Someone once said “The kitchen is the heart of any home” and that’s certainly true of ours. I think with farms, that’s generally true across the board…definitely in all the farm houses of my friends and relations I’ve ever visited. At the mother in law’s, it’s where they have their business meetings, invite people to join them for tea, and have even invited the postie in for a cup of tea.
Even though it’s the central room of our house, I’m not that keen on our kitchen. Well, really it’s more that there are things that really bug me about it.
1. The workspace is non-existent: we have dual aspect, an Aga and an electric cooker, open plan to the
dining room dumping ground for N’s toys, and 2 doors. This all means there’s not much space for actual worktops
2. The units themselves aren’t great. They were chosen way back when the house was built, pre-me, so are pretty basic, and not well put together at all. Really they need ripping out and new ones putting in – I’d prefer plainer shaker style to the 80s-90s style that are similar to what my mum’s new build originally had.
3. It collects spiders webs like anything. That’s our house overall, although there have been less since Autumn when N collected a lot of conkers and they seem to have seen off a lot of large spiders.
4. The kitchen quite frequently looks like a laundry as it’s obviously the best place for drying clothes.
Even though these things are annoying, it’s my favourite room in the house.
[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”] “Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home” Rachel Ray[/pullquote]
It’s warm and welcoming at all times of the year, thanks to the Aga. In the winter it’s the first place people go to get warm – there’s nothing like leaning against an Aga to get warm. Having the Aga means speedier cooking and faster heating, as there’s no need to pre heat and when it’s lit, the water is always hot.
Although it took me time to get used to using an Aga, when I moved in, I was thrilled to find a dishwasher. If it breaks, there’s always that time when you think you can live without it, but a few weeks in and you’re desperate to have it back. I’m a bit of a promotion fiend when it comes to buying dishwasher tablets (I always prefer branded for all the multipurpose qualities), but I’m looking forward to using the Fairy Platinum we were sent to try.
Despite the lack of worktop space, the actual space in the kitchen is brilliant. There’s room for a huge kitchen table and a few years ago the OH bought the oak table and chairs for a birthday and Christmas present for
me the house. We have room to have laundry out and move around, and N even has room to ride around on his toys. Having open plan means babies and toddler love running and crawling round the circuit while I can sit and talk with friends. I remember when my sister in law lived next door in the converted garage, and her eldest used to love running through the utility room to find us. I’m sure N would have done the same if they’d still been living next door.
The events our kitchen has seen are numerous. Dinner parties with mutual friends of mine and the OH’s where the men always end up in the living room, while the girls congregate around the Aga in the kitchen. A Jamie Oliver cookware party to celebrate my party with the table bursting with food. An NCT birthday party when the children were one. Food and friends were central to all as so often is the case as you get older, so the kitchen is always the place to be.
Of course, we have the views looking over the fields. It’s lovely to sit and watch what’s going on. People always comment on the first time they visit, how nice it is to have the great views. With the huge windows I’m able to blog sitting at the table while N plays outside. It’s easy for me to keep an eye on him while he has the freedom to roam outside.
And it’s all about family. The shelf above the Aga is full of photos – one of my favourite photos I took of him at a couple of months old, alongside photos of our nephews and niece. N loves to look at these photos and guess which of his cousins they are (confusing because they’re all much younger in the pictures).
There’s also food. We don’t do it as much nowadays, but the OH and I used to cook together sometimes. It felt like really nice companionship, and working together to a common end. Essentially that’s what marriage is and the kitchem was symbolic of that.
So our farmhouse kitchen might be ‘unfinished’ in decoration terms (much like the rest of our house). But it most definitely is the heart of our home.
What does your kitchen mean you you?
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