You can live without a huge house. You’ll never miss all your lead crystal glasses, silverware and the gilt-edged ‘good’ china. But no home can function without the essential kit. Try these:
- Saucepans and pots with thick bottoms and riveted handles that don’t get hot.
- A classic clock that will keep ticking when when there is a blackout.
- Soft, fluffy towels: thin or thick, big or small.
- A soulmate sofa
- A cup and saucer, to remind you that some standards are worth upholding
- A tray that will last, in timber, rattan, wicker or quality metal.
- Great glasses, neither too thick nor too thin.
- Quality dinner plates with looks that will last
- A comfy bed, less than ten years old, with sheets made of cotton or linen
- Feather pillows that always make you feel better.
- Great knives
- Cutlery that is a pleasure to hold
- Bowls, big and small
- Good wooden spoons
- A mohair rug
- An ironing board that glides open
- A good pair of scissors: the sort your mother used to have.
A few others things you to live well include: A tape measure: surprisingly handy, a salad bowl and salad servers (not plastic); a wooden chopping board: thick, beautiful and made from a single block (no glue strips); a grater that works and doesn’t slide around or mash your knuckles, a decent dustpan and broom and garden secateurs; don’t wreck your knives or scissors.