A HELPING HAND

The original green mosaic tiles were kept and the backsplash painted with White Knight tile and laminate primer and paint.

The original green mosaic tiles were kept and the backsplash painted with White Knight tile and laminate primer and paint.

It’s amazing what can be achieved with a little design direction! When I first met the clients in their 90’s Tuscan inspired kitchen and living room, they expressed a wish for an open plan design that tied the two rooms together. But they knew they did not want a cold space that looked too new, They also knew they did want to keep certain vintage elements they loved, such as the mosaic tiled benchtop, green glass cupboards and timber parquetry floor.

The renovated kitchen with its painted cupboard fronts and tiles and new solid timber shelving.

The renovated kitchen with its painted cupboard fronts and tiles and new solid timber shelving.

I designed a kitchen that would use their existing appliances and worked on how to make the living room seem more open. The main colour scheme of charcoal and white was chosen to complement the honeyed timber tones the clients loved in the existing home. Timber shelving replaced a mix of styles in overhead cupboards and added a fresh contemporary touch. Colourful accents in the living room played up to the owners collection of mid century inspired and vintage furniture while the walls and niches were painted white for a cohesive look.

My Design worked on freshening the space while keeping the vintage elements the Clients’ desired.

My Design worked on freshening the space while keeping the vintage elements the Clients’ desired.

After obtaining quotes, I handed over the design to the owners. A lovely surprise in the new year was to receive an email saying they had completed the renovation themselves, using the layout and colour schemes we had come up with. While I can imagine the hard work and daily disruption that this would have involved , it’s thrilling to see the results of their labours - I’m so pleased my design could be brought to life in this way.

Inbuilt shelves that didnt match the owners storage requirements, a mix of wall cupboard styles and a bold green and yellow backsplash - there was a lot to deal with here!

Inbuilt shelves that didnt match the owners storage requirements, a mix of wall cupboard styles and a bold green and yellow backsplash - there was a lot to deal with here!

Don’t you just love a good Before and After! Those shelves were literally part of the wall and the owner removed them himself. There was an initial concern that white paint would make the room look too cold but with the beautiful light from the skylight and the colourful accessories it’s a perfect calm but energising centre for the home.

The living room is now a welcoming light and bright space with the old unuseful shelving removed. Walls are Dulux Natural White

The living room is now a welcoming light and bright space with the old unuseful shelving removed. Walls are Dulux Natural White