I had planned a different blog post but weekend plans and a cheeky little nephew to see way laid the other post so you will have to wait for a dining room unveiling until next week! Instead I'm afraid you have even more of Number Five's Kitchen to look at and perhaps a few things you haven't seen... so here are my five favourite things in The Kitchen.
Marble and Herringbone should always be seen
I love how this area has become such focal point in the kitchen. I was rather worried that the copper island would just completely cramp this area's style but who would have thought a faux marble worktop from B&Q, a white sink, a copper tap and a some herringbone tiles from Topps Tiles could look so amazing when pulled all together.
I love styling this area up and switching things around all the time here, whether it is adding another trivet (I am so obsessed and have about four so far!!) adding flowers or adding some new words to my Design Letter message board this section is always changing and I love it.
Another area of the kitchen that is ever changing because I am a serial faffer is the bespoke shelf we created about the sink area. I change this up most weeks, adding things, taking things away, none of it is useful, but all pretty and why shouldn't you have some prettiness in your kitchen!
Everything (apart from the kettle) is integrated or hidden away
When we were designing the kitchen one of my main design stipulations was that everything that could be should be hidden away. The fridge, freezer and dishwasher are all concealed by doors, the oven, microwave and warming drawer are integrated alongside cupboard space and the boiler and underfloor heating pipes are all hidden away in a cupboard. The induction hob is also flush with the copper worktop so that it hasn't taken anything away from the design. The kitchen is now most definitely a functional space and hasn't lost its sense of style.
The only thing that isnt hidden away is the kettle; I couldn't justify a copper hot water tap, all of them that I spotted were probably three months worth of mortgage payments, and lets be fair there is nothing better than popping the kettle on for that much needed cuppa.
Those garden views
I've never really liked the garden at Number Five and still don't really love it. It needs lots of work however when the bi-folds are open, I can hear the birds singing, the trees in the wind and it is quite glorious. We've made the garden a little prettier, taking inspiration from Dee Campling by adding solar lights to every tree and plant possible, however there is still a patio, bbq and dining area to create but but we will get there.
I love having the doors open on a Sunday morning and drinking my cuppa; it really is the little things that make a house a home.
The copper work top
I couldn't write this post and not include the copper worktop could I? It literally is the show stopper and centre piece of the kitchen space. I could not wish for anything more from this surface. I still walk into the room and I'm amazed at the craftsmanship and it's wonderfulness. In the first couple of months we were so nervous of using the surface, wanted to keep it shiny and new looking, but we thought what was the point of having such a wonderful surface if we weren't going to use it. Our home isn't a show home, it is functional and it is used a lot, so why have something in the centre of the most used space that doesn't even get touched. We now use it so much, as a place to have our morning coffees at a weekend (because who has time for a leisurely breakfast Monday to Friday... umm, no one!) I've started cooking lots more and it is used as central place for when people pop round to Number Five to have a cuppa and chit chat!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my fave things in the kitchen, and I can not wait to show you the dining room next week!