For me, the kitchen has always been one of the most important spaces in a house or apartment. As a child I spent many hours baking with my mum in our family kitchen, as a teenager I would cook with my gran in her kitchen and now as an adult I chat, cook (and, let’s get real here, occasionally bicker!) with my husband in our kitchen. So when I came to collaborate with Magnet
on their new Illuminated Feature Drawer
, it led me to think about what my kitchen needs to be at this point in my life.
How I lead my life now, and given the open plan space in which I live, has meant I spend more time in the kitchen than ever before – from cooking to entertaining to doing blog posts and more. It has become increasingly challenging to create a space that is multi-functional and stylish for those who need to use the kitchen for more than simply cooking. As such, kitchens have needed to be more flexible and practical to house the various different requirements for each of these activities.
As a result of this shift, Magnet has embraced the trend to show and hide different elements of a kitchen arsenal with their new Illuminated Feature Drawer
. This beautiful kitchen addition is not only apt for creating a stylish focal point, but also helps to streamline busy day-to-day lives. In essence, the balance here is perfect because the drawer affords homeowners the opportunity to express their personality, while still providing must-have storage space for those kitchen utensils you need to hand – but hate to have on show. For example, when I say you wouldn’t want to see some of my battered wooden utensils, I really mean it!
So how do you come to decide what to display and what to hide? Again, I think it’s a matter of balance between being led your head and your heart lead you – after all the kitchen is the heart of the home! Your head should lead you to storing practical yet not very pretty items in the hidden part of the drawer. While your heart should lead you to display items of personal note and significance in the front of the drawer.
For example, you might have a utensil that you use daily but it doesn’t look very attractive due to its daily use. Despite holding nostalgic significance due to using and owning the item for an extending period of time (many of my kitchen items are hand-me-downs from my family, for example), it would be better to place this object in the easily accessible hidden part of the drawer. This way you can still lay your hands on the piece when you need it, but you free up the visible front of the drawer to display other more visually attractive pieces of your kitchen arsenal.
Displaying items that bring a smile to your face and make you feel like you are at home are ideal for the display part of the drawer. Perhaps it’s an heirloom that has been passed down through your family for many years; a series of handmade ceramics by your favourite artist; or a selection of the latest designer glassware.
The most important thing is to use the display are to show objects that represent your personality and lifestyle – you (and your guests) will immediately see these items so they will play a big part in telling the story of your kitchen. I went for my pastel Mia Blanche ceramics that I bought several years ago in Stockholm. These are a perfect fit for the display part of the drawer because they represent my love for collecting handmade ceramics; they are cheerful and colourful, and instantly to hand to fill with fresh fruit or nibbles; plus, they remind me of the inspiring trip I had to Stockholm. What do you display in your kitchen to make it feel personal?
// Hand-lettering and photograph by Will Taylor | Other photography by Magnet & Mia Blanche | Posted in partnership with Magnet Kitchens, all views my own