Cheap kitchen furniture: a House & Garden stylist’s guide

Charlie Porter knows how to put a room together. As one of House & Garden’s decoration stylists she helps compile the magazine’s monthly shopping pages, and in her spare time applies her gimlet eye to sourcing antiques for her online store Tat London. Her Instagram feed is a glorious mish-mash of rooms by the world’s best designers, coupled with her latest fantastically affordable finds. In the spirit of which we’ve asked her to compile a weekly selection of affordable but beautiful items – some high street, some one-off – for a different room in the house. This week, a playful, summery kitchen in yellow and blue, with furniture and accessories that are sure to catch the eye.

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    • SET OF 4 ANTIQUE OAK ARTS & CRAFTS CHURCH CHAIRS, £264These chairs from Vinterior might not be to everyone’s taste but there will certainly add some shape and age to anyone’s kitchen.
Set of 4 Antique Oak Arts & Crafts Church Chairs, £264
  • HEMPTON ENAMELWARE THREE PIECE CANISTER SET, £70Enamelware has been a staple in our kitchens for years, probably due to the wonderful way in which it ages. These three from Soho Home will happily make a kitchen feel homely and organised.
Hempton Enamelware Three Piece Canister Set, £70
  • PORCELAIN PLATE WITH MOTIF, £3.99These plates from H&M will look wonderful with even the most inept cook’s offerings on them.
Porcelain Plate With Motif, £3.99
  • BOWL OF CHERRIES TEA TOWEL, £6.50Who can resist a little trompe l’oeil? I love this tea towel from RE Found Objects so much I think I would just frame it.
Bowl Of Cherries Tea Towel, £6.50
  • POLISHED ALUMINIUM HOOKS, £6.50Kitchens are magnets for mess and chaos; these hooks, also from RE Found Objects, are strong enough to hold the strain of all those aprons while also looking sharp.
Polished Aluminium Hooks, £6.50
  • ROM £22Lucy Auge is an incredibly talented artist, first brought to my attention by our Creative Director Gabby Deeming who used her wonderful pieces in a decoration feature. She used nine in an enclave against an arsenic-coloured wall – they looked a treat. Get ’em while you can!
Prints by Lucy Auge, from £22
  • OLD PLASTIC-COVERED BOTTLES, £34These plastic-coated bottles from Re Found Objects will bring a fantastically fun dimension to your kitchen–one, two or three and you will feel like every day is a bit more of a fiesta!
    • PAIR OF FRENCH OF VINTAGE ANTIQUE FRENCH PINE WOODEN BENCHES, £140These pair of beautiful benches from Cart House will slide so nicely into your kitchen. When it comes to Christmas you will really be able to pack them in!
    • HALF CURTAIN LINEN VOILE, £41Whether in your kitchen or bathroom, these appealing curtains from Manufactum will help maintain your privacy while also adding Parisian café feel to your home.
    • ‘YELLOW AND TURQUOISE TUMBLER’, £12Blue and yellow seems to be the colour combination of the summer. So what’s not to love about these beautiful recycled glass tumblers from 8 Holland Street? Great on the shelf, even better being filled up on the table.
    • TURQUOISE CARAFE WITH YELLOW RIM, GREEN CARAFE WITH CLEAR HANDLE, RED & PURPLE CARAFE, FROM £20If you are getting the glasses, I feel the carafe (also from 8 Holland Street) is a must. Recycled glass makes it all the more alluring.
    • ‘YIPPERLIG’ TABLE, £150When Ikea do collaborations, they are always something to look out for. Hay and Ikea seem like a logical partnership, one which has produced some excellent designs, this table being one of them. A little wider than your average dining table it offers more space for your lucky guests.
    • ‘INDUSTRIELL’ CHAIR, £80As previously mentioned, Ikea collaborations are not to be missed – this time it is with Piet Hein Eek. Together they have made a number of covetable items, and my favourite is this chair. It also comes in a host of different colours; the best is this canary yellow–how could it not be?
    • ‘TOOSHIE’ TILE, £12These hand-painted tiles from Sophie Emily Design are marvellous – as far as I can see they have three uses: you could use a few in a very stylish splashback, you can also ask Sophie to pop a hook on the back and make a fantastic series (faces, nipples and bottoms), and lastly they work well as a coaster! That’s a lot of bang for your buck.
    • ‘SCALLOP SHELF GREY’, £30These shelves are simply adorable, and I don’t use that word lightly. They come in either 30cm or 50cm lengths and a host of different colours from Bobby Rabbit.