Big or small, every kitchen needs a butcher’s block
For me, the beating heart of a home is the kitchen. It’s the space where I experiment and often make a crazy mess. One year ago I moved into a cozy flat in London with my partner, as most of them don’t have a sea of space. It is challenging to both decorate small kitchens beautifully and create a space in which day-to-day cooking life is highly efficient and functional. Enter the butcher’s block, it’s worth the investment.
EXTRA COUNTER SPACE AND SOMETHING FOR THE EYE
I love my butcher’s block for two reasons. It’s about both creating more space to work and having the possibility to decorate the remaining space beautifully, such as adding an old school scale or a home grown basilicum plant.
There are a lot of butcher’s blocks out there but I fell in love with this solid, mixed wooden block from IKEA. It doesn’t only have the perfect height for those who are a bit taller (I’m 1m75 which isn’t huge but some butcher’s blocks are too low and don’t have a comfortable height), it also offers more storage space. I love to display my prettiest pots and kitchen supplies underneath the working area. On top of that, it also has the same height as most kitchen counters, which gives it the possibility to easily connect it to your existing space.
IT’S YOUR STAGE
Cooking is all about entertaining yourself and your guests. A butcher’s block gives you the space to focus on your dish and perfect it to your liking. It starts with being a very functional board where you as a chef can do your thing, and it ends being a space on which you can showcase your creations.
IT CREATES DYNAMISM IN THE HOUSE
Throughout the day, our butcher’s block becomes a stage for practically anything. In the morning, we use it to brew a fresh cup of coffee or to blend a green pick-me-up. During the afternoon, we prepare appetizers for that night’s dinner party. And at night, we mix the best cocktail ingredients to give our guests a good time.
A butcher’s block opens new possibilities for overall cosy people who care about food and drinks, and makes it easier for well-respected hosts to wow their guests.