Price Points: Non-white white goods

Swan Retro SDW7040BLN standard dishwasher, blue Gorenje ORK193 free-standing fridge freezer, lime green Smeg CPF9GPOR 90cm 'Portofino' cooker with Pyro oven and gas hob, orange

White goods are so… blah. Remember when computers were only available in grey or beige boxes? Then Apple came along with its curvy, candy-coloured iMacs – revolutionary!

A similar revolution is currently under way with kitchen appliances. It began with the smaller ones – kettles and toasters. Brands like Dualit began collaborating with other companies such as Liberty of London, Selfridges and Little Greene to produce special-edition toasters in the latter’s colours and patterns.

Now, it’s the turn of non-white white goods. Smeg began the march of colour with their fridge-freezers and others are joining in. Stoves, cooker hoods and washer-driers used to be large expanses of white, black or stainless steel. Appliances once were drab, now they’re being produced in a range of rainbow colours. Life’s too short to be lived in monochrome!

  1. Swan Retro SDW7040BLN standard dishwasher, blue: £449.00, ao.com
  2. Gorenje ORK193 free-standing fridge freezer, lime green: £899.00, John Lewis
  3. Smeg CPF9GPOR 90cm ‘Portofino’ cooker with Pyro oven and gas hob, orange: £1,721.78

Gimme Five! Woodburning stoves

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selection of 5 woodburning stoves | H is for Home

Yes, we know that according to the Met Office, June 1st is officially the start of summer. Yes, we’re featuring woodburning stoves… in the summer. Have you ever tried to get a chimney sweep or heating engineer to make a house call after October? June is the BEST time to get your chimney swept or a fire fitted or serviced!

We finally got the new fire in our kitchen installed in April by Burnley-based Acorn Chimney Sweeps – it had been sitting on the hearth for over a year, waiting for our insurance company to give the go-ahead. We were so impressed by their knowledge and level of service that we have booked them in to install a small woodburning stove (or multi-fuel stove to be exact) in a room on the top floor where we spend a lot of time in the evenings. Even in the summer they have a 6-week waiting list.

We’ve been given some basics about regulations and health & safety we need to bear in mind when choosing a stove. Anything that blasts out more than 5kw means we need to have a vent fitted – our house has foot-thick stone walls so that would be a job we’d rather not undertake. There needs to be a gap of at least 6 inches either side of the stove to the fireplace walls and 12 inches of hearth to the front.

We like a plain façade; no fancy, carbuncle-like ‘decoration’. We considered a pot belly stove but decided against it because we like looking at the flames through the glass door and the way light & shadows hit the walls and ceiling in the room. Bearing that in mind – and good looks as well, of course – we’ve made ourselves a short-list. Do you think some of them look like they have a face? Apparently there’s a word for that – pareidolia! 🙂

  1. Villager 4kw Puffin multi fuel stove: £434.79, Amazon
  2. The Hobbit stove: £475, Salamander Stoves
  3. Woodburning stove New Broseley SilverDale 5kw: £345, eBay
  4. Aarrow AACOR4 matt black Acorn 4 multifuel stove: £539.00, Direct Stoves
  5. Adam AX1 4kw multifuel stove, black: £348, FireplaceWorld

Charity Vintage: 1930/40s New World Radiation Cooker

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1930s/40s New World Radiation Cooker
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1930s/40s New World Radiation Cooker

This fantastic survivor is crying out for the right retro home to call its own. With the help of a little restoration and TLC this New World Radiation Cooker will look the part in a sugared almond coloured kitchen surrounded by vintage enamelware, formica and perhaps a linoleum floor!

100% of the final price achieved goes to Pembrokeshire Frame*.

*Pembrokeshire Frame Ltd promotes social inclusion, self worth and personal well being through supported, meaningful occupation and education, particularly for those with or recovering from mental ill health and/or with a learning disability.

Wednesday Wish: Baumatic range cooker

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Stainless steel BCG900SS Baumatic range cooker
Stainless steel BCG900SS Baumatic single cavity gas range cooker – £697.00, Appliancesonline
After last week’s Wednesday Wish frivolity we’re back with more serious (and costly) desires. Since our flood 6 weeks ago (we’ll stop harping on about it soon, we promise!) we’ve had no oven. The stove-top burners still work but the oven section got completely submerged. Adelle has really missed being able to make her bread & cakes!

We’ve done a lot of online research, made a visit to Comet and have decided that we’d like to replace our knackered Smeg cooker with this Baumatic range cooker. The oven on our Smeg was electric and we’re sure that our monthly utility bills will be dramatically reduced if we get a gas version this time.

Can’t wait to get baking again!

K is for… Kitchen

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Image of our kitchen

The kitchen is probably our favourite room in the house. We love spending time in here – cooking, chatting or having a big mug of tea after a long dog walk.

photo of a child's writing slate and wooden kitchen utensils

We have the main wall painted a zingy tangerine. It’s bright & lively in the summer but also gives a warm cosy feel when the nights draw in. We used to have it painted a fresh apple green but this felt a bit cold in the winter, so we had to get the brushes back out.

photo of the cooker in our kitchen

The orange also works well with the stainless steel and various shades within the stone tiled splash-back.

The centre of the room is filled with a large, old, beech baker’s table which serves as our main seating & eating area – also a very useful extra work surface.

On the opposite wall to the work units & cooker is a stone fireplace. This would once have housed the original kitchen range.

Photo of the fireplace in our kitchen

The chimney has not gone to waste however, with the cast iron stove chuffing away on chilly nights. On the ceiling above this stove we have a slatted drying rack – perfect for hanging washing on cold, rainy days.

The graphic 1960s street scene is by artist Ken Law… and on the stone ledge sit various vintage pottery plates including Poole and Royal Copenhagen. Mixing old & new is a recurring theme throughout our house.

photo of the shelves in our pantry

We like the blend of rustic pieces such as the baker’s table, butcher’s block and spoon rack with the modern stainless steel and down-lighting.

Photo of our kitchen workbench

Both being former chefs, we like to fill the kitchen with practical (and preferably good looking) equipment.

photo of antique butcher's block

Objects from the 1950s, 60s & 70s seem to fit in well, helping to tie it all together.

photo of our vintage 1960s Hornsea Pottery 'Bronte' tea, coffee & sugar canisters

Vintage kitchen enamel and ceramics are a particular passion of ours – pots, pans, storage jars etc. Hornsea, Denby, Cathrineholm, Rorstrand, Figgjo Flint, Arabia, Dansk Designs, Le Creuset are just a few of the names we look for…

…and then there are the cookbooks – don’t get us started on those!