Wednesday, 4 November 2015

My Dream Kitchen

My Dream Kitchen

This is no surprise to anyone who knows me, but I love 1960s / 70s design. I'm the type of person who looks on aghast at the people ripping out avacado suites on morning telly, that's how much I love it! One of the best things about the era was the generous use of orange. Just check out this original Dainty Maid kitchen from 1969:

1969 Dainty Maid orange and white kitcen
You can even see it in the brochure HERE.

The only thing that could make such a kitchen better is a colourfully patterned backsplash. Like this one:

orange, white and pink pattern

I would have to get some cute window dressings - perhaps in a light blue, to match the crockery. This set is by Staffordshire Potteries:

Staffordshire Potteries coffee cups, saucers and side plates

I'd need some pots and pans, of course, in a variety of funky 70s patterns. Most of these are Taunton Vale:

patterned saucepans

And Pyrex. You can never own enough Pyrex. This selection is primarily Arcopal - the jug at the bottom right is in the Scania pattern, which is what most of my actual collection consists of:

Pyrex cups, plates and jug

Kitschy tea towels would be a must:

I'd love a Babycham tea towel

Then there's the plastic. Tupperware, anyone?

vintage tupperware

Who doesn't love an apron?

frilly apron

When it comes to appliances, I'd want the functionality of today but the look of yesterday. Look at these beauties:

1970s appliances - fridge, washing machine, toaster, kettle
Anthony says the above is his worst nightmare but, let's face it, I will get my way some day. Some day... 

What would your dream kitchen look like?








33 comments:

  1. Some seriously cute stuff here! I'm in the middle of buying a house so keep looking at kitchens, there's so many to choose from!

    Becca

    www.QueenBeeBecca.com

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    1. We're renting at the moment so can't really do much - my other half is really pleased about it though because he's not a fan of my taste! :)

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  2. This is so groovy. Love it. Although I would lobe a pink kitchen!

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    1. I'm still jealous of Dita von Teese's pink kitchen - so cute!

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  3. ooh, I'd love a babycham :) they were my christmas treat growing up! And some of the tupperware I think my mum still has. But the thing that got me was Dainty Maid for the name of that kitchen - how twee, and how dated (!) but love all the colour :) #homeetc

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    1. Haha, I know! The brochure is great, with a lovely mod girl reclining on the formica counters. Not only does the kitchen have storage, it has sex appeal too! ;)

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  4. That Babycham tea towel is amazing! I'd love one of them. My parents got a set of saucepans like that for their wedding and have never used them because they are too pretty! Love this collection. Becky x #HomeEtc

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    1. I love Babycham stuff - I have way too many pairs of the trainers! I'd be like that too. They would go on display and then the actual cooking ones would be shoved in a cupboard out of sight! :)

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  5. I blooming LOVE this!! The 70s is definitely not my favourite era for design but I totally love your enthusiasm for it — that's so lovely and infectious :) That Babycham tea-towel is hilarious — particularly as I've a more modern one that says I'd love a GIN!! LOL!! :) Thanks SO much for linking up with us on #HomeEtc xx

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    1. I've never really met anyone else who loves 70s stuff much - not the crazy carpets and avacado toilets, at any rate. So there's me at that end of the spectrum, and my other half who would just love everything to be painted white... Match made in heaven! :D

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  6. Wow what a blast from the past! I vaguely remember those saucepans with the flowers on, I have to say that anything from the 1970s would be ripped out of my house but I agree with Caro, I LOVE your passion for it. Our kitchen needs a massive makeover but when we have the money we're going to build a new one X #HomeEtc

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    1. Haha, my mission is to convert people into 70s style lovers! It just creeps in, a bit of kitsch there, a bit of nostalgia here... Lol. We've just had a new boiler put in in the kitchen which has left a huge patch of old wallpaper where the old one came off. I'm hoping we can get a bit of pattern in as we do it back up. ;)

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  7. Amazing nostalgia! Wow this is SO bright!! I am not a fan of the look, but love the passion you have and I adore the retro theme. Thank you very much for linking up with us. Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

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    1. Hehe, yeah, it's definitely not subtle! :) My other half would be happy if everything could just be painted magnolia so we have to have plenty of compromise unfortunately!

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  8. Love the retro vibrant colored dream kitchen you would put together. I love kitchens that are splashed with color too. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me and I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

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    1. Thank you! :D The more colourful, the better in my world.

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  9. Loving the retro! I swear my parents had that kitchen in their first house and they still have those blue flowery cups and saucers. Oh what a flash back! Thanks for linking up #bloggerhomes x

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    1. My grandparents had one like it but they'd painted all the cupboards by the time I was around. (Why?? lol) x

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  10. I love your retro sensibility. It's interesting how styles that once seemed old-fashioned or obsolete can become contemporary and fun within a few short years. I remodeled my own family's kitchen just a few months ago. Although the decoration style we used differed from yours, I think we share a sense of fun and irreverence. We had an outstanding contractor to help the remodel run perfectly smoothly.

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express

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  11. I'm having flash backs of my Nan's kitchen when I was little! Love the retro-kitsch vibe. I think my other half would have kittens if I suggested orange, though. No taste. :-) #MakingHome

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    1. Hehe, Anthony is always saying my taste is like his vision of hell! Lol.

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  12. You are a lady after my own heart, amazing picks xx

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  13. I can remember my mum having those pans and the crockery set to match #bloggershomes

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  14. I don't know if I could do all those busy patterns in my own kitchen, but I love the bright orange color and think it definitely looks cool!

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  15. I'm pretty sure I knew someone who had a kettle like that! Loving the orange colour. Looking for the right shade for our bathrooms. #MakingHome

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    1. I love that kettle, it just looks so cool (to me ;)!

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  16. Jess, you're a girl after my own heart! My kitchen would be your dream kitchen lol ... the retro orange with splashes of reds, blues and greens. Man, right down to the flowery, groovy kitchenware ... I even had a throw rug specially made with the groovy patterns of flowers and Tupperware well considering I'm actually from the 70s I have it all lol .. when I was young my Mom did her kitchen in that gawd awful avocado green well actually it was the whole house .. I kept trying to jazz it up with some cool blues, oranges and reds (I was an artist) but she would have none of it and always made me repaint it. But, guess what? I got my cool 70s colors anyway lol and I'm certain you will too ;) Thanks you so much for sharing at #SimplfyWednesdays it has been such a joy conversing and sharing with you. I hope to see you again next week. I'm looking forward to sharing again at #FridayFrivolity next week!

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    1. crap ... #SimplifyWednesdays it's been a busy day over here ... this time I got it right lol

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    2. Your kitchen sounds amazing - and I bet that throw rug is awesome! :D When I was about 8 my parents decided I was old enough to pick what colour my bedroom should be painted... I had orange walls and a yellow ceiling! My dad would complain every time he had to step foot in there that it was giving him a headache, lol. I loved it though, and then acquired some loud floral bedding and rug to go with it. I think my mum just gave up at that point!

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  17. If you really want that kitchen as your dream kitchen I've got one to sell. Dainty maid like that one but in buttermilk. Its really solid oak, but I'm replacing it

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