Je ne sais pas.
I know… bof.
|Our tiddly kitchen before the deep clean: This is a pretty typical set up in older houses in France, and we were lucky to have any cupboards at all.|
|The hot plate normally nests under the butchers block and it’s light enough to be lifted easily on top when needed.. let’s say, when making a light mid night snack…|
This kitchen has a fair bit of open and exposed storage and although I am not generally a fan of clutter, the maximalist approach was the only realistic one. We simply have too many things to tuck away neatly. And there are examples of our hoard that I actually like to have out in the open, such as my collection of Finnish design glass and James’ elegant set of copper pans, but some, let’s say the scanky jar of Marmite that expired on the first half of 2014 should be meant for our eyes only.
Most of our cook- and tableware is stored in the built-ins where as the food hides inside the wooden art nouveau-ish cabinet. Although we both prefer to fill our lives with trift-store treasures such as that, the space would not be as functional without the little acquisitions from everyone’s favourite Swedish furniture giant. The ever versatile Raskog cart deserves a special mention for providing a home for our extensive condiment collection. The IKEA shelf dividers and trays set out places for our heap of kitchen crap, but this mini kitchen is, as many dinky interiors tend to be, still just one misplaced plate away from complete chaos.
|A place for everything and everything in its place.|
Depending on your needs, a modular kitchen can be just as functional as a fitted one and it doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. As small space living is becoming increasingly popular, you do not need to be a carpenter to built a set up that works for you. IKEA launched a tiny all in one-kitchen just last year and similar units can be found from most home improvement stores. And the best part? If you get bored or have a change or heart – bof. All you need is a free afternoon and a bit of grunt to re-configure your units for a “new” kitchen.