Brighten up your kitchen with our pick of fantastic tea towels.
I’m yet to meet anyone who actively enjoys washing up but, if you’re not blessed with a machine that does it for you, then investing in some stylish tea towels will hopefully, at least, make the drying up a little more bearable.
We have some super tea towels here at Furnish, all great at adding colour and pattern to your kitchen.
This Robots Tea Towel by Kukka will charm all ages while this Bear Tea Towel in Magenta by Artstar is equally delightful.
For those who prefer things to be a little more simple, this Red Heart Tea Towel by Red Candy has a classic colour combination of red and white, and will suit both contemporary and classic schemes.
Meanwhile, this Metamorphosis Tea Towel features a striking owl design, which is also available in matching cups, saucers and mugs.
Add some retro style to your kitchen with this Kenwood kMix Brights Stand Mixer, £350.
I’ll be honest – I don’t really need a food mixer. I definitely don’t bake enough cakes or make enough bread to warrant one, and I already have a whole host of “must-have” kitchen gadgets I never use.
But I could be persuaded to go all Mary Berry if I had this gorgeous Kenwood kMix Brights Stand Mixer by Red Candy.
Deliciously retro, it would be a welcome addition to my kitchen for its looks alone, but if you are a whizz when it comes to meringues, then it’s good to know it’s got loads of functions to make whipping up tasty treats an absolute breeze.
Also available in raspberry red, orange, pink and yellow.
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Bake beautifully with this Joseph Joseph Baking Gift Set, £35.
If you love baking and could easily be a contestant on the next series of The Great British Bakeoff, chances are you have all the paraphernalia you need.
However if, like me, you’re just starting out then you need to make sure you have the right equipment.
We have a whole host of baking and kitchenware here on Furnish from mixing bowls to pretty storage tins but I’ve got my heart set on this super cool Joseph Joseph Baking Gift Set by Red Candy.
With an adjustable rolling pin, clever spatula and pastry brush, and all-important timer, this intelligent kit will ensure Mary Berry et al will be desperate to taste your wares.
Toast in style with this 4 Slot Dualit Lite Red Toaster, £74.
I don’t know about you but I can’t resist a slice of toast. Whether it’s for breakfast with lots of honey, as an afternoon snack with cheese, or a vital couple of slices after a few too many, it’s the one thing I can’t give up.
If you’re a toast fiend like me, then chances are you’ll want a super stylish toaster.
We have loads of fab and funky toasters here at Furnish but my favourite is this 4 Slot Dualit Lite Red Toaster by Red Candy.
Deliciously retro, this super efficient toaster has loads of fabulous gizmos including a bagel option and defrost function, and has a smart red trim.
Inject some retro style into your kitchen with this Thomas Kent Diner Wall Clock from Red Candy, reduced to £43.20.
Clocks aren’t just useful for ensuring you’re always on time. They’re also a great way to add interest to a plain wall and bring a room to life.
We have some great wall clocks to choose from here at Furnish from classic to contemporary, with a good dose of retro and quirky styles too.
If you’re looking for the perfect kitchen clock then look no further than this Thomas Kent Diner Clock from Red Candy.
Made from metal, it’s based on a classic American-style diner clock and is the perfect choice for any retro kitchen.
Add a pop of colour with these Retro Kitchen Scales from Rose & Grey, £14.95.
Hands up if, like me, you’re addicted to the Great British Bake Off.
I’ve tried to resist (mostly because it makes me hungry and crave sweet things) but I’ve failed miserably and, despite committing to a post-holiday diet, am already thinking of things to bake.
Coming from the school of “I never weigh anything”, thanks to my Mum’s lackadaisical approach to cooking, I’ve found that to bake the perfect Victoria sponge, you do in fact need a decent pair of scales.
Which is why I’m going to be investing in these Retro Kitchen Scales from Rose & Grey. Not only do they have a fab vintage vibe, the vibrant yellow colour is ideal for adding a pop of colour to my neutral kitchen which makes them the perfect all-round choice.
Brew up with this Delonghi Vintage Icona Kettle from Amara Living, £81.95.
