I like browsing the locations at Inspace when I feel the need for a little property eye-candy. My interest isn’t limited to kitchens by any means, but since this blog is, sit back and be inspired by these gorgeous cooking-and-eating spaces.
One of my favourite tips for creating a serene, unified space in any room is to get rid of branding. By that I mean, get your stuff out of the ugly packaging it comes in, and into something pretty! I keep grains and dried legumes in glass jars, remove store-bought cookies to a ceramic pot, and decant olive oil from a 3 lt. container into a small glass bottle by the stove.
Until I saw this at La Dolce Vita this week, I’d never thought to do anything about my bottle of dish soap, though. The photo is from the kitchen of Brooklyn Limestone, a fab reno blog that I read occasionally, and a little research taught me that the idea came from the incomparable Martha Stewart.
I think this is a great idea, especially if you can get as pretty a bottle as the one above. I imagine a pump-style would work better, though, so I’m on the hunt for one of those. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Red is a natural choice for a kitchen. Symbolizing life and passion, it creates an energetic space, and apparently stimulates the appetite as well. Personally, I find too much red makes me a tad crazy, but I love it for details. Here are some of my favourite red kitchens from around the web.
The refrigerator is often the ugliest thing in a kitchen. Big, space-sucking and stupid looking, they can drain the charm from an otherwise lovely space. Sure, there are great options around (I do love me a smeg), but what to do if yours is one of those ho-hum models, and an upgrade isn’t on the cards? These are my favourite DIY solutions for a refrigerator makeover.
Hanging a bunch of plates on a wall is hardly a new idea, but I’ve always loved the look for a kitchen or dining area. It can be sweet and vintage or modern and graphic, depending on the plates and arrangement you choose. A great way to show off a much-loved collection, it’ll certainly bring more joy than stacking them in a cupboard.
Purple is probably my least favourite hue on the colour wheel, but even I’d deign to cook in some of these lovely spaces. An unusual choice for a kitchen, perhaps, but purple is surprisingly versatile, and definitely makes a statement.
When my family moved into our current house, the kitchen was papered in the most grotesque yellow/orange/red wallpaper from the 50′s. Looking back, it was actually kind of cool, but my Mum hated it. One day, she let my sister and me rip it off the wall to our hearts’ content. (Wonderful way to keep a 7- and 4-year-old entertained, I imagine.) These papers, though, I would definitely not be ripping off my kitchen wall.