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Kitchen update – and an update to the kitchen

[This post is a collaboration with Juniqe]

Guys, we have a floor!

And not only do we have a floor, it’s our very own, original floor, too – i.e. the one Terry ripped up in a panic last week, when the washing machine decided to break bad and flood the entire kitchen.

Luckily for us, it looks like Terry’s quick thinking saved the day: by getting the boards up and out of the flood as soon as it started, then giving the floor underneath plenty of time to dry out (With the help of a dehumidifier, and the heating on full blast…), he managed to prevent the floor from warping, which meant that, last weekend, he was able to put the boards back down again, almost as if nothing ever happened.

flooded floor going back down

Max helping to put the washing machine back in place


Well, I mean, it’s not QUITE like nothing ever happened, obviously. The LED lighting we had around the kickboards is ruined, and there’s also the not-so-small matter of the disruption it caused. We’ve spoken to the washing machine company, who we think caused the problem when they came out to “repair” the machine right before the flood, and, while we’re obviously grateful not to be having to replace the floor, we do think some kind of compensation is on order, so we’ll wait and see what they have to say. In the meantime, though, having given you an update ABOUT the kitchen, here’s a quick update we’ve made TO the kitchen – with a little help from our friends over at Juniqe, who kindly sent us these four amazing canvases to dress up the previously blank wall behind our kitchen table:

retro-inspired travel prints

retro travel prints in all-white Scandinavian style kitchen

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retro-inspired travel prints in modern white kitchen

UK interior blog\visit Hawaii - retro travel print

(New York print; Miami print; Hawaii print; California print)

We picked this particular selection, not only because we thought the retro/modern look would work well with the rest of the kitchen, but also because we’ve had our eye on this style of print for a while now, and loved the idea of having a selection of places that meant something to us. So, Miami and California are both places we’ve visited and loved, while New York and Hawaii are currently joint-top of our respective bucket lists.

They arrived right in the middle of the whole “flooded kitchen” disaster, which meant we had to wait a few days to actually get them on the wall, but, when we did, the combination of the new artwork (And light, which was the result of a quick trip to IKEA earlier this week), plus the old floor being back in place again, made it almost feel like a whole new kitchen. And it’s funny, but somehow adding more STUFF to the wall has actually made the space feel bigger and brighter: so, I’ve been enthusing about it all week, and, seriously folks – I will never take my kitchen for granted again, because just having a solid FLOOR to walk on feels like an absolute luxury to me right now, not even joking. Look, even my sweatshirt is happy about it:

retro NNew York print on white kitchen wall

(It’s from Oasis, just FYI…)

So, now that we have a kitchen floor again, and the space feels better than ever, thanks to our shiny new prints, all we have to do is try not to flood it again.

Now, what are the odds of that, I wonder?

About our sponsorJUNIQE is the lifestyle brand for curated and affordable wall art, home accessories and stationery from Berlin. JUNIQE curates exciting designs by authentic artists to inspire people to make art present in their everyday lives. Owning art becomes a reality for everyone: Art. Everywhere. Every design at JUNIQE is handpicked by our curatorial team before being made available on an array of products, such as framed premium posters, cushions and notebooks. JUNIQE’s affordable art and lifestyle products are curated in collections and printed to order in Europe. With trend-insights, tutorials, interviews and styling tips, customers are invited to express their individuality and experience art in entirely new ways. As of today, JUNIQE boasts having 600+ international artists on boarding and over 13,000 artworks representing such styles as illustration, drawings, graphic design, typography and fine art photography.

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  • Looks absolutely amazing!

    Mariya |

    September 21, 2018
  • Brenda


    I love it! The prints are really cool and it is always the best when they actually mean something to you! So happy too, that everything worked out with your floors. It looks like Max is trying to put the Hotpoint back! So sweet!

    September 21, 2018
  • Kelly Glen


    It’s great news there was not to much damage to your kitchen in the end and it looks really stylish with the new pictures up.Is Max being trained up as Terry’s handyman assistant?

    September 21, 2018
  • Lori


    We have several posters in black frames in our office. They are places we’ve been and loved. The style is like old travel posters. Love your kitchen!

    September 22, 2018
  • Glad to hear about the saved flooring! And the new prints for the kitchen looks great! 🙂
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you don’t have another flooding accident in the foreseeable future.

    September 23, 2018
  • Nice update. Your kitchen looks so neat and beautiful.

    October 5, 2018
  • Kitchen looks awesome!

    October 12, 2018