Out of nowhere today I got a major cleaning bug and gave my kitchen a massive cleanup. It looked so shiny and tidy (for once) that I thought it would be a shame not to do a little photoshoot and share it.
So here's where I spend a LOT of my time in the house, cooking, fetching, preparing and washing up after my 3 hungry little horses...
As you can see the cabinetry and worktops are pretty dated but we're renting so there's not much I can do about that. At least they're white though so they provide a nice blank canvas for all my vintage "stuff".
My fab toaster, along with salt & pepper shakers from Freedom and adorable egg cups from Target.
A collection of enameled items, all vintage except for the olive green Jamie Oliver tegame.
Two thrifted glass jars, a Nigella Lawson cookie jar and "Retro Kitchen" cocktail shaker. The gorgeous tray behind them was a gift from my middle munchkin :-)
On the window sill - Matryoshka measuring cups - a gift from a lovely friend, vintage Melmac sugar bowl and milk jug, a Pontessa jar and a spoon rest.
I love all the shades of blue and green hidden away inside this tall cupboard...
On the top shelf are various thrifted jugs, mugs etc. Underneath are little bowls from Victoria's Basement, a Laura Ashley 2-tier cake stand, a large jug from Freedom and a thrifted vase.
Next shelf down has an assortment of bowls by Jamie Oliver, Victoria's Basement and Target and a little thrifted jar. Underneath is a white Alex Liddy jar, all other items on that shelf are from Vinnie's!
Next down is a lovely vintage cast iron enameled casserole, another Alex Liddy jug and a duck egg blue storage jar. Underneath are some plates and bowls from Victoria's Basement.
The pride and joy of my kitchen - My Kitchenaid mixer, on top of a trolley from Freedom. Behind it is the notice board I made from the coffee sack I got at a market.
On the shelves of the trolley are various bits and pieces, the Union Jack tray I got at a market, the Le Creuset mini-cocottes my little sis got me for my birthday, my aqua Le Creuset grill pan, a citrus press I bought in Ireland, some teapots I got at Vinnie's and some cute enamel tin bowls and tumblers I bought at a lovely little homewares store in Palm Beach.
Beside the trolley is the fridge, on the front of it I have the closest thing I'll have to a gallery wall in a rental where I can't add any screws or nails into the walls.
The side of the fridge is overloaded with works of art by my little rascals :-)
On top of this cupboard is my little collection of scales and the lovely goblets I got in Vinnie's a couple of years ago.
A girl can never have too many utensils!
Yes, I do have a thing for duck-egg blue, even my dustpan and brush are that colour!
On top of the pantry is my little pottery collection along with a couple of colanders and my favourite find - the Raymond Loewy designed Le Creuset cocotte.
I even tidied inside the pantry!
More tidy cupboards!
One of my favourite things about this kitchen is the stable-style door which leads out onto a covered deck with the most beautiful views of a nature reserve.
Needless to say, whilst I had this cleaning frenzy my boys were busy messing up the rest of the house so I'm off to sort that out!