Posts Tagged ‘kitchen-diners’

Outside-inside living

February 9, 2012

The recent spell of snow (yippee!) has really made me appreciate having a kitchen-living space – particularly one with a double set of bifold doors. Waking up and trotting downstairs to make fresh coffee and toast, then relaxing on the sofa to enjoy the garden covered in a white blanket was sheer bliss. I must say, opting to create an outside-inside kitchen extension was the most life-improving decision we could have made. The fact that it’s big enough for all us to congregate and do our own thing makes it even better. Here’s a few more I could easily live with – each with a distinctive touch…

Spots of colour…

Open to the elements…

Chill-out area

2010 Room Awards – woo!

January 11, 2011

2010 was a great year for home decorating and DIY. Like you, we loved the return of classic retro prints, high-tech printed wallpaper and new ways to be eco friendly and chic.

To kick-start the 2010 Room Awards we’re starting with the Best Kitchen of 2010, which is this brilliant family kitchen.

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The perfect kitchen-diner; it's a kitchen and a diner!

Why it wins? Aside from the big chalkboard – great for shopping lists and a drawing space for kids – small kitchen-diners that give the allusion of space can be tricky.

Often kitchen-diners can look like the furniture of a giant has been squeezed into the kitchen of someone from Lilliput; and the overall look can be cluttered and uncomfortable – you can’t image making a cup of tea, let alone a family meal. Or a poorly designed kitchen-diner can give the impression that the designer has rifled though the space-saving section of Lakeland and bought all the stock.

But look at the beauty of this kitchen-diner: the pastel colours – a nod to cute retro styling, and clean, functional furniture. You just know that when the kids’ have gone to bed the adults crack open a few bottles of vino, light some candles and have a delicious meal, and perhaps a adult game of Catchphrase on the chalkboard. Can we come to dinner please?

Do you love this? Tell us what was your fave kitchen of 2010?

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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What’s your kitchen-diner style?

May 7, 2010

Decisions decisions! That’s the theme for this week, isn’t it? Well here’s another big one for you (admittedly not as ground-breaking as the elections) what is your kitchen-diner style? … well it’s important to us decorating addicts anyway – just don’t bring it up amid a political dinner party debate!

I love these designs from Homes & Gardens – swanky as ever, but chilled-out and relaxed, which is the way a kitchen-diner (and breakfasts in general) should be … in a perfect world.

Modern Victorian-style kitchen-diner – those copper pendant lights are just dreamy!

roomenvy - relaxed kitchen-diner

roomenvy - relaxed kitchen-diner

Soft and comfy kitchen-diner – I love the idea of a corner sofa around the table so everyone can sit and chat together.

roomenvy - pretty purple kitchen-diner

roomenvy - pretty purple kitchen-diner

Casual bistro kitchen-diner – a modern take on the country-style cafe curtain looks great above the comfy window seat.

roomenvy - monochrome kitchen-diner

roomenvy - monochrome kitchen-diner

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White kitchen designs – I’m converted

January 19, 2010

I’ve always felt I’d be too frightened to install a white kitchen 1) because it goes against my ‘I want colour and pattern and I want it now’ decorating style 2) because I’d be scared it will look a bit modern (or ‘canteen-esque’?) for my country-style home and 3) because I’d live in fear of dropping a tiny blob of ketchup on a surface only to find my ENTIRE dinner party looking at the kitchen with sheer horror!


Perhaps I’ve spoken too soon when it comes to the white kitchen. Sure, they’re usually modern. Sure, they’re best left ‘sans-ketchup’, but boring? Clinical? Pattern free? Are they HECK!

Check out this white kitchen-diner. I love how they’ve created a dining zone by making up a table runner to match the Dandelion Clocks wallpaper.

roomenvy - retro open-plan kitchen-diner

.roomenvy - retro open-plan kitchen-diner

Chunky wooden furniture and worktops aside, it’s the colourful and quirky accessories that make you forget this white kitchen is … well … white.

roomenvy - white and wooden kitchen

roomenvy - white and wooden kitchen

Sunshine yellow accents add shots of zest to this white kitchen! Pattern AND colour in a white kitchen? I stand humbly corrected.

roomenvy - white sunflower kitchen

roomenvy - white sunflower kitchen