My husband loves tea. He REALLY loves it. Which means that he drinks a lot of tea during the day. The problem is that my beautiful, white kitchen surface doesn’t love tea at all.   In order to protect the kitchen surface I thought it would be a good idea to have a small tray where hubby can put his cup when making his tea. But not just a tray, but something that looks nice as well, as it will need to become a more or less permanent feature on our kitchen top.

Cottage kitchen quick make-over - Aaltonen Interiors Scandinavian Style Interior Design At my summer cottage, in the Finnish countryside, the kitchen was in its original 1970’s décor. It was dark and uninviting, with classic colours of the time (blue walls and orange cupboard doors).  The appliances and the furniture were essentially a collection of items that were going cheap or free over the years. And you know what happens when you don’t love a room: it shows. You don’t pay attention, you let clutter take over, you accept impractical design. And you love the room even less. That’s what happened to me with this kitchen – for years.