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Howdy deTerrorinos!

I have thoroughly enjoyed soaking up some rays over the last couple of weeks – hopefully you have all been enjoying the glorious sunshine too! As the sun takes a short break and the skies become a little gloomier, I have been spending more time in my kitchen – which is, of course, my favourite place to be – but I am yearning for some more sun-filled days. Of course, in England, you can’t ever be sure of that kind of thing – so I’ve put together this colourful list of kitchen inspiration to make you feel splendiferously summery even when it is grey outside.

Farrow & Ball’s fantastically fiery Charlotte’s Locks is perfect for some summer kitchen inspiration

Charlotte’s Locks

This fiery orange is the perfect way to channel some serious heat into your kitchen. Cheery enough to brighten up even the greyest day, this home-warming hue reminds me a bit of some psychedelic shades from the 1970’s – groovy baby!

The green blue hues of Farrow & Ball’s Blue Ground look just like a crystal clear sea

Blue Ground

Beautiful blue green turquoise is cooler than my last pick – so cool that it looks like you could plunge right in. This refreshing shade is the perfect summer hue, and has provided me with some fantastic kitchen inspiration this season. Combined with bright whites, this colour is a sensational seaside shade but – if that isn’t your kind of thing – it makes a real statement when used on a kitchen island.

Farrow & Ball’s Babouche is so bright, you might need sunglasses


I couldn’t do a list of kitchen inspiration for the summer without including a sunshine yellow. Babouche is so bright and cheerful, I can’t help smiling every time I look at it. Why wouldn’t you want those kinds of positive vibes in your kitchen? I might paint mine entirely in this far from mellow yellow, but if you want a more toned down look, it works well with soft greys.

So there ya have it, kitchen crew. I hope you’ve got some great kitchen inspiration from my colourful paint picks. Don’t forget that we do bespoke cabinet frontals, so if you see a colour you like, you could use it for the whole kitchen!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


Posted by the deTerra diarist

Greetings, kitchen lovers!

I have seen some very interesting news today, my solid wood enthusiasts! I was thrilled to learn about a project using tree faces that has been taking place in the Forest of Dean. The Forest of Dean is a magnificent ancient woodland located in Gloucestershire, not far from our original flagship showroom. Since it is full of beautiful trees, I am of course a huge fan and have visited on more than one occasion – and Cabineto enjoys it too, since they have a little train to ride on and acres of fields to frolic in. On a recent trip, I noticed some strange faces watching me from the woods…

These handsome fellows have been planted throughout the Forest of Dean to catch litter-bugs!

These tree faces aren’t just for decoration – oh no – they live to serve. See, workers in the Forest of Dean noticed lots of litter – including crisp packets from over 30 years ago – and felt action needed to be taken! Crime fell in Rotterdam after 10,000 pairs of eyes were painted throughout the city (that’s 20,000 eyes in total!), and taking inspiration from that, the Forest of Dean council decided that this would be the best way to deter visitors from leaving litter behind.

What do you think of these friendly tree faces? I love them and hope they roll this out to woodlands far and wide shortly!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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