Monday, January 8

The Full Source List For My Kitchen!

I’m back! Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely festive season, and perhaps a bit of a break. 

Mine was lovely; we had family at our house for Christmas, and my husband cooked up an absolute storm. The first Christmas lunch cooked in our new kitchen, so it was really put through its paces, and worked a treat.

We had a new family member join us on the 16th of December - Cleo the kitten, who is equal parts beautiful sweet fur-ball, and insane gremlin. We love her.

Oh, and I got a brilliant early Christmas gift when I was included in Stella's 50 trend-setting women you need to follow in 2018, alongside some pretty incredible poeple like Alexa Chung and Nigella Lawson, so you know, no biggie!

Anyway, I’m READY to tackle 2018. It’s going to be a busy and exciting one that’s for sure...

Now this post is really overdue. I’ve been promising it for months, but I have to admit that I took on a little more than I could comfortably chew in the last few months of the year, and had too many deadlines hanging over my head, and that meant several posts I’d really wanted to write got shelved.

But here it finally is! I’ve tried to include the source for pretty much everything in the kitchen here in one post as I’ve had so many questions. If I’ve forgotten anything just ask in the comments below, and I’ll add it.

I’ve also made a few updates to the kitchen since the Reveal post - the extractor hood finally went in, some lovely shallow ledges went up along the cooker side, and a black metal picture ledge with hooks went up on the sink side. I think these additions really finish the room off, though no doubt things will continue to evolve in there!

A few people have also asked what the room dimensions are: it’s 2.7m wide, by 5.35m long.

Okay, enough rambling...

The original Reveal post as part of our Revamp Restyle Reveal project is here, if you haven't seen it and would like to see some more pictures (and I'm not including all the images again here, so refer back if you need to see all products listed). Many of the products below were gifted, and are marked with an asterix.

Just shout if you have any questions!

French For Pineapple Blog - Full Kitchen Source List

Cabinets - Ikea Metod in Wood Effect Black

Doors - Ikea 'Tingsryd'

Handles - 'Metro' in satin brass by M Marcus Heritage Brass

Kickboards - cut to size MDF painted in black chalkboard paint made by yours truly

Worktops and Splashbacks - Mistral by Karonia in 'Mist'*

Paint - Walls and woodwork 'Woodsmoke' by Earthborn*

Ceiling and cornicing - 'White' by Earthborn*
Tall units - Ikea Metod in White

Decorative moulding - Builder Depot pine 8mm x 21mm

Tall Unit Door Paint - 'Wedding Cake' by Frenchic Paint*

French For Pineapple Blog - Full Kitchen Source List

Ledges - Bespoke sizes by Shelfbar*

Black metal hooks/ledge - Ikea 'Falsterbo'

Wall lights - Maisons du Monde 'Smith'*

Andy Warhol Print - taken from A Colouring Book

Storage jars - Quattro Stagioni

Tiny glass jug - antique

French For Pineapple Blog - Full Kitchen Source List

Rooster jug - Anthro (bought a few years ago, no longer available)

Wall Lights (above sink) - Dyke and Dean Ceramic Mounted Wall Lamp (With brass screws not supplied)

Gold Bulbs - Ledkia Gold Tipped Dimmable Filament Bulbs

French For Pineapple Blog - Full Kitchen Source List

Milk pan - Alessi Mami at Amara*

Ceramic Face Candle - Jonathan Adler Muse Noir candle at Amara*

Time pieces - Hay at Amara*

Disco pot - Playtype

Plant Pot - Hay Flower Pot With Saucer

French For Pineapple Blog - Full Kitchen Source List

Brass Pot - Hexagon Brass Pot Ferm Living

Urn (with Boston Fern) - Wayfair Urn Planter*

Table - Unto This Last Small Angle Table in Walnut Veneer

Platter with Limes - vintage Burleigh

Gold measuring cups - Maisons Du Monde*

Cast iron tea pot - Maisons Du Monde*

Wood and marble board - Maisons Du Monde*
Large wooden breadboard - Ikea Aptitlig

Handmade green glasses - Balafia Formentera (not online)

Wooden dish brush - Prep

French For Pineapple Blog - Full Kitchen Source List

Flooring - Concrete look laminate tiles. Try Topps Tiles for similar.

Monstera Leaf pot - N1 Garden Centre

Cabbage Jug - OKA

Pineapple Pot - bought several years ago, try Graham & Green for similar

Marble Mortar & Pestle - Amazon

Aged Vessel - Curious Egg* (no longer available)

Deco Cocktail Glasses - Curious Egg*

Wire Egg Basket - gift from a friend, try V&A shop for similar

Brass Water Spritzer - Haws

Spice Jars - Weck

Cornice - Decorating Direct Leaf Premuim Coving

* Denotes gifted product.
** Denotes discounted product

Friday, December 22

Christmas Sour [My Christmas Cocktail 2017]

Well this is it: my final post the year! I'm taking some much needed time out for the next two weeks, and will be back on Monday 8th of January with my batteries fully charged and ready to embrace 2018.

I have so many exciting plans for next year and I can't wait to start making them happen.

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

My friends will tell you that I'm very much a cocktail enthusiast, and occasionally I get inspired to invent one of my own. This is one of those occasions!

