Planning My Dream Kitchen


I seem to have a never-ending list of things I want to tackle in my house – from repainting the living room and putting up pictures we’ve bought to clearing out the loft and re-organising wardrobes and doing a charity shop clear out. One room we’re pretty happy with is the kitchen – it’s large and bright, and opens out onto our (admittedly postage stamp sized) garden.

Our current kitchen is definitely the hub of our home – we spend the majority of our time there, eating, chatting, drinking tea. Even though I have a desk, I usually work in the kitchen. In the summer, I have the patio doors flung open and the radio on, tapping away at my laptop with a cuppa by my side. It’s at the heart of our little family – the four year old’s best paintings are up on the wall and we have framed family photos up there too.

But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about my ideal kitchen, of course, which would be bright, airy, white with pops of colour and detail. In fact, I think it’s all about the detail when you’re planning a new kitchen – buying those accessories that will add some personality to the room. Popping up some shelving and choosing carefully what to put on them.

I love mid-century decor, so my dream kitchen would have plenty of 1950s shapes, vintage touches but also sleek and colourful. If we were to redesign the whole room and if money was no object, or if we decided to get a personal loan to cover it,  I’d go for a Smeg fridge freezer – they come in so many gorgeous colours and instantly add the wow-factor to a kitchen. Wooden or metal dining furniture would be softened with bright patterned cushions and there would be lots of plants on shelves and perhaps even a terrarium or two. Side note: there is no way I’d be able to make a terrarium looks as pretty as the one below, and I’d invariably kill everything off in a couple of months.


What do you think? And what does your dream kitchen look like? Please tell me I’m not the only one who fantasises about this kind of thing!

Thanks to TSB for commissioning this post – for details of how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page. Kitchen image: Shutterstock.



  1. August 3, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    I think about my dream kitchen too much. I’m sure I think about it as much as men think about fornicating.
    My utter dream is as follows – reclaimed oak floor, Lower cabinets in F&B Hague Blue, upper cabinets in F&B pointing, worktop to be pyrolav or corian off white, splashback tiles to be that lovely Moroccan almost tulip like shape, sink and tap to be copper, fridge to be a pink Smeg, obviously an Aga standing boldly in the middle with a KitchenAid in purple, chunky oak shelving with copper brackets, dining table to have copper hairpin legs….. oh my, I’ve got to go take a cold shower… bwahaha! Ridiculous.

  2. Helen Queen
    June 23, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I think I’m a little late to the party but oh boy, this sounds amazing! The images you’ve used are just inspiring a Pinterest board in my head for my dream kitchen!

    I would have wooden flooring to match the wooden supports in the ceiling (my dream home would be Tudor style) with baby blue walls, cream storage and marble tops – everything’s built in for that clean crisp look – mmm my head is spinning!

    One thing I absolutely want though is one of those fridges that has two doors – I just think there’s something quite cool about them! (Pun not intended!) I’m looking to replace mine with this one but I’m not sure whether it’s worth doing from a cost perspective and I’m just choosing style over substance – any thoughts?

    Love the blog, will definitely keep reading!

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