The kitchen should really be a part of your home that you spend a lot of time in, and in the past it was. A few generations ago and on, going further back, families would spend a large proportion of their time at home, together in the kitchen. Parents, well mainly mothers, would be cooking various pastries, roasts and many other culinary delights all throughout the day, serving up the readied food onto a dining table that would be occupied by the rest of the family members. Conversations would flow; main meals would be followed by desserts, cheese & meat platters, aperitifs and tea, coffee & biscuits. This family get together around the dining table would often take place two or three times per day and it would allow families to spend quality time together, all catching up with one another and keeping up to date with what was new in each of their lives. Today however, the kitchen in many people’s homes is a room that gets heavily neglected; families rarely eat all together, many don’t have dining tables and less people enjoy the whole process of cooking, instead opting for fast, less nutritious microwaved meals.
So, what needs to be done to get people back into their kitchens and back to cooking up delicious & nutritious daily means for their friends and family? To make the kitchen an inviting place to be and a pleasurable experience to prepare and cook meals, you need to ensure that you have some decent cooking appliances; a nice modern oven, a set of hobs with an extractor fan overhead, a decent grill and a large enough worktop for you to be able to chop up and prepare your various cooking ingredients. You also need to fit in a dining room if you have not already got one and the space will allow for one to fit comfortably. Keep all the worktops and appliances clean and tidy and start to introduce family dinner times instead of everyone going off and eating somewhere else in the house and being antisocial. Soon the rest of the family should start getting used to the family dinner routine and end up looking forward to it, instead of seeing it as an unwanted chore.
or many of us the whole experience of having to go shopping can be one that is a real life nightmare. Everything from the traffic you have to navigate your way through on the way to the shops, to the crowds of people that seem to be always in your way, to the searching high and low for the items on your list only to find out the last one has just been sold, to the checkout counter queue that always seems to be slower than all the others around you – all the way to finally arriving back at home, it is a necessary chore that you will put off until the last possible day, and then when that day comes you will rush it through as quickly as you can to get yourself back home and to the comfort of your living room sofa. Of course on the other hand, for many people shopping is actually something they love doing and any opportunity to get out to the shops will be taken without a moment’s hesitation. For many or most shopping outings it will not really matter so much that your mind is mainly focused on getting home and your plan is to get in & get out as fast as you can. However there are some shopping occasions that really should be given the right level of attention, planning and time. A good example of a type of shopping that should be taken more seriously is when you are moving into a new home, or renovating a current one and there is a necessity for buying some new items of home furniture. Shopping for furniture can actually be one of the more stressful types of shopping, so for those that have an acute disliking for the whole experience, it can be very tempting to do the usual and rush it through as quickly as you can, but the result of doing such can end up being very costly.
You should plan your furniture shopping well so that you do not end up coming home with many unnecessary items that might catch your eye while doing the rounds. Also you need to plan out the logistics of it all – will the items you are buying fit into the transport you are taking, or will you be looking for a service that delivers the purchased items to your home? Most importantly in my experience is making sure that you only purchase high quality, well-made home furniture, so you should do your research and find out which furniture ranges or which shops have a good reputation for durability – you should consider your home furniture as small investments. The worst thing you can do (again in my experience) is rush your home furniture shopping, you should take good time and only invest in the very best looking, comfortable and durable items, even if this means that you can only buy one piece on each outing. If your finances are in such a way that you can a) only buy one quality item of home furniture or b) alternatively settle for some bargain basement cheap items so that whatever money you have is enough to fully furnish the room or house you are renovating – I strongly advise you to go with option a) and furnish your home slowly, one piece at a time.
Everyone wants to furnish their home with the best quality and most comfortable furniture their money can afford. It is also important to fit your rooms with stylish furniture, items that are interesting and will add character to your home; no one wants to live in a boring house, which has bland furniture with no style. So you may be searching high and low for the type of furniture, or furniture range that is right for you and will complement the other fittings, colours and decorations already inserted into your new property/renovated property. The mistake that many of us make when going through this long arduous search for quality, stylish furniture at a good price – we only look and search through the latest ranges of furniture, the new modern, contemporary furniture items on the market.
While you can find some fantastic looking, well made and extremely comfortable new home furniture ranges, you will likely be put off by the prices associated with each unit (unless you have very deep pockets), and if you are furnishing an entire home, you will be struggling to get the furniture you want at a price that will fit in with the budget you have available. So what can you do you may ask? Well you should always check out locations that sell second hand, used and antique home furniture. A good idea would be to search online for old village furniture fairs, furniture markets – places and events where local people in that town or village will be there selling off some of their own, unwanted and unneeded old furniture units for one of many reasons. You can more often than not find some amazing deals at these types of furniture fairs/sales and you will find that much of the older, dated items of furniture still look and feel as if they were nearly new – home furniture used to be pretty much all handmade and expertly crafted by skilled professional carpenters and this comes through in the quality and character of the furniture items of old.
The price points you will be presented with at these second hand furniture markets will also be much more agreeable on your wallet and will help you to fully furnish your new home while staying within your planned budget.