I spotted this Belvoir Christmas cordial in my local Whole Foods and popped in my basket. Then I got thinking that its flavours would lend itself rather nicely to a citrus based cocktail. And I was right.

So please allow me to introduce you to my Christmas Sour. Totally delicious if I do say so myself. It's rather strong, but it also has quite a lot of juice in it, allowing you to sit on it for a while, rather than it being gone in a few gulps.

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

Possibly a bit much for Christmas morning (we'll be having Pink Fizz Bellinis here at French For Pineapple HQ), but this will be just the ticket for an early afternoon pick me up before the main event.

Let me know if you try it!

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

You will need:

Cocktail shaker

Ingredients (per drink - these need to be made one at at a time):

2 tbsp Belvoir Christmas Cordial
1/3 cup (80mls) gin of choice
1/4 cup (60msl) sugar syrup
1 egg white (reserve yolk for custard or boxing day Hollandaise)
1/4 cup (60mls) lemon juice
1/3 cup (80mls) clementine juice

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

Shake really well with ice (not too much ice or it won't froth), and strain into champagne saucer.

Garnish with a tiny sprig of mint and small single red currant (kinda resembles holly, right?!), and an optional two drops of aromatic bitters. Or orange bitters would be ideal.

If you're not a gin fan, subsitute with vodka. Reduce sugar syrup and increase lemon juice if you like it more sour.

Cheers! And a very Merry Christmas from me to you, and a massive thank you to every single person who reads French For Pineapple!

French For Pineapple Christmas Sour Cocktail 2017

Alternatives to the Belvoir cordial:

Bottle Green Spiced Berry Cordial
Rocks Fruit Punch Spiced Christmas Cordial
And failing these, I reckon good old Ribena would do the trick just nicely too.

P.S Not sponsored!


Thursday, December 21

Baxter's Bedroom Reveal

Hello! And welcome to my second last blog post of 2017!

I thought it would be nice to have non-Christmas related post to bid the year farewell (tomorrow's doesn't count because it's about COCKTAILS!), and I'm SO excited to finally share this room with you today, because even though it's quite tiny, a whole lotta love and effort has gone into it (albeit intermittently!) over the last few months.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

When I laid eyes on the Desert Llama wallpaper in Cactus from Drop It Modern, I knew it had to go in Baxter’s room. Thankfully he agreed, at least he did once he decided that he wasn’t actually scared of the Llamas. Cue me saying lots of things like ‘Llamas’ aren’t scary, look how friendly and smiley they are!’ and other similar leading statements. I mean how can a Llama with tassels around its neck be anything other than friendly, right?!

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

Baxter’s ceiling is low and where the wall and ceiling meets is less than perfect, so I was concerned about getting a clean line for the wallpaper, which is why I decided to set the wallpaper within moulded panels that were just smaller than the walls, and compliment the wallpaper with Milk Jug, the most stunning Aqua from Earthborn Paints.

I gave the room the full colour wash treatment, again getting around the wonky wall/ceiling area which would have become more apparent with a white ceiling meeting a strong colour, by painting it all the same colour, ceiling and woodwork included.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

I’m so happy with the result of the walls, and I just adore the effect of the matching roman blind - the fabric was colour-matched printed to the same scale as the wallpaper.

The lovely Cormar Sensation carpet in Light Taupe was continued into Baxter’s room from the hallway, making it much more cosy than the previous old carpet (or the temporary white painted, full of holes floorboards that he had for a few months between old and new carpet). This warm neutral goes with everything and lets the wall colour sing, whilst being as soft as can be, with a beautiful velvety sheen.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

I’ve loaned him my Moroccan wedding style blanket - he's claimed it as his own now, and it really does work well in there, and the gorgeous Cactus cushion sent to me from Bluebell Grey fits in so perfectly too.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

His black spotlight style lamp is from Made, and the floor bookcase is actually an Ikea wall shelf used on its side. It holds a really good amount of books so that they're front facing and low to the ground for him to browse through and select, without taking up any wallspace, and can be moved around to suit.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

The chest of drawers, also from Ikea is the perfect fit for the space, offering maximum storage space for clothes and toys. It’s the Tarva (a right pain in the behind to build considering it's not the cheapest) which comes in raw pine ready to paint. I was initially going to paint it black, but decided it might be too heavy and overwhelming in this small room, so I went for Earthborns Trumpet - a beautiful inky navy with purple tones, and put a finishing coat on it to give it a slight sheen, deepen the colour a bit and protect it from the wear and tear it will no doubt be subjected to in here.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

I repurposed the brass knobs from the old kitchen, though I may have other plans for handles in the new year.

The light fitting used to be in our bedroom and works brilliantly in here with his subtle dessert theme (I say ‘theme’, in truth I hate themed rooms - this is about as 'themey' as I get!).

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

And that's about it. I’ve kept everything else very simple because there’s enough going on with the wallpaper and colour. Baxter now spends a huge amount of time in there playing - has has such a brilliant imagination, and I hope his bedroom inspires and becomes a backdrop to so many more adventures.

It’s now a welcoming and cosy room, he loves it, and so do I. Result!

This post is in collaboration with Cormar Carpets, Earthborn Paints and Drop It Modern.

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