For Laura Harper Hinton, co-founder of healthy restaurant and coffee roastery Caravan, the kitchen is a place to relax and come up with new ideas for her recipes. Here’s the four-step fast-track to her laid-back style…
1 It’s all about storage In my last kitchen, everything was on display, but after having kids I decided it needed to be a bit neater. Minimalist isn’t the right word, but I wanted to be able to put things away rather than having stuff out on workbenches. My kitchen’s a bit more pared back than I originally thought it would be, but I love its sense of calm.
2 Keep the decoration quiet I never use bossy colours that dominate a room; texture is key. The walls are decorated with a clay plaster. Its warm tones make the space feel peaceful. And I’ve consciously avoided spotlights, since I’m not a fan of the harsh light they emit.
3 Buy what you love I’m fanatical about vintage chopping boards, which I collect like a magpie. You gravitate towards things you love, and I can’t stop buying them, even though I clearly don’t need any more.
4 And finally, install a pantry! It’s my favourite thing ion the kitchen. I was obsessed with finding a logical way to store everything, including mixers, food processors and blenders, as I’m not a fan of having them out on bench tops. It’s so organised now.
Check out Laura’s book here... Caravan: Dining All Day, £16.59
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