Hands up if you have a thing for kitchens and all their cooking paraphernalia – and by thing I mean a crush that teeters on the brink of obsession. Yes, that’s mine up in the air, tightly clutching a red-and-cream thermos flask found at a car boot sale, while the other hand satisfyingly squidges the juice from a lemon on an old yellow squeezer.
If your hand is up too, this new book by Vinny Lee will definitely feed your obsession. Kitchenalia kicks off with an experiment in simple styling, taking one country-style kitchen and letting three design teams loose it on. The idea is to show how a few carefully chosen objects can transform a bland space into something special. It then takes you on a tour of different kitchen styles, moving from the retro kitchen to the utilitarian kitchen, stopping in white, painted, reclaimed, country and collectors’ kitchens along the way. The last part of the book is dedicated to ‘Kitchenalia Elements’, so all the details you can use to get the look you want – pans, crockery, storage tins, chopping boards, glassware, they’re all here.
Almost everything I prepare or cook in my kitchen involves a little bit of history and often a memory. Kitchenalia is all the things you acquire and accumulate to make your kitchen a useful and enjoyable place to be – Vinny Lee
This isn’t a book for people who want slick, clean, minimal kitchens, although there are glimpses of those too; Kitchenalia is designed for people who love details and objects with a history. It shows you how to use those pieces, whether they are retro gadgets, family hand-me-downs or salvaged surfaces, to bring warmth, creativity, interest and a bit of history into your kitchen. Kitchenalia doesn’t cater only to one aesthetic either, so whatever your style you’re almost guaranteed to find something among the thousands* of beautiful photographs that will inspire you. Plus it gives you a legitimate excuse to add more flea markets, vintage fairs and car boot sales to your weekend itinerary.
If you want to create a kitchen with heart and soul, this is a good place to start.
* I haven’t actually counted, but there are a LOT.
Kitchenalia: Furnishing and equipping your kitchen with flea market finds and period pieces
By Vinny Lee | Out now in Hardback | £30.00 | Published by Jacqui Small
Win a copy of Kitchenalia
We have three copies of Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one, you can either email us at email@example.com with the subject line “I have Kitchenalia obsessionalia” or leave a comment at the end of this post. The competition closes at midnight on Thursday 30 October and winners will be chosen at random after this date.
Please note that because this book is full of jam-packed with flea-market finds it costs a lot to send, so this competition is sadly only open to UK residents.
Well this totally sounds like my cup of tea!
I have a cute, small enamel casserole, that must be 40 years old which my mother-in-law rescued from a skip. It’s one of the most loved and used items in the kitchen. No doubt, history makes an object more interesting and beautiful.
“I have Kitchenalia obsessionalia”
That looks like a fabulous book. I love vintage kitchen pieces. The pictures shown above are right up my street :)
My own favourites are a set of catering-sized serving spoon, ladle and spatula that I found at a car boot sale. I use them every day.
I have kitchenalia obsessionalia! Currently renovating an old miner’s cottage with my fiancé, and I know I should be saving all my money for a new heating system, but my soft spot for kitchenalia – vintage, branded, brightly coloured, kitsch – seems to always take precedence. We currently don’t have a kitchen, but I’ve got a box which I could easily hide in, full of car boot and eBay finds ready for our dream kitchen. This book would be perfect inspiration!
I have Kitchenalia obsessionalia
I have a Kitchenalia obsessionalia!!! Looks like an amazing book I’d love to win a copy!
This looks fantastic. My kitchen is a disaster and there is something about new kitchens and shelling out that kind of cash which gives me the heebee-jeebees. This looks like great inspiration.
I love vintage everything and this book looks right up my street!
” Kitchentastic ! “
This looks so fab!
Gorgeous book!!! Enamel things and Thermos are my faves
Oh my goodness, this book looks amazing -yes please.. me me!!
This just perfect for helping me do up our Kitchen!
mr sianuska is head chef in our house but i’m in charge of home decor. this looks like a fab book, fingers and toes crossed. x
I hate cooking (even making a sandwich!), but love collecting kitchenalia. Old storage jars are my favourite thing. Would love to win a copy of this beautiful book. X
Me too Vicki – yet I love kitchens and old retro stuff – Alison
We are about to knock our kitchen into shape and any input would be gratefully accepted!
I lurve this book. I hope, I hope, I hope I win it.
Oh my gosh I need this book in my life! :)
I’d love a copy of this book, it looks fab!
My retro loving upcycling sister would FLIP out to win this book. I love the style and feel of this type of kitchen – where the shelves and drawers contain treasured memories as well as practical implements ! Thanks
This book would be my life saver to plan my refresh kitchen. Great ideas at bargain costs.
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