Wednesday, 23 October 2013

the heart of the home

The kitchen has always been the heart of our home. It is where you will usually find me. There is sourdough rising on the benchtop; yoghurt and kefir fermenting in their glass jars and a pot of sauce bubbling on the stove. The wide timber bench, salvaged from some felled jarrah in a paddock nearby, is where the boys come to knead playdough and paint. And eat of course. We do a fair bit of that.

Our kitchen is in what was originally the back verandah of our weatherboard workers cottage, with its sloping timber roof line still in evidence. It links the old part of the house with the new, and when we moved in was a dark and rather cramped space resplendent in pine and a patchwork of tiles in many hues. We punched a hole through the ceiling and put in as wide a skylight as we could, through which the light now pours year round, bouncing off the white walls, ceiling and tiles.

We kept it simple. White cupboards with wrought iron handles, to complement the many hand crafted fixtures around the house. And timber benchtops in keeping with the wide floorboards in every room. A couple of thrifted light fittings, a lick of chalkboard paint and the transformation was complete. It is a small but practical space that works so well. Nothing is more than a step or an arm's reach away. And behind those cupboard doors hides a walk-in pantry such as I have longed for for many a year.


  1. This kitchen is perfection. I'm in the middle of renovating my old cottage's kitchen (which was redone in the 80's, the kitchen part that is), and trying to restore it to simple, warm place space. Your kitchen is perfect inspiration.

  2. Beautiful! We've ordered subway tile for the splash back in our kitchen too. How nice to be in your own kitchen and make iy how you like it!

  3. I feel like I've waited so long to see these pictures and it puts me right back in your beautiful home. Gorgeous! I am reading every post you write with great delight and feel connected to you through your beautifully crafted words. But we must talk! We too are busy fixing up our apartment as we get ready to sell it. It is all consuming! Auction on December 7. I'll let you know how it goes

  4. I've just scrutinised every corner of these kitchen photos and feel like I've sat at your kitchen bench for awhile. The kitchen really is where the heart is, and all those tiny touches you've made, make it. As for your walk in pantry?...ahh, bliss.


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