What a great idea!
In the world of kitchens, we’re lucky enough to see ever-evolving technology and design in terms of furniture, appliances, lighting, worktops and so on. There’s always something new to write about and kitchens in general never fail to inspire me – my wish list is always changing and getting longer by the day and I’m constantly in awe of those designers who come up with something new and exciting time and time again.
But sometimes it’s the little things that surprise you and when you delve deeper and look outside the main components of the kitchen, there are some exceptionally clever ideas out there, which will really help to personalise your space.
If you enjoy baking and can usually be found with a rolling pin in hand, check out Slate Top Tables – as well as offering bespoke options, worktops, serving tables and round dining tables, they also make pastry tables, too. Handmade in Devon by expert cabinetmakers, they come with sturdy pine or oak legs and a hardwearing slate top. Prices start from £495 for a waxed pine pastry table www.slatetoptables.com
Now you’ve got the pastry making sorted, how about whipping up a delicious apple pie? You’ll need somewhere to store the apples, so instead of the usual fruit bowl, how about these stackable, dark grey fruit and vegetable storage trays? With any luck, all this summer’s rain will produce an abundance of apples and pears and these slatted wooden trays are just the thing for keeping them close to hand. Measuring 48x28x19cm, they cost £24.99 at Ella’s Kitchen Company (www.ellaskitchencompany.com).
Once the pie’s in the oven, how about a little recipe reminder for next time? Betsy Benn Designs creates personalised signature dish recipe prints – a typographic print of your favourite recipe complete with hand-illustrated doodles. There are six standard colours to choose from or you can request one of your own and prices start from £40 for a small 28x40cm print (www.betsybenn.co.uk).
This one would make the perfect gift for a special occasion. Jonny’s Sister is a company that makes special date tea towels. The 100% cotton towels are printed with a date of your choice to celebrate a birthday, wedding, anniversary or any other memorable date. Choose a green, grey, blue, red or black print, priced £15 (www.jonnyssister.co.uk).