Since kitchen week just concluded on The Block I thought it was only fitting to begin this series of inside my home with our amazing kitchen.George let me have full creative control when designing and fitting out this space. I love to cook so it was important for me to have a space where I could prepare food and make a mess.
I have always wanted a butlers pantry, but not because I want to conceal my mess in there, but because I want to have storage to put my appliances away. One of my many pet hates is appliances on the bench top (it has taken me years to train George.) Another huge factor dictating the design process was layout. The open plan design of the home was always based around it being a family area. I wanted to be able to see outside, from the kitchen and it feel like one open space. For this reason we went with a sleek galley style layout.
Something to always consider when renovating or building from scratch is picking finishes that are on trend but timeless. I realistically don’t want to do anything to this kitchen for the next 10 years minimum! So I recommend choosing wisely!
My inspiration was incorporating natural elements. I went for all white cabinetry and a white bench top. I knew I was going to inject colour elsewhere and with all the beautiful hardwood black-butt timber we were incorporating with would look very sleek. My major issue with this space is I know I am in the kitchen a lot and need a durable surface but absolutely love Marble. This issue with this is marble is very porous and chips and stains quite easily (and also has a massive price tag!) I searched high and low for a surface that looks exactly like marble but isn’t. I found a 6mm porcelain product that was basically a large matte tile. It is so easy to keep clean and everyone that sees it thinks it is marble! Winning!
We also wanted to make sure we were getting light into the space to reflect the white kitchen, copper pendants and warmth of the timber. In the initial design process we put a large fixed window where the kitchen ends. As this overlooks a fence we decided to put a large irrigated vertical garden that lights up a night time and adds another natural element to the space.
All our appliances are from the amazing Blanco. I love using their products and have never had an issue. The fridge and dishwasher are integrated to go with our modern style but also discreetly create symmetry with the lines.
Of course our space was completed with a piece of art from the one and only Megan Weston.
My tips for buidling your dream kithcen are:
1. Make a list of what is important to you about the space, how you want to use it
2. Consider how long you plan on keeping this kitchen for so you make the right decisions with finishes
3. Consider your surroundings...is this a family home? Will there be other people using it? If so, get them involved in the design process
4. Reaserch products and write down a realistic budget
Below is a list of suppliers. Till next weeks reveal xx
Kitchen Cabnitry – https://www.freedomkitchens.com.au/
Appliances – http://www.blanco-australia.com/
Stools – http://spacetocreate.co/
Pendants – http://www.lightly.com.au/
Vertical garden – http://www.livingholmesdesign.com.au/index.php?q=vertiscape-hydro.html
Floors – http://www.graysonline.com/
Artwork – http://meganweston.com.au/
Plant stand – http://thesupercool.com/
Pot – Bec’s creation