Posts Tagged ‘kitchen design’

My kitchen scrapbook

May 25, 2011

I’ve just discovered a fun new tool on the Magnet kitchens web site. It’s called My Kitchen Scrapbook. It’s an easy way to gather together your favourite kitchen images and create a mood board for your dream kitchen.

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My kitchen wish-list

That’s my dream kitchen mood board above! Lots of open shelving, pop colours and vintage accessories, please and thank-you. I uploaded lots of my own images (found on Design*Sponge and the Hindsvik blog, mainly) but you can also pick and choose from other people’s moodboards. Check it out, roomies!

Kitchen’s I don’t envy

May 18, 2011

Lately I have been doing a great deal of rating, but very little slating. I’m afraid the time has come for me to cast my judging eye over some of the not-so-fabulous kitchen designs I’ve come across on Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge.

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Springy bar stools don't past the test

I know a lot of people love their island benches but there are some shockers out there! I say the chunkier the worse, especially when fussy brackets are needed to prop up the edges. And no to the bar stools too, my tip is to steer clear of anything too gimmicky or novelty, it’s guaranteed to date faster than that fondue set you got for Christmas. Or maybe at exactly the same rate…

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More bar stools...tres blah

Another chunky island bench, I think I detect a theme. Don’t get me wrong, I love a black kitchen, but black and beige? Or is this one chocolate brown? I can’t even be sure. And to add to the list of rules for island benches – not too high!

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Too much wood, not enough good

Maybe it’s the photography, but we’ve got a serious overload of sickly rich caramel wood here. And another chunky island. Chunky islands mean chunky extractor hoods, and that can’t be good for your feng shui, surely. Also, where are the windows?

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Simplicity FTW

Aahhh, that’s better. A window and natural light cannot be beaten. I love the simple white cabinets and rustic styling. It just goes to show that money does not buy style!

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Eclectic and homely

Exhibit B. Yes, maybe I am playing favourites with white here, but it’s not just that. Open shelving to display kitchen knick knacks and pared back design really help to create a kitchen that is timeless, unpretentious, cosy and yet stylish.

Alright, let me have it! Defend your island benches and tell me white is boring, or join me in the slating!

Spotted! Kitchen design inspiration

April 28, 2011

Our intern Lucy is an interior design die-hard, and has joined the hoardes on the social-media-meets-micro-blogging-platform, tumblr. We just love the images she posts, gathered from across some of the best design blogs across the web (there are even some from the Housetohome site!). Take a look at this lovely modern kitchen design she spotted for some inspiration…

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Beautiful bespoke kitchen

The kitchen was designed by Australian architects Owen and Vokes. It strikes the perfect balance between sleek modernity and quirky character, don’t you think?

One Kitchen, Two Ways

April 14, 2011

Whilst browsing the housetohome site I noticed that one of my favourite kitchens appeared twice, but in different clothes! It perfectly highlights how you can change the look of your kitchen, simply by switching up your accessories.

Kitchen number one, to me, is like having your own trendy cafe at home. The perfect spot to spread out the weekend newspapers, sip on a latte and munch on some french toast. Can’t you just picture yourself…?

 

White Cafe Kitchen with AGA Cooker

All white accessories, tres chic!

Kitchen number two, however, is like the place where your Italian Nonna would whip up spaghetti napolitana from scratch, or knead out some fresh pizza dough.

Rustic White Kitchen with Open Shelving

Eclectic and earthy...I love it!

Which do you prefer? I love both, but I’m not sure I have the restraint to collect only white crockery for the rest of my days…

‘The Kitchen I Envy’ by Magnet’s Alison Coleman

July 22, 2010

Looking to update your kitchen? See what designs inspire the experts! We asked Magnet’s kitchen guru, Alison Coleman

“Having worked in the kitchen industry for eight years, I can’t help but have a healthy curiosity for other people’s homes and in particular their kitchens. In fact, I can’t go to a friend’s house without taking a sneak peak at their worktop, or stealing a glance a their kitchen units.

Over the years kitchen trends have come and gone. I’ve seen some pretty ghastly things in my time such as corked walls and the era of TV inspired DIY kitchens during the 90s produced some pretty horrific results.

Last year we installed a kitchen in a home that featured a mix of Caldo Walnut and Urban Noir units. It looks stunning – the dark gloss really complement the wood and overall effect looks really exclusive. The black granite worktop is so sleek, I love the way it blends seamlessly in to the hob and the slate look floor really compliments the dark gloss units.

It’s a really great example of how you can customise a kitchen by mixing different styles and units in one space.

roomenvy - sleek modern Magnet kitchen

roomenvy - sleek modern Magnet kitchen

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Moroccan-style kitchen

July 5, 2010

You don’t have to fill your kitchen with colourful and fragrant spices and employ a monkey to entertain your guests (my experience of an authentic Moroccan kitchen .. seriously!) to get that North African look in your home. It’s all about a couple of key accessories, like this intricate metal pendant lamp … plus some bright and colourful accents.

