My kitchen/living/dining room home tour

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living areaThis 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


Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living areaMy 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.

Before….

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

And after ….

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

What do you think?! You can read my posts about the construction work and progress here and here.

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area


Scandi inspired dining and living area


Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living areaThe 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.

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

Bright white kitchen design and Scandi inspired living area

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!


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18 Comments

  1. January 29, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Soooo lovely! What an amazing transformation. Looks like a space you can enjoy being in X

    • greeneyed
      January 29, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Thanks so much Kate – it is a really great social space 🙂 x

  2. January 29, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    OH my god Claire your house is amazing! All kinds of goals. Really fab post, really loved seeing inside the house. And the kitty of course! Definitely pinning all of these photos asap! Gweni xxx

    http://www.gbeauty.co.uk

    • greeneyed
      January 29, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much Gweni 🙂 Hehe glad you spotted the puss! She kept photobombing the pictures so I had to include her in one! xx

  3. January 29, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    It is so stunning! Such a lovely space and a fabulous transformation! xxx

    • greeneyed
      January 29, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks Olivia! I know…it is hard sometimes to remember what a hole it was! It feels so good to look at the before and after! It is still a pinch-me moment when I walk in everyday 🙂

  4. Ann
    January 29, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Claire, I love your attention to detail and my favourite bits are the gallery wall (loved that pic on Instagram) and also have a thing for open shelves with China on them in kitchens and I just love yours! Xxx

    • greeneyed
      January 29, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Hi Ann! Thank you so much for your lovely comments 🙂 The open shelves are great – I put all our every day china on there so when I unload the dishwasher they can go straight up…so easy! xx

  5. January 29, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    I can scarcely believe what you have done with the place! The kitchen is unrecognisable and what a success! it’s so beautiful and so true to your style. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous kitchen with us xx

  6. February 13, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Beautiful space, it is the look I want for my kitchen, when we finally do extension (hopefully next year!). Are your cabinets from Neptune?

    • greeneyed
      February 15, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      Hi Sand, thank you so much! We had our cabinets made by a local cabinet maker – it worked out more cost effective and meant I could have all the delicious extras such as the larder cupboard that we couldn’t have afforded otherwise. Claire x

  7. Sarah
    April 20, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Amazing such a beautiful space. Can you let me know where you got your floor tiles from I love them x

    • greeneyed
      April 21, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Hi Sarah,
      Thank you so much 🙂
      I can’t recall where we bought the tiles (I will try and look back through the paperwork on the weekend though) but I can tell you that they are tumbled marble. They are great as they have a variation in colour in them which means it hides day-to-day dirt etc which is useful in such a busy area!
      Claire x

      • Sarah
        April 22, 2017 / 12:03 am

        They sound perfect. I have 3 children and so need somethung that hides all the dirt. If you do find out where they are from i would love to know. Thank you xx

  8. May 24, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Saw your kitchen pic on instagram and couldn’t wait for 5 mins to check your blog for a tour. You didn’t disappoint. Wow!!! We are renovating at the moment and looking to do a kitchen just like yours (I say just like yours. ..but actually, I can’t imagine recreating yours – absolutely stunning!). I’m struggling with a kitchen supplier and tracked through your progress link that you went bespoke. I will see if we can do the same in Dublin…(am fearful of having to sell an organ for the bespoke offering here, gulp…) Wonderful inspirating, thank you Claire. Your home is beautiful. Have a good day!

    • greeneyed
      May 24, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Thank you so much for your gorgeous comment Shannah! Good luck with yours and I am sure you will create a stunning space 🙂 Do let me know how you get on x

  9. Carol
    July 29, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    LOVELY came to mind. I like the brightness of the white, the wood and metal, the beautiful table and the houseplants and of course the cat. Any color accent or painting the island would be fun. Maybe a second cat with some color…calico or ginger?

    • greeneyed
      July 29, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      Hi Carol – thanks so much! Oooh I would love another cat but I don’t think this one would be very welcoming!!

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