Friday, 27 May 2011

Country Kitchen: Rule Number one

Hey there, honey pie,

Yesterday, I showed you some of
Weren't they gorgeous?
And, now, here's the bit where I start to share
how I put the Country into our Kitchen.

My first Country Kitchen Rule is this:

If you're going to have clutter,
then make it beautiful clutter.

Not beautiful in an aesthetic way necessarily
but beautiful in meaning.

Things that make you feel good.
Things that make you smile.
Things that make you happy.

And if those things look great
too then so much the better.

When I want to bake or brown or braise {or burn!},
I want to have things around me that I love to look at.
I want any clutter to be homely.

My favourite recipe books.
Our mugs waiting to be filled with hot chocolate and whipped cream.
A glass jar that belonged to my mother.
A wool felt heart.

All these help to combine to make
our Kitchen feel like home to me and my family.

And what about rule number two.....?
Comin' up....

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Anonymous said...

I LOVE your so homey and cozy feeling. Exactly what a country family kitchen should be! You're a pro at this! :)

Have a great weekend ~

Deborah said...

This is a great rule Sarah and I do soooo agree!
Being near the things that mean so much to you brings lots of happy thoughts and memories!
Ok for the next rule? I'm listening...:)
Have a great day!!!

Deborah xoxo

Unknown said...

Agree completely, let the clutter be of a type that brings you pleasure! xx

Susan T said...

Sarah what a great idea - old rolling pin that used to be my Mother's together with 2 old pie dishes that belonged to my Grandma, are now coming out. I feel so close to them when I use them and they are usually stashed away. No more!

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it should have some heart IN it.

Well said that lady! Designer kitchens are all very well, but nothing beats that feeling of everyone congregating in the kitchen around good home cooked food.

Have a great weekend.X

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Yes it makes me want to be on a farm in my boots getting all dirty with animals, garden and just being free.Looks very country and makes me want to cook something up for you all~Cheers Kim

It's me said...

Great !! and so agree.....lovely weekend

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah! You do country in the kitchen proudly! Looks so sweet.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Oh yes, not just any old clutter; beautiful clutter. Like it!

Casa Très Chic said...

Ok, in my opinion this is not clutter, it's personality.

michele said...

it's sooooo cozy, Sarah!

i keep meaning to bring up this subject with my English blogmates: did you know that HOMELY has an entirely different meaning here in the states? when a house feels warm and cozy, we call it HOMEY. but when a person is plain/uglynot so cute, they are referred to as "homely."

i love your new tabs! HUGS, HOMIE.


Robynne's Nest said...

Lovely photos...lovely kitchen...very homey...I could cook in there! Robx

American in Bath said...

Have I mentioned how much this makes me smile? It does.

chris said...

It's not home if you don't have things that make it feel homey.

At The Picket Fence said...

Hey sweet friend! How you could ever refer to any of those lovely items as "clutter" is beyond me! Every element is just so perfectly fitting for your warm and welcoming kitchen and I adore the mugs all lined up in a row. Wish I could come and take one down to have some tea with you! :-) I'm just catching up from being on vacation this past week and this was my first place to come and visit!

Privet and Holly said...

I like my kitchen
counters fairly
sparse, but do fill
up window ledges and
the bits against the
wall with either
essentials or items
that sing to me, too.
Love your scale : )
xx Suzanne

Cindy said...

Oh yes, I do agree, I love things that are special to me to be around me there in the kitchen.
Hugs, Cindy

Meera @ firstsense said...

That is some beautiful clutter indeed! Love your Modern Country Style kitchen and how homely it feels. Lovely lovely lovely!

And your new tabs are great! :-)

Happy weekend!

Meera xx

Lydia said...

Well said. What you have isn't clutter. It's a collection of the heart.

RSA Now said...

Gosh how come my clutter doesn't look that good? :)

Romana said...

I couldn't agree more! And that 3rd image is delightful :) Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us.
Romana :)

Tricia said...

Your kitchen is such a pretty, cozy space Sarah. Sorry I haven't been over here to visit you, I've been so busy. Hope you're having a good weekend!

hugs ♥ tricia

the fishermans cottage said...

Hi Sarah, I like a bit of clutter in my Kitchen, I used to put everything away in cupboards now its all on show and its so easy just to grab things off a shelf. Your bits and pieces are lovely and certainly made me smile too x

Elaine said...

I agree, it's not clutter if you love it.

Audrey Pettit said...

What beautiful little touches you have in your kitchen. I love it all.....especially that wool heart.:)

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I love your kitchen series. And,I agree with this rule...I must admit I do have kitchen clutter but I love my clutter because it is made up of things I enjoy seeing and things that have memories of my mom.
Thanks Sarah, you always have fun posts.

Travel With Lulu said...

Girl, you look like you can bake too with all those ingredients :) And I'm crazy for that scale XOL

Jenni said...

Oh, I love your kitchen! It is both lovely AND cozy! I adore your red scale, and the sweet hanging heart! :) You have a beautiful kitchen, Sarah!

I hope you have a good night!


Anonymous said...

Gurl... I think you're on to something. Surround yourself with the things that make you smile. I heart your red scale. If you ever tire of it, send it my way. I would love to spend time in your kitchen and with you. It's really a happy, cozy and beautiful space!


Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I love this rule, and I couldn't agree more. I love about 80% of my clutter in the kitchen, and I can live with the rest.

ritajoy @harbourbreeze said...

I'm just discovering you today from the Romantic Home's link party! I love your blog...and your Country Kitchen thoughts. I, too, love to be surrounded by things that bring back great memories...

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