I think most of us have things in our homes that we’d like to get sorted out before Christmas. Christmas being the time when a great many of us spend a large chunk of time at home. For me I wanted to have a portion of the kitchen, if not finished, then well on its way to being done. As a family we spend a great deal of time in this room. The kids eat in it as the floor can cope with the mess, just about, and we chat, tidy up, cook, bake and generally potter about. For this reason I wanted to create an area that was a little cosier and a little more suited to the thrashing that this room gets by way of time spent in it.
This was the part of the kitchen that I wanted to work on first. I wanted to remove these cupboards entirely, shift the fridge along, use the worktop in another location as it’s good wood and install some large chunky open shelving.
And that is what I did.
With my dad’s help of course. I didn’t do it all by myself.
Do you like this corner? I do. I love it. By dragging the Ektorp sofa out of my bedroom and putting it underneath the shelves it has also given us a place to hang in comfort. The kids LOVE having a sofa there and it’s nice on a Sunday to read the papers here.
Here was the wall after the units had been removed.
Here are the shelves going up.
There they are painted (and there is my father pulling focus)
My dad and I designed them so that we made the most of the wall and the space it provided. The shelves are tall, sturdy, strong and long and the top shelf continues on over the top of the fridge.
The best bit for me was filling them with stuff and I don’t think the paint had dried before I set to work on that. I’m loving the ‘Believe’ sign that my mum bought me. All I have to do is glance at it and I feel better if my confidence is taking a battering. I think it’s important to surround yourself with things that make you feel good and whole, alive and energized. I don’t want ‘life-sucking’ things anywhere near me or the space I live in and I think I’ve become even more fussy about that since having children.
I’m also rather addicted to those wonderful paper bags that hold tea lights. They are meant to decorate a front path but mine are staying put where they are. In the evening they fill the whole wall with a lovely glow and it’s nice to hang out in that sort of light. Calming is how I’d describe it.
There they are again.
I’ll move on from those bags now.
It’s decorated for Christmas at present but the joy of this wall is that I can change it and decorate it whatever time of year it is and whatever I happen to be celebrating.
The whole kitchen is being based around a palette of three colours shown here on three milkshake glasses from Ikea. Chalky pink, chalky white and chalky chocolate milk. I don’t quite know exactly what colour chalky chocolate milk is but I don’t think that matters. If I need an example I’ll refer to the glasses.
I’ve had these latte bowls for years now. I bought them in Anthro on The Grove in LA. Wrapping them up carefully, I packed them in my suitcase, and they made it home without a crack. Someday I fully expect to lose at least one of them. But I’m learning, since becoming a mum to toddler twins, that if I’m precious about every single thing in my house I’ll be devastated daily as things get broken ALL THE TIME.
I’m learning, I’m not fully there yet.
The addition of the lamp was an absolute necessity. Like I said we’re in this room such a huge amount that it needs to be the type of room that we don’t mind being in. So I filled it with comfort, some colour, lighting that was easy to live with and sofa covers that I can whip off and clean very easily. God bless the Ektorp.
There are still some finishing touches that I need to do but we’re there for the most part. I can do those last few bits at my leisure.
Have a wonderful day. Next time I’ll be sharing my Sausage Roll recipe in case you need some snacks that can be frozen. But be careful I’m not just saying this because they are mine but these Sausage Rolls are dangerously delicious. Hide them and keep them hidden until you are ready for them to be demolished. When you are prepared set them down on a plate, tell folk that they are ready, and run from the room. There will be a stampede if people have had them before. When the dust has settled there may be a few crumbs left but hopefully you’ll have some stuffed in a pocket somewhere for you to eat in secret.
I love you, thank you for reading and have a fantastic start to the last week before Christmas.
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