Since finishing up the building work in our living space our house has really started to take shape and look like the place envisioned all those years ago when we bought it. Sometimes I used to feel annoyed with all the work we needed to do to our home and regretted buying a 'fixer upper', but when I see the result of all the saving and waiting and DIY to get here I feel really proud that we were able to put our own stamp on it. Even if it's taking five years (and counting!).
The one thing we have led to do is really do up our kitchen. We're also looking to extend our the space through to what would have been the back bathroom which is hopefully something we can realise next year. Although with the baby due any day now I think we'll be leaving any further renovations for a few months at least.
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I do love planning for our home though so I'm often pinning kitchens I like to my 'for the home' board. I love the idea of a island but having a victorian house we have a typically narrow galway kitchen so thats never going to be an option. With one small window it also makes for quite a dark area so I'd love to counterbalance that with white worktops. I love this fitted kitchen from Betta Living, especially as the countertops are matt and not shinny. Tom and I joke that our kitchen is really not blogger friendly, food shots look so much better against a nice white background ;)
I think when we do eventually re-do our space we really need to think of space saving options. We currently have a couple of cupboards that we literally bung every pot and pan in and then have to rummage around to try and find whatever we are after. I really love the idea of the 'wari corner' and the ' recorner maxx' (found here) to combat that.
We've also decided to get rid of all unnecessary appliances on the counter tops which has really helped create the illusion of a bigger space. The coffee machine has gone (at least it gets me out the house to buy one once a day!) and we've also got rid of the toaster to do our toast in the grill instead. It's funny how those little things have made a big difference!
Do you have a small kitchen? What do you do to make it feel bigger and brighter?
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