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.