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Friday, 29 July 2016

I'm back to thinking... bricks and tiles. :)

Hello everybody.

It's not an early sign of going mad, it's doing construction work - all over again. Nothing ever stops when you have a house - an old house, that is. Just because I've moved in does not mean there's no more work to be done (do not look at my derelict garden, please!)
It's now time to get on with the second kitchen!
(Note; I have written about a kitchen fit for the Lady of the house and about kitchen designed for everyone - you might want to go and see those)
But, a SECOND kitchen?!
The tradition of a second kitchen, over here, sometimes called a "summer kitchen," goes back to a time before air conditioning. During the hot summer months, preparing big meals and baking were almost always done in a kitchen located in an outbuilding. I know that, in other parts of Europe, the second kitchen was located in the basement - and in large houses.. well, you've seen "Downton abbey" - hence the name "downstairs" :)
In our region, the "summer kitchen" was designed as an extension to the house (between the house and the wood shed) - and that is EXACTLY where mine was.. before it was abandoned, and left to serve as a "second shed". A shame, if you ask me, since there's such a nostalgic beauty to the original house design.
I plan to give it another chance in life!


Therefore, I'm back to
thinking about bricks and floor tiles
(and, I'm more than happy to share it with you):

Ceramic tile creates dramatic first impressions. Even a modest area, indoors or out, can come to life with the colors and textures of tile – making ceramic tile one of the savviest design investments.  It is a luxurious option for creating a beautiful living environment.


Not to forget: it is SO easy to clean and inhospitable to dust mites, mold, and bacteria (thus making my life a whole less mopping and whole more - everything else)  
Here's to living in the kitchen!  :)
Happy Friday!


  1. Vintage home decor was the best. Sure, I see beautiful homes often still today, but the marriage of activeness, plus the sense that they were really livable and practical isn't as common and is something that, IMO, the mid-twentieth century nailed fabulous.

    Wishing you all the best with your second/summer kitchen plans, my dear friend.

    Oodles of hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Yes, yes, Jessica!
      Back in time, comfortable setting came second to UTILITY of the object. Sure, people likes their homes to be pretty, but before that, they had to fulfill their purpose.
      They say that a "mess" is when something doesn't have it's place.
      I believe it's true.


  2. We don't have a tradition of second kitchens here in the UK - kitchens were simply 'below stairs' to be out of the way. (In grand houses like Downton Abbey, you would have extra rooms, such as a scullery for all sorts of scrubbing/cleaning work like laundry and washing dishes, below stairs alongside the kitchen.) I guess our weather has never been good enough to need a second cooking area!

    I love the way that you're bringing your summer kitchen back to life. It will be such a lovely addition to your home. Do you ever read the blog Retro Renovation? They have super images of homes, and regularly talk about tiles.

    1. I see.
      I suppose, our folks took that custom from the Germans that inhabited the area back in 16th century. The times were not so sanitary, and "second" kitchen served as a "filter" place - a place of work, yet a somewhat cozy one.
      The muddy boots had no place in the "clean" house, so quick meals were taken in that second kitchen. Also, some heavy-duty canning, bread-baking, laundry cooking.. those would emit fumes, make the house filled with that "smell" - so they, too were done in "kitchen".