Pretty interiors that reflect the personality of their owners are a passion of mine. If I wasn’t already doing something I truly love for a living, I think being an interior design would be a dream! I love any opportunity to get creative with our space, and as we are getting our one bed flat prepared for accommodating our little one at the end of September (it’s up for sale but frustratingly, no interest yet) I thought I’d might as well have some fun! At the same time as enjoying the process, we also need to stick to a reasonable budget and be very focused on creating and maximising space.
The kitchen is the first room that we’ve tackled like this. Our kitchen isn’t tiny, but it isn’t huge either so we had already done a lot to make the most of space including a stand alone island unit that tucks under the counter, an additional small freezer and several storage boxes. We were also using a couple of wooden shoe racks placed on top of the kitchen counter for additional space. This worked so well, but they weren’t they were quite small and not the most of the most study design.
I decided to upgrade that idea, still keeping with the shoe racks but getting some bigger better ones. What I’ve found by looking at other small spaces and places like Ikea, is that they always ‘go up’ when it comes to additional space, so I chose some with an extra two shelves to give extra height and space.
I bought two of these shoe racks from Argos, costing £19.49 each. They are solid wood and self assembly, which was a task I gave to James to do! Then once they were put together I painted them with one coat of a white satin wood. The whole process didn’t take longer than a couple of hours and I let them dry overnight before putting all my pretty things on to display.
Having all my bits and pieces out on display like that not only looks pretty but is really practical as well, it saves trying to find things in cupboards. Since I began blogging and more recently since I started taking more care and pride in my food photography I’ve accumulated many more glasses, plates and bowls, some of which are vintage, and when some things are as beautiful as that it would be a shame to hide them away. We also have a little area for tea and coffee, with my tea stash obscured by the tea and sugar pots! I’ve hidden some bags of dried beans and grains in the Cath Kidston printed tins which were a Christmas gift, but kept the ones I use the most often out in the glass jars.
Our kitchen is a long way from being a designers dream, but we make do with what we have and I think it looks lived in and lovely! I also got a new vintage style clock for the wall and this fabric covered notice board when I was down in Brighton:
I think the benefit of shelves like that which are placed on the counter top rather than attached to the wall include the fact that you can move them if you need to, take them with you if you rent and load them up with heavier things without worrying about them holding the weight. You could also paint them a really bright colour (we stuck to white to help the space seem bigger) or stain them and keep the wooden look.
Next up is the bathroom! We are getting a new drawer unit to add more space in that room and freshening up the accessories, love it!
What is your kitchen like? Have you done any DIY projects recently? Is this something you’d try?