My kitchen has mostly been built from junk. I’ve mixed pieces from Ikea with ceramics and jars from French markets, a very expensive Aga and shelves built by various carpenters using wood reclaimed from skips, old beds, palets. I don’t do slick, modern, stainless steel, plastic or minimalism. I like the properties of wood: sterilising, naturally antiseptic, warm and flexible. I don’t mind if it warps (as my counters have); that adds character. I’ve tried to maintain a restricted palette of blue and cream, reminiscent of the seaside, with the odd bit of red and white gingham. Even my modern appliances tend to be retro in style, Kitchen Aid‘s food processor and Artisan mixer, with their curved lines and 1950’s feel. Laundry is dried on a Victorian style hanger on a pulley. I love pulley’s, I want to use every inch of the space including the high ceilings. A large clock is essential as I’m always checking the timings of my dishes (essential when running a supper club). An Aga is silent therefore I have several timers on the shelves around the stove plus an old fashioned wind up alarm clock.
Notes are written on a chalk board (bought in France) hanging next to the Aga.
I’m still looking for the perfect fridge freezer which will work well and match my kitchen. My light fixtures have been found in bins and on the street, my teatowels are vintage from French markets. Most of my ladles and spoons are vintage: pewter, rubbed off silver and enamel. I adore copper, again a healthy material, symbolised in astrology by the planet Venus.
I really enjoyed building, designing and collecting for my kitchen and am available for commissions to design others.
Here is the link to see the rest of the article with other blogger’s kitchens…http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/food-bloggers-best-kitchen-design-ideas
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