Posts Tagged ‘kitchens’

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?

Can I come in? 16th Century country cottage

November 4, 2010

Now I love the story of Hansel and Gretel at the best of times, but could I live in their home? Could you?? Well I am in the mood for chocolate and sweets, and I am on the hunt for a cosy country-cottage home, so maybe I should!

The classic kitchen scheme is in keeping with the rest of the house…

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Ah the token Halloween pumpkins, I miss them already!

Plain walls make the perfect backdrop for this opulent French-style bed…

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Let a glamorous bed take centre-stage in a country-style bedroom

Eastern-inspired fabrics create a cosy feel in this country cottage living room

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Transform attic space into a cosy country cottage living room

The exposed stone passageway leads to a modern garden room, and is built in reclaimed stone to match the rest of the country cottage.

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Stone walls set the scene in this rustic country-cottage hallway

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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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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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Kitchen design ideas – the good, the bad, the ugly

June 16, 2010

Phew… this is a serious chase of monochrome OVERBOARD. The kitchen cabinets, the floor – even the appliances are black and white. Not to mention the clutter. How does anyone cook in here?

And what are those weird creatures on the wallpaper border??

Roomenvy - Monochrome kitchen - uglyhousephotos.com

Roomenvy - Monochrome kitchen - uglyhousephotos.com

Now this more like it – simple, sophisticated and uncluttered. The kitchen peninsula has storage on both sides so tableware can be easily reached from the dining table. Add a shot of colour to the scheme with a fun tablecloth

Roomenvy - Sophisticated kitchen - Housetohome.co.uk

Roomenvy - Sophisticated kitchen - Housetohome.co.uk

Argh! Just when I thought I was back on safe ground another bizarre kitchen reared it’s ugly head…

Roomenvy - bizarre kitchen - Housetohome.co.uk

Roomenvy - bizarre kitchen - Housetohome.co.uk

As much as it horrifies me, I kind of ENJOY the horror. Check out more weird and wonderful kitchens here, and if those ugly kitchens got you giggling visit uglyhousephotos.com.

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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Friday’s Fetish: luxe laundry

May 7, 2010

Now I know that the words ‘luxe’ and ‘laundry’ are not often placed in the same sentence, and even more rarely put under the heading of something that, by definition, means something excitable – but look! If these feel-good laundry buys and laundry room decorating ideas are not enough to encourage us to get cleaning, I don’t know what is?

And I’m not sure I’m not the only woman who would happily trade off ironing their other half’s shirts with permission to buy the latest ‘necessary’ buys – like cute vintage ‘laundry room signs’ … they’re essential for a good clean, right?

roomenvy - happy laundry days!

roomenvy - happy laundry days!

Get organised an make the most of your washing space with containers and baskets that keep cleaning clutter free.

roomenvy - a place for everything ironing board

roomenvy - a place for everything ironing board

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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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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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Kitchen designs for those with iron stomachs!

April 15, 2010

Thanks Kitchenista for inviting me to chat about my favourite kitchen design. I knew INSTANTLY which one I wanted to choose … I’ve been rabbiting on about ‘my crush’ for some time now, so check it out at http://blog.magnet.co.uk/.

Anyway, most of you know I like a bit of room slating as much as a bit of room rating, and when thinking of my NIGHTMARE kitchen, I had no problem deciding which. I came across it one rainy Monday morning, and I’m only 99% sure that when I clicked into it, a flash of lighting didn’t crash outside my window!

Don’t get me wrong, I do marvel at the kitchen cabinet artwork, but I find it difficult enough hunting for my keys in the morning, let alone routing around strange provincial French alleyways for my cereal bowl!

roomenvy - ugly kitchen design

roomenvy - ugly kitchen design

The icing on the cake is the clinically-white oven amid the 18th Century-style townhouses … a sentence I never thought I’d say.

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