I would love ALL 6 of these #kitchen organisers in my #kitchen.

Organisation stations Speaking of efficiency, consider a kitchen organisation station to keep the family in check. In the 10th most-saved kitchen photo of 2016, the highlight is the bonus end cabinet that incorporates clever space for keys, a pegboard and a notice board for family organising and to-do lists, as well as stowaway slats for magazines and cookbooks.

This is an example of a medium sized traditional u-shaped enclosed kitchen in Boston with a submerged sink, shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances, dark hardwood flooring, an island, white cabinets, granite worktops, beige splashback and porcelain splashback.

Install a cupboard within a cupboard – How clever is this idea? If all your above-bench cupboards are the same depth, make maximum use of the one closest to the stovetop with a double layer of shelving. A swing-out spice rack like this one means you can layer containers on both sides, and still have room for condiments behind.

Drawers are another place where small items tend to cause problems. Start things off on the right note by putting simple drawer organizers in place wherever small items are stored: Kitchen drawers, junk drawers, desk drawers and entryway drawers can benefit from organizers.

Determining the right size. In a perfect kitchen scenario, your pantry could be as big as you like, but we’re all limited by the spaces we have.

Using a number of smaller pockets also allows for similar items to be grouped together, which makes finding the one item you are looking for so much easier. 5 Chef-Approved Tools Every Asian Kitchen Needs.


If you’re still living in a home that has a separate kitchen and dining room, you need to make the changes that’ll help you make better use of the space. That usually means creating a united kitchen diner. It makes the whole space feel much more open, but how do you go about creating a fully functional kitchen diner that’s going to be fit for purpose and aesthetically pleasing? That’s what we’re about to delve into, so read on.


The great thing about having an open plan kitchen diner is that it allows you to connect the space to the garden too. You should make the most of this by having modern sliding glass doors in place. These can then open out into a patio area so that everyone in your family can eat on the patio when the weather is nice and you don’t necessarily want your dining space to be confined to the indoors.


The flooring you choose in your dining room needs to feel suitable for both a kitchen and a dining context, so you probably don’t want a conventional carpet because that’s not really ideal for a kitchen. You will also want the flooring to be durable and so a stone or hard tile option could be what you need.


Zoning the space is something that you will definitely need to do very carefully because it will dictate how you ultimately end up using the space. Make the wrong call and you could end up with a strange and dysfunctional space that doesn’t really meet the needs of your family, so dedicate plenty of planning and thought to this. You want the space to be appropriate, don’t you?


It’s important to have consistency in terms of colour throughout your kitchen diner if you want it to look unified. Remember, you’re talking about one space now, not two. So you can’t have one design in the kitchen part and another entirely different one in the dining area; that would look ridiculous. You could choose white chairs and black tablecloths. That black and white aesthetic is very popular right now. But ultimately, it’s up to you.


Natural light is really important in a dining space, so make sure you have as much of it as possible. But you should also try to make sure that you have decent artificial lighting for those long evenings when you’re entertaining in your dining space. Ensure your dining table is always lit up with a light source hanging above it if possible.

Kitchen diners are ideal for most people, especially families. It’s good to have that open space because you simply don’t need barriers between rooms anymore. It helps the space flow so much better, and it can also help the natural light to pour through the space without any unnecessary barriers.



I have to say I would find it hard to say which was my favourite gadget of the 70’s as there were so many iconic devices that I would still us them now.

Can you remember the Breville toasted sandwich maker, the Swan Teasmade and the Soda Stream. Hostess trolleys, the pressure cooker and the stand mixer?

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I  loved the toasted sandwich maker put I do remember it being a bit of a beast to clean and as for the Swan Teasmade well, I am not ashamed to say that I still have a Teasmade but not the original 1970’s one. I just love the fact that |I can wake up in a morning and have an instant cuppa.

The Soda Stream which was invented by Guy Gilbey (of the gin dynasty) in 1903. The reincarnated version is black and sleek. You do have to cough up around £50 for the basic model, but long-term, it could save you cash.

The Hostess trolley was another of my well used items of the 70’s and to be honest if I had the room I would have kept it as it is still useful when having parties but that was back in the day when ALL vegetables were overcooked and soggy so leaving them in the hostess trolley didn’t ruin the flavour at all.

Do you remember the pressure cooker ? It used to frighten me to death, I was sure it was going to blow up every time I used it and as for the stand mixer well I have some friends that still have their Kenwood stand mixer. The only piece left of that I have is the bowl used with the mixer which I still use when baking cakes.

What was your favourite 1970’s kitchen gadget, I’d love to know?