The Free From Farmhouse may sound like a spacious place to live but believe me, it’s not! It’s actually a former farm worker’s cottage but the ‘Free from former farm worker’s cottage’ sounded a bit wordy as a blog name!
Now we have two children we are beginning to split at the seams a bit and every surface is covered in toys, wipes or clothing. Which is why one of my goals for 2016 is to save for an extension.
Until those heady days, when I dream of a wide open kitchen with bi-folding doors and a loft extension with an ensuite bathroom, we have to make the most of the space we have.
We do this pretty well and is down to decluttering, clever storage and embracing the shabby chic look. We have a coffee table that doubles as a storage chest and hides away most of J’s toys in the living room and make use of space under beds and sofas.
As our house is over 100 years old it has a lot of quirks, alcoves and not so straight walls. We have used these to house built in wardrobes, shelving and even a small office in our bedroom.
In our kitchen, the most used room of the house, we have a built in larder that hides all our store cupboard items. This means we don’t need any wall cupboards in the main space, which is great as I think they can make the room feel too enclosed.
Instead we have open shelves. Above the kettle we have corner shelves that hold our cups and glasses and make good use of an otherwise awkward space. Then either side of our range cooker we have more shelves with Kilner jars full of pulses and my beloved orange Le Creuset dish. I love having all these things on display as it gives it a real country kitchen feel.
We also have a great dresser that I bought off ebay which homes my cookbook collection and a few trinkets like teapots, trays and a glass from Radio City Music Hall in New York.
One day, when we get more space, I hope we can rearrange the kitchen a bit – maybe add an island or breakfast bar – but I still want to retain the same country feel. I am not one for minimalist chic!
I will be looking online for inspiration, visiting some pinterest boards and would love to see your kitchen ideas too.
How do you use small spaces, awkward alcoves or make a room feel bigger?
*Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Homify, an online platform for Home and Living.