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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kitchen Themes

 The move away from Christmas themes has begun in the centre of the Universe, aka the kitchen.
I spent yesterday afternoon sorting away the Christmas dishes while bringing out our everyday dishes and adding in a new kitchen theme.  What's the next holiday on the horizon?  Well, Valentine's Day of course.
Over the years I've picked up various bits of Emma Bridgewater pottery, and as the collections merge into each other year after year it's not difficult to build up some cheerful themes.
I've stored chocolates in that heart-shaped tin for years, typically in the pantry cupboard, but until Valentine's Day it will take pride of place on the kitchen shelves.
 I really love these winter floral mugs, they provide a pretty transition between the absolute festivity of Christmas to the long winter ahead (which, let's face it, will be quite grey at times).
 Our everyday dishes are a blue and cream gingham check by Johnson Brothers.  I've added in bits of Mason Cash and that lovely Polish Pottery to these dishes, as well as some blue Emma Bridgewater.
 Love this biscuit tin too with the combination of purply florals and red bits!  A biscuit tin on the shelf always looks cozy, it looks like a cup of tea.

Speaking of tea, it was a sad day when we broke the lid of my favourite polka dot teapot, but I've replaced it with the lid from another Emma Bridgewater teapot: it doesn't match, yet it sort of does.
 Our butter dish's lid came to a similar tragic end, now I use it to prop up my recipe cards on the counter.

I've set up a little hot chocolate station below the kitchen shelves: vanilla marshmallows and hot chocolate mix.
Hot chocolate?
 The nice thing about this new kitchen theme is that I don't have to put away some of my favourite bits of kitchen red quite yet, like the Mason Cash bowl and the red Le Creuset teapot.  Putting away Christmas is always a little sad, it's good to keep the kitchen theming going.
On to more housework today and some bill-paying and admin.  I definitely need to cook up something hot and comforting for dinner tonight, maybe a chickpea and vegetable stew with dumplings?  I'll keep you posted.
Have a lovely day today.
xoxDani

12 comments:

  1. Color in the kitchen is essential to me. I do admire the modern whites and blacks when I see them in magazines. I can't imagine myself living in a kitchen devoid of color like that though. The blue dishes and red mixing bowl really caught my eye. So pretty, Dani! It feels welcoming to have such lovely colors in the room.

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    1. SD me too I must have layers of colour around me! Our kitchen is very neutral but the cabinet and countertop colours are the exact creamy shade of the background of EB pottery, which was purposeful on my part, I knew I could then incorporate different patterns and colours for seasonal theming. Thanks SD xx

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  2. That's very pretty. I've build my base around blue and white too as it really serves as a neutral. Stay warm! Xx

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    1. Jen I agree it's a lovely neutral, works well with red accents or yellow and even pink in the summer. You stay warm too brrrr xx

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  3. Hi Dani, I had never heard of Johnson Brothers before so I took a look online - they have a wide array of patterns! Your blue dishes do look cheery; we have used white Corelle as our everyday dishes for years (kids!)... I've thought about updating just for the two of us, but there's too much choice out there, I can't decide.

    Isn't that Polish pottery wonderful? I have 2 pieces for oven bakes and they clean up so easily. I wish I had bought more when we lived abroad, it's so expensive here, although I do see bits now and again at Winners.

    I'm putting chicken in the slow cooker then we are going out clothes shopping with No.2 Son - I'll get my exercise in the malls today!

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    1. Patricia I remember that you are also fond of Polish Pottery! I've only ever bought mine at HomeSense, (the winners home shop) and that's where I found my blue gingham dishes too. I would never pay retail for dishes quite frankly, not when there are deals to be had at Homesense (the prices are terribly marked up at regular department stores). I would suggest visiting your local Homesense every week or two to keep an eye out for something you like, you might be surprised by what you find!
      That sounds like such a good day, I hope you had a successful trip to the mall. Stay warm xx

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  4. Emma Bridgewater make such lovely things...I have a few mugs, bowls, a tray and butter dish...we purchased their etched FIZZ champagne flutes for the cottage and I realize just how much joy they bring...I must look into sourcing a few more pieces.
    Your meal plans are the ultimate in comfort food for a cold day.
    I am spending the day with the 3 grandchildren!

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    1. Hostess you and I share a love for EB! I have to stay off the website to be honest, so tempting. I think you have a lovely shop in Victoria that sells it? How lovely to have a day with those adorable grandchildren of yours, I hope you had a great day with them. xx

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  5. Blue being my favorite color, I love your everyday dishes!

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    1. Thanks Jeannine, blue is also an absolute favourite of mine! xx

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  6. Love your everyday dishes with the Polish bits and pieces woven in! Just back from Lake Louise where we had FULL SUN for five days - and glorious weather, warmer than we ever expected - such beauty - I love Canada! Funny, I just made some gronola for my kids as they head off to uni. Happy New Year! Anna26x

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  7. How wonderful for you! All this snow and blue sky! And Lake Louise. And warm temperatures.

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