This kitchen design post is sooooo overdue its almost embarrassing to actually post it now, but this year I am trying to actually ‘do’ the things I think about so here it is, my kitchen/living/dining room tour for your perusal.
This space has technically been finished for almost three years (where has that time gone?!) but I never published it here because it wasn’t finished finished. In other words, it’s not yet a perfectly done, magazine-ready room but I realised I will be waiting a long time until that day!
So here it is, my almost finished kitchen/living/dining room which is without doubt the most used room in my house, a true heart of our home. I hope you like it and I would love to hear your feedback in the comments at the bottom.
a bright white kitchen design
My goal for this space was to transform it from the dingy dark kitchen in to a bright white, light filled open plan living space. We basically had to tear the whole thing down, including an old extension the previous owners had added on, and rebuild it. We found lots of delightful problems along the way including a chimney breast that had been knocked down and left unsupported hiding under a false ceiling (yup, the house could have fallen down) and bowed walls. It was a lot of hard work, living in mess and making a lot of late night decisions after we had both done full days at work…but….
The finished result was so much better than we could have ever hoped.
And after ….
Scandi inspired dining and living area
The light and bright look of the kitchen followed in to the dining and living area part of the room. Since the building work and kitchen has been finished the walls have been blank, which I quite liked but the hubby wasn’t so keen so I just recently created a gallery wall. I love the cool, calm atmosphere in this room so I kept rolling with that feel and created a Scandi style monochrome gallery wall using the black and white city prints that took me so long to hunt down and prints from Olive et Oriel.
So…the things that aren’t finished….
Basically the living area is a bit of a hodge-podge of furniture from around the house that has been pushed together. The sofa was a second hand buy that was supposed to be temporary (originally from Ikea), and as you can see the cat has had a good go of totally destroying it.
We need two new sofas in this area (or a sofa and two chairs, thoughts?), a rug, a coffee table, a lamp and side table. But I just can’t find/pick what I want so it’s on hold until I come across the right pieces.
I’ve also got some plans in the making for changing up the colour of the island, but this isn’t high on the priority list of things to do in the house so probably won’t get done this year.
And that’s about it. An almost finished, perfectly imperfect kitchen of my dreams!
Get the look
Here is my best attempt at listing everything I can, but if there is something I have missed just ask and I will do my best to tell you where it is from or suggest a similar alternative.
Pendant lights: Original BTC also available in copper and brass
Heart print: Family Hearts Print from Bodie and Fou
Vintage scale: Ebay
Concrete herb planters: Cox and Cox
White tableware: Similar, The White Company
Marble and wood chopping boards: A selection from Habitat, Aldi and Home Sense. I am also currently loving this one.
Brass vases (small one being used as a utensil pot) and cutlery: Both Cox and Cox (cutlery here and vases here currently in the sale).
Industrial bar stools: Cult Furniture
Paint: Main cupboards are Little Greene’s Tusk and island cupboards are Little Greene’s Dash of Soot. I can’t recommend this paint enough for areas that get a lot of use – it is BRILLIANT!
Hand wash: Aesop
Blackboard: The White Company – updated version available in the UK (now in the sale) and same as mine is now only available in the US (also in the sale).
K Mix: Now in the sale and available from Debenhams but I must be honest and say I use this baby A LOT more and it is WELL worth the investment.
Striped cushion with pom poms: Made.com with Living etc
Charcoal linen cushion and grey velvet cushion: Both H&M Home
Faux hydrangeas: I bought mine form a trade supplier through work but there are similar here. I am also really tempted by some of the faux plants here (I killed a cactus last year, so…)!
Table: We brought this back from a trip to Bali. Read all about that here.
Chairs: These are Charles Eames DSW replicas – available here.
New York and London Print: David Ehrenstråhle
Other prints: Olive et Oriel
Mirror: Chiltern round mirror from The White Company
White tray side table: Hay via Amara
Pom pom fleece blanket: Homesense, but I am also LOVING this one from Marks and Spencer.
Gold and glass Twiggy side table: Graham and Green
Wicker cone chair: Vintage Jasper Conran bought on ebay but really similar one from Cox and Cox
Sheepskin rug: Gift, but similar here.
Phew! That was a lotta links!
So, let me know if you like the kitchen make over and if you have any ideas on how I can get it finished!