.  Although some like the modern kitchen with all it’s multiple matching cupboards has literally become like the expected signposts on a motorway – totally predictable.  Except I think it’s changing.

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It’s partly to do with the resurgence of the larder, and partly with the joy of glass: Because things behind glass are not messy my friend, but artistic.

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Whatever it is, the big cupboard is making noise.

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Size does matter.

Laters, Kate x

Islands in the Sun x


It’s the last day before half term starts..seems to have whizzed past.  I can remember standing at the school gates thinking I thought this day would never come..I’ve been standing at the same gates for the last week, praying for half term.  The kids are on their knees…so am I…we all need a break, chill-out time and long walks by the sea..

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We’re hoping to head back to Kent, the husband’s work permitting, for a bit of nostalgia and basic living.  I can feel my heart singing just at the thought..


So I’ve just got to get my act together today…2 coffee dates, 2 playdates, send back a pair of boots that arrived in the wrong colour, wrap Bella’s birthday presents (her eighth birthday on Sunday.  Can’t believe it), pack cake ingredients n tins, source creative stuff to take with us (requested by Bella: Another heart singing moment) and a few board games and a football, pack for everyone (still hate)…and then leave the house spotless as we have relatives arriving whilst we’re away..shouldn’t be too hard!


I’ll just keep looking at these dream kitchens and pretend it’s my reality…or that I have staff!

Laters, Kate x

Cool Running..


 I look at this kitchen and my heart lights up.  Then I think: Where’s the fridge?


 Arrrr ok. Pure Love.  But how big actually is it? Not that I’ve developed a thing about fridges, except I have.  It’s one of the reasons we’re re-doing our kitchen..the fridge is too small.  So now I’m obsessed by them…


And it really doesn’t help when I find Companies like this – The Vintage Fridge Company, dedicated to unearthing relics of the past and smoothly integrating them into a modern-day antique heirloom, proud to take their place in any room.  I remember my Grandparent’s house in Greece having an ‘icebox’ at the back – and it worked, even in those high temperatures though milk was still a luxury and tinned carnation milk was always the order of the day – it gave the tea a unique, memorable flavour.  But that old icebox would be the sort of thing these guys would take on, except after their magic, milk wouldn’t be a problem.


Spot the fridge..


Or this one..part of the perfect island unit..


If you have to have something functional, why not make it count for something?


The perfect trade-off between practicality and beauty..


They also offer the option of taking a modern fridge and cladding it in old..

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Or if utterly modern is your thing check out he Formula one beauties that are the Meneghini beasts..

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This is the version Nigella Lawson has.  Sigh.

Sadly all these options  – the reconditioned vintage and the new – cost from £7000 upwards to £16400 plus…So whilst it’s good to know the humble fridge can be more than defiantly average, I will just have to dream I have the budget to indulge..until then, I’l start doing the Lottery.  Again. And put on my thinking cap…

Laters, Kate x

(Photos of top kitchen from remodilista.com)