Wednesday, 2 July 2014

my new kitchen and blogging space.


if you follow me on twitter or instagram, you'll probably have seen me post bits and bobs of various homeware i find pretty or new accessories for my kitchen. earlier this month, i moved from the city of leicester and back to my roots in north leicestershire. although my hayfever isn't very happy about this, i very much am.

i've been enjoying runs in the countryside, getting used to pottering around in a new kitchen and mostly being excited about having a desk. a room. with a desk. and a chair. so since i've seen a few of these bedroom tours, what's in my wardrobe, handbag, where does my pet sleep sort of blog posts, i thought it was about time i shared my kitchen and blogging space with you. go on, read on you nosey parkers.




i snap happily at my own culinary creations with a panasonic lumix dmc-lz30e - a great little starter bridge camera for those like me who don't want to splash out on anything too snazzy until you can be trusted with it. 

it really is excellent if you're thinking of moving away from a phone or small camera but have a budget. it even has a food photography setting and a fantastic 35x optical zoom. as you can probably guess by the fact it is in the picture, i took this photo with my iphone, a camera i'm most likely to use in restaurants when i'm trying to be covert and am lucky with the lighting.

i also just treated myself to the latest macbook air, which quite literally feels like air compared to my trusty old toshiba. with me from the start of my blogging adventure, the poor toshiba ended up overheating so much i could probably use it more efficiently as a kitchen gadget.


the desk itself is from a range called lille at next, which has now sadly been discontinued. i loved the idea of combining a shabby chic-esque writing desk with a contemporary looking chair. this bright green charles eames lookalike chair was found on ebay for just £30 - i'm in love! 


oh and this room also serves as an overspill for my addiction to printed dresses. don't judge the creases though, we've only just bought an iron.


onwards to the kitchen... where i couldn't help place these retro looking tea, sugar and coffee jars. i already had the blue kettle and toaster set from my previous house, so luckily it all fitted with the very blue theme. the dolce gousto coffee machine was a lovely present from my dad last christmas.


a giant pepper grinder which makes me feel like a waitress in a fancy italian restaurant every time i use it, along with the essential fresh lemon, garlic and sea salt. my kilner jar is looking sad and empty today, so i definitely need to get cracking on some more granola to fill it again. 



and a few of my weapons... along with a brilliant present from my friend emma which is every fresh herb lovers dream gadget. if you haven't already got a mezzaluna herb chopper, go and purchase one right now!



our basil growing experiment to see if we could manage a little herb garden crop in the window. any tips on growing herbs, please do throw them my way.



a few of my favourite recipe books, from which i love poppa wan's pork belly recipe, homemade sushi and the little tapas book. i still need to make something from the rachel khoo book, which sam bought me for valentine's.



my gorgeous kenwood chef in all his glory. i need to get practicing on macarons again soon with this. 


last but not least, this weekend's spice labelling efforts with a sheet of vintage inspired labels i bought from ebay and jars from ikea. they now sit proudly in their little shelf home. don't worry, i've reserved a few of those shelves for wine.



so, dya like what i've done with the place? i still need to buy some pretty tea towels and i'd really like to find some old metal kitchen scales. i'd love to hear about your kitchen and blogging spaces too.

until then, i'm off to rearrange my spices in reverse alphabetical order. 

9 comments:

  1. I have desk envy - your blogging space looks gorgeous! I'd love a little desk with a vase of flowers on it, but I don't think I even have a little nook free where I can cram one in, so I write on the sofa or at the dining table.

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    1. Aww thanks :) Still really good that you sit at a table - maybe just put some pretty flowers there xx

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  2. I love your blogging space! It's so clean and bright! Mine is a little corner desk that is too cluttered to even think about sharing with the world... LOL Though I did finally take over an entire room for my food photography! I have no idea how my husband puts up with me...

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    1. Thank you! My boyfriend just about puts up with me taking pictures of anything edible xx

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  3. Looks lovely, major envy. Love the little labels!
    -Shini

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    1. Thanks Shini :) Labels and lists improve everything - they were only a couple of quid from eBay! xx

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  4. Love this post! I'm in the market for a camera as my iPhone is just not up to scratch! Would you recommend the Lumix you use? :) x

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    1. Thanks :) Oh definitely - it's perfect for upgrading to a snazzy camera without spending too much at first. See if you can go and try one out in John Lewis maybe? xx

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    2. Payday weekend and a bank holiday too..? I think I just might do that ;) x

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