I used to be a little obsessive about keeping the kitchen uncluttered. Bottles, cans, utensils must all be kept away and not be seen lying around. Right now on the contrary, I feel that such kitchens lack warmth and character. It’s the little things lying around that tell people about the family who lives in the house. Afterall, we want to furnish our homes in a chosen way/style so that they tell our stories, isn’t it?
There is something about Japanese kitchens and dining areas that I so love. Maybe it’s because I’m intrigued to find out about the space where all that delicious food was prepared. Maybe it’s the generous use of natural materials. But you know what? They are all filled with things, some more functional, others more decorative. And they never feel cluttered to me. In fact, I am charmed by them! What about you? What’s your kitchen/dining area like?
[images: personal scans]