Posts Tagged ‘kitchen island unit’

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!

Can I come in? Cute fisherman’s cottage

February 5, 2010

I’d LOVE to have a sweet litte fisherman’s cottage … without the fisherman though. This lovely home, featured on Apartment Therapy, made me dream of summer holidays and warm evenings – although I didn’t put up the pictures of the swimming pool, it was just too painful.

roomenvy - chalkboard kitchen

roomenvy - chalkboard kitchen

Let me at that chalkboard wall! I think it looks fantastic, and injects a big dollop of personality into a traditionally seaside-style kitchen.

roomenvy - seaside stripes living room

roomenvy - seaside stripes living room

This living room proves coastal chic doesn’t have to be all about weathered finishes and ships in bottles! Team rustic pieces with bold monochrome stripes for a touch of drama.

roomenvy - pretty guest bedroom

roomenvy - pretty guest bedroom

This country-style guest bedroom is just too pretty for words – although I’m a bit nervous about the table being placed in front of the door.

roomenvy - relaxing garden room

roomenvy - relaxing garden room

I love the thought of a garden room to escape to. This outhouse is packed with cushions … and pumpkins?? … and is definitely where you’d find me if I came to stay. I love the seaside-inspired glass bottles, and those drawers are super handy for packing full of outdoor games and extra blankets for when it gets chilly.