I love the ‘modern Morocco’ feel of this kitchen.

roomenvy - Moroccan-style kitchen

roomenvy - Moroccan-style kitchen

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Kitchen ideas on a budget

June 24, 2010

I know, I know, no one wants to here the word ‘budget’ at the moment, but when it looks this pretty (I’m not going to attempt to compare it to George Osborne) then it’s definitely worth the initial groan.

This super-funky kitchen was updated for less than £140! It’s all in the colourful accessories, and ‘designer-chic for less’ statement furniture pieces.

Decorating top tip: Break the colour rules and combine hot pink with lipstick red – against white almost any colour mix goes.

roomenvy - rainbow brights kitchen

roomenvy - rainbow brights kitchen

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Shaker-style kitchens – shake it up baby!

June 3, 2010

I LOVE shaker kitchens, and believe me, that’s nothing to do with my knowledge of 17th century American history. What’s great is that they’re really timeless and can be tailored to suit your style. So if you thought that to have a shaker kitchen meant you had to have an oast house in Kent with a golden labrador called Bonnie (was I day-dreaming?), think again!

So now for the all-important question – HOW DO YOU SHAKE YOURS?

Freestanding shaker-style kitchen – perfect if you get bored easily and want to rearrange your scheme. (This design by Plain English is perfect for the look.)

roomenvy - shaker kitchen for restless souls

roomenvy - shaker kitchen for restless souls

Modern shaker-style kitchen – switch round door knobs for sleek metal handles and hey presto! (Visit Second Nature for more modern kitchen designs.)

roomenvy - shaker kitchens for the modern lovers

roomenvy - shaker kitchens for the modern lovers

Wooden shaker-style kitchen – could work in both contemporary or rustic schemes, depending on the wood. (Crabtree has loads more shaker-style looks like this.)

roomenvy - shaker kitchens for contemporary cooks

roomenvy - shaker kitchens for contemporary cooks

Period shaker-style kitchen – ah the traditional country-style option, maybe invest in that oast house after all. (I just LOVE this design by Smallbone.)

roomenvy - shaker kitchens for country bumpkins

roomenvy - shaker kitchens for country bumpkins

Colourful shaker-style kitchen – colour your kitchen happy by going for units in an accent colour. (Love it, too? Check out John Lewis of Hungerford.)

roomenvy - shaker kitchens for a colourful bunch

roomenvy - shaker kitchens for a colourful bunch

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Beautiful kitchens for a beautiful day!

May 18, 2010

I’m a self-confessed web fanatic, I love seeing all the latest decorating trends hot off the press, and I LOVE scanning hundreds of beautiful images for inspiration.

BUT recently I’ve discovered a new summer afternoon crush, he’s called ‘reading decorating magazines in the garden (park) with a glass of wine’. He’s inspiring, he gives me time to myself (something to do with the imaginary ‘don’t bother me’ label I have strapped to my head), and what’s more, he gives me complete control over my decorating style. I think it’s love!

I saw these stunningly beautiful kitchens while browsing this weekend, and I couldn’t help but share them with you!

This sweet as candy kitchen looks good enough to break my diet!

roomenvy - candy pink kitchen

roomenvy - candy pink kitchen

I’m loving kitchen wallpaper at the moment, and this feature wall certainly makes a statement!

roomenvy - beautiful kitchen wallpaper

roomenvy - beautiful kitchen wallpaper

Anyone who knows my love of all things Lost will understand my intrigue about this kitchen’s hatch!

roomenvy - modern country kitchen

roomenvy - modern country kitchen

Modern, industrial-chic with a shot of vibrant pink makes for an eye-catching kitchen-diner.

roomenvy - modern metallic kitchen

roomenvy - modern metallic kitchen

Feel free to send me any of the beautiful kitchens you’ve seen this week!

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Kitchen diner ideas

April 28, 2010

Anyone planning a kitchen update? Not everyone’s lucky enough to have an extra room to use as a dining space, so why not combine the two? This morning I’ve been inspired by Housetohome‘s three kitchen-diner looks. They’re perfect for family breakfasts; informal dinner parties; or the times when your friends are round, you’re preparing dinner, and you simply cannot BEAR the thought of missing out on the gossip.

Modern brights kitchen-diner

roomenvy - shot of pink kitchen-diner

roomenvy - shot of pink kitchen-diner

I love the contrast between the sleek modern kitchen units and white walls, and the warm oak table and benches with fuchsia seat covers.

Country-style kitchen-diner

roomenvy - spring whites kitchen-diner

roomenvy - spring whites kitchen-diner

This is more modern than most country kitchen schemes, but I LOVE the traditional dresser, and shots of blue against the white furniture.

Smart contemporary kitchen-diner

roomenvy - luxurious kitchen-diner

roomenvy - luxurious kitchen-diner

This kitchen-diner has oodles of glam, with smart soft furnishings and shots of rich green.

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