House of Fraser – Making my House a Home:
House moves are supposed to be one of the most stressful life events. And, having recently (finally) managed to move house I can vouch for that. Although I love my new house, there are major differences in the way things have been planned by the previous inhabitants to what I might have chosen, so major challenges for me.
While I delight in my new kitchen – a sea of white marble, dark wenge units and rather grand fitted appliances, I am convinced it was planned for someone who doesn’t want to cook. Not only are there no wall cupboards or shelves, there’s no chance to install any. That’s because the kitchen is in the basement and although it has windows and a fair amount of light, the walls have been waterproofed using a special membrane to drain off any water that might otherwise cause flooding. So drill holes at your own risk! There are just THREE electric sockets, positioned in a very ‘designerish’ pop-up. And, the pop-up is slap bang in the middle of the work top, so that if you want to use a food processor or mixer, you have to walk around to the ‘wrong’ side of the kitchen island.
Never one to despair, I’ve been indulging in some new toys to help make the kitchen more functional. The lovely people at House of Fraser sent me a gift voucher as a moving in present, which I’ve used to buy this rather stylish utensil carousel.
The essence of good design for me is that things need to WORK well in addition to looking good. I love the styling of the carousel – the grey and stainless steel works beautifully in my kitchen. But, in addition, I really like the fact that the utensils are made of a hard plastic that doesn’t scratch my pans but DOES let me cook easily. And that they have a neat ‘lip’ on the back of each handle to stop them falling in to the pan.
Having got into the Joseph Joseph vibe, I’ve been buying more!
So far it’s a set of storage jars, a sink top caddy and a spoon rest.
I’ve still got a wishlist – which means I’m busy checking out the House of Fraser website regularly.
I’d really like one of these smart sets of colour-categorize chopping boards for example. Stylish enough to leave on my kitchen island, it would also save me a lot of cupboard space.
In fact, rather worryingly, right at the moment House of Fraser has 147 different Joseph Joseph items for sale. Of course, some of them are variations on a theme, for example you can often pick whether to have a classic stainless steel design or something more colourful. Somehow though I don’t think I’ll be running out of things to buy for a LONG time.
Disclaimer: I was given a gift voucher by House of Fraser to celebrate my house move. There was no obligation to spend the voucher on anything in particular or to feature the item I bought on this post