I love to entertain, cook for, and host friends in my home. As I’ve said many times before, I don’t have a large home, but rather a wee condo…but it’s my castle.
I don’t have a formal dining room or a sitting room and my kitchen is not hidden away where I can stash dirty dishes and transfer yummy foods to pretty serving dishes without anyone seeing my mess.
No, it’s a small space and an open concept.
But I love it nonetheless.
I love that when I’m finishing dinner and opening a bottle of wine, I’m surrounded by my guests, for they fuel me more than the food.
When I bought the condo ten years ago, I didn’t know I’d evolve into this person. I had NO idea I’d enjoy being in the kitchen so much. Let’s be honest, I didn’t know I’d one day be able to cook a meal that didn’t come straight from a freezer bag.
There’s a small ledge opening into my kitchen – it’s a mini bar. I was given two stools when I moved in as housewarming gifts and for ten years, they’ve sat there. But only for the last few years that I’ve really loved cooking and entertaining have they been used. I finish the meal, chat with my friends, and we all munch on appetizers while they perch on those seats. They were a great gift…but they lacked a little style and started to look worn.
Not too long ago, I indulged in my obsession with One Kings Lane and purchased a pair of new stools. They are as evolved in style as I am in my cooking. They are an invitation to sit and stay awhile. They are comfortable and beautiful and I hope, a part of the experience you’ll find in my home.
Where do your guests end up when you’re finishing dinner?