Tigerlilly Quinn: A Kitchen tour

Saturday, 22 February 2014

A Kitchen tour


Tom and I bought our house almost four years ago now..well actually technically Tom bought it. We had been together for about a year and a half at this point, although we had already been living together for a year of that. I guess it was too soon to do something as big as buying a house together, plus owning a house had never been part of any dream or aspirations I had where as it was a strong desire of Tom's.

I've not grown up in a culture where owning a house was a thing you did or a goal to achieve. My parents don't own their home and growing up I must have moved house a good 15 times before leaving home at 18. I've always been of the notion that a house was a temporary thing that you lived in before you moved on to something else, a new part of town, a new city or a new country even. When you rent you can live in some fantastic houses or areas that you (we) simply could never afford to buy. My folks have lived in self built eco homes and houses that gardens led onto beaches, some gardens that seemed to stretch on forever and farmhouses with stone flooring and AGAs. Although the downsides of renting of course can be unstability, (my dad has actually created this petition to end evictions where there are no grounds). My parents have a love of traveling that I guess they thought I would inherit but surprisingly I discovered there was nothing more I liked than being a homebody.

I love having 'our home' a place of our own to raise our family.

Our first year in our new home was pretty depressing to be quite honest. There was lots and lots of work to be done and with a very limited budget it was a bit tough at times (especially ripping out and redoing a kitchen two weeks before having a baby, obviously I wasn't involved in any of the actual work but still rather stressful). As with most home renovations the big jobs had to take priority which mean at times that the little bits are still hanging around somewhere midway down our 'to-do' list. Tom and our friend Rog did a fantastic job re-doing our whole kitchen and I couldn't be more pleased (and grateful) there are always the extra details that really help finish off the job though and one of these was our kitchen lighting.

For the past four years we have been using the spot lighting that came with the house. In all honestly it wasn't our style and being the lazy people we are when one bulb went we would rarely replace them until we were down to our last spot light. In one way this was a blessing as a dimly lit kitchen hides a lot of mess ;) but being such a small space anyway and it being winter it's felt very dark and cold.

We were contacted by Litecraft a little while ago to see if we fancied trying out any pieces from their range so we of course headed straight for the kitchen department. I'm guessing you can all tell by now we are fan of the vintage vibe so we picked out the Dylan Restoration Diner Pendant which is priced at £69.99. If we had a kitchen that was roomy enough for a dining table we would totally have placed this above a table however we thought it would still look great as our main kitchen light. I'd been after a pendant light like this for a good while so it was the perfect fit for us!

The only problem is its nice and bright now to see all the mess….

Litecraft are giving Tigerlilly Quinn readers an extra 20% off everything with code Tiger20

linking up with Love Chic Living - love your home linky

22 comments:

Natasha said...

Your home is so lovely, Fritha. Matt and I have always rented too and it's meant living in some lovely areas that we simply couldn't afford to buy. I love the pendant in your kitchen, it's a lovely feature along with the amazing floor and wonderful colours and rad vintage vibe. x x

Victoria Haynes-Hasluck said...

Oh, I do love a good pendant light - your kitchen looks right up my street as well!

Natasha said...

We're thinking about buying a house next year, but I feel way too young to be thinking about that :) I'm 28 this year. You can't generally rent amazing places for less than you'd pay monthly to buy a house in South Africa. That's part of why we're thinking about buying instead. We might move closer to the city and then it'll be more expensive and it makes more sense to be paying for a house than losing that money.

BavarianSojourn said...

What a fantastic kitchen. Love all your retro bits and pieces! We live in a country now where it's not common to own your own home, which has its upsides! One day though I can't wait to move back and put some roots down properly in our own place! :)

Fiona Peacock said...

Your house is so beautiful, I hate when you do these posts, I'm always left with house envy.

Anna said...

I love how bright and colourful your kitchen is :)

littlemansmum said...

I adore the cupboard at the end with the spice rack on it. I desperately want one but it wouldn't actually fit in our kitchen!

Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth said...

Lovely colours in your crockery cabinet.

Life With The Crew said...

Owning a home is a huge money sucker, but there is something to be said for having a place that is "yours". However, that is an interesting story about your parents - here in the States, if you rent, it is typically a house that is not as nice as one that you would buy. I never thought about renting cool places that you couldn't afford to buy. We have poured a lot of money into our old farmhouse and it is always in some stage of construction. But it is quirky and fits us - something brand new isn't our thing.

laura redburn said...

oh i TOTALLY identify with the moving around, my dad moved around with us LOADS when we're little, so as a consequence i find it hard to settle. i would love to have somewhere to consider 'home' one day, owned or rented! i've always had a thing this far in my life that everywhere i've lived is somewhere that i live, but it's not my 'home'.

on a side note, love having insights into your house, you have the coolest decor!

Michelle Ashmore said...

I love your kitchen and that new light is gorgeous :)

Polly Davies said...

haha that made me smile... we have a spotlight in the kitchen and are currently down to one bulb. I hate it! Really need a new fitting, but money says no :/ one day!

Keri-Anne said...

Your kitchen is wonderful! I would love to own our own house. It is part of our 5 year plan but we are super lucky with this house as it is a friends house and he will never live here again so we can do what we like really x

76 sunflowers said...

Haha the spotlight situation sounds just like us! Our kitchen is teeny but I quite like its knackered ness having changed my attitude to having everything just so and perfect! I love your dresser - it reminds of one my mum had when I was a child with a tin of never out of date treacle in! Love your attitude to things lovely x

Belle du Brighton said...

We don't own either, I hope to some day but not sure it will happen. My landlord is fairly easy going though so we can make the place feel fairly homely. I love the colours in your kitchen!

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

I moved loads too growing up! About once a year, my mum gets itchy feet after about six months and has to start planning the next move. Part of me has it too, I am desperate for some kind of adventure. I just want to pack up and go travelling on a bus at the moment, if it came to it I probably wouldn't but I get bored with the every day life. I doubt we will ever be able to buy, both bad credit ratings and both self-employed, the plan is to try and buy some land to build a wooden cabin thing on hopefully.I LOVE that tin in your kitchen! xx

Katherine said...

Gorgeous kitchen, love the lamp! We don't own either, we could possibly scrape together to get somewhere that 'will do', or we can rent a gorgeous house with sea views in a village we love. We would like to own one day, there's something to be said for being able to make your home truly your own (oh how our kitchen begs for a redesign) but maybe when I work full time again. I don't think our landlady is going to sell up as this was her first family home so hopefully we will be here until we do buy.

Mellissa Williams said...

It's hard doing up a house when you have no money. I need a new bathroom and kitchen but prefer to go on holiday lol

fritha strickland said...

haha love that! why not! :) x

fritha strickland said...

my mum is exactly the same she cannot bear to be in any place for too long. She left home to hitch hike across the world (starting in S.A) when she was 16 so I know it kills her to be stuck in one place. Sometimes I think maybe I should be doing more with my life (in terms of travel) I worry at times I'll get to old age and think why didn't I do that at twenty something? But then I figure, we are happy and healthy and content. There's worse things than being a homebody :)
p.s lush isn't it, there are three, they are from my granny xx

Sylvia Fiolunka said...

I love the kitchen tours ;) We're actully looking for our first house and it's so difficult to find anything in resonable price with not much to do (or at least not major things) and all the houses goes like cupcakes recently!

The Go To Mum said...

You have a beautiful home and I love your photos, great concept

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