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A love in at The Furniture Quarter…

A hidden gem - in plain site - I've driven past this interiors Aladdin's cave a dozen times. Not any more, and my wish list is growing...

It’s been a while since my focus was on what my house looks like. Of course I like it looking good, and I’m wont to throw the odd social here and there, but the last year has seen more focus on the kids and me starting a business than whether my cushions are plumped. I do however spend A LOT of time in the kitchen, and I’m always picking up bits and pieces for the hub of the house (we work there, eat there, play card games there…), so I was really pleased when I stumbled upon The Furniture Quarter in Northampton with all it’s lovely kitchenny goodness. I was pootling around Abington last year doing a visit at retro interior store 15 Collingwood when I happened to pass a really quaint looking shop on the corner of a road that I must have driven past loads of times. Whereas 15 Collingwood is arty and bijoux, The Furniture Quarter caters for the stylish bigger stuff; beds, kitchen tables, sofas…but you wouldn’t know it from outside, it’s a Tardis like Aladdin’s Cave (Abington really is a hot bed of talent, interiors, food and drink, you name it).

There is loads of cool furniture on display in the showroom; sofas (Sarah, Muddy chief of all things admin had her eye on a bright yellow one), chairs, living & dining room shizzle, bedroom furniture, mattresses, sofa-beds and general home accessories.

They have a workshop too and can manufacture bespoke sized furniture to whatever specs you need and there’s also an amazing coach house which houses free standing kitchens and vintage/antiques pieces. It was here I came across some kitchen islands and pantry options that had me chomping at the bit (could I ever really be this organised?).

Anyhoo, it got me to thinking of one of the most useful things in my kitchen, and time and time again, it’s the kitchen island. Kitchen trends come and go but one that’s been popular for years, and shows no sign of fading, is the island. Designs vary (mine is quite rustic, but you can go full on shiny chrome), but appeal remains consistent. Even if your room is bijoux, you can usually get one to fit and everyone can pop their drinks on the top and slowly get sozzled while you cook…So if you’re toying with buying one, get yourself down to The Furniture Quarter, because these are the 4 reasons why I heart my kitchen island (God, I’ve changed ; )

  1. Loads more prep space – we chop, showcase our fancy fondue set and gather numerous kitchen nik-naks on ours. It doesn’t guarantee less clutter (not for someone as disorganised as me), but it does give me loads more space without cluttering up my kitchen work tops (which I do still manage to clutter)!
  2. Space underneath for pans and plates – mine has loads of hooks off it which house all the pots and pans I can attach to them. The kids clearly have no idea about kitchen organisation and insist on putting the tupperware there (which NEVER have the right lids), but hey, at least they’re trying.
  3. They look fab – you can add a pop of colour, a contrasting worktop and they can be painted if you fancy a quick change to your whole kitchen.
  4. They’re really sociable – No matter how beautifully I lay my table, light the fire and all the candles in the living room, guests will always congregate around the kitchen island first. It means the designated chef (Mr Muddy), doesn’t miss out on the party, and does beg the question, can we install a Prosecco tap from said island? Over to you Furniture Quarter…

For more details on pricing, bespoke furniture or just a picture for your wall, contact the The Furniture Quarter, 117 Abington Avenue, Northampton, NN1 4QB, Tel. 01604 711000



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