We are lucky enough to have moved to a 4 bed detached house on a newly built estate just before Christmas 2013. As I’m not the most confident with Interior Design, I’m so glad that the house we bought was the show-home. All the rooms were decorated and furnished from a modern viewpoint and, luckily, the rooms are decorated in colours and prints I love!
We have a large “L-shaped” open plan area downstairs, coming from the hall into the Lounge then through double doors into the Kitchen-Diner – which is the room I’ve chosen to share with you.
What you love most about the room
Like most families, we spend a lot of time in the Kitchen; preparing meals and entertaining friends. I love so much about this room! The breakfast bar and stools are great for breakfast or snacks, but also a great place for one of us to sit and chat whilst the other cooks. It often becomes an office space too whilst I blog or occasionally work from home. I also love the huge clock on the wall between the conservatory doors and kitchen window. It ties all the colours used in the kitchen together beautifully and is actually the first wall clock I’ve ever owned.
The Kitchen is meant as a Dining area also, however we have our dining table in the Conservatory – which is great during the summer, but not so great through the winter… So we have quite a lot of space in our kitchen, which is great for parties, entertaining friends and even entertaining O – he plays with his train tracks and cars in this area whilst we’re busy in the kitchen! Instead of a dining table, we have a light hessian sofa for guests to sit on whilst drinking a glass of wine… Have I painted a picture of a socialising family?!
What you wish you did differently
I wish that our kitchen was bigger. In a sense that we could have more cupboards. This few number of cupboards house an integrated dishwasher and fridge. Coupled with an integrated oven, hob and extractor fan, it doesn’t leave us a lot of room. The under sink cupboard is dedicated to cleaning products, dusters and bin liners; which leaves us 5 cupboards and 3 drawers to store all our food, kitchenware and cutlery/dinner service. Both my husband and I love cooking and I love to bake which leaved us with a huge load of stuff to find homes for! But, with the way that the room is laid out, it’s unlikely we could really make any more of this space.
What room is next on your list
Next on our list is to transform one of the small bedrooms into an Office space. The bedroom was decorated to a theme of the 2012 Olympics, which looks really patriotic, but isn’t our cup of tea at all. A single sofa-bed to replace the single divan would give us a lot more space now that we’ve got a desk, office chair and printing station in there! I’m not quite sure on the design, although I think I’d like to choose a printed Roman Blind and match items with that.
Here is how you can get Steph’s Kitchen/diner look.
1. Sanderson Dandelion print ready made curtains – John Lewis from £100. 2. Grey Metal D leg Sofa – Dwell £799. 3. Abstract art – Nancy Ortenstone John Lewis from £45. 4. Paris wooden kitchen clock – Amazon $22.99. 5. Albany slate effect wallpaper – Wallpaper Direct £14.99 per roll. 6. Black resin bar stools – Ebay £23.95