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Sunday Evening Kitchen Dreamin’

January 22, 2012

I love my flat, I really do, but there is one thing that lets it down for me, and that is the kitchen, or lack of kitchen. Our ‘kitchen’ is really just a small nook off the living room, with no door and hardly any room. It’s not that bad really, but I just don’t like the fact that I can never get away from it. Open-plan living is not my thing. I want a kitchen with a door on it, that can be closed, sheltering me from the mess and the washing up. I also secretly hanker after a big rambling cluttered country kitchen like the ones in the illustrations of the Brambly Hedge books I so loved as a child. So tonight, while Mr.B has been playing with power tools, I have been indulging myself in some kitchen porn while sipping gin and tonics and waiting for the goulash to cook. Sunday night bliss.

My childhood kitchen dream

My ideal kitchen would be big. Big enough to accommodate a table scattered with mismatched chairs, an old battered sofa where The Boy can curl up and read while I’m cooking, with a warm, homely, comfortable feeling. It will have lots and lots of storage (maybe even a pantry?), a nice big white farmhouse sink, shelves cluttered with pretty things and clear counters. A place for everything. Lots of functionality and clever little features. Welcoming and comforting. And no washing machine. I’ll have a utility room for that!


beautiful mismatched chairs




I love the table and light fitting in this kitchen


I love the Persian rug. In my dream kitchen the floors will always be clean enough to have expensive persian rugs on them!


Reminds me of the illustrations in the Bramble Hedge books I loved as a child


Wonderful colourful kitchen


I really like the reclaimed wood cabinets


It might be a cliche, but I don’t care, I want a kitchen with an Aga


cozy seating in the kitchen


A love this chunky wooden table


What’s not to like?


Just look at those striped walls!

And that concludes my Sunday evening dreaming. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Do you have a big kitchen, or do you long for one? What would your ideal kitchen be like?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2012 10:01 pm

    These are all gorgeous! Sometimes I think I would love a real country farmhouse style kitchen. When I choose ours I had considered a cream painted one but then I thought 5 children, its not going to last long! Mine is very plain and minimalist but so easy to keep clean and it stands up to the abuse!

  2. January 23, 2012 8:34 am

    I absolutely love these. Especially the ones with the colourful (mismatched) chairs.

    Your blog always inspires me – the number of projects currently in my “to do” queue as a direct consequence is raging out of control. πŸ™‚

  3. January 23, 2012 10:19 am

    Ooooh how I long for an Aga too. I have the lovely table in mine, and I do love my kitchen… but dreams are good. I’ve always wanted a kitchen in the basement, with a sink under the window, so I can watch people’s feet going by. And a dresser, with beautiful plates. And an old leather sofa with a rug and good books nearby.

    Any minute now I’ll be heading over to the Smallbone of Devizes website for a bit of gratuitous kitchen lust πŸ™‚

  4. January 23, 2012 10:41 am

    I fell in love with our house because of the big kitchen. It had so much space I bought a big chunky wooden island to go in the middle. I don’t have an aga, but one day …! So I have nearly my dream kitchen – but I HAVE waited a long time to get it, so don’t give up on your dream.

  5. January 24, 2012 1:55 am

    I have a decent sized kitchen, but once more than 2 people are in it, it’s very crowded. We do have remodeling plans for the future for the kitchen, including making use of the unused breakfast nook and knocking out most of the wall between the kitchen and dining room to make it more open. We’d still have the counter between the two, but have it open where we can pass things across without having to squeeze through the doorway.

  6. February 4, 2012 10:22 pm

    I love your references to Brambley Hedge. Me too! I loved them as a child and even now still long to arrange my life in that clustered, cosy manner. Just starting to read them to my little girl now.

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