Kitchen Confidential. Part 3: The Devil is in the Detail

IMG_3029 1So, you’ve got the big picture. Get the overall layout right first. That’s a given as they say. For me however there is a more to achieving a memorable kitchen that just that. The devil is, as they say, in the detail. To begin with I have a lot of stuff. From the usual plates, dishes, glasses, saucepans, cutlery, baking stuff to a silly amount of vases, tablecloths, coffee cups, chopping boards, ramekins, candles etc . Then there is food, serving platters, large bowls, medium bowls, more food, you get the picture, Goldilocks would be right at home in my house. I so made lists. I sketched out the plan. Over and over, (with my better half, though he definitely has less say in this part of the house) Continue reading

Kitchen Confidential Part 2:

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIALIt may seem obvious or even easy given the content of my previous post, but in fact getting the layout right in the kitchen /dining area takes a lot of thought and effort. Whilst the design triangle does help there are so many things to be taken into consideration. When it came to designing the layout in the pigeon house I had a couple of priorities.

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Storage Jars : A place for everything…

IMG_0144…and everything in its place. This phrase is variously associated with Samuel Smiles, Mrs Isabella Beeton and Benjamin Franklin. The Oxford Book of Quotations dates it from the 17th century. If only life were so simple. On the one hand I admit to being borderline OCD (a misnomer if ever there was one), on the other I can live with chaos in between massive clean ups. One way to achieve a place for everything is through clever storage solutions. This ranges from built-in wardrobes and storage cupboards throughout the house to the containers you put into these storage areas. Continue reading