House goals: The Kitchen Larder

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Anyone who knows me well will know that I love food. I love eating it, I love cooking it, I love how it looks, I love the aromas, I’m pretty much obsessed with it. For me, cooking and baking is therapeutic, giving me time to focus solely on the task in hand and block out everything else. It helps to clear my mind and provides an experimental outlet for me to create tasty dishes that bring joy to those who eat them (unless something goes very wrong).

My kitchen is bursting at the seams with gadgets and ingredients and the never-ending quest for storage is a perpetual challenge. Every space is filled in the blink of an eye with more “essential” items. For a while, I longed for a dedicated larder cupboard. As I got older, I felt my desire for a walk-in wardrobe shift towards a walk-in larder. The dream has since been upgraded to a Nigella-style walk through pantry. What next? Pretty soon my kitchen will take over the entire house. I feel it’s only a matter of time.

So, fellow foodies, whether you have loads of space or things are a little tight, here’s how to create your own swoon-worthy larder area.

Featured image: Loft Kitchen by Team 7 in walnut by Wharfside

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A how (not) to guide to DIY alcove shelves

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Let me just make something very clear from the start. This is no tutorial. This is not a “How To” guide. If anything, this is a “How Not To” guide. DIY or any kind of hard labour is not my strong point and I’m the first to admit that. I’m organised, I’m creative, I get s**t done, but I do this by developing design ideas then efficiently coordinating others to do it. In my profession as an interior design project manager, I rely on the skills of others to make things look beautiful and bring my ideas to reality rather than subject my clients to the work of my own fair hands. When it comes to getting my hands dirty or any kind of physical effort, you probably don’t want me on your team. However, what I do have in spades is a can-do positive attitude! So think of this more as a demonstration that if I can do it, anyone can do it.

Bespoke joinery can be a wonderful thing and I love using it in my projects. It gives a distinctive feel to a space and can work wonders creating stunning features and smart storage solutions. However, I know that the budget doesn’t always stretch to custom made options and so this post is about how to achieve a unique look without calling in the pros.

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Under achieving

Harry Potter knows better than most people how annoying that space is under the stairs. It tricks you into thinking it will be useful storage space, but how do we utilise that space to our best advantage? I know my under stairs cupboard leaves something to be desired, but that’s probably because we treat it like it’s some kind of bottomless black hole. Anything that doesn’t appear to have a home goes under the stairs. It’s now so ridiculous that I couldn’t even tell you half the stuff that’s in there, let alone reach it. I can’t be the only one, so if you’re guilty of the same then read on. Continue reading “Under achieving”