Welcome To Our Kitchen!

Our Kitchen 8The 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!

Our Kitchen 1

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.

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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.

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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 Kitchen 4

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!

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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.

Our Kitchen 2

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!

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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

 

 

Friday Hi-Fives: Screen Printing, Shoots and Sugar Dumplin’

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Photo from my Instagram page 

Oh, hey Friday! You’re here once again and looking good! I hope all of you guys have had an amazing week – what did you get up to? Let me share a few of my highlights with you…

Last Saturday morning we headed over towards Glasgow Green in the sunshine and took part in a really fun screen printing workshop with Square Club. It was awesome to do something different and revisit my high school art days! During the week I had a rather exciting day taking part in a photoshoot at our Rainbow Palace with an interiors magazine – I can’t wait to see the finished piece (hitting news stands in August!).

The weekend calls for good vibes, and today I started mine in style at Sugar Dumplin’s bloggers lunch in Princes Square. This new easy, breezy Caribbean themed restaurant opens this weekend and I have a feeling it’s going to be a welcome addition to the city! You can expect a full review around here very soon, but for today it was a wonderful way to mark the end of the week.

Here’s a few of my very favourite pieces from the week, perfect for lazy downtime reading…

Link Love

Coconut cake with passionfruit curd? YES PLEASE! Charis shows us how

3 Tips to Get Through Tough Times – this post by Veronica is both beautiful and reassuring

Nikki McWilliams released everyone’s favourite Custard Cream cushions in 4 new magical colours

Looking to up your blog’s visibility? This post by Julie has some great ideas

Who doesn’t love a lazy day? Toni shares her favourite ways to spend a day off

 

Also Making Me Smile…

Coffee and great company at Spitfire Espresso in Merchant City

The new Avengers movie is finally in cinemas and I can’t wait to watch it

Booking a trip to London with Gary

Kitsch beach huts in sunny colours

We’re going to see Nick Cave on Sunday – hooray!

 

I hope you guys have an awesome weekend. If you do something a little bit different, I’d love to hear all about it! And of course feel free to share your top reads with me, too. See you next week!

L-O-V-E

Miss West End Girl x

 

How To Up Your Shopping Game in 3 Easy Steps

Shopping 1I recently had a discussion with a few friends about shopping and we chatted about how we go about browsing and buying. Some people feel in their element when they hit the shops (or their laptops!) – I know I do, but the most common reaction of all lately seems to be that people just don’t know where to start!

You see, we’ve become spoiled for choice over the last few years, and with people looking to make every buck count, is it any wonder that we’re feeling more overwhelmed than ever? We all want to be smarter, sassier shoppers, and be more thoughtful about where we spend our hard-earned cash but this can often sound like a lot of work.

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With this in mind, I’m on a mission to help take the hassle out of shopping and make it as enjoyable as possible! I’d previously shared these tips with a few friends and family members, so hopefully you guys will find them helpful too. Here’s how to up your shopping game in 3 easy steps – so grab your purse and let’s dive in:

Shop Indie

This is something that I talk about a LOT, and I am pretty passionate about it! As well as picking up unique gifts (and treats for yourself, of course!), shopping from independent retailers will help these small businesses grow and become beloved shopping destinations. Whether you’re visiting a local place or perhaps taking your pick from the latest sellers on sites like Etsy, shopping indie is one sure fire way to find something awesome AND help support new companies. Everybody wins!

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Shop Around Online

I’ll be honest – until fairly recently I kind of associated price comparison sites with ‘boring’ purchases, like insurance! Enter Beat My Price, who do all the shopping around for us on things that I’m MUCH more interested in, like fashion, homewares, books, meals out and more. Consider me corrected, kittens – and I couldn’t wait to give them a go. With Gary’s birthday coming up, I popped a couple of links to products that I thought he might like (a Samsung Galaxy tablet, and Interstellar on Blu-Ray, if you’re wondering!) into the site and let the Beat My Price fairies do their thing while I swanned off and did mine.

Less than 3 hours later, I got an email alert to let me know that they had found the best price on both items and where I could buy them from – along with the option to buy them then and there if I fancied it. With an 8% saving on one and 13% on the other, it was tempting! You can do up to 5 live price searches at once too, which is even handier at busier times of the year like Christmas. As well as price comparison, Beat My Price also has a list of trending offers to browse through if you’re looking for inspiration…

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Shop Second Hand

According to reports, thrift shopping is thriving in the UK at the moment and it’s easy to see why! With massive savings to be had, one-off finds and more charity shops on our high streets than ever, there’s never been a better time to shop second hand. Whether you’re after a bit of designer luxury, or a quirky piece of furniture, one gal’s trash really IS another gal’s treasure and most pieces given to charity are in excellent condition (and sometimes totally unused)! I’ve picked up (and donated) my fair share over the years and would definitely recommend giving thrift shopping a chance if you haven’t already.

I hope you’ve enjoyed little this spin around the heady world of shopping, and that if you were needing a little boost when it comes to planning your next shopping trip, it has maybe even helped. Being a savvier shopper is just as easy as it sounds, I promise – and by shopping indie, shopping around and shopping second hand you’ll be off to a strong start!

Do you have any shopping tips to share? Tell me your best ever bargain brag!

Love,

Miss West End Girl x

 

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