Summer Kitchen inspiration – Breakfast time is more fun in the summer months. Fresh fruits, light and delicate bites and the option to sit outside with a bowl of something yummy all just seems so much better when the weather is warm, doesn’t it?
Recently I’ve become a little bit obsessed with creating a mini breakfast bar, where we can keep everything for family breakfasts in one stylish and practical space. Keep reading below and I’ll explain how we put together a breakfast bar that works perfectly for quick and easy summer breakfasts.
We started out with a cheap and cheerful breakfast/drinks trolley from Ikea. It is plain white with silver accents to match the white Ikea ‘Kallax’ unit that I already have in place. I love styling the home with crisp, clean white furniture and then adding dramatic pops of colour all around to keep things looking bright and ultra modern. You could go for a gold design, which is really on trend right now, or a light wood trolley for that ‘country kitchen’ look.
The next step is to hunt down some jars and cannisters to keep all of your cereals, granola and breakfasty treats organised and sealed. Some of you might already be aware of my obsession with the Homesense glass heart jars, and after a recent trip I found some fantastic jars that were the perfect size and height for cereal storage. I already had the smaller versions from a previous Homesense haul, so we’ve used these to keep some delicious Lidl honey granola, and Chia seeds from Holland and Barrett. These tiny little seeds are fabulous for your health (the benefits are endless) and they work really well when mixed in with yoghurt, granola and fresh fruit.
I’m currently absolutely in love with Stapleton Greek Recipe Natural Yoghurt and absolutely must have a pot of it in my fridge at all times. It is thick, creamy and tastes absolutely delicious and I love how easy it is to simply spoon in to a bowl and add whatever ingredients you fancy each morning. For those of you who prefer a sweeter, flavoured yoghurt, I’ve also recently discovered that they sell such flavours as Strawberry Yoghurt with Clotted Cream and Sweet & Sour cherry yoghurt. Yum!
We placed all of our jars and bottles on to this fabulously bright and durable tray from Wilko. They have some amazing summer homeware in at the moment and really seem to have put a lot of effort in to creating a range of products for the home that are both practical and stylish.
We accessorised the trolly with these Wilko artificial flower decorations, that come in clear glass bottle vases, set in the cutest small wooden crate. I love how well these worked to add a softer tone to the finished summer kitchen breakfast bar, and at just £10 they are an absolute steal.
Next, we made good use of a Wilko clip top glass juice jar that is perfect for ice cold milk or juices to go with your breakfast and looks great out on display. I love the summery design of these bottles and their lovely tall height makes them perfect for displaying on the top level of your breakfast bar. We also bought some cheap glass milk bottles from Ikea that can be used as spoon/straw holders or for drinking from.
Finally, if you are going to be taking hot things out of your oven and across to the breakfast bar, ready to load up your plate with a full english or tasty croissants, then Aurina stocks a great range of kitchen textiles that are perfect for adding a subtle, yet stylish look. We love the Duck Egg and Stone striped double oven gloves and tea-towels. They are incredibly well made and the colours just seem to compliment the finished breakfast bar perfectly.
Thanks so much for reading. Hopefully you can use some of our ideas to create your own breakfast bar area at home this summer. Don’t forget to let us know how you got on! Here’s a handy list of all the products used in this feature. Let us know if we missed anything out and we’ll track down the details and links for you.
[ 1 ] Ikea breakfast/drinks trolley, glass milk bottles and ‘Kallax’ unit in white.
[ 2 ] Homesense Glass Jars.
[ 3 ] Lidl Granola.
[ 4 ] Holland and Barrett Chia Seeds.
[ 5 ] Stapleton yoghurt.
[ 6 ] Bright yellow tray, Artificial Flowers and Glass clip-top drinks bottle from Wilko.
[ 7 ] Tea Towel and Oven Gloves in Wide Stripe Duck Egg and Stone from Aurina.