Husband and I bought our first home almost exactly 13 years ago. It’s wonderful moving into your first home. The best part being all the shopping. Furniture, homewares, cushions. Oh the cushions. And then all the lovely things to fill your kitchen. I love buying things for our kitchen. Recently, we have noticed that our cookware have not been looking very well. The non-stick is mostly gone and everything looks quite worn. So we have started to buy new pots and pans to update our cookware.
Luckily there are some great sales on at the moment. We’ve gotten a few great items from House of Fraser, including this lovely new 20cm saucepan. Our previous large saucepan was really heavy and clunky, and this one is so lightweight. Plus it has one of those stay-cool handles. I’ve gotten accustomed to wrapping my pot handles in a tea towel so I am thrilled I can just hold onto this one. Every time Husband uses it, he goes on and on about how much nicer it is than our old one. I really don’t know why we didn’t buy a new one sooner.
I have slowly been decorating my house in a mid-century modern style. Slowly, because when we bought this house just over three years ago, we were faced with a huge amount of renovations. We haven’t had the money to fix everything right away, so we have tackled the major rooms. The kitchen/diner was the first project. And I was happy with what we accomplished with such a small space. But I have been unhappy with the dining chairs for a while now. So when Lakeland Furniture asked me to choose some furniture from their website, I was thrilled to pick out some new chairs.
Our previous chairs had started out as lovely. I had sourced some fab original G-plan chairs, which I had upholstered in green to match the other green bits in the kitchen. I had only managed to find four, which meant that every time we have guests, we have to bring out some stools. Also, the chairs were never that comfortable. Plus, Dubz has drawn on them (and there were a couple of wees when he was potty training, eek). The chairs looked nice when we first got them (pics below right), but three years later and they were looking grubby (picture below left).
I thought I would offer weekly gift guides in the run-up to Christmas. I am one of those people who will spend hours picking out one gift. One gift. So you can imagine that choosing gifts for 20 people can be quite time-consuming. Every once in a while I might be out and randomly find the right gift, but normally it’s me and the internet and a whole lot of searching.
I recently came across I Just Love It. It’s a website filled with lots of wonderful and interesting things. My mission was to find a gift for my in-laws in under an hour. To me, this sounded like a tall order. My in-laws are notoriously difficult to buy for since they pretty much have everything. I wanted something for their home, and it should be useful (without being useful to the point of boring) but something that they didn’t already have. And the item had to cost under £50.
I love this personalised chalkboard. It is modern and chic and would turn any dining table into a bistro. It would elevate any dinner party to a higher level. This chalkboard would also be lovely for an at-home date night or family dinner. I actually think it would make a great gift for several people, including myself. And at £42.99, it won’t break the bank. What do you think? Is this a good gift for people who don’t need anything? Who is particularly tough to shop for on your Christmas list?
I was sent this item for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
When we moved into our house last February, the first thing we had to do was tackle the outdated and ramshackled 1970s kitchen. It did not have an oven, and no one would install one due to the unsafe electrics and the wood cladding. There was hardly any storage and it just felt dirty. Another big issue – no plumbing for a dishwasher. Here are some ‘before’ pics from the day we moved into our house.
It was tough going three weeks without a kitchen (we had a microwave in our living room and ate a lot of takeaways, which was far from delightful). But we made it through and ended up with a lovely cooking and eating space. A small kitchen is the price we pay for living in London. But I don’t mind. Our kitchen really is the heart of our home.
Here are some of items that make my kitchen perfect for our family. Some items were sourced after weeks scouring the internet. Some were impulse buys. I found a gorgeous G-Plan highboard from eBay for £50 but we had to push the dining table against it when our two-year old son started trying to climb the highboard. The space isn’t entirely as I would like. But that is what happens when you have children. Their needs become more important that your styling needs.