One of the best memories our family has of one particular house move, was the fact it happened over the easter period. The daffodils were out all over the nearby common land. I’m looking back to the very late 1960s when new housing was coming on stream and families were beginning to get the confidence to move out of the familiar rented accommodation and buy their own fabulous little house. My family was one such.
The road leading to our development was actually unadopted and just a mud track at the best of times. I had an accident on my pedal bicycle one day – the front wheel got stuck in a big pothole hidden in a puddle. Two ladies rushed to sort me out and when my parents came to retrieve me and the bike, they were invited in for tea. With that came the most stunning array of cakes – on a beautiful old cake stand. It began a friendship for life!
What do you get the mum who has literally everything. Every perfumery product known to mankind and jewellery until it falls out of the neat cases on the dresser. Flowers are lovely but expensively marked up for the occasion – as you cannot really go and buy these much in advance of course. Something though that almost every mum appreciates, all year round, but more particularly around Mothering Sunday, is the chance to go out and have a special afternoon tea. Those lusicous little sandwiches – little being the operative word – and tiny scones, iced fancies and victoria sponge cake.
To recreate this wonderful atmosphere at home, it is possible to acquire small sets of tea cups, saucers and matching cream jug and sugar bowl. The associatd teapot would of course really make it special, as would the cake stand if available too. It is a lovely touch for a youngster to put on for a mum and grandma together.
In the old days when our grandmothers ruled the households, depending on the kind of family, and whether they had ‘domestics’ all the kitchen equipment would have been handed down from family to family, for generations. There are hundreds of books showing how the kitchens in tudor times were equipped with massive great mixing bowls, chopping boards, kettles and other vessels for hanging over the fire. Once bought, the collection of metalware was allocated to the kitchen and it just got used day in, day out, continuously for its entire life. The copper pots and pans needed a vast amount of rubbing down to keep clean and as safe as possible.
These days every household is much smaller, nd it is possible to have gorgeous creations around whilst we bake. All the cute options like mixing bowls, to match a pretty jug and coffee beakers and food mixers. No limit on the pretty and inspirational products available today.
There is something truly special about curling up on the sofa, laptop on our knees, a cuppa perched precariously at hand, and an hour or so to ourselves with no other calls on that time – utter bliss. Not for us the frantic searching for school uniform bargains or the latest on trend fashion buys to beat having to trudge to the out of town clothes emporiums. No, some of us have much earthier things to consider. Bakeware, cooking wares, kitchenwares. In fact, anything that could conceivably be counted in that genre. Having a soft spot for pretty pastel shades for almost anything, my eye was drawn to a particularly tasteful selection of items featuring in the new series of my absolutely most favourite queen of tv cuisine.
So off come the slippers, let’s get browsing some of the gorgeous shabby chic suppliers to see just how I can cutsie up my own kitchen area.
The upsurge in all things connected to kitchens and baking has been astounding in recent years. You can’t flick through any magazine without finding something on the sweet gooey subject of cakes, muffins, cupcakes, all kinds of large block cakes etc. etc. In a recent camping and caravanning magazine, there was a gorgeous two page spread on how to produce feats of unimaginable glory from a camping oven ! In the days when my family were stalwarts in the tent fields of England, we just about managed a can of beans on one ring, new potoatoes boiling on the other and sliced cold meat from the nearest deli counter. Haute Cuisine indeed!
The importance of having exactly the right kind of kitchen ware and gadgets surrounding our culinary efforts is very important – the shabby chic kitchen is still very on trend and browsing the sites of such suppliers is a heaven sent hour or two of bliss.
It can be quite bewildering to suddenly become aware of the changes in tastes throughout the homeware and kitchenalia publishing world. We are quite comfortably sitting at home, enjoying the daily diet of tv programmes, on the lifestyle and social history sites are based just a handful of years ago, but it is truly amazing to see and witness the changes in fashion that have swept through in that time. Nothing can date a house more quickly than seeing that particular fashion trend on an old house auction buying programme where the new owners have done the place up in the style you are sitting amid!
The best way to up date a home is to get a couple of the glossy magazines, perhaps one very high end, expensive, but with all sorts of gloriously inspirational features to set the heart beating apace – and one from the lower price end of the spectrum. There will be a miriad of ideas to tempt you into action.
Baking is the greatest form of relaxation for so many people – the thought of delving about in the baking cupboard, weighing out the lovely soft flour and luxurious butter and rubbing them in to make a crumb for the pastry or biscuits of choice. It has a hypnotic affect and the habit grows and grows. There is a noticeable rise in the number of folk taking up baking when the tv schedules are full of cooking programmes like the bake off series. These of course are followed up with complementary books and magazines.
There seems to be a major drawer to the cookie and cake making fun and games when there are gorgeous bakeware items in the kitchen. The pretty pastel shades for cookware make the kitchen so appealing and it is possible to get a whole theme going. Going online to browse the sites of shabby chic bakeware departments are an asolute mine of inspiration.
Shabby chic kitchen and bakeware is a specific form of style design where the love and affection for all things pretty and cute enhance the look of the baking area. There are so many fabulous articles than can be included in this range from pale pink mixing bowls with matching measuring sets; beautiful floral cake tins and presentation trays. The list is fortunately, endless. The theme is extended on through the rather stunning mixers and food processing machinery that adorns the showrooms – nothing gladdens the heart more than a prettily furnished and turned out kitchen – well, apart from a matching cottage!
As with all forms of art and home beautifying, there are variations to a theme and buyers of home furnishings have a scheme to which they like to confine their enthusiasm. Cottage chic for example rekindles memories, true or imagined of times past of a pretty chocolate-box thatched cottage with cute furnishings to suit, set in a lovely old village.
Giftware for your loved ones – Plenty of options for the cute shaby chic baking gifts that are so popular still for when it comes to birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. You will have the platform that offers great choices which you can’t usually get anywhere. As a giftware you can present the crockery that absolutely matches other items the receiver has – always a top notch idea.
Get the gifts online – The online portal has everything which you would love to give to anyone who loves cute and shabby chic baking items. For that special person you really value. If it is your best friend then make them happy with the things they really love or with the item with your signature like your picture or a love message.
Gift can be just pretty, or functional and pretty – there is always a good range of items that can be mixed and matched with existing homewares.
When it comes to refubishing a kitchen, there are as variety of styles that you may opt for and one such popular style of the shabby chic furniture. This type of furniture style looks great in any contemporary homes and it sits very favourably with shabby chic cookware and bakeware. This type of furniture can be bit expensive if you decide to purchase them from a local store. So, you must first look around at the online furniture store to get such shabby chic furniture at discounted rates. This shabby chic furniture has the most amazing look and they are the right addition to any modern home.
The shabby chic furniture is in great demand these days and it makes your home look lively and cozy. Although it looks unique and individual, but it can amalgamate easily with other pieces of furniture available at your home and give a fresh look to the area. So, search for such shabby chic furniture online and make your home look elegant.