Kitchen Walk Through

Home Tour 

The kitchen is absolutely the heart of this home and was the launching pad for this entire renovation. In fact the intention was originally just to so a ‘small extension and kitchen reno’ – ha who were we kidding?! This is the epicentre of our home and it warms my heart every single day.

The intention was to create a space that made living simple – a space that felt cozy for 2, comfortable for 4 and effortless for entertaining 20. I wanted the kitchen to be the connection point of the home, so that people could be spread out through the living rooms, the dining space and even our home office and still feel connected. I think this really reflects modern day living.

In the original house the kitchen was in a good central location, but was a pokey U shape and left a small, oddly shaped living room. Directly outside the kitchen window was a section of garden which sat between the back of the garage and the deck. We knew that we could extend the house out and utilise that garden space to relocate the kitchen which would open up the home to create a large open plan kitchen, dining and living space.

In the kitchen seating is varied and plenty. There’s stools at the bench for breakfast, a casual cup of tea and homework, a dining table for 8, but a bench seat see’s us squish in plenty more, a cosy window seat which has my morning coffee written all over it, and possibly my favourite part the nook under the kitchen bench

When I initially showed Brendan & our cabinet maker the kitchen plans with the ‘dining nook’ I got a blank reaction soon followed by ‘are you sure?’ As a self confessed storage addict I think it came as a huge surprise that I would sacrifice cabinet space. But I knew there was plenty of storage in the kitchen to take out what would normally be 2 cupboards and create a nook to tuck away 2 extra stools. Coupled with the gas strut window and the extension of the benchtop out through the window, it enabled us to create an entire additional dining space, which is perfect on a hot summer’s day when the kids come running from the pool, or for a cozy space to casually entertain friends. 

The gas strut window creates a seamless connection to the outdoor living space, and the fact that you can be standing in the kitchen with the window open talking to the kids playing in the backyard is a parenting dream.  

The second blank stare when it came to kitchen design, came about with the realisation that the pantry kind of isn’t in the kitchen. We’d already nulled having a butlers pantry as I wanted to keep the floor plan as open as possible, and I switched out the traditional pantry for a ‘breakfast bar’ pocket doors slide back to reveal an extension of the kitchen, with stone benchtop that runs through the cabinet and timber veneer internal shelves. This little breakfast bar houses the coffee machine, the toaster and all of the everyday essentials. I love that everything we use on a frequent basis is easily accessible but just as easily tucked away, because a bench full of appliances doesn’t fill my cup, and by creating a dedicated cabinet to the space, and using feature internals there’s this moment of luxury with each cup of coffee. 

But yes, we have more food than breakfast spreads and coffee pods so a pantry was included, but it takes place in the full bank of cabinetry that flanks the living room. So whilst technically you could say it’s not ‘in’ the kitchen, its 2 steps away from the island bench {which is less steps than going from one end of the island bench to the other!} By moving the pantry into the cabinetry wall, it allowed me to utilise more of the space for the gas strut window, which not only increases the bench space, allowed me to fit in the dining nook but also maximised the amount of natural light into the space. 

When it came to choosing the colour for the cabinetry I wanted something that drew you in and made you pause and look twice. It’s possibly the softest shade of grey I’ve seen – Knowing by Dulux, and it changes throughout the day as the light hits it. We contrasted the light colour palette with black Atticus knobs from Hepburn Hardware, these pops of black appear throughout the entire house which creates a connection and consistency.

I chose the Franke upright freestanding cooker from Reece which along with the black hardware throughout the kitchen gives the space a really subtle traditional farmhouse feel which feels warm and hearty. We carried the black feature into the island bench through the Franke onyx sink and contrasted this with the living tumbled brass gooseneck tap from Sussex Taps. This baby is the jewel in this kitchen and adds that sense of fun and luxury amongst an incredibly grounded space. 

When we bought the house, despite the jungle that flanked it, the dining space received the most beautiful natural light all day long, so I knew we needed to make the most of that by including a large north facing window. The bench seat is another piece of intuitive storage, and with drawers in the same door profile as the living room cabinetry and the same colour as the kitchen it creates a common thread throughout the space. This is absolutely one of those spaces that creates a moment to pause, and appreciate the simple things – a warm cup of coffee bathed in natural light. 

I’ve always loved a dining table with a bench seat and chair combo. There’s something about the asymmetry that’s a bit more relaxed, and I love that a bench seat is perfect for squishing up and maximising seating capacity. The table is 3m long and we easily squish 6 – 8 kids on that side with 4 of my favourite Tanner chairs from Barnaby Lane for the adults still. It’s proximity to the window and bench seat often sees that as a break away or additional spot for a few more bottoms too. The table was custom made by Kane from Quality Hardwood Furniture, and we designed it the same height and width as our outdoor table from Satara so that the two can easily be placed side by side and push into the entrance space to effortlessly seat more than 20 inside. 

I love the connection point that the kitchen provides our home, it’s the most practical of spaces and functions across every phase of our daily life, but it still feels warm and homely.