A New Kitchen For Christmas (please)
Christmas is all about giving and one day I hope I’ll be given a new kitchen for Christmas. I grew up in a kitchen with an Aga, a table where we ate all of our meals and a dresser made by my uncle. Compared to many kitchens today, this was a simple room, but it was the heart of the household. My kitchen is small and narrow with no possibility of a table, aga or companionable space. I get on with it as best I can, but this doesn’t stop me dreaming of a new kitchen.
Of course to have the kitchen I really want, I need a new house to go with it, as even a really clever design couldn’t make much more of the space we have. This isn’t going to stop me dreaming though.
I spend, perhaps rather more time than I should dreaming about my ideal new kitchen, because you never know, one day it might just happen. In my book, it is the most important room in the house. Over the years my ideas have evolved, according to the kitchens I’ve seen and worked in. In essence, I remain, a traditionalist, however. It has to be practical: light and bright with easy to clean surfaces, but also homely and the place where everyone wants to hang out.
Down to a few details now. I’ll need plenty of accessible storage and please universe, deliver me a walk in pantry. As a lover of real food made from scratch, I have many jars, packets and tins, always jostling for space and usually hard to get at. I spent my childhood running wild on the moorland granite, so a granite worktop seems wholly appropriate and very practical too. Although you can’t beat the delicious fragrance of homemade food wafting around the house, an extractor fan over the cooker would be great to keep humidity levels down. I’ve arrived at the stage in life when reaching up to a plate rack knocks spots off bending down and scrabbling around in a dark cupboard. I can live without a dishwasher, but I’d love a double sink and it needs to be by a window – preferably looking out onto an extensive and well tended garden – I did say it was a dream!
But then, I took a look at the Betta Living range of fitted kitchens. They have 46 stylish designs all made here in Britain, in their own factory. And suddenly, I had a whole heap of new ideas. I’d not even contemplated having either my cooker or sink incorporated into an island unit, never mind both of them. My idea of a traditional table and chairs in the middle of the room wavered when I saw some of the more modern island units with accompanying stools – decisions, decisions. Oh and an eye level oven makes perfect sense. I particularly liked the cosy sitting space shown in the picture above and the vegetable baskets incorporated into the units as seen below.
Contemporary isn’t really my style, but there is something to be said for no handles to get in the way and inflict bruises on the over enthusiastic cook. Deep drawers to make pots and pans more accessible has got to be a good thing. Extracting some of my pots from the back of the cupboard is like an archaeological dig rather than a culinary undertaking. I could do without it.
If a new kitchen is more of a reality than a dream for you, Betta Living currently has some great offers on 36 older ranges which are being sold at factory direct prices. There are some real bargains to be had too. Ex-display kitchens are going for as little as £1.295. And if you’re quick enough off the mark, Black Friday will soon be here and Betta Living are offering 75% off all delivery costs and nothing to pay until 2017.
I’d love to know what your top must haves are for your new kitchen?
Disclosure: This post is written by me, but in association with Betta Living. As always, all words and opinions are my own. Photographs courtesy of Betta Living.