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If You Buy One Thing….

31st July 2018
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Make it a Stelton Coffee Pot…

I’ve had mine for so long (eight years) that I completely forgot this was a thing that I should tell you about but someone left a comment the other day asking where the coffee pot that looks like a duck with eyes and a beak came from and I realised it was perfect for the next installment of this series.

I use it every single day to make a full pot of coffee, which I then drink all morning. And this is where it’s clever.

Not only is it plastic, which means if I drop it – and I have – it doesn’t break, and I have lost count of the glass cafetieres that have I dropped, that have shattered if you press down too fast and generally not lasted too long.

So first points for the unbreakable material. Second thing – it’s double lined. Those black dots on the side are actually the inner lining so it keeps the coffee hot for longer. You just push on them and the black inside pops out so you can clean it.

But there are more points still. The lid slides round – not just to put the filter at the front for pouring but so you can close the lid which means the coffee stays hotter for longer.

Now, I grant you, it’s not the cheapest cafetiere you will ever buy but I think it has strong things in its favour and for something that I have used every single day (bar holidays away) for eight years and taken on shoots as a prop I think it justifies its price tag.

In fact my only issue is that as it still works so well I can’t justify a new one and I am slightly hankering after a new colour. I rather love the dusty green one…

It was designed in 1977 by Erik Magnussen, a Danish ceramicist who has won several awards for his work and while Stelton make all sorts of beautiful things this, for me is the one.

And I have been asked on more than one occasion about my favourite pieces: here and for both Sainsburys magazine and The Yorkshire Post and it often manages to make an appearance.

The Stelton Coffee Pot costs £59.95


This is the last post for July. As is customary the blog takes a little rest in August. Tomorrow those of you who have signed up to the newsletter will receive that in your inboxes at 7am – this month it’s full of packing tips, my new favourite make-up and holiday reads. If you would like to receive it then click here and tick the monthly newsletter box.

Otherwise you will still receive posts in your inbox in August but they will be updates and most popular posts that perhaps you didn’t have time to read first time round or that weren’t relevant then and might be now. Lots of interiors advice and recaps and still a dose of beautiful rooms. Thank you so much for dropping in and chatting, it’s always a pleasure. 


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  • Ursula in Cádiz 31st July 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Have a fantastic break, Kate.
    A sudden panic at the idea of not hearing from you for a month means I have subscribed to the newsletter!

  • johanne tremblay 31st July 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Bonnes vacances Kate!

    Je suis toujours impatiente de vous lire à tous les jours!

    Je vous suis très reconnaissante pour votre excellent travail.

  • Lesley Neil 31st July 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you Kate 🙂 This is going on my Christmas wish list. I should have known it was Danish in design. I love it! Have a happy holiday xx

  • Katya 31st July 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Kate, your dining room is so inviting. I especially love your mix of pieces and textures – both timeless and modern – and the cage light is practical as well as, yes, stylish! Enjoy your well-earned holiday.

  • yet another kate 31st July 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Nicely put Kate! And wow Kate W-S I am so impressed with your grace in answering John so politely.

  • Anna 31st July 2018 at 10:37 am

    Buona vacanza Kate. Ci vediamo a settembre!

  • Skandic Hus 31st July 2018 at 10:34 am

    So happy to see the Stelton coffee press included in your excellent series “If you buy one thing ……” I have had mine for 6 years now and is still serving up great coffee. I would also highly recommend their vacuum jugs, great for keeping drinks chilled in this hot weather.
    Have a wonderful Summer break Kate 🙂 x

  • Hilary 31st July 2018 at 8:30 am

    Have a lovely holiday!

  • Sarah Gilmore 31st July 2018 at 8:28 am

    This is so timely! My cafetiere disintegrated on Saturday and I was left with a lovely mess of very hot water, coffee and glass. The lovely coffee pot might not be the cheapest, but given how long you’ve had it and the frequency of use, it seems to me to be a winner! Can I also ask where you sourced your dinning room table and chairs? They’re very nice indeed. Enjoy your summer break, Kate.

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 31st July 2018 at 8:34 am

      Hi Sarah, that kept happening to me too which is why I was so pleased to find this one. The table is the rough table from Norr11.com and the chairs are by Muuto – the visu chair which I bought from houseology but you can find them all over the place. X

  • Maria 31st July 2018 at 8:02 am

    I also LOVE the dimpled milk jug! Do you remember where that is from?
    Have a lovely break!

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 31st July 2018 at 8:39 am

      Hi Maria, it’s lovely isn’t it? I keep meaning to buy the mugs as well. It’s the everyday range by Emma Lacey. X

  • Sandra 31st July 2018 at 8:01 am

    Enjoy your well-earned holiday. Just back from cycling the Kennet Avon canal from
    Windsor to Bath. I do love England! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
    Greetings from Sandra in 🇸🇪 Sweden

    • John Ward 31st July 2018 at 8:29 am

      What on Earth is the purpose of that light above the wood burner in the dining area. And if a light is needed in that location ??? why an ugly external industrial light.

      • Kate Watson-Smyth 31st July 2018 at 8:38 am

        Dear John, the light is there because it lights the dining room – there are two on the wall opposite. We chose wall lights because the ceiling is low and there wasn’t enough height for a pendant light. We also like the industrial style and felt it fitted with the tin ceiling and the look of the room but I appreciate it might not be to everyone’s taste.

      • Kate 31st July 2018 at 9:45 am

        Why so rude, John?

        • Mo 31st July 2018 at 5:57 pm

          I agree Kate. Totally lacking in manners!

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