Todays guest post has me squealing with excitement! I am thrilled to be sharing the stunning kitchen belonging to Laruen from The Thud. Lauren has a blog that really should become a handbook for new Mum’s, with such honest articles as How Babies Are Made oh and the gritty What to Expect When You’re a New Mum-Basket Case Edition and Motherhood Cult Claims One More I could go on and on with all Lauren’s fabulous posts, but for now why don’t you read all about her stunning kitchen…..
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Lauren and I’m a journalist and a writer. I started up my blog The Thud late last year as a battle cry against all those perfect mummy blogs that portray this #blessed life which is totally boring and unachievable. I’m on a mission to let other parents know that nobody is perfect and that’s totally ok – as long as you can have a laugh at yourself along the way.
I’m a born and raised Sydneysider but I’ve been living in Canberra for five years with my husband and my cat. Two years ago I became a mum to the world’s most insanely adorable child who I’ve nicknamed Thud. He’s a little hurricane and I love him to bits.
Tell us about your favourite space?
We moved into our house about 18 months ago after a very stressful two years of building (I’ll NEVER do it again).
My favourite space is my kitchen. I had VERY set ideas about how I wanted it all to look and it’s exactly how I imagined. I love everything about it.
What is it about this space that makes it your favourite space?
This is my dream kitchen. It’s like my Pinterest kitchen board come to life.
I had to fight the builders every step of the way to create the kitchen I wanted. I made so many changes to the original plan and they were pretty annoyed with me, but I can honestly say I was right about every choice I made. Why does anyone argue with me!?
I also love it because it’s the most finished part of our house. Our house is a work in progress (aren’t they all?) but there isn’t really anything left to do in the kitchen (although I think I’m going to add a skylight. What do you think?)
What are your favourite items in this space?
My sink. The large porcelain sink that I was ridiculed for. The builders made it really difficult for me because they didn’t want the responsibility of breaking it (because we supplied it ourselves) but I persisted and I’m so glad I did. It’s special and everyone comments on it when they see it. I definitely sets the tone for our kitchen.
My oven. It’s a metre wide. What more can I say?
My walk-in-pantry. The entire footprint of our house needed to be altered to make room for the pantry, but along with a walk in dressing room, it was a non-negotiable item on my list. I wanted a WIP where I could hide all the crap you don’t want on display and I feel totally spoilt that I got it.
To save money we did the fit-out ourselves (and when I say ‘ourselves’, I mean my husband) including the awesome red cedar bench top (which weighs a tonne) and the super deep drawers which store all our Tupperware and baking crap. Drawers are the best!
How does this space make you feel?
I was walking from our front room (which was labeled ‘theatre’ on the house plans) to the pantry the other night and called out to my husband “the walk in pantry is too far from the theatre!” And we both cracked up at how ridiculous and spoilt that sounded. Like we are fancy rich people or something. My kitchen makes me feel fancy.
The kitchen is massive and I’m really proud of how it turned out. Now all it needs is a skylight and it’ll be perfect.
Now that my friends, is a kitchen! What a beautiful, thoughtful space, a cooks dream! A walk in pantry is top of the list for my new kitchen as well. It saddens me that building can become such a difficult process, I am a true believer in communication being the key to success, such a simple tool underused by so many builders. I hope if Lauren and her family ever have the opportunity to build or renovate again, it is a more pleasant experience.
Lauren has many talents, including one I’ve only just found and am super keen to share, Lauren has an amazing Etsy store, Rocket and Floss. Rocket and Floss is filled to the brim with the most delightful watercolour art, pom pom garlands and story book bunting for your babies nursery.
Today I am linking up with With Some Grace for FYBF.