The house we stayed at in Pringle Bay was amazing. Function and form.
Before my organising queen days, I used to sometimes wish someone would break into the house and steal everything so we could then go out and get just 8 of exactly what I want.
Anyway, this house had quality stuff in it so it was a pleasure to cook. And it had lots of neutrals so it felt calm and peaceful being there.
So I decided to start doing what I can to my own home to make it feel the same.
I stand at the entrance to my kitchen regularly now looking to see if anything is out of place or how I can make it feel more calm. Calm with a pop of colour because it's still my kitchen :)
It takes about 3 seconds but so far I now always turn the oven gloves so the red side faces me, I bought 6 neutral mugs and this afternoon, I did some more Konmari-ing of things in my cupboards so I can have white space...
We always stay in really nice places when we go on holiday and the thing that is always incongruent is this business of not having a proper non-stick pan.
I have, in the 5 times we've been to Ballito, requested new pots and pans twice that I can remember. Don't charge us R1500 a day (off-season) and then expect me to cook in horrible cookware.
They are good about it and when we're back from the beach at lunch, my new stuff is waiting.
One day in PB I made omelettes for lunch. And the pan was SO divine to cook in I gasped and smiled and.... very nearly sang from joy.
A good knife does the same thing to me.
Anyway, I checked this pan out properly and discovered it was from Woolworths.
So when we got back to Jhb, I took my Secret Santa R200 voucher and put it towards the same pan.
Now I can also have the pleasure of that pan in my very own kitchen.
Some of you are thinking, I completely get you, and the others are saying, wow, you're crazier than I thought :)
Which camp are you in? Do you feel passionately about certain kitchen items?