Category: kitchens

iKolor Coloured Stainless Steel Sinks

  • 21 August 2018

A wee while ago I discovered Ikon’s stunning Black Stainless Steel sink inserts, so very beautiful when combined with black stone bench tops!!

They have now released iKolor  which allows the freedom of specifying any colour with out compromising the  durability of Stainless Steel.

One more decision I know but it could be a deal breaker!

Bespoke Country style Kitchens

  • 2 October 2016

English based deVOL Design Studio and Kitchen Showroom is housed in a 16th century Water Mill – craftsmen that hang out in a beautifully restored building that’s over 400 years old are bound to produce incredible things – these guys sure do, deVOL bespoke cabinetry is stunning!

Cotes Mill is 4 floors of oohing and aahhhing from antiques in the cellar to an entire floor showcasing each of their signature designs; the Air Kitchen a modern take on Retro, Shaker Kitchens a testament to hand crafted tradition and Classic Kitchens.

I’m a long time fan of stylish country kitchens I love the timeless character and tiny detail they offer.  White is a typical (predictable) choice for this style of kitchen how inspiring to see  the deVOL  signature depth of cabinet colour I love the effect of  repeating the colour on the walls as well. Stormy Charcoal Grey combined with Brass fittings, elegant stone and fine detailing is perfectly balanced.

This home is an elegant combination of delicate antiques and raw industrial elements  linked by the most amazing window and glass ceiling

Beautiful!

1920’s heritage kitchen transformed with Walnut Veneer and Corian

  • 22 November 2015

Ohhh  this is way to good not to share and well I did warn you that I would have to feature more work by the AMAZING Minosa Design Studio, so here it is……….

Admiring these images it’s hard to believe the background story, incredibly this 1920’s Heritage Listed home in Sydney’s Crows Nest stood abandoned for 10 years, unfortunately more than enough time to be virtually destroyed by squatters still the clients managed to see past the wreckage and believe they had found their forever home.

Client brief for the kitchen was for  ‘something different – not run of the mill,  must include a 4 meter Island bench and access to the Laundry. Function was paramount but with an uncompromising sleek aesthetic.

There are sooo many things that get me excited here – ah I just love to see good design! OK first up the super fine bench top profile that simply folds into the waterfall ends of the Island, combination of White, Charcoal and Grey beautifully softened by the Walnut veneer. Integrated handles, ambient lighting………….

Love, love, love the simplistic method of incorporating the dining table and the adjacent window seat area – a very clever use of space keeping family and guests out from under the chefs feet but still part of the action.   The walls are clad in giant 3 meter x 1 meter tile adding a soft patina to the room.

As requested access to the Laundry has been included, the entrance is cleverly concealed with Walnut veneer cabinetry, the Walnut is extend to incorporate the fridge, pantry and wall ovens – the depth and glow the Walnut exudes  is magnificent.

What’s not to like?

Contemporary Classic Kitchen Design Inspiration

  • 11 October 2015

White seems to have become the default “go to” Kitchen colour over the last couple of years – it’s clean and timeless, what’s not to like right?  Well tentatively step out of your comfort zone because trust me I have found a visual feast that might just change your mind, these kitchens by Jamie Blakes of Blakes London are inspirational.

Cleverly placed bursts of colour are repeated on all of the Blakes London projects, although each time the colour of choice is bold it always sits harmoniously within the room.

The Victorian Terrace Project boasts a Stunning combination of Deep Rich Royal Purple and Brass – delicious!

The hero piece of the South West London project is the elegantly rich herringbone timber flooring, the Navy Blue island cabinetry combined with Mitsy Grey is Contemporary Classic along with the simple choice of extending the subway tiles to the ceiling and encompassing the  fire place rangehood.

In each situation colour has added an inviting warmth and depth to the spaces….are you brave enough?

Kitchen contrasts

  • 3 March 2015

I have a few kitchen projects on the go currently, working on multiple projects at once has its advantages – my eyes are wide open searching for  contemporary, french country  and classic inspirational images.

When I look collectively at what I’m attracted to there is a common theme ….. two toned  block colour kitchens, is that a description?!  What ever it’s called  I like the balanced result, and its not just dark tops verses light cabinets, it’s more about colour designating the units use and balance ALWAYS balance

Images 1,2,4,5  image 3 and images 6,7

If you took the contrast colour out of all of these kitchens you would probably pass the by, but with a dash of colour they are something special! How good is the sunshine Yellow?… love it.

Elegant Kitchen

  • 12 January 2015

It’s the tiny details that make this elegant kitchen by Decus Interiors work so well – details applied to ordinary items that every modern kitchen has.

