I’ve got my head round the fact autumn’s here, and I’m embracing it. I think I actually get more of an urge to clear and organise in autumn than I do in spring, when it’s traditional to tackle the clutter. It’s probably those old ‘back to school’ habits, where the new school year promises a clean slate. Whatever it is, I’ve found myself sorting, rearranging, and tweaking things all around the house. Ben struggles to keep up – everytime he comes home from work something else has been moved or re-jigged. The kitchen hasn’t escaped my antics – it’s amazing how much clutter can build up on the worksurfaces, and how just simplifying a few elements here and there can make the world of difference to the space.
For example, I got rid of our bread bin month and months ago in a fit of pique, and since then, loaves of bread just get stacked up on a corner of the worktop. It just looks like a mess, and it’s one of those things that constantly niggles, but I never quite get round to addressing. Step up LSA and their as-close-to-perfect-as-it-gets-for-my-kitchen Utility bread bin in milk white (available from Amara). I’m basically in love with everything in the Utility range, because let’s be honest, what’s not to love? Unfussy design and materials – glass, enamelled steel, solid ash and leather? Tick. Smart contemporary styling with a vintage feel? Tick.
The kitchen looks so much better now that the bread is neatly stored away in a bread bin and I’m just left wondering why I didn’t sort it out sooner. And the solid ash lid doubles up as a beautiful chopping board – flat on one side, grooves on the other (handy for catching crumbs), and a smart leather handle.
That leather handle on the bread bin lid is a lovely feature of the Utility collection, and I think it’s a great decorative detail on the Utility glass cylindrical pot. I’ve use the pot as a vase for some dried blooms I picked up on a walk the other morning, but it’s shown filled with lemons on the LSA website, and I quite fancy seeing how it works as a pot for apples – we could do with some freeing up some space in our fruit bowl.
So the kitchen’s sorted, and I can turn my attention back to the rest of the house. It definitely feels like time to restyle the open shelves in our living space for the umpteenth time. And probably another game of musical chairs is called for – which room is it again that haven’t I tried the old church chair in? Anyone else get that fidgety feeling in autumn? It can’t just be me…
Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with LSA and Amara, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.