Large Open Plan Traditional Style Kitchen

Inspiration, Kitchen

This kitchen was designed for a newly built traditional-style home. The large kitchen is open plan to a comfy seating area, second to the main reception room.

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Birdseye view

The island provides a lovely, vast cooking and social area at the centre of the open room.

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Perspective of kitchen to reception space

The kitchen is a light bone colour as the room is north facing and does not benefit from much natural light.

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Perspective of kitchen from reception space

With a granite surface on the sink side of the kitchen, the material is more practical around water than wood. The wood surfaces provide more warmth to the other parts of the kitchen that are open plan to the reception areas.

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Floor plan

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Mid-installation

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Bedroom Wall Clock

Home Styling

This bedroom is looking for a wall piece to liven up the plain white walls.

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The room is very minimalist, with grey and copper accessories meeting current trends.

I have collated some wall clocks that suit the style and colour scheme.

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A clock with a slate grey background would work best as it will best break up the expanse of white. The slate clock from made.com is the perfect colour but the stone material is too rustic for the space. After an hour of browsing online I couldn’t find quite the right composition. Next step, find out how to make a wall clock!

Watch this space for a post on my success/failure of a DIY wall clock.

 

 

Swap your cereal box for a fruit bowl

Health, Kitchen

You are likely to be 21lbs (1.5 stone) heavier by having breakfast cereal on display in your kitchen, particularly if you are female. This is according to a study by Brian Wansick, an American professor in the fields of consumer behaviour and nutritional science. Participants of the same study that displayed fruit in their kitchen weighed 13lbs less than their neighbours that didn’t. The clip below is taken from Phil Spencer’s short on the ‘Perfect Kitchen’.

With this matter in mind, here is some fruit bowl inspiration. A very easy addition/change to the kitchen to help with the health-kick new year resolutions!

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Alessi, the Italian design company, have some interesting and unusual suggestions if you’re looking for a contemporary style.

If you prefer a wooden look, it can suit both a modern and a more traditional style of home. The example below from Habitat is bamboo, an inexpensive material.

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The glass bowl below by LSA International would also suit both a modern and a traditional style home.

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A home accessory post currently would not be complete without a hint of copper to suit the current trend…

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The Great Interior Design Challenge is back!

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A very brief post to celebrate tonight’s the return of one of my favourite interior design shows – The Great Interior Design Challenge. BBC2.

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Above is one of my favourite designs by last year’s winner Sarah Mitchellan. The fabrics and colour tones are just stunning.

My Tuesday-Thursday evenings are now happily filled for the next few weeks 🙂

 

 

Handmade Christmas Gift Wrap

Crafts

A little bit late but I wanted to share some of my Christmas wrapping designs…

One very quiet Sunday spent browsing handmade gift wrap on Pinterest inspired me to create my own design. I wanted to keep it simple but effective and was hunting the house for materials to make a Christmas-shape stamp from. I carved a simple tree shape out of a potato, put it in the gold ink pad and began stamping on brown parcel paper.

Christmas Gift Wrap

Once I had stamped about 10 metres of brown paper (I got a bit carried away!) I made some gift tags to match. I cut a simple gift tag shape out of white card and ripped a stamped tree to stick onto the tag.

To bring the gift wrap and tag together I was inspired by the photograph below. The Christmas Tree cut off added colour and texture to the design, and wrapping with string is an effective, different method to selotape.

Christmas Gift Wrap Inspiration

I bought some string from the stationery section in Oliver Bonas that went perfectly with my gold colour scheme and bought some Christmas tree cut offs from a local greengrocers for about £2.00. I put it all together and this was my end result (below).

Christmas Gift Wrap

Once I had wrapped all of my presents I put some of my homemade mince pies into a gift box and cut small pieces of Christmas tree branches and glued in the shape of a Christmas tree to fit in with my theme (below)…

Christmas Gift Wrap

…and had so much leftover mincemeat that I made it into a present too!

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I love to give gifts, and it was even more pleasurable to give gifts in homemade wrapping.