The heart of the home…

Over the festive period, the family and I were cooking up a storm in the kitchen, from gingerbread houses to mince pies. The kitchen really is our favourite room in the house, the heart of the home! 

A place for families to come together to make something that everyone can enjoy whilst catching up or unloading from a stressful day. 

Because we love spending time in our own kitchen so much, I really wanted to create that same feeling for when my guests come to stay in my short-term holiday rental, which I have come to name the ‘Little Lodge’. 

In the Little Lodge, I thought an open-planned kitchen would be perfect to keep families together. I wanted my guests to feel right at home, as if it was their own and they’d never left. 

I imagined that one of my guests would be cooking, the other setting the table and the children sat watching tv or reading a book on the sofa – all in the same room. I loved this idea of sharing each other’s company whilst still doing their own thing! 

To create this vision, I chose cream cupboards, dark grey tiles and oak worktops with these exciting Autentico colours: 

  • Versante Matt in Silver for the walls 
  • Versante Egg Shell in Casa Blanca for the window and door frames 
  • Vintage Mystique and Yellow Roses to upcycle tired furniture  

I wanted to keep plenty of space for a dining table, so friends and family have that special spot to gather and eat. I already had an old table and 4 chairs that I wanted to upcycle and make as a main feature, with green and yellow tones to contrast.  

So, with the help of Autentico Vintage and Autentico clear wax, I managed to make a true staple piece that ties in the kitchen and living room space.

With Autentico paint, I know that: 

  • I’ll have 5 years UV protection, so keeping the Little Lodge looking clean will be really easy and low maintenance 
  • A built-in water membrane feature is added so I can wipe away any dirt (very handy for guests with children and pets) 
  • There are no nasty chemicals, with eco-friendly binders to help the environment 

I really am proud of this Little Lodge and hope all my guests love it just as much as I do! 

To create your own perfect space, head to Autentico Paint to pick up your favourite colours. 

Ann Cope