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

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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Country Cottage Kitchens

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Today I visited a beautiful 18th century cottage in need of a new kitchen – my inspiration for this post.

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Kitchens in small, old buildings such as cottages and farmhouses are often the most challenging to design and install. We can be faced with the issue of compactness, awkward dimensions, a lack of straight walls, a lack of insulation and exposure to damp to name a few.  The cottage I visited today doesn’t even have solid foundations, just sand! These challenges are also what give country cottages their wonderful character and unique-ness.

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Specific cottage and farmhouse kitchen features will be covered in future posts to give you more to look forward to!