Who: Adelle & Justin, co-owners of online shop H is for Home – and ‘Fudge’ of course – our 4 year old Weimaraner.
Where: Todmorden, a small town situated in the Pennines – on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border.
The house was built around 1800. It’s two back-to-back stone millworkers’ cottages, that were knocked together 30 or 40 years ago.
What do you do in your kitchen and who with?
When we bought the house, there was a small kitchen to the rear of the property. We moved it to a larger room, creating a kitchen/diner in a more central position – with glazed doors out to the garden.
Along one wall we have modern free-standing units, fridge and stove. In addition to these units we have various pieces of antique kitchen furniture – butchers blocks, plate racks, wall shelves – and an old beech bakers table which is the real hub of the space. It provides an extra food preparation surface for bread and pastry – but this is also where we eat meals, sit and chat, drink cups of tea after long walks, work on our website and write blogs. Sometimes it gets used for staging and photographing website stock – and packaging up sales. Around it sits a set of 1950s Swedish beech & ply chairs, along with an antique bench along one side. This provides plenty of seating for friends and family who might visit. Fudge is not forgotten and has a comfy bed where he can curl up in front of the fire.
The fire keeps the room nice & cosy – and also provides a good place to dry clothes. We have an old ceiling-mounted drying rack on pulleys where wet walking gear or freshly washed clothes can hang on rainy days.
How would you describe your style?
It’s a mixture of rustic country and mid century modern really. We love the colour, texture and history of antique wood and iron. We’re equally fond of vintage ceramics and cookware dating from the 50s to the 70s – names such as Rorstrand, Figgjo Flint, Cathrineholm, Dansk Designs and Le Creuset to name but a few.
What is your favourite and most useful item?
We get a lot of use out of a vintage orange Kenwood mixer – it’s very robust, it was built to last and still looks and works great.