When Having a Messy Kitchen Pays Off

OK, so having a messy kitchen almost never pays off, but I love sharing personal posts with you, and I’m not too shy to share my own kitchen chaos. In this instance, my messy kitchen even paid off!

This past March, at the Design Bloggers conference, there was a vendor/sponsor room for the Garden Design Bloggers. Us design bloggers would walk through during breaks to visit and chat.

What caught my eye was this Bright Red range and hood! Not the oh-so typical Stainless that everyone seems to use these days. I had to check it out and learn more.

It’s made by this great company called Tecnogas Superior, and it’s been crafted in Gualtieri, Italy since 1952

Tecnogas Superiore Deco 36″ Classic Range and hood In Matte Red and Chrome

Tecnogas Superiore Deco 36″ Classic Range and hood In Matte Red and Chrome

During part of the summer (June 13, 2016 – August 23, 2016) Tecnogas ran a contest on Social Media. “Show Us Photos of Your Messy Kitchen. We’ll choose a total of five winners – one every 10 days.”  They posted on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

One of my designer friends, Maureen had a 50th birthday party for my friend Veronika Miller, the CEO of Modenus. She posted back in July that she had one mess of a kitchen . It was the next day after a lively evening and nobody apparently cleaned up before heading to bed. That happens sometimes, right? (I used to clean everything before going to bed, now I’m ok with leaving a few things in the sink.) Here is her winning kitchen:

Maureen’s kitchen won 10 days before mine.

Maureen’s kitchen won 10 days before mine.

I figured, what the heck? Why not show my kitchen for a chance to win? Admittedly it’s not as messy as Maureen’s (sorry, Maureen!) and some people said they actually LIKED this kitchen (between you and me, if I wasn’t renting this Townhouse, I’d gut it). I find it rather funny that we both have basically the same cabinet and granite color.

Okay, this isn’t terribly messy, but boy is this stuck in the 1990’s.

Okay, this isn’t terribly messy, but boy is this stuck in the 1990’s.

Often I have papers on the kitchen table and the island, as I am short on space and really need a separate office again. I constantly have to remove the papers so we can eat at the table, or read the weekend Washington Post. Don’t you hate it when you have no room for all your stuff?

Anyway, imagine my surprise when I found out I actually won the messy kitchen contest – ten days before it was even over!

Last Friday this box arrived…I left it there over the weekend – I don’t know why. Monday I went back downstairs and decided to open it. Looked at the label and saw the words: EATALY!

OMG I knew this was from Tecnogas, and this box would contain wonderful Foodie stuff. I found this red box inside.

Oh MY It’s the red box from Eataly! Thanks Tecnogas Superiore ?

Oh MY It’s the red box from Eataly! Thanks Tecnogas Superiore ?

Here are the wonderful products found inside:

YUMM! Nougat candy came with this; Mr. B ate that up. He said it was very good.

YUMM! Nougat candy came with this; Mr. B ate that up. He said it was very good.

A happy shout out to my friends at Tecnogas Superiore, for running the contest and for this wonderful gift.

I definitely have a place for these goodies, even though I’m still I’m looking for a place for all my papers. Want to see more from behind the scenes of my (true!) designer life? Make sure you’re following me on Facebook here –https://www.facebook.com/HeatherBatesDesign

Heather Bates