Hello Monday, and what a grumpy sky to welcome in the new week, well no grumps around here, its all beautiful things and stylish living as I take you on my first Hastings home tour. Here we are in Joyce’s lovely lovely kitchen and I found so much beauty within these four walls, that the other rooms will have to follow on later throughout the week. I was lucky enough to meet Joyce through Rose and after hearing that her home was filled with lots of amazing things collected from far and wide I had to see it, before I even had a peek I thought it would be something you would want to see and I was not wrong. Arriving at the red brick house on an ancient Old Town street, I could only guess at the wonder inside and once through the door my eyes nearly popped out, white washed walls, gorgeous wallpaper, raggedy potted Hydrangeas and two fluffy cats, one soft grey and one cream that just happened match the decor perfectly.The thing that struck me most as I looked around was Joyce’s eye for unusual beauty, and obtaining things I never would have thought of asking for, one example is this huge hunk of soap (above) bought from Lush, I’m sure the sales girl was as surprised at the question of a price for the whole block as I was to discover it was not a chocolate cake, and uniquely it has been decorated on top with a raspberry meringue from local organic bakery Judges. Also pictured is an italian cake wrapped in brown paper and string, well past it’s use by date but not kept for eating anyhow, an antique waxen doll face and beautiful collage box by bought from a local gallery where Joyce once worked.On top of a large antique cupboard alongside some favourite old books sits a hand made and painted paper mache doll from Made in hastings, a couple of patterned wooden printing blocks and a framed collage print by Doll face design. The top of a grand old butchers block from a local antique store has lovingly worn into a deep curve and is piled up with chunky wooden boards (from Butlers) for serving bread and cheese to hungry guests and the balance of pale ceramics and exotic fruits lends a delicate feel this otherwise very masculine piece of kitchen furniture. High above the butchers block hangs a Mythisto wire and bead tea-light chandelier by Fiona Gall, cute postcards by local artist Claire Fletcher peek out from behind the wooden mantle and stand guard over a collection of different sized jugs in pinks and white.The final detail that caught my eye, and a perfect notion for a kitchen as welcoming as this, a small collection of wooden print blocks and dried flowering tea bud against a background of dusky pink damask.
Did you enjoy that? I hope to see you tomorrow where we will be taking a look around the living room.