Introducing Copper Into Your Kitchen for Christmas

I’m well and truly hooked on the copper trend and gradually introducing more and more copper into my kitchen. At first I worried that it would look odd, we have a silver sink and draining board, silver cupboard and drawer handles – would the copper stick out like a sore thumb?

Introducing Copper Into Your Kitchen

I’ve started by adding a few copper accessories. We have copper pans hanging down on one wall and more recently I’ve added a copper kettle* and toaster*. All of these copper accessories have a little silver on them, meaning that they easily and effortlessly fit in with the rest of the kitchen.

Introducing Copper Into Your Kitchen

As well as being oh so pretty the kettle and toaster are also pretty nifty pieces of kit. The De’Longhi Distinta kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity allowing you to make up to seven cups at once (perfect for the busy Christmas period!), a 360 degree connection and an inbuilt limescale filter to improve the quality of your drinks.

The De’Longhi Distinta toaster is perfect for busy families, allowing you to toast up to four slices at once. The toaster has a variety of settings, even one specifically for bagels. The high lift function means that you are able to easily take the toast out, no more sticking knives into the toaster to retrieve your bread (as if I would…)!

This set would make the perfect Christmas gift for the copper mad interior lover, check out these and other Christmas gifts at ao.com.

*Disclosure – I received the kettle and toaster in exchange for a feature – all opinions my own*

Our IKEA Kitchen Makeover

Back last year our kitchen underwent a massive transformation, it was completely gutted, walls and ceilings were knocked down and we had a lovely new IKEA kitchen fitted. I had every intention of blogging about it when it was completed, but the pregnancy symptoms and illnesses caught up with me and I never got around to it, it has been over a year since we finished it so I figure it is about time I got around to sharing it.

ikea kitchen makeover

before photo of kitchen makeover pale blue walls dark and small kitchen




Please accept my apologies for the poor quality of the before photo, this was taken a long time ago and before I had learnt to use a camera properly. Previously we had a small hallway separating the kitchen and bathroom, after much deliberation we decided that kitchen space was the priority and that we would get rid of the hallway. There was also a false ceiling, we decided to get rid of this as the room is so dark and we wanted to make it as light and airy as possible.

It was a massive job and we stumbled upon so many problems during the renovation, including having our boiler condemned! We are so pleased with the outcome that it really was worth it, I love my kitchen and will want to take it with me when we move!

ikea kitchen shabby chic cottage style

IKEA no longer have our exact cupboards available, but they are now selling the Hittarp cupboards which look identical. The worktop is the IKEA Karlby, I love the dark work top against the off white cupboards. 

ikea belfast sink

The feature sink is my favourite part of our kitchen, as well as looking good it is also very practical, it holds a lot, including Aria when she was a newborn. We opted to bath her in this sink instead of using a baby bath or leaning over our bath. It was just the right size. 
ikea molndal lights in kitchen row of three
As we were having a complete re-wire I was able to change the light fittings so that I could have three of these beautiful IKEA Molndal lights. Most people who come to the house comment on how pretty these are and they compliment my Skurar plant pots perfectly. 
tea cup cacti

My cacti also came from IKEA, the blue teacup and saucer came from our trip to Portmeirion and the two flower teacup and saucers came from Nyla Rose Vintage.

Next small heart vases

I decided to splash out on Next kitchen accessories, they can be expensive but as it was a new kitchen it felt acceptable to splash out, I wanted the best in my shiny new kitchen! 

cream next bird kitchen storage jars

purple and cream bunting in kitchen window

The view from the kitchen window is ugly, it is of next door’s wall. I decided to add a little bunting to the window to try and make an ugly area look a little prettier.

cream cottage style IKEA kitchen with walnut worktop and black appliances

The tea towel and oven mitts are also from Next.

cream retro microwave oven from Wilko

This microwave is quite a recent addition, our old microwave was on it’s way out so we decided to replace it when the bottle steriliser wouldn’t fit in it. We bought this one from Wilko, I couldn’t resist it’s retro charm.

Mandarin Stone splitface natural stone kitchen splashback and border

The natural stone splash back and bordering are from the Splitface collection at Mandarin Stone.
Over a year on and my dream kitchen is still perfect for me. The extra cupboard space and worktop space has been quickly swallowed up. The only downside that we have noticed is that it is so much colder in there now, the small radiator isn’t quite suited to the now larger room, I am seriously considering splashing out on a slimline radiator like this one from Best Electric Radiators but I’m not sure if it is really worth it due to the fact that the house is up for sale.

*Collaborative Post*

Wishlist : Cream & Mauve Kitchen Accessories
IKEA Molndal Pendant Lamp £15  Morphy Richards Accents Toaster in cream £22.50  Morphy Richards Accents Pyramid Kettle £29.99  Next Egg House £10  Next Kitchen Roll Holder £10  Next storage jars £24  Next Double Oven Glove £8  Next Love Stacking Mugs £16  Pair of mini hanging hearts £3.90

  

As you are no doubt aware by now we are currently having a new kitchen fitted. It is now almost complete which means that it is time to think about accessories. I quite fancy a cream & mauve colour scheme and the above items are crying out to me. I am pretty sure that the kettle & toaster are the same colour as they are the same collection, they just look different in the images. We already  have the IKEA pendant lamp x 3 and the egg house, we just need to buy everything else! 
I wouldn’t usually buy/husband wouldn’t usually allow me to buy so many accessories from Next as it can be quite expensive, but as it is a new kitchen I am going to splash out, the birds are far too cute to resist. I think the Sass & Belle hearts will look perfect hanging off the door knobs on the bottom cupboards and just finish the room off perfectly.
This is how the kitchen currently looks, hopefully by the end of today it will be an almost functioning kitchen! 

Review : Sage by Heston Blumenthal Smart Fryer – My YouTube Debut
I wasn’t going to share this on here but I figured that I may as well, it may interest some of you.
A while back I was lucky enough to win the Sage By Heston Blumenthal Smart Fryer via ao.com’s Twitter. At the time of entering the competition I didn’t realise that the winner had to do a video review of the fryer (I really must start checking T&Cs!) and I’ll admit, I probably wouldn’t of entered if I had known this. When I realised I panicked, stressed, panicked and then stressed a whole lot more when it came to editing the video, which I haven’t done very well at all! 
I realise that I’ve not sold my review very well here, but if any of you are interested in watching it you can do so below or on YouTube here.
P.S. I am fully aware that I sound like a Welsh idiot! 

Kitchen Re-Shuffle with IKEA Variera – 2014 Organisation
On a recent IKEA trip we decided to pick up some of their Variera shelf dividers, our kitchen is teeny tiny and we are always in need of extra storage. I had no idea where I would use them but knew that I would find somewhere so I grabbed one in each size. 
I decided to use the largest Variera in the cupboard that holds our plates. There is so much empty space in this cupboard, it really wasn’t utilised well at all. With the divider in place I can store all of my plates on the one shelf which frees up a another shelf for my mixing bowls. The large Variera costs £3 (link).
We have a bit of an addiction to flavoured teas, hot chocolates and coffees in our little home. They are literally taking over our tiny kitchen. I have used the smaller divider to make this area look a little neater, it is still quite cluttered but it has helped to utilise the area a little. The small Variera costs £2 (link).
The Variera shelf dividers can be screwed into place as a permanent fixture, but are sturdy enough without being screwed in. I haven’t bothered to screw mine in as we are having a new kitchen soon (yay!!).
I included this photo just because a Kilner jar of marshmallows looks pretty.