Posts Tagged ‘kitchen diner’

Hard-edged kitchen – with a soft centre

May 14, 2012

We all like a kitchen diner that’s the heart of the home (well, don’t we?) and here at 25BH we’re seeing more and more, but it’s good to see a refreshing approach to this concept. This one has an industrial feel, complete with exposed metal RSJs (girders to me and you), but significant touches soften up the starkness: coloured chairs, wood-faced units and art on the wall. For more of the same, click on contemporary kitchens.
Seán O

Industrial feel that’s easy on the eye

 

Bungalow with a difference

August 1, 2011

Don’t judge a book by the cover, as the saying goes. When I saw the exterior of this bungalow in the September ’11 issue of 25BH I didn’t hold out hope of it offering much out of the ordinary. But step over the threshold and prepare to be surprised! For one thing, it’s like the proverbial Tardis, which shows what knocking down a few walls can do. It’s even got a chill-out room in the basement. I must admit, I’ve always tended to think of bungalows as being mainly for the, ahem, slightly older occupant, but this is a family home with stacks of life plus quirky features inside and outside. One of the most impressive aspects, though, is the interior’s a mix of old and new – grandma’s dining table right next to a modular suite. But I think it all works because it reflects the family’s tastes and personalities – and isn’t that what we all want out of a home?

The old and the new...

...and the bedroom's got a modern outlook, too!

Très chic kitchen

July 13, 2011

Oh, I want it! So pretty, so quaint – a little slice of Paris in your own home. When I look at this room, I’m transported to a 1930s street cafe with Poirot sitting in the corner twiddling his moustache and solving mysteries (ok, maybe not…)

Normally, I find monochrome too dull, too boring, but this simple kitchen-diner proves me wrong. For me, the cute check curtains and leaded windows lift this room from ordinary to extraordinary, without being over the top. And, just in case I can’t quite shake free of my fixation with colour, a quick lick of paint on the window frames, picture rail, maybe the chairs, and some new cushions (I’m thinking a deep wine red…) and hey presto – you’ve got yourself a whole new room. Emily

A kitchen with a view

October 29, 2010

Anyone recognise this beautiful kitchen from Magnet? Well it’s just shot to fame as the new kitchen design for ITV’s This Morning… I’m sure the paparazzi will start stalking him while he’s doing his shopping soon enough!

The Crème Lineaire from the purely Magnet range, was chosen for its feminine curves and sleek gloss finish. The soft cream will look great
on camera and the simple lines are elegant and stylish. I predict a new Vogue cover star!

I just don’t know who’s luckier, the handsome Phil Vickery or the kitchen??

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Stunning contemporary kitchen design by Magnet for This Morning

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Getting excited about Transformer 3!

October 8, 2010

I love the Transformers movies and could look at sneak peaks and spoilers all day, BUT I’m no slacker, I wouldn’t DREAM of spending my day do anything that wasn’t related to the world of decorating…

… so here’s a tour around Transformer 3 director, Michael Bay‘s home in Miami, as featured in Elledecor.com!

 

bedroom | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

bedroom | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

 

The boudoir…

 

bedroom | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

kitchen-diner | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

 

 

bathroom | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

bathroom | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

 

… imagine the celebrity dinner guests…

 

bathroom | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

bathroom | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

 

… and what’s a famous film director’s home without a home cinema??

 

TV entertainment zone | living room | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

TV entertainment zone | living room | Michael Bay house tour | Transformers 3 | Elle Decor

 

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I have a crush on this beautiful kitchen!

September 7, 2010

There, I said it! I’m not about to start calculating our love compatability, putting it’s photo in my pencil case, and popping his name into dreamphone (god I sound past it) BUT I must admit I gave this stunning kitchen a similar double-take to when I saw Dominic West in Leicester Square the other month!

I love it’s casual restaurant vibe, it’s relaxed open-plan finish and it’s mix and match finishes – and how the dining ‘zone’ is defined by trendy bar-style pendant light, sexy tableware and a monochrome rug. So if you’re looking for kitchen colour ideas, it’s all about being brave with pattern!

Oh to be sitting at that table with friends and a large glass of red wine… (not sure I’d get any cooking done?)

roomenvy - beautiful kitchen design

roomenvy - beautiful kitchen design

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How to make a kitchen-diner work hard

July 28, 2010

Well I thought the BEST person to answer that question would be kitchen guru, Ysanne Brooks, editor of Beauitful Kitchens. I snuck into her office last week to ask her advice on all things kitchen-diners and utility rooms (post to follow!)

Whether it’s clothes, hairstyles or kitchen-diners it seems it’s all about making the most of what you have. Watch this videos for Ysanne’s top tips on kitchen-diner design.

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‘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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‘The Room I Envy’ by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

July 13, 2010

Laurence Llewelyn-BowenNot content with stealing his style tips for bedrooms and bathrooms, I asked Laurence to tell roomenvy about why he loved the new Ellipse kitchen he helped style for Moben. Read on to find out …

“Once-upon-a-time, kitchen planning could pretty much be done with a ruler and a set square – not so with this fabulous kitchen. This is a kitchen that has bent the old die-hard design rules with the introduction of a sensuously curved island unit.

Crisp, clean straight lines are great, but there’s nothing quite like the sumptuous curves of a Reubens’ nude. As a creative person, I adore the fluid flexibility of these elliptical units, which can be configured in a variety of ways to produce everything from an undulating curve to an almost circular horseshoe form.

This fabulous curved island unit not only makes a fabulous social centrepiece but features all the convenient storage and practical workspace you could ever need in a kitchen. Add a specially curved white worktop incorporating state-of-the-art domino effect hobs and this is a kitchen literally designed around your every need.

I have had a massive input into the styling of this latest kitchen range. The white high gloss finish of Ellipse is a very contemporary statement and I worked very hard with the styling team to ensure that it is shown in a very glamorous and stylish context. I decided on a monochrome theme and scheme to the kitchen, with trendy dark painted concrete floor, grey tone walls, white work surfaces and smart black and white furnishings, fabrics and accessories, which all come together to stunningly stylish effect.”

roomenvy - sleek modern kitchen

roomenvy - sleek modern kitchen

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Kitchen design and ideas

July 13, 2010

I’m so excited about this week at work. I’m heading all over the place to interview interiors experts and STEAL their tips! Jo Pratt‘s sharing her dining room secrets and Homes & GardensArabella St John Parker is showing me how to create a wow-factor garden.

Plus I get to film TWO editors of two of my favourite interiors mags – Beautiful Kitchens and Country Homes & Interiors, on everything from organising a home office to how to create a utility room… I really should start giving out cupcakes in return!

Since I’m quizzing Beautiful KitchensYsanne Brooks on all things … well … kitchens, I thought I’d spend the morning getting clued up on the latest designs! Check out this little beauty.

roomenvy - modern country kitchen

roomenvy - modern country kitchen

I’ll be sure to pop up the footage soon!

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