Sunday, January 22, 2006

home sweet home

we finally moved in this weekend to our new home in kensington. although we had a pretty decent temporary flat, there's nothing quite like the feeling of your own place. all our stuff arrived safely from new york and cleared customs quite quickly but they did charge us about £50 pounds as customs duty for some wine and vodka that we had snuck in the shipment - i'm amazed they found it! the packers did a phenomenal job in less than a day. to my pleasant surprise, not a single item was damaged. we got lucky indeed with the move.

i love my neighbourhood already. the road we're on is lined with charming houses and is pretty quiet while still being just a few blocks away from all the action - shopping, restaurants, cinema and parks. we're a four minute walk from high street kensington tube station and a seven minute walk from the notting hill gate tube. we're also between holland park (one of the nicest parks in london) and hyde park. both are less than eight minutes away. i went for a long run in holland park this morning discovering the various trails. once inside the park, i felt like i was in the woods. it was unbelievably peaceful even at 9 am in the morning. just a few other joggers and dog walkers were enjoying the park. the mud trails, the ungroomed trees and the absence of "dressing-up " of plants give the park a very natural feel. there's a lot more to holland park that i'll blog about as i learn more.

here are a few photos of my kitchen. a bit plain vanilla but give me a few weeks and i'll be adding my signature look and feel! i've been told that it's a great size for a london kitchen as kitchens tend to be very small in this city. i guess a lot of londoners eat out or reheat prepared food most of the time! i love the huge windows that overlook a small enclosed atrium which has the sun roof of our neighbours below. the kitchen has plenty of storage which i'm pleased about because i have way too many kitchen items. the movers even remarked about that wondering how i was going to fit all my stuff. but i am confident of tucking everything away.

the two most fabulous aspects of my new kitchen are the bookshelves and the gas flame. i can proudly and neatly display all my cookbooks and the gas flame will let me roast peppers, brinjal etc quite easily. yeah!


Blogger Priya said...

Isnt this a pretty neat kitchen! there are a lot of cabintes so that the kitchen can be well organised. I hope i can find some tangerines after u guys are settled down, dont forget to post some after effects :)

6:54 pm  
Blogger gs said...

i like your kitchen. it is stylish and yet looks convenient and it seems to be having plenty of storing,with minimum effort you should be able to produce exotic dishes!

1:45 am  
Blogger artismarti said...

Congrats on moving in to your new place lulu! Looks lovely. Let me know if you need any help settling down.


3:26 pm  
Anonymous Indira said...

and a big window too. Looks just fabulous and cozy, Lulu.

6:26 pm  
Anonymous Linda said...

Very nice. Congratulations on a seemingly flawless move. I love your blog. May I ask which moving company did you use?


6:56 pm  
Blogger Sandhya said...

You got yourself a beautiful place with an awesome kitchen there. Congratulations! Wish you lots of happiness and sweet memories in your new home.

1:20 am  
Blogger rums said...

ok, so do you have a spare guest room that's baby-friendly lools ;)

8:47 am  
Blogger sailu said...

Wow!Good move there,Lulu!All the best in doing up your new home..:)

1:54 pm  
Blogger chris san francisco said...

Hi Lulu and H.

Your new place looks great. Must feel good to be settling into a new home -- not just temporary living.

Your kitchen will surely be the site of many great meals. Enjoy!

Hope to see you both soon.

Chris and Ken

4:44 am  
Anonymous anthony said...

Thats Great Kitchen I say... Waiting for more recipes

4:11 pm  
Blogger Pille said...

Hi Lulu - your kitchen looks lovely, as does the neighbourhood in general. And yes, however fancy is your temporary flat, there's nothing like your own. Not gonna happen to me as long as I live here in Edinburgh sadly:)

5:38 pm  
Anonymous aditi said...

Hey lovely kitchen...wonderful blog ...

btw rnt u Sulakshana(Lulu)??
remember me aditi?


10:29 pm  
Blogger Mimi said...

Lulu your kitchen looks amazing! COngradulations. <3 M

2:08 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

thanks everone for your lovely comments. i've been drowing in a work a bit and i don't have broadband set-up at home as yet so i'm not as regular as i'd like to be on my blog.

rums, i do have a small second bedroom and the building itself and the locality is very baby-friendly so you need to make a trip soon!

anthony - i will be posting recipes soon. just stocked up my kitchen so need to get cranking with the cooking.

aditi - oh my gosh, is this aditi rao from hill park????? gosh, i will totally fall off my chair if it is you. would be great to get back in touch - it's been over 12 years!!! can't believe we will be reconnecting because of my blog!

5:42 pm  
Blogger Kajol said...

wonderful site...gr8 receipes and stories. Keep it up:)

5:13 am  

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