Posts Tagged ‘Quick peek at kitchens’

One Kitchen, Two Ways

April 14, 2011

Whilst browsing the housetohome site I noticed that one of my favourite kitchens appeared twice, but in different clothes! It perfectly highlights how you can change the look of your kitchen, simply by switching up your accessories.

Kitchen number one, to me, is like having your own trendy cafe at home. The perfect spot to spread out the weekend newspapers, sip on a latte and munch on some french toast. Can’t you just picture yourself…?

 

White Cafe Kitchen with AGA Cooker

All white accessories, tres chic!

Kitchen number two, however, is like the place where your Italian Nonna would whip up spaghetti napolitana from scratch, or knead out some fresh pizza dough.

Rustic White Kitchen with Open Shelving

Eclectic and earthy...I love it!

Which do you prefer? I love both, but I’m not sure I have the restraint to collect only white crockery for the rest of my days…

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.

Best kitchen of 2010 | Kitchen awards for 2010 | Family kitchen-diner | Room Envy

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?

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 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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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!

HOWEVER ….

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

Can I come in? Julianne Moore’s townhouse

January 15, 2010

As much as I’d like to quiz Julianne Moore on what it was like to kiss Pierce Brosnan and Hugh Grant, I would only be distracted if I was invited to her beautiful West Village townhouse in New York – not that I would turn down the offer of course!!

Those celebrity homes fanatics at Casasugar have taken me on a little lunchtime tour. Thanks guys … wouldn’t have minded a Pierce Brosnan-style guide, though!

roomenvy - super-spacious living room

roomenvy - super-spacious living room

High ceilings with a hint of global-chic, I love this living room.

roomenvy - grand entrance hallway

roomenvy - grand entrance hallway

Now that’s a way to make an entrance. That eye-catching woodland wall picture is a great way to break up the white walls.

roomenvy - sleek home office

roomenvy - sleek home office

Where Mrs Moore does  her business and, I hope, a lot of lounging in those chairs.

roomenvy - light and relaxing bedroom

roomenvy - light and relaxing bedroom

A sleek and restful scheme. Beautiful, talented, famous, rich AND good taste? Don’t you make me jealous Julianne!

roomenvy - beams open-plan kitchen

roomenvy - beams open-plan kitchen

I love the mix of modern units and rustic beams and brick here. What a gorgeous basement kitchen.

Kitchen decorating idea – modern country style

January 13, 2010

Check out this cute and cosy kitchen idea from Ideal Home. It’s practical and easy to live with, yet super stylish at the same time (… and you know how I feel about country style!!)

5 reasons why i’m drooling over this look …

1) The vintage-style accessories, like the cute milk bottles, give it instant farmhouse-chic style – no matter how much traffic you can hear from the window.

2)The bone china blue and white colour palette is really easy to live with, and wouldn’t look out of place in even the most modern of kitchens.

3) The rustic splashback suits the colour scheme perfectly and the discreet lighting doesn’t steal the country-style feel’s thunder.

4) The little country basket filled with eggs just adds even more country charm. “Yes, of COURSE I gathered them from a farmyard and not the supermarket!”

5) Cast -iron and enamelware are sure-fire ingredients to a homely ‘Martha Stewart eat your heart out’ kitchen scheme.

roomenvy - modern country-style kitchen

roomenvy - modern country-style kitchen

Can I come in? Rustic Chicago loft apartment

January 11, 2010

I fell in love with three things this weekend, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Eric Bana (just, gorgeous), and The Time Traveller’s Wife set. With the help of Casasugar, I’ve been inspired by roomy and electic loft-style decorating. Oh to have one of those gorgeous rustic American apartments I see in so many films these days (always owned by a beautiful twenty-something girl who doesn’t seem to have any money?? There’s still hope!)

Anyway, check out Casasugar’s guide to decorating in the style of The Time Traveller’s Wife for great style tips.

In the meantime, I’ve been hunting for my favourite loft apartment on Apartment Therapy. I love the arty look of this Chicago home. A converted factory, it mixes industrial chic with classic historic touches to create a homely space with an edgy vibe.

roomenvy - rustic meets industrial kitchen-diner

roomenvy - rustic meets industrial kitchen-diner

roomenvy - leafy living room

roomenvy - leafy living room

roomenvy - historic home office

roomenvy - historic home office

Can I come in? Beautiful London town house.

January 8, 2010

Don’t let my small and cosy flat hear this, but I’m secretly having wishful thoughts about a beautiful London town house … ok, I’ve always had them.

Check out the beautiful home of floral designer Simon Lycett if you need convincing.

Classic-style pillars have been added to make a grand entrance to this light and airy dining room. I love the hanging glass droplets and orchids. They’ve used them as Christmas decorations, but I’d struggle taking such a pretty feature down.

roomenvy - gorgeous town house dining room

roomenvy - gorgeous town house dining room

I know it sounds silly, but my criteria for my dream home has always been ‘steps down to the kitchen’. I don’t know where it stems from, but this basement kitchen-diner certainly fits the bill.

roomenvy - chunky country kitchen

roomenvy - chunky country kitchen

Chunky wooden kitchen units and furniture, rustic flooring and country-style accessories. Yum.

Bring in spring with fresh green dining table accessories.

roomenvy - basement kitchen-diner

roomenvy - basement kitchen-diner

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