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?

Dreaming of beautiful houses

I often find myself dreaming about where I would live if I won the lottery. Now, this is a little silly in many ways, not least in that I rarely buy a lottery ticket, let alone win more than £10 (and that gets me excited – a win is a win, after all), but we can all fantasise, and I find most of my dreams concern houses and apartments, and even superyachts that I have seen on TV and films.

The country cottage

One case in point is my dream of a cottage in the country. I can’t be the only one who browsed cottages and country houses for sale after watching Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet house swap in The Holiday. This was the definitive chocolate box cottage, beautifully rustic in the midst of a perfect country setting. I loved this cottage, totally falling in love with it on the big screen, but the reality is that I already live in a semi-rural area and that sometimes drives me to distraction, so this cottage, although looking idyllic, would probably not be for me in reality.

The luxury New York Apartment

Much more suited would be Carrie and Big’s apartment in the first Sex and the City movie. You all know the one I mean, the one with the HUGE walk in wardrobe. Now, this one ticks so many boxes for me in terms of storage for my clothing and shoes, which do have a tendency to take over all available space. And of course, New York would be an amazing place to live. But, the lack of a garden is a bit of a deal breaker, even in my fantasy world, so it is back to the drawing board once again.

The Super yacht

Watching all the beautiful celebrities currently jetting off to Cannes, and then appearing on the decks of luxurious super yachts makes me long for a life on the ocean wave, full of sun soaked days of swimming, sunbathing and docking in interesting, cosmopolitan ports. Kate Moss seems to spend every summer doing just that, and maybe that’s the point – a great option for spending some part of the year, but not 365 days of it.

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So then I come to the house that ticks all the boxes. Beautiful, with gorgeously decorated and furnished rooms and pretty landscaped gardens, the houses on Wisteria Lane are just perfect…although the murders that seemed to occur there at an astonishing rate are not such a plus point, so it could be back to the drawing board. Maybe I’ll take a look around the beautiful, peaceful village that is Midsummer…

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