Posts Tagged ‘kitchen ideas’

Flipping good kitchens

March 8, 2011

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you can’t have failed to notice that today is Shrove Tuesday – aka Pancake Day. All I’ve heard and seen today is pancakes (I even had a bacon and maple syrup pancake cooked for me this morning – lovely!) and so my thoughts have been distinctly kitchen-based for most of the day.

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Tea anyone?

This modern rustic kitchen has really caught my eye – imagine tossing pancakes over that stove! Even I could turn out a perfect pancake if I was in such lovely surroundings. The exposed brickwork contrasts perfectly with the steel appliances, topped off by gorgeous coloured glass accents and quirky accessories. I’m now prepping my credit card as I type for that ‘Tea Revives You’ print (Not On The High Street, if like me you appreciate tea-based accessories).

What do you think – hot or not?

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?

Lunchtime lust: Scandi chic

November 16, 2010

Cool in summer, cooler still in winter, Scandi chic (and it’s closest pal, ski-chalet style) appeal to our classic home instints. Sometimes embracing the less-is-more mantra, with simplistic pared-back design and at others going all-out on striking pattern from wallpapers to soft furnishings, you can never accuse the Scandinavians of being boring. Quirky, yes (see the crazy winter advertising campaigns from Ikea) but dull, never.

Lusting this lunchtime comes courtesy of Ideal Home, and starts with a POW-factor moment…

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

You say pattern, I say wow! Pattern! Wow! Enough of that… A bold blue-based floral wallpaper adds depth to this space, while the lively mix-n-match printed cushions lift the inky-blue mood.

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Bleached wooden floorboards, metal Tolix chairs updated with graphic-print seat pads, ice-white gloss kitchen… one wintry wonderland. I think I have created a kitchen shopping list, in a picture.

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Looking for fun and functional hallway decorating ideas? A sky-blue cabinet by the front door hides shoes, while a full-length modern floral curtain keeps draughts at bay.

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Clean up a bathroom with water-inspired painted surfaces, plain-white tiling and a countertop ceramic sink. Enamel details and a painted wooden stool (for child-friendly sink access) are the perfect finishing touches.

If you want to transform your house into a modern winter palace, like this, find more inspiration at Housetohome.co.uk.

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Summer of Love: top 3 kitchens

September 14, 2010

Kitchens are the heart of the home, so I’ve made it my mission to find three schemes that truly deserve a place in my Summer of Love series.

But with so many to choose from it’s taken me AGES to whittle it down to a top 3. Hopefully, these little beauties won’t disappoint…

1) This country kitchen is a worthy contender for the Summer of Love title. Colourful tiles add warmth to the exposed brick walls while cream-painted panels keep the scheme fresh. I love the overhead hanging rack, too. It gives the room a wonderful lived-in feel.

Country kitchen - Summer of Love - Roomenvy

Country kitchen - Summer of Love - Roomenvy

2) The next kitchen is packed full of English charm. Vintage accessories in blue and cream work well against the range cooker, while detailed tiles give it a traditional feel. Blackboards positioned above the work surfaces are perfect for jotting down shopping lists and reminders.

Summer of Love - Best kitchens - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - Best kitchens - Roomenvy

3) The last kitchen from Livingetc has a more contemporary vibe with stainless steel units, bright pops of colour and wooden flooring. Stools grouped around the island unit provide a handy place to sit and chat, and the overhead chrome hanging rack is a great space-saver.

Summer of Love - best kitchens - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - best kitchens - Roomenvy

See which other schemes made it into our Summer of Love series and for more kitchen inspiration check out Livingetc and Housetohome.

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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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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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Editor’s Envy: Beautiful Kitchens’ Ysanne Brooks

May 10, 2010

I’m always intrigued to see how the editors of interior design magazines decorate their homes, so I was so pleased when Ysanne Brooks, the editor of Beautiful Kitchens, agreed to chat to me about her dream kitchen … I knew it would be a glamorous one …

“Since I moved house last year I’ve been planning an overhaul of the kitchen… Sadly, it was all in my head as my husband had made me promise not to spend any more money! Then the great washing machine disaster of 2010 happened and I turned a negative into a positive.

Telling him sweetly not to blame himself, plumbing skills aren’t the be all and end all, I quietly remarked ‘well, now that the floor’s ruined we might as well rip it up and while we’re at it, the rest of the room looks a bit jaded…’ and I finally got to make my dreams for a new kitchen a reality.

I see lots of fabulous kitchens but the main inspiration for my new scheme was this painted design from Roundhouse. We’re featuring it in Beautiful Kitchens later this year and when I saw it I simply said ‘That’s my kitchen!’ I just love everything about it. The chic, dark and pale grey units in stunning Farrow & Ball shades, the stark white worktops and the cool mirrored splashbacks.

roomenvy - Beautiful Kitchens' Editor's dream kitchen

roomenvy - Beautiful Kitchens' Editor's dream kitchen

According to Ysanne, she’s now knee-deep in flooring choices, but I LOVE the way she turned a decorating mishap into a complete kitchen overhaul. Follow her journey at www.beautifulkitchens.wordpress.

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