This is my kitchen presently, in Februari 2017. I know I have shown it before, but it changes slightly over time, which is why I sometimes come back to it with new pictures. That wall-paper has still not got exchanged…
My kitchen has the most fantastic light in the mornings if the sun is shining.
The kitchen has two windows in an angle. The one to the left faces south, the one to the right faces west. They are perfect for flowers of all kinds.
I do not use curtains in the kitchen. Instead I have this now huge philodendron plant which grows along the top of the windows, attached to the curtain-rods. I do not have neighbours or passers by that can look into the kitchen anyway even though I live on the ground floor. I do have blinds in case I need to block out the light for some reason.
The floors are oak parquet (as is the entire flat). The floor is easy to maintain, not as parquet floors used to be when I grew up. Nowadays they are very practical.
As the falt is on the ground floor the floors are pretty cold (if you ask me), so I have carpets everywhere and in the kitchen too. The present carpet is from IKEA and called Ravnsö. I love its colors. It is flat-woven, which is a must when you have chairs to draw out and in from under the table. I had another Ikea carpet before which drove me nuts in that respect.
The ceiling lamp looks like a designerlamp called SEMI, but it isn’t. This one is an old Ikea-lamp that I love which has followed me through several flats by now. As the electric attachments in this flat were different than in my previous flat (more modern), and the kitchen also has a sloping roof and no electric outlet in the roof, I exchanged the electricity in the lamp when I move in here and gave it a longer cord. It was much needed. Because of the sloping roof it also got an extended arm to hang in (not seen in the pictures).
The kitchen is more or less square and has a nice size. It could have been better planned though when it comes to cupboards, fridge and freezer.
In the corner in the picture above there used to be a regular bottom cupboard, I exchanged its content a couple of yeras ago to drawers instead of shelves. The shelves were impossible down there in that corner. You couldn’t reach anything without first more or less emptying the cupboard. It is also 60 cms deep which made the shelves down there in the corner really hard to be useful. I love those drawers. They were worth the cost.
I have plenty of cupboards but no real pantry. For a while I used an Ikea Billy bookcase with doors as pantry. When I exahnged the shelves for drawers in the bottom cupboard though the drawers became my pantry for all dry stuff. Those drawers has a lot of space for your dry goods.
I’ve got two sinks, both pretty big,
Just beside the sinks is my coffee-brewer. I love its rounded form and that it is bright red.
The benches are oak-imitation. I would love to change it for something else.
The stove is an Electrolux stove with glass ceramic top. I didn’t want an induction top when I exchanged the stove two years ago as that would have meant that I would have had to exchange several of my pots and pans.
Just above the stove is the kitchenfan and a spicerack. Only the spices I use the most are kept here, the rest I keep in the cupboard to the left of the fan-cupboard where it is dark.
To the right of the stove I keep all those things and tools that are essential when cooking, plus two black bread-boxes and the cutting boards.
The hanging shelf under the cupboard I found a Lidl some years ago. Comes in handy for small stuff.
There are more cupboards on the other side of the kitchen.
Here you also look out to my work-corner and the two halls that you pass to come to the kitchen.
In the corner there you see the fridge and the freezer. Really small. I would love to have full size fridge and freezer. That would mean though that I would have to remove some cupboards. Heights is also an issue because of the sloping roof.
On my fridge/freezer.
The cupboards beside the fridge/freezer. That fake oak-top again.
Tea, cacao and regular coffee (red tin in the bottom row) are kept on these small shelves from Ikea (not sold any longer).
That wall-paper will be exchanged one day…
Under the tea-shelves is the Ikea-trolley with all kinds of dry stuff that I didn’t find a logical place for elsewhere. To the right of that is a bookcase with cookery-books, recipes and the like. Presently my former iMac also stands there. Have to empty it and try to sell it. It has a sick graphic card that needs to be changed if it will be possible to use properly. It also isnät compatible with the latest OS.
That concludes the kitchen roundtrip.