Imagine the scene if you will; a much needed coffee on a Saturday morning after a hard week’s work (and perhaps slightly too many glasses of prosecco the night before) and my kettle decides to blow up.
So there I was, not sitting on the sofa watching rubbish TV as planned, but instead searching through the gorgeous kettles here on Furnish.
And I’ve plumped for this Delonghi Vintage Icona Kettle from Amara Living. Available in a range of colours, it’s great for adding some vintage style and a splash of colour as well as making the perfect cuppa.
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Create warming autumn dishes with this Muurla Enamel Casserole Dish from Design 55, £34.95.
I hate to be all doom and gloom but the nights will soon be getting darker and a bit chillier.
Personally, I don’t mind too much as autumn is one of my favourite seasons and it means I have the perfect opportunity to cook up batches of delicious soups, stews and casseroles.
As I’m going to be entertaining a lot this autumn, I’ve decided to splash out on a new casserole for all those hearty dishes and, being a sucker for a touch of retro, I’m rather taken with this Muurla Enamel Casserole Dish from Design 55.
Made from enamel and super long-lasting, it features a colourful and stylish 60’s design.
To complete the look, a matching saucepan, colander and kitchen jug are also available.
Enjoy some vintage charm with this Button Trivet from Magpie Miller, £20.
I don’t know about you, but I always forget you’re not supposed to put hot dishes straight onto your work surface.
So I’ve put a trivet firmly at the top of my shopping list to avoid any further damage to my lovely worktop.
We have loads of funky yet functional trivets here at Furnish, such as this Button Trivet from Magpie Miller.
Made from wood, the oversized button-shaped trivet is ideal for keeping hot pans away from delicate surfaces and is ideal for adding some vintage charm to your kitchen.
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Add interest to your kitchen walls with this Oversized Decorative Fork Wall Art from Oliver Bonas, £39.
While the rest of my home is adorned with family pictures and favourite prints, I have always struggled to choose artwork for my kitchen.
I’m not keen on risking gorgeous canvasses or favourite family snaps given my overzealous cooking style, so have been on the hunt for something a little different.
And I’m pleased to report the search is over as I’ve found this fabulous Oversized Decorative Fork Wall Art from Oliver Bonas.
Perfect for adding some interest to a plain kitchen wall, this will help create a real focal point in your kitchen and no doubt become a talking point with your guests.
Enjoy breakfast with a smile with the Sunnyside egg shaper from Folly, £7.95.
While I take interiors very seriously, I find it hard to resist the odd fun product, and I defy anyone not to break into a smile when they see this Sunnyside egg shaper from Folly.
This sweet little egg mould is the perfect way to brighten up even the dullest of breakfasts and bring a smile to your guests’ faces.
A simple yet oh so clever idea, you break the egg white into the cloud and the yolk into the sunshine space to create a super, sunny fried egg.
Safely store your baking creations with this Set of 3 Floral Cake Tins from Rigby & Mac, £22.95.
The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens creating superstar bakers with, no doubt, some dramas and dropped cheesecakes along the way.
If you’re inspired to grab your bowl, spoon and apron and create some delicious sweet and savoury treats of your own, then you’ll need something stylish to store them in.
And we can’t think of anything more suitable than this Set of 3 Floral Cake Tins from Rigby & Mac.
Vintage in style and adorned with the prettiest of illustrations, the set comprises three different sized tins which will look great in your kitchen whether empty or full.
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Add a touch of romance to your kitchen with this Heart Chopping Boards Set from Primrose & Plum, £28.
Let’s face it, chopping boards are hardly the most exciting kitchen accessories in the world but, unless you want to carve massive chunks out of your worktop, they are rather necessary.
So they might as well be as pretty and stylish as possible! We love this Heart Chopping Boards Set from Primrose & Plum.
Made from solid wood in two different finishes, these boards are almost too pretty for chopping veg on, so try using them to serve antipasti or even puddings.
And given their shape, they also make the perfect wedding or anniversary gift.
Add a design classic to your kitchen with this Alessi Il Conico Kettle by Aldo Rossi from Design 55, £135.
Since moving home, I’ve slowly been replacing the appliances in my kitchen, and now it’s my kettle’s turn.
