This house took 8 months of rebuilding, dealing with builders over Skype with an 8 hour time difference. We moved our family back to the UK from California to a building site. 3 years on and it is finally feeling almost-finished.
We didn’t have the money or the ability to make any more decisions to add the finishing touches that I’d envisaged at first. Instead we’ve very slowly added bits and bobs that we’ve found since we moved in. Here are some of the bits I love most in our kitchen - swipe across for pics and to see the dark 1990s pine kitchen that was in when we bought the house... The chipped yellow bench that I made my husband carry (I was 6 months pregnant) across a giant flea market carpark in San Francisco, which then became the place all my cooking class students dropped their bags. It came back over the pond with us and fit one of the nooks perfectly. We hadn’t planned it, but it was almost like it was built to fit it. The yellow colour became one of the inspirations for the colours in the rest of the room.
The second purchase was a giant grey sofa which sat, naked of cushions for about a year. We bought Ikea units to put the TV on and kind of forgot about the corner for a while. Then I saw the perfect cushion, with just the right shade of, what I call ‘bench yellow’ in it, crop up on my friend Lisa’s shop @edit.58 The colours in that cushion reminded me of California brightness and became the spring board for all the other bits we collected and added to the room since.
Once the builders had left and the walls stared at us pristine and newly plastered I hesitated too long to put anything on them. Finally we found a handyman who actually turned up. Within a day he’d built and painted shelves for us. He used solid wood, painted in an eggshell paint to match the walls and we used Ikea brackets for the floating shelf. Having my books and, as @mariekondo would say, ‘sentimental items’ makes the room feel like home. If you fancy more a nose at the kitchen head to my stories highlights. #ysthome