Spring is fresh beginnings and new life
This year maybe more than ever we are all welcoming in the sunshine as it brings new and refreshing light. Daffodils are popping up along with the bluebells. The hint of Easter around the corner means chocolate and spring celebrations with all the family and fingers crossed without any restrictions!
Let in the light and have a spruce up
Open the windows and blinds and let in the light and freshness of spring. Clear those worktops, it’s time to remove the clutter and bits and bobs you’ve been meaning to deal with since Christmas! It’s time to re-use or re-cycle unwanted items. There is nothing like natural light to let in the positivity of the upcoming spring and summer months ahead.
If you’re really serious, make a list – starting from the top of the room means all the dust and detritus you disturb will fall onto the parts you have yet to clean making for a really thorough job. It’s one of those tasks that we all talk about. ‘Spring cleaning’ is one of those tasks that we all talk about but it makes such a difference to shake off those old winter blues and look forward to the months ahead.
Redo or refresh ?
One of the many wonderful things about a handmade kitchen is that it can be reworked and restyled over years. Because we handpaint our kitchens, a change of colour, handles, worktop and tiles will completely change the look and feel of your space.
Kitchens old and new
Kitchens as somewhere to prepare and consume food have been with us in some form for millenia. Recent history has seen two versions of this essential room take precedence. Firstly, the kitchen and living room together created a combined space for both preparing food and having a relaxed general area. Secondly, whilst we are of course familiar with the kitchen/diner as a very modern concept this however was the norm for most people who did not attain the second version
The decentralised kitchen
Generally we see these in large country houses or in costume dramas on TV. This separate space purely for cooking, and preparing food is cut off from the main house often located in cellars or back rooms so the residents could avoid the smells, fumes and sights of the staff producing meals. If you live in an older property or a conversion you will almost certainly see traces of this type of kitchen in your house from years gone by.
chastleton house kitchen © the national trust
We love all things ancient and modern here! It’s incredible to look back on how kitchens and gadgets have developed over the years and one thing that does remind us of the past is ‘waste not want not’ We install more smart taps today than ever before and it’s easy to see why. When you can have boiling hot, chilled filtered and and sparking water on tap, why generate waste by purchasing plastic bottles?
Advert for English Rose Kitchen Equipment, 1952 © Illustrated London News Ltd
If you have been in the Canonmills area of Edinburgh recently you may have noticed some refurbishment underway. We are excited to be opening our second Edinburgh showroom very soon.