We have many fab and funky kettles here on Furnish, but this classic Alessi Il Conico Kettle by Aldo Rossi from Design 55 has made it to the top of my list.
The ideal kettle for any self-respecting design aficionado, it’s not just good looking, it’s clever too.
You see, the shape of this stove top kettle means it boils the water more quickly, meaning there’s less time hanging around and more time drinking the perfect cuppa.
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Get healthy in the kitchen with the Bodum Bistro Blender from Occa Home, £115.
Let’s face it, blenders aren’t that exciting, but, of late, I’ve got into making everything from scratch, from mayonnaises to soups and sauces. So I wanted a decent blender but it had to look good too.
Which is why I’ve splashed out on this gorgeous Bodum Bistro Blender from Occa Home.
Available in four great colours; classic black, dramatic red, zesty lime and simple white, I love the retro styling which will fit with my kitchen perfectly.
But it’s not all about the looks; this clever blender has five speeds, a generous jug and a rubber handle which means I’ll be even more of a whizz in the kitchen.
Anyone got any good soup recipes?
Keep the kids entertained during the school holidays with these ABC Cookie Cutters from Folly, £7.50.
While I don’t have children myself, I know that friends who do are busy thinking up cunning ways to keep their little ones entertained during the never-ending weeks of summer.
One friend and her little girl are utterly obsessed with baking, and have an array of cookie cutters to rival Delia Smith, but I couldn’t resist telling them about these.
The ABC Cookie Cutters from Folly have been designed to create three gingerbread men who look like someone has already tucked in, i.e. they’ve Already Been Chewed!
Wow your guests with these Le Creuset Heart Mini Ramekins from Heal’s, £32.
Everyone has a signature pudding which woos their guests. The other half makes a mean tiramisu, my mother-in-law’s trifles are legendary, and people have been known to travel far and wide for a piece of my Mum’s bread and butter pudding.
So, with guests due at the weekend, I’m hoping that the B&B pudding-making genes have been passed onto me.
To avoid risking making a complete mess of a large pudding, I have decided to bake individual ones using these cute, heart-shaped Le Creuset Heart Mini Ramekins from Heal’s.
Available as a set of three in gorgeous berry tones, I’m hoping that my guests will be so impressed with the ramekins that they’ll overlook the puddings unless, of course, they turn out as fab as Mum’s.
Make breakfast more fun with this Bugatti Volo Red Toaster from Gifts with Style, £149.
I don’t know about you, but I love a bit of toast. Whether it’s for breakfast with jam, a quick toasted sandwich for lunch or as, ahem, a post-evening out snack, I could easily eat my way through a whole loaf of the stuff.
My toaster has been a little temperamental of late, only toasting one side and either undertoasting or burning my bread to a crisp.
So I’ve been searching for a new one and have completely fallen for this Bugatti Volo Red Toaster from Gifts with Style.
As well as its striking design, I adore the vibrant red which is perfect for adding a pop of a colour to my otherwise fairly neutral kitchen.
Season in style with this Russian Doll Salt and Pepper Shaker from Folly, £9.95.
I’ve been obsessed with Russian dolls ever since I was a little girl and used to play with a set my grandparents had.
Ever since then, I’ve collected sets and even have a nativity one which includes all the main characters including a teeny, tiny Baby Jesus.
Which is why I just have to have this nifty Russian Doll Salt and Pepper Shaker from Folly.
An ingenious addition to any kitchen, the set consists of two nested dolls, with the pepper doll sweetly tucked within the salt.
Serve your salad stylishly with this Sparrow Salad Bowl and Servers from Folly, £29.95.
With spring almost definitely sprung and, dare I say it, summer not far behind, it’s time to put away your casseroles and slow cookers and start embracing delicious salads.
And, while I need no excuse to buy something new for the home, this has given me the perfect opportunity to start looking for a new salad bowl (leapfrogging all the more mundane things such as steam mops and washing lines to the top of my shopping list).
This Sparrow Salad Bowl and Servers is the ideal choice. Generous enough to hold salad for a weekday supper, the salad servers have been designed to look like the cutest of sparrows with their tails acting as fork and spoon. How clever is that?