Well, our builders are due to start in a couple of weeks, but we are still waiting to receive our Construction Certificate (CC) from our local council. The CC is needed before any work can begin on the property. So, we thought we would take advantage of the next few weeks and start designing our dream kitchen!
Probably the most important part of our renovation, in terms of design, is the kitchen. Since the kitchen is part of our living room – it sets the tone for the whole house. Here’s a reminder of our kitchen plan:
Our house was build in the 1920s, so choosing an ultra-modern, sleek kitchen would not fit in with the style of our home. We really need to go with something a little more traditional. That being said, we still want it to look new and fancy… just in an old-school kinda way… if that’s possible?
After wandering through a few showrooms, here are some of our preliminary kitchen ideas:
Subway Tile Splashback
Maybe its because we’ve been staring at subway tiles for the past 4 years while living in New York, but we both have a soft spot for them. There is something gritty, yet incredibly classy about them. Subway tiles was something we both loved the idea of and agreed on straight away… we don’t have many of these moments, so we celebrate when we do!
Next decision will be colour. We have often spoken of having a while kitchen, however if we have white subway tiles, it will all look a bit same/same. So we have two options – white subway tiles with grey cabinetry, or grey subway tiles with white cabinetry. Yet to decide, but happy to hear your thoughts!
I like the idea of decorating a kitchen, in the same way you would decorate a bedroom or living room. But with modern, stream-lined kitchens, there is nowhere to display your wares. That’s why I like the idea of building a wooden canopy over the oven. It can house the rangeood and provide a shelf for displaying say… a vintage clock! (Read all about our vintage clock restoration project here).
On the topic of decorating, it has always seemed strange to me that we buy (or are gifted) all this BEAUTIFUL kitchen-ware, but rarely have the chance to show it off. I love the idea of having a couple of glass-fronted cabinets to store and display my pretty crockery and glassware. Only bugger is, I’ll have to keep the cupboard tidy. Eeek.
Caesarstone Counter Tops
I’ve always been a sucker for marble bench tops, but unfortunately marble stains easily and is rather expensive. Luckily, there is an equivalent in caesarstone – a more affordable option than both marble or granite. Caesarstone is an engineered stone designed specifically for bathrooms and kitchens and looks JUST like the real thing. Guess what we’ll be using!?
This is just the beginning of our kitchen-designing journey, there are still MANY more decisions to make and perhaps some re-thinking along the way. Will keep you posted! In the meantime, tell me what you think about these ideas… either in the comments section below, on Facebook or Twitter.
– Penny xo