Thursday, September 26, 2013

Movers and Shakers!!! I love love love shaker doors

So it's been a while in between posts but I have myself all shook up over cabinetry. We had the final check measure yesterday and I do believe the kitchen and wet areas need to be loved, we use them everyday and as much as we want beautiful we also need practical.
So the below kitchen eye candy below that has inspired me. And "yes", I am having a white kitchen but plan to play with colour in the bathrooms and laundry.

Picture sourced by Houzz, Traditional Kitchen by Saint Louis Architects & Designers Mitchell Wall Architecture & Design 
The kitchen is the hub of the home, and I love a traditional classic style which just invites people to gather, take a seat and break the bread!

I adore the easily achieved character found in simple things such as doors.

We have a shaker door profile going in with Caesarstone Frosty Carrinan 5141. After much deliberation Judy from Verandah House gave me the pro's and con's of marble and at the end of the day we want the kitchen to be practical. We have used Caesarstone before and were extremely happy with it. The edge will probably be a standard pencil edge which is also rather classic. There is a deeper grey product by Caesarstone called London Grey which I think is great as well.

My next favourite part of the structure is that all the cabinetry is seamless into the butlers pantry and back through to the outdoor BBQ area.

With a little bit of blackboard fun that will be on the door between the pantry and kitchen. Our internal doors are also a shaker profile.
And so the final picture should look like this.... yeah! Well in my head.

Enough shaking for one day.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Beam me up Scotty! The Light plight

So I still have my head spinning with selections, and I was slightly panicked when I looked at our calendar and realised we have the electrician meeting for " rough in" next Wednesday! Sheesh .....

Kitchen pendant lights are my first priority, and I adore the below pictures for inspiration.

I have been in love with these bell pendant lights on the Pottery Barn US site for over 6 months, unfortunately they are not available in Australia, however I am still inspired to try and find something like this for over our kitchen bench. We have a rather large island bench going in and think 3 would look amazing.

Images sourced from

I saw some amazing green pendant lights on a like minded bloggers site here

The other factor is the dining room/area, we are in search of something "rustic" that will flow with the house however not compete with the rock feature wall which will hold our heater. However the more I ponder, I think we will just keep the dining area free of distraction.

You can see what I mean by our floor plan, as the back of the house will be such an open space, I don't want anything competing or being too "busy". Reynolds Design has created an amazing floor plan, see our ground floor space below.

Next entry lights.... that will have to be another blog away!