Monday, 22 February 2016

Mini Kitchen Tour

Today I thought I'd give you guys a mini tour of my little kitchen! It's definitely my favorite room in the house, and it's my own special place - my happy place!

The kitchen is really quite small, and there isn't a huge amount of storage space so as someone with a LOT of kitchen equipment, baking paraphernalia and pretty clutter it took me a little while to find the right fit for everything. Pete was kind enough to put these shelves up for me, and I've used them to display some of my prettiest clutter and my most-used baking bits and bobs.

Just part of my teapot collection is on the upper shelf (how cute is the kitty teapot!? I found it in a charity shop on our honeymoon!) along with some of my salt & pepper collection and some other random bits and bobs I like to look at. I love my sprinkle jar - I made it a year or so ago when I had lots and lots of sprinkle bottles with hardly anything left in them so I just dumped them all in together. Pete gave me the KitchenAid timer last Christmas and it's one of the best gifts I've ever received, and my lovely friend Kelly made me the little crochet macaron! Isn't it cute?

This section is probably my favorite bit of the kitchen. I taped up postcards and pictures on the cupboards and just had to add the row of pompoms along the bottom! It just makes everything so bright and cheerful! 
 I'm obsessed with my beautiful storage jars, and I'm so glad I went to the effort of finding each of the Orla Kiely Coffee Jars when they were special edition in supermarkets a while ago. They are perfect and they hold what I believe to be the vegan trinity - Cashews, Nutritional Yeast and Cornstarch! 

I love my little coffee corner, complete with the espresso machine we got as a wedding gift. I have so many mugs (too many mugs) and when we moved we decided that my Arabia Finland Moomin Mugs would be for display purposes, and I love to see them hanging on the wall. I keep resisting buying more by telling myself there's nowhere to put them! 
I was really excited when I found the storage jars with the polka-dot lids in Asda just before Christmas. They're shaped so that you can have them upright or tilted, and they were really cheap (£3 if I remember correctly) If I ever see any more I will definitely grab a couple more, they're so handy! (Here I've used them to store my Soy Milklets and some sweeties!)

As we have very little storage space we decided to have our pots and pans hanging up, which has actually made life much easier. It's so easy to find the pan I want rather than rifling through drawers and cupboards, searching for the right thing. 
My oven is an electric (which is really annoying to someone used to a gas hob) but it does the job! I had to get creative with my spice-rack as a regular one wasn't big enough to hold all my spices and seasonings! I ended up buying a cheap shower caddy from Wilkos and spray painting it pink, and all of my spices fit perfectly! 

Our fridge was given to us second-hand by a kind family friend when we moved into our house, and we decided to try to liven it up a bit by covering the front of it. We used temporary wallpaper which we picked up at the local hardware store, and I love it! One day I definitely want to cover the sides of the fridge too, but we just haven't got around to it yet! The fridge is always covered in magnets, photos and scraps of paper, including our menu for the week and my Jamie Oliver Bingo (Pete and I played it on date night a few months ago...wild times, I know.) 

I love the little wall space next to the fridge - it's so hard to get a good photo because the fridge is totally in the way, but hopefully you can get an idea of what it's like from the photo above. I hung my 'Pumpkin Everything' sign there after taking it down after Autumn, I just couldn't bare to put it away in the loft! And of course I'm proudly displaying my incredible Macaron Recipe Illustration by the ever-talented Brittany Ketterman. 

The small space next to the fridge is taken up by my Tea Trolley! I have a bit of a tea obsession (a bit!?) and own over 70 different kinds of tea! Tea-riffic! (Sorry...can never resist a good pun!) When we got married I decided to invest in an Ikea Trolley as my teas were taking up way too much cupboard space. (Although it looks like I might need another tea trolley soon, huh!)

And finally the ceiling! My bestie Jess recently gave me some glittery glow-in-the-dark stars and I decided to stick them all over the kitchen ceiling, because - why not!? 

So there you have it! My little kitchen, full of character and definitely my favorite room in the house!

How have you added character to rooms in your house?
Which is your favorite room?


  1. I love it! So cute and quirky. I'm a 'maximalist' too.
    Jo (helloseedling)

  2. I love a kitchen tour so much! Thanks for posting yours. Your kitchen is really super-cute. I especially love the idea of wallpapering the fridge--I might have to copy that because I am sorta wallpaper happy myself.


  3. oh my goodness this is basically my dream kitchen, you've made it so nice!!!

  4. I love your kitchen - you have so many cute things and I love how much stuff you have in jars! I especially love the polka dot jars and your homemade sprinkles - so pretty!

  5. Oh my gosh, I am in love with your kitchen! Your walls are the same color as my office/studio space - my favorite! And all of your fun ceramics are just so cute!

  6. All I can say, is that I have serious kitchen envy :p
    ps. MOOMINS :D :D :D

  7. I love, love, LOVE your kitchen! It's so full of fun and lovely whimsical touches. It's perfect, seriously! Also, where did you find the Animal Crossing cutouts? AC is my all time favorite video game. :)

  8. Your kitchen is so lovely Charis! It looks like it is full of so much happiness and memories. I so hope I get to come over one day and eat a slice of cake with you xx