It was my birthday over the weekend and as I can’t really ask my parents for a pony I asked my dad to spend a few hours making and putting up some open shelves in my kitchen. They are very similar in look and design to the open shelves my dad put up in the last kitchen. I never really felt like I had had long enough with those ones so when I saw the wall on the left hand side of the kitchen in this new place I knew what would be going there.
Here it was before, an empty wall.
There are the brackets.
And there are some more brackets holding two shelves. My dad left room at the bottom to add another shelf at a later date if I wanted.
As soon as he had finished screwing the last screw in to the wall I set about the shelves and painted them in the same shade that we are painting the rest of the kitchen, which is Dulux ‘White Cotton’. I gave them two coats, accidentally forgot to paint the ends of the shelves so I’ll do that later, and will fill in the holes made by the screws at a later date. I was impatient, I wanted to get my ‘stuff’ up there.
And so I did.
Bit in love with them to be honest. They help me to envision what the theme for the rest of the rooms/house/garden will eventually be. Robert and I have now settled on an extremely specific aesthetic that we’re very excited about and hopefully that’s what you’ll see created over the next weeks/months/years. When I think of a name for this ‘look’ that we’re going for I’ll let you know.
These are a bit of a favourite and just about the most useful things I have ever owned.
My gorgeous milkshake glasses from Ikea. I drink iced coffee out of them at about three in the afternoon when I’m flagging.
The white and red rose are from my garden. I apologise for the blurriness of some of the close up shots. I’m yet to unpack my working tripod after the move. In fact I’m not sure I’ve seen it in the whole time we’ve been here, which is a pain in a place to be honest because these flowers look better than this photo.
Light, bright with dashes of colour. Doesn’t make me feel cluttered or hemmed in. I can see everything and can find everything.
It’s clean looking.
I’ve also got a sofa underneath them which I’ve had in my last three kitchens. That way people can hang out with the person who’s doing the cooking and not leave them alone to chat to themselves or the coriander. It’s also a nice spot in the evening as the sun comes in through the back door and you can lie there, on that Ikea Ektorp sofa and have a little sun bath before heading off to bed or to watch the
Olympics sorry, something boring on telly that isn’t the Olympics.
These shelves will change. I’ll add things and take things away. They’ll look one way for Summer and another for Christmas but that’s my way, you know that.
What I like is the feeling of progression. Certain corners in certain rooms in this house are unfolding and now Robert and I have decided on what we want it to look like we have something to follow.
I’ve had a terrific birthday weekend and thank you all for your messages. There’s a delicious sense of ‘London 2012 goodwill’ in the air and it’s highly contagious. Be careful, can you imagine what would happen if we all suddenly got extremely happy and kind? Wooo hoo!!
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