To me the stand out detail is the Scullery, a ‘must have’ in most modern homes the scullery is a space that is typically shut away behind doors – strictly utilitarian, the simple addition of beautiful glazed doors, timber drawer fronts, full height tiling has been transformed utilitarian into spectacular.

Flagstone floor tiles, panelled cabinetry, industrial element of the Stainless Steel all elegantly cloaked in a soft neutral colour palette.

Timeless!

Decus Interiors, Design Studio based in NSW Australia.

Black and marble kitchen

  • 14 October 2014

More often than not projects that catch my eye are Australian, our architectural style has  a definite affinity with that of Australian homes, it makes sense our climates and lifestyles are alike, its easy to see to see the similarities  – touches of timber, an emphasis on relaxed outdoor living.  This gorgeous home by Richard Cole Architecture could sit very comfortably on this side of the ditch!

I love  the choice of products in the Middle Harbour House kitchen, Black and White is an absolutely timeless combination.

Simple black cabinetry, note the black handles, white ‘marble’ bench tops, mirror splash back, great attention to detail see’s the chopping board and oil bottles integrated into the bench top…brillaint

The simple  colour pallet of the kitchen extends into the living area seamlessly with the full height cabinetry creating a solid backdrop to the room. Again we see touches of timber, add natural fiber fabrics, full height drapes, subtle lighting and massive doors opening the entire width of the room. What more could you ask for?….nothing I think!

Practical kitchens

  • 28 November 2013

As we gallop towards  the festive season time spent dreaming of the perfect kitchen seems to increase, all the little niggles that you’ve had over the year seem to amplify, the drawer runners are sticker, the cupboards don’t cope with the mountain of food you brought back from the supermarket and the rubbish seems to multiply as soon as you turn your back!

So while you dice, season and stir hold those thoughts and make a list of all the things that don’t function in your kitchen then make a wish list, start a scrap-book of styles you like, remember the new kitchen needs to sit well within the architecture of your home, when its finished it should look like it belongs.

How the kitchen looks is important but beyond that  is how  functions, it must be a practical space with careful planning storage can be optimised even within the smallest of spaces.  The clever folk at Blum have a fantastic range of  products that do just that, hardware that transforms the space under your sink

SPACE TOWER larder units, customised to any width and configuration make easy access pantry storage.  ORGA-LINE  cutlery and utensil divisions provide a place for everything.  Soft-close BLUMOTION allows drawers and doors to close softly and effortlessly.

Blum have two inspiring showrooms,  locations here, that are well worth a visit. It’s a opportunity for a try before you buy experience of their practical DYNAMIC SPACE systems. Believe me there is no going back once you have seen whats on offer.

industrial kitchens

  • 30 September 2013

I’ve  stumbled across a kitchen image that made me lean a little closer to my laptop screen just to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me … no deception just inspiration!! The VIPP Kitchen is really something special.

You may need to lean a little closer too … see how each gas trivet is integrated directly into the Stainless Steel top, so  streamline, so simple!!

Gas hobs alway seem cumbersome and difficult to clean, VIPP have resolved this and made the cooking pattern flexible.

VIPP a Scandinavian company recognised world-wide for their iconic VIPP  rubbish bins are a family business with a strong focus on quality materials, mechanics and function.

 The resulting kitchens and bathrooms are breath-taking.  Kitchen door and drawer fronts are Stainless steel, streamline bench tops are seamless Stainless Steel allowing the integration of the sink and cooking areas.

Even the hot-pot trivets are stunning!

The strong  industrial aesthetic is fantastic, the cabinetry legs give the look of furniture, the finely profiled top sits discreetly. Its a look that would fit comfortably within any sleek architectural home.

www.vipp.com enjoy!

Super cool bungalow renovation

  • 9 September 2013

I recently had the pleasure of working with Kyle and Karen on the renovation of their home in Mount Maunganui. During our  first meeting I could see instantly it was going to be a great project, they both clearly had excellent taste as their bungalow  was oozing with a fantastic collection of much-loved goodies.

My brief was to provide them with a concept floor plan that would improve the flow of the home focusing on the entrance, laundry, kitchen and bathroom. The changes  needed to keep within the original footprint of the home and work around all existing windows. 

The current layout was a dated and inefficient use of the limited available space, so we combined the well proportioned laundry into an entry, laundry and scullery space, changed the kitchen to a functional galley and added a free-standing bath and wet area shower to the bathroom.  With all the boxes ticked we continued onto designing a kitchen to suit the  elongated galley space.   Karen requested a lowered desk area that could accommodate a bar stool, a space that would work  for a guest to hang out while cooking was underway, or for every day laptop use.

I suggested a turned table leg to support the lowered area, an interesting end to streamlined kitchen cabinetry creating a sence of weightlessness and  the illusion of extra space….. it works a treat!