The story so far: As some of you will probably know by now, the last six months have been very exciting for us as we’ve gone through the process of buying our first home! After eight years of renting, we stumbled across a flat almost by accident that happened to be for sale. We fell in L-O-V-E with the place and could really see ourselves living there and styling it to our personal taste.
Fast forward just a few weeks and we were picking up the keys, and walking into what is now nicknamed the Rainbow Palace. But it was empty! Going from renting furnished beige (oh, so much beige!) flats to having our very own place to decorate? Talk about being like kids in a candy store!
I’ll be honest – I didn’t expect to leave it so long between the last home tour post I did of our living room before giving you guys a peek into another part of our flat. This Spring sure is flying in! After so many lovely responses (both here and on Twitter) to that post I was a little overwhelmed – thank you for joining us in our new home adventures!
I think it’s high time we had another tour, so today I’d love to invite you into another room – welcome to our kitchen! I’ll put the kettle on…
First things first, you’ll notice that our kitchen doesn’t have a door. What is this, some kind of hippy commune?! OK, hear me out! It’s actually completely open into the hall, and although it has a doorway, it doesn’t have a door. This is really effective for two reasons – firstly, it makes entertaining SO MUCH quicker and easier (zipping in and out with plates is so easy!) and it also helps make the space in the kitchen feel a bit more open.
You may have noticed in the pictures that our kitchen is a very compact room. I like to think of it as being small, but perfectly formed! There isn’t a window, because it’s right in the centre of the flat – the beating heart of our little palace for sure! The open doorway means that there isn’t a feeling of enclosed space, it just feels dinky and cosy.
Thanks to deep cupboards and high ceilings, we have a ton of storage space and never wish we had more. We also have integrated large appliances (including fridge and freezer) which makes the reduced space seem bigger and sleeker.
With white subway tiles and cabinets, we have another lovely neutral base for the pops of colour that we love so much. Our duck egg blue crockery is from IKEA, and our mint milkshake glasses (currently holding straws!) were a gift so I’m unsure where they came from. Our stacking rocket coffee cups are by Jamie Oliver and our bright pink coffee percolator is by Pantone.
Our bright Elvis chopping board came with us from our last flat (one of the last survivors!) and it’s by Joseph & Joseph. We almost got some brightly coloured appliances, but after spotting this white diamond kettle and toaster set by DeLonghi, we changed our tune!
The kitchen has a built-in bottle rack, but after we received these cute limited edition cups by Bo Concept as a housewarming gift, I decided they were a perfect fit. I’m smitten with their pastel colours and origami prints!
One thing that this kitchen has really brought us in spades is a re-energised love of cooking. We never (and I mean NEVER) used to cook together but now it’s become part of our daily routine and we have so much fun with it! I guess that’s the sign of a good kitchen, we enjoy hanging out in it and it’s just the right size for the two of us.
We used to have a massive dining kitchen in the PP (pre-palace) days, but we hardly used it. This one is a fraction of the size and yet feels a lot more inviting – I hope you agree!
Thanks for hanging out in the kitchen with me today – everyone knows that the cool kids disappear into the kitchen at parties, right?! I’d love to know what you think, and be sure to come back for the next installment of the tour!
With the rattling of pots and pans,
Miss West End Girl x