Kitchen Diners inspired by American TV

Sex in the City is my all time favourite American TV programme, but in second place I would have to put the first two series of Desperate Housewives. I loved the drama and intrigue and the glamorous wardrobes, but most of all I loved their homes, particularly the huge kitchen diners that were at the hub of so many episodes. These huge spaces were warm and cosy, a place to cook, to entertainment, and to drink wine and gossip, literally perfect spaces in perfect homes.

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For me, the perfect kitchen would be spacious enough for the whole family to be in it at the same time. I love the idea of having a central island that can be used for everything from eating breakfast to doing work or homework on. The kitchen above belonged to the most iconic of the Desperate Housewives, Bree Van De Kamp, a woman who would cook a four course meal for ten and not have a single hair out of place. Her kitchen was both traditional, stylish and very practical – a real family space.

Fishpools have a brilliant range of dining tables and barstools that can help you create your own kitchen space. Some of their tables and chairs would suit an actual dining room, but others are perfect for that multi-purpose kitchen ambiance, in American Oak wood, with tables that can be extended to host up to 6 people – real family pieces. I love the Aries pieces, these are strong and sturdy with a rustic, farmhouse kitchen feel. The traditional feel of the table and chairs actually keeps them feeling bang up to date, and you can totally imagine a family growing up around this table.

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If you are just looking to update your current kitchen area, you could do this by changing the seats or bar stools you have around your kitchen island. This could instantly change the look of your current space, with traditional wooden stools being replaced by something with a metallic touch, or with an upholstered chair for that luxurious, glamorous grown up feel.

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What would be your ideal kitchen look? Are you planning any changes to your kitchen?

Boden’s Limited Edition – Bree Van De Kamp’s wardrobe anyone?

One of the saddest things about the end of Desperate Housewives is that we will no longer get the opportunity to lust over Mrs Van De Kamp’s wardrobe (and yes, I know she got married a few times after Rex, but she will always be Bree Van De Kamp to me.) Bree’s mixture of pristine Stepford Wives but with a surprisingly sexy edge was always a style highlight, the only TV character who came close to challenging Carrie Bradshaw in my affections.

From full-skirted dresses, to neat early 1960s inspired numbers, teamed with gorgeous embellished knits, Bree was a lady who never had a hair out-of-place, a crease on her skirt or any look that even slightly resembled flustered. Beautiful, elegant and always impeccable, Bree was the embodiment of the word Lady.

The great news is that Boden’s Limited Edition collection could’ve been drawn from Bree’s wardrobe. Full of silk print dresses, gorgeous jewelled knits and slinky pencil skirts, this whole collection screams Ladylike. And the great news is that the whole collection is currently reduced in the Summer sale. These pieces are timeless, definitely an investment buy that you will wear over and over again. True style classic – just like Bree Herself!

 

If Bree went to Boden?

Watercolour Floral Dress £44.70 

 

vintage embellished cardigan 

Chic Broderie Skirt 

Boden Sophia dress £80 

Broderie Scallop Dress £89.40 

Lucy Dress £91.70 

 

 

Bree Van De Kamp – A television Style Icon.

Orson and Bree, cutting their wedding cake.

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And so Desperate Housewives is to end. The series, which relaunched Terri Hatcher and made a star of Eva Longaria has finally been axed, after it was decided that enough serial killers, accidental killers, child snatchers and people with secrets had moved into one suburban  street, particularly one with a name as pretty as Wysteria Lane. I stopped watching quite a while back, but still think that we should mourn the passing of a true TV style icon, Bree Van De Kamp, as played by the gorgeous Marcia Cross.

Bree was the only style star of Desperate Housewives, she was the Carrie Bradshaw of Wysteria Lane. Not that Bree and Carrie  had much in common style wise. Bree was a beautiful Stepford Wife with an enviable collection of 1950s style dresses, cashmere twinsets teamed with pearls, and Chanel tweed suits in a range of pastel colours that enhanced that wonderful red hair.

Never knowingly underdressed, Bree was a women who didn’t feature the word casual in her fashion vocabulary. She was perfectly groomed, even when baking home-made pies and pastries in her wonderful kitchen. Bree is a women who loves beautiful things, and always accessoriSes just so.Non of the other women on desperate Housewives could hold a torch to her, and when she was on-screen, you didn’t really notice anyone else.

So, thank you Mrs Van De Kamp, for your retro chintz 1950s-60s styling. We may be glad to see the back of the other Desperate Housewives, but to me you  were never ‘desperate’, just desperately stylish.