How To Create The Best Functional Kitchen For Your Home
Whether you have a small or larger spaced kitchen, getting it right with the design and functionality is super important.
We all want a stylish kitchen, one that looks so good that it makes you jump for joy each time you walk into it, but always remember functionality is key.
If you forget about functionality then you could be cursing your lack of storage for your pots and pans, or your bin is on the wrong side of the sink.
Always start with getting your kitchen functional, then consider the right style for your project.
The kitchen is the hub of the home, the heart beat of your home. It’s where family meals are cooked, where family and friends come to meet and eat, where good conversations happen. Some say life is created in the bedroom, but at home it’s lived in the kitchen.
You want to get your kitchen right.
Here’s some super...
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How to get your home style right like a pro
You know when sometimes you can’t even get your own personal style right. Your outfit just doesn't feel like you're truly expressing your true style. You want to feel the entire flow with your clothes, hair and shoes. To make it more confusing, you see hundreds upon thousands of style and home images that inspire you to get started on your own renovation / design journey.
The problem is you love a mix of boho and eclectic with a touch of rustic and industrial influences and you know this may be a problem when planning your design because this mix may not add up to the right flow…….like when you make a cocktail and you put too much vodka but not enough kahlua and it doesn’t taste right.
Let’s start with the desired end result first.
I always start at the end and work out how I'll achieve that goal. I fill in the gaps once I know exactly what the outcome is, what...
I want to bring to your attention a couple of important things which will change the way you think about living inside your home.
Did you know pollutants can be up to 5 times higher inside our homes than outside our home.
Is your home damaging your health and your families?
Poor air quality and toxicity inside your home can cause illness, headaches, hay fever/allergies and even tiredness.
Gone are the days when my grandad would smoke like a chimney in the house or mum would angrily spray half a bottle of Mortein over the dinner table to kill that noisy Blow-Fly.
Here are some baddies in our homes which we can reduce or eliminate completely.
Dust: Dust inside your house is not just soil particles from outside, it also contains yours and others dead skin cells, fluff, clothing fibers, nails, human and pet hair. If you don't clean the dust regularly then you are creating a playground for micro-organisms, which is bacteria or fungus. Eeewww!
Tip: As if you don’t know...
The kitchen sink is the centre of activity in the kitchen, it’s where we fill our cups and kettles, wash our food, hands, dirty dishes and where we strain our pasta.
I always look for a functional and attractive sink mixer.
One that will compliment my kitchen but at the same time a mixer that’ll be able to fill my large pot with water, without struggling to get it under there and back out again.
I also want a sink mixer with the spout reaching well into the sink, and not one that just reaches over the edge of your sink and splashes the hell out of me when I turn on the water .
Another thing; check the height of your sink mixer, ensuring it’s not going to hit into your window sill or an above counter.
Keeping these things into consideration, means you’ll pick the right sink mixer which will compliment your kitchen or laundry.
There are plenty of sink mixers out there, which can cost a serious bundle of cash.
For many renovations,...
With a crazy world we live in, we want a peaceful sanctuary which makes us feel calm and relaxed at night and when the sun rises.
How do you make your bedroom a sanctuary? Why create a haven in your sleeping headquarters?
Well.....you want a space which makes you feel warm, relaxed, calm and ready to fall asleep in. To make you feel happy to get into bed and replenish your much needed energy levels.
Breathe new life into your bedroom with these 5 steps you can do yourself and on a weekend.
1. Sleep Easy colour.
If you want a calming and serene space for your resting time, then consider these colours and tones to create just that.
Colours with a relaxing feel.
DIY Idea: If you don't want to paint the whole room, then paint a feature wall in your bedroom with a soft dreamy colour.
Left Image, Pantone & Right, onechitecture.com
I recently went on a shopping trip with Holly from Motherhood Melbourne.
Holly is a busy mum of two young boys and she craved a nice space without spending a fortune. Holly also requested, 'easy to move' items for this space, so she could move away items conveniently when needed.
Having two young children for Holly meant she didn't want to spend to splurge on cushions, rugs and other decor objects as this may not be a practical or logical choice, at this point in her life. While I was placing cushions on her sofa she warned me that I may find squashed Weetbix on the sofa.
I was keen to showcase ‘Easy DIY Style on a Budget’ and how to achieve a beautiful and stylish space in your home.
This ‘brief’ was to shop at Kmart only, repurpose what Holly already had and meet the $300 budget. I also wanted to create an attainable and easy DIY style which anybody could achieve themselves. And to make a more beautiful and stylish living space.
I’m not just about following all the latest trends, but I’ve got to say I definitely get inspired by some of the new styles which are showcased in the shop window or on Pinterest’s trending pics.
From uber stylish interiors, glossy magazine spreads and also Instagram, I love getting inspired by new ideas which hit me with such an exciting impact. I then hunt and source the items which I think will work beautifully and incorporate (my interpretation) into my space, always with my personal stamp on it.
Which creative being doesn’t enjoy being inspired? Inspiration creates new ideas. And new ideas always stir up passion.
This is my take on interior style trends to look out for and to contemplate in 2019.
Remember, there are no certain rules. This is to inspire you and go wild.
Think natural fibres such as linen, wicker, rattan, and sisal (which I saw a lot of in 2018). I honestly don’t see these materials or this look...
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