Interior Inspiration: Kitchen Thoughts

I’ve mentioned before that we are intending to extend our house this year to create another bedroom in the loft and demolish the hated conservatory. Well, planning permission has finally been secured and the builder has been booked for this autumn so now it’s time for the fun stuff like choosing the kitchen. We have never done a project like this before so it is a real opportunity to create the space that we want, but also quite daunting. A guy from one of the local kitchen companies came over today to do some measurements and give us a few ideas. As we don’t have tons of space or a limitless budget (I wish..) I’m sure that we will have to make a few compromises along the way but in the meantime I have been scouring Pinterest for inspiration (as you do).

Have any of you carried out major kitchen renovations? If so, what are the dos and don’ts? Please share as we need all the advice we can get! X

{Here are some of my favourite kitchen images. Find all of these and more on my Pinterest board My Dream Kitchen.}

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Interior Inspiration: Mad for Marble

A beautiful material that has been used since ancient times, marble is in my opinion the most elegant of stones – smooth and cool to the touch, it simply oozes luxury when incorporated into an interior design scheme. My other half has rejected my suggestion of a marble countertop for our kitchen on the grounds that it is too showy, expensive and impractical and I probably have to agree on the last point. Because of its tendency to stain and scratch, marble countertops in kitchens and bathrooms is not always the most practical choice. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in a few choice marble accessories around the house.

Marble Collage

{A classic tulip dining table or a marble top coffee table like these ones by House Doctor and Asplund would be lovely but, failing that, any of these accessories would fit nicely into our home as well. Marble trays by Hay, chopping board by House Doctor, kitchen utensil holder from Crate & Barrel and marble candlestick by Menu at Royal Design}.

I’m dreaming of a white kitchen…

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Lately, a number of conversations with my husband have started with the words “when we do the kitchen extension..” Well, I say conversations but after about five minutes I can see his eyes glaze over as he tries to work out how long he has feign interest before returning to whatever he was doing. While we are both in agreement that we need to sort out our impractical kitchen and conservatory dining area (freezing cold in the winter and boiling hot in the summer – the children have been known to wear sunhats while eating breakfast!) we have decided to put the extension plans on hold for another year until our youngest starts school. For me this means that we have a full 14 months to really plan the perfect kitchen. My husband, on the other hand, does not share my enthusiasm for long term planning and has no doubt filed away the kitchen extension in the section of his mind that says “things to be discussed in a year’s time”.

So while I am waiting for September 2014 to come round I thought I’d share some of the inspirational pictures I have found so far. As it’s early days, the details of what we (read I) want are still sketchy but definitely gleaming white units and a large central island where we can all eat breakfast and the kids can sit and do their homework while I prepare dinner. And, of course, in my new white kitchen the surfaces will always be sparkling and free of clutter while I will be the sort of unfrazzled cook who never burns anything or panics when more than two pots are involved…

See more inspirational images on my Pintrest board  ‘My Dream Kitchen’