I’m so excited to share my kitchen photos with you today, guys!!! So there isn’t a recipe today okay? Okay? Sure? You should still be munching on the Blueberry Cheesecake anyway 🙂
Our previous kitchen was rather small – it was only designed with 2 people in mind anyway…kids were so far from our minds, we didn’t really factor in that 10 years later, we would have 3 kids and the kitchen would be a huge part of our home. So with that in mind, when we designed our new house, we made it a little bigger. We increased the counter space and included a tea/coffee area, a larger laundry (uhum boys make piles of dirty clothes) and a separate pantry.
So as you can see (in photo below), I was just about to chop and caramelise some red onions when I decided, no let’s rather take some kitchen photos…I’m a little ADD like that.
I love the thick timber shelving – the idea completely stolen from Pinterest! It just adds that homey kind of feel to the kitchen. And please do note the herbs (they are still alive and well) and the copper pots….I have yet to cook in them – for the moment I just like to look at them. I found these treasures on Etsy from a seller in France. Yes, they are all the way from France. Copper pots from France friendies…pre-loved which makes them all the better for cooking. The copper kettle was a gift from my mother-in-law and it sits so proudly there on the top shelf. Bless it.
Did you notice the black steel brackets? My hubby made those…yes ma’am. He did. really. I love him.
Look at all the pretty plates. The perfect round white ones are in the cupboard. I like plates that have a little character, so these guys got chosen for display.
This is the view from the dining table….I’m a sucker for sash windows (and old-style doors). The big windows allows lots of natural light to filter in and it’s good for food photography too 🙂
The oven looks old but it’s new and fits in perfectly with the farmhouse kitchen. It’s a Falcon oven – gas top and electric oven. It has taken some getting used to but it’s quite fun, firing it up getting instant heat. Can you see the black camping kettle sitting to the right? That was there just for show (hee hee I’m such a stylist) but last night we actually used that kettle because the lights went out and I did a little happy-skip-dance because it meant we could still make TEA!!!!! Glorious tea! Hoooray for GAS stoves. They are tea-savers a.k.a life savers.
More windows….more light…more happy soul.
Our kitchen cupboards and island was made up by the team at The Goodwood Co (see all links at the end of the post). They are professionals. Just look at this wooden island. It was made out of French Oak and stained with a light Rubio Monocoat.
Below…Looks like a kitchen in an old building when I convert the pic to black and white. Aaaaahh.
The old Avery scale is something I searched and searched for and finally found on BidorBuy. It is currently serving as a very handy lemon, lime and avo bowl.
Front view…I love the fact that all these books are virtually in my kitchen.
This is the coffee station. I’m going to go right ahead here and point out the token glass of water and camera cover and uncovered phone port. Just in case you thought I didn’t see them.
Naturally, I styled it this way. As they are very important objects you know 🙂
The top shelf is full of art, happy words and flowers – all we need for lots of smiles. The second shelf, full of equally important items, namely; cook books, tea, coffee and cups.
And the counter would include the…uhum…refer to first line.
Did you see the fridge?
Did you see that now the glass and camera cover magically disappeared?
And did you see that now the pull-out bin is just slightly openend? Bet you didn’t.
It’s MAGIC you guys. You only see these magical occurrences when you insert images into your blog post. It’s freakyyy.
Note the authentic vintage Julia Child’s cookbook. A gift from my mother-in-law. Did I mention earlier that I love my mother-in-law?
Oh look it’s people, it’s me and the little terrorists. They LOVE to cook.
What this really means is that they LOVE to lick the bowl of cake or biscuit batter.
Here we are making a chocolate birthday cake for my brother, their uncle…A chocolate sheet cake….more on that later in the week :), and hence their keen involvement.
Just some practical storage solutions….for pots and pans.
And for tins.
And that’s our kitchen guys! I would show you the pantry and laundry but at the time of taking these pics, it wasn’t looking very photogenic…*read: it was a huge mess*…so we will save that for another time m’kay!
Subway tiles, basins and mixer from Victorian Bathrooms
Art by Katie Daisy and Flora Waycott
Fridge from Hirsch’s
Kitchen cupboards, shelving and island by The Goodwood Co.
Brackets – handmade by my handsome
Pendant Lights – The Lighting Warehouse
Well done Lou. All your time and effort you have put into creating the magical kitchen really shows! It is amazing and an absolute dream kitchen! SO so stunning! Can not wait to see (and taste) all the beautiful recipes that come out of here! xxx
Thank-you Cath, so sweet you are!!! X
Wow Lou!! Well done!!! Can’t wait to see pics of the whole house!!! So glad you are in and obviously enjoying it!!! That kitchen is something else!!! So happy for you! xxxxxxx
Marlisetjieeee!!!!! MIss youuuuuuu! Thank-you so much beautiful lady, come visit when you are back see! X
You nailed it Lou! Simply gorgeous… You and ahem create magical spaces xx
Hey Mich, thank-you for your message, so sweet of you to say. Its been a lot of fun! Xx
Just beautiful! Like you and your family! xxx
Thanks Fi fi Xxxxx
It is lovely and functional and something to be truly proud of and guess what I love my daughter in law too!
Thank-you Jan xxx
Looks fantastic Louise, what a perfect space to create recipes and enjoy family life! Love all the details and the atmosphere you’ve created! Can’t wait to come and eat my bowl of cereal there! I love the photo of you and the boys, great they are learning about cooking so important
Thank-you my darling Mands. I’m so lucky to have this beautiful new kitchen to test out my recipes and really get stuck into cooking/baking with my boys! Yes, you need to come at eat your cereal here hah hah!!!! Xxx
Hi Louise, love your kitchen and recipes!! So glad to have you a on my computer!!!
I am an ex S.African and lived in Kloof Kwa Zula Natal. Moved to New Zealand sixteen years ago and now I am a Kiwikruger! Thanks again I look forward to the next email and South African recipes.
Aaaah you are too sweet, thank-you for your message, I always LOVE getting comments like this.
I also used to live in Kloof, we are now in Hillcrest. New Zealand hay? I love that place – my hubby and I travelled the south island in a campervan for a month just after we got married. Now we are just waiting for our youngest to get a little bigger so we can return and do some more adventures!
Thank-you for the comments about my kitchen, that is so kind of you to say!! 🙂
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