Home Sweet Home: Kitchen Tour


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When I first started planning some room tour posts, I was intending to do just the living room and my bedroom. The kitchen is, let's face it, not the most photogenic place in the world. My kitchen is small, has no windows, is always dark and never very tidy and I would like to give whoever designed the layout/storage a swift kick up the bum. But I've got a few nice new kitchen-related things lately so I thought I'd do a mini-tour for this post; more of a "kitchen snippets", if you will.

A few weeks ago I decided it was finally time to invest in some Instagram magnets for the fridge, which I ordered from Stickygram. They cost around £10 for a sheet of 9 magnets, I managed to find a discount code though so three sheets cost me about £25. (If you enter the code FRIENDPUAD it'll get you a couple of pounds off!). All the prices are in dollars which confused me slightly, but it is a UK company and the shipping was nice and quick. I'm really impressed with the way these look and they're pretty decent quality too. It's really easy to scroll through your Instagram photos and select the ones you want too, I went for a mix of puppy photos, food/drink, Edinburgh and my pals. I like the idea of being able to update your magnets whenever you take some new fridge-worthy Instagram snaps - definitely pleased with this purchase!

Next to the fridge, there's a corner of worktop which is home to things like the kettle, salt & pepper, assorted condiments and cooking oil etc. I've also discovered this space is a handy little place for my tablet which I use to look up recipes or browse through Pinterest for some recipe inspiration. I bought the tablet, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, as a present to myself for finishing my dissertation. I used to think tablets/ipads were a bit pointless if you already had a phone and a laptop, but I've actually used this quite a lot since I bought it. It's really handy for looking up recipes as it doesn't take up as much counter space as a laptop and you can prop it up in the corner for easy reading. I bought this cover to go along with it which is great as it acts as a stand too.

Next to this is the cooker which is pretty boring, although it is being brightened up at the moment with a Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Tea Towel* by Gillian Kyle from Made From Scotland. I could spend hours browsing through this site, there are so many lovely homewares, as well as fashion, jewellery and gifts, all of which (as the name suggests) are made by Scottish designers and producers. Think of it as a Scottish version of Not On The Highstreet or Etsy. I love that everything has a definite Scottishy feel without being kitsch mass-produced tat like you find in the tourist shops. I love all of Gillian Kyle's illustrations; quite fancy a Teacake Apron to go with my tea towel! Made From Scotland would be a great place to look for some unique Christmas gifts (or presents for yourself!).

I've been meaning to buy some sort of trolley/shelving to go in the kitchen for yeeears, and finally got round to ordering this one from Ikea a couple of weeks ago. There's an entire wall in the kitchen that doesn't have any cupboards/worksurface on it (whyyyyyy would you design a kitchen like this?!) - having this trolley is great as it frees up some space elsewhere. I'm still kind of working out what's best to put where, but at the moment the top shelf has some glasses, cocktail equipment and fresh herbs (in some super cute tin buckets from Ebay); the middle shelf has the fruit bowl and some random things that don't fit elsewhere like a cheese grater and some kitchen roll; and the bottom shelf is home to some vegetables that don't need kept in the fridge like tatties and onions. I love the turquoise colour of the trolley, it adds some much needed brightness to the otherwise pretty dull and generic looking kitchen.

And finally, over in the corner next to the sink there's another area of worksurface which isn't really big enough to 'work' on, but it's handy for keeping some bits and bobs. I've got an elephant print tray from Ikea that I've had for years, and on top of it are some of my baking supplies. The Matryoshka Measuring Cups are not only cuuuuute but pretty handy too if I have an American recipe and can't be bothered working out how to convert it into grams. There's also some silicon cupcake cases which were a gift, assorted decorations and gel food colouring, plus in the background there are some more measuring spoons and kitchen scales. Oh, and can't forget the heart shaped chopping board!

Have you bought any nice kitchen accessories lately?

Gillian x


  1. Love that Ikea trolley, I've been eyeing it up for a while!

    Katie | and-katie.com

  2. Absolutely love your kitchen Gillian. In fact your entire flat seems like a dream. The tea towel is so cute!
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  3. I love your little cart! If I had room I'd definitely get one for my kitchen, I have a vintage one I use in my dining room as a bar though :) xo

  4. The little trolly is SO adorable! I love it. And I have your measuring cups too :)

    xx -b.

  5. Your kitchen is LOVELY, I really want that Tunnocks teatowel!

    Maria xxx


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