Today’s article is a guest post from a fellow blogger. Enjoy!
I once went to a friend’s house that had been completely redecorated and redesigned. The kitchen diner was this huge white open plan room with sleek modern cabinets and much gloss. It was totally calm, serene and spacious. It felt restful.
It was filled with the fragrance of vanilla from her baking and the underground heating warmed my feet on a cold day. I could hear and smell good coffee burbling away.
On the wall was an original fabulous piece of art. Just one, that’s all that was needed. A Peter Blake. It was quirky, very British, interesting and absolutely outstanding.
A few bunches of freesia adorned a window sill.
On the white sofa there was a dash of citrus in the cushions echoed by the lemons and limes in the glass fruit bowl.
Probably the loveliest kitchen I have experienced. She gave me one divine chocolate with my coffee. A little piece of bliss
I have another friend with a similar kitchen again in white; expansive, spacious and yet it seemed empty. The feeling from the first kitchen was wholly different.
From visiting that first kitchen I understood that loving a room is about the experience of that room not just the look. A deep appreciation of the piece of wonderful art on display, the aroma of the flowers and the baking, the warmth underfoot, the dashes of symmetry in the colours used which filled several senses.
A kitchen should be much more than a visual design.
All the senses should be considered in terms of comfort and awakening when creating a beautiful room. These special touches don’t have to be expensive; the freesia stay in my mind alongside the Peter Blake, the lemons are recalled along with the clean lines of the kitchen units. The good coffee lingered in my memory.
It’s the little things.
Becky Goddard-Hill is an award-winning thrifty blogger who writes about creating a lovely home on a budget at her blog Thrifty-Home. She also writes about interiors and gardens over at A Beautiful Space.
She’s a big believer in the power of little things to make a huge difference to how a home feels.
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