Dream kitchen project: part 1

20/07/2015

Dream kitchen project: part 1

20/07/2015
kitchen inspiration

Towards the end of the year, we plan to move into our own home – it’s a townhouse that we have owned and rented out for some time. The space is going to be somewhat smaller than we are accustomed to renting, but we are so looking forward to having a place that we can customise to our very own needs and design style. So, my lovelies, you know of course what this means? Renovation works ahead! Let the good times roll.

For me, the most exciting part of the project is going to be ripping out the existing, dark kitchen and replacing it with something we love. If you follow my Instagram feed, you may already have seen that I’ve been looking at kitchens for weeks now, and if you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you will know that I am in the midst of a pretty serious love affair with all things Scandinavian. So, naturally, a white minimalist kitchen is on the cards.

Here are some images I am using as inspiration for the design.

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The kitchen area in our new home is fairly small so I will need to ensure that the design is highly functional and efficient, offering maximum storage in minimal space. The kitchen also has an open plan aspect to it, so clean lines and no clutter are an integral part of the vision. And whilst I love the clean and fresh look of white minimalist kitchens, I’ll be sure to mix things up a bit with natural textures as well – think wood floors and/or distressed looking barstools. It can’t all be too perfect, right?

Here’s the mood board for my dream kitchen…

1 I’ve got my eye on light wooden floors. I have seen some vinyl tile samples that look amazing and are a strong contender for now. | 2 all white, handleless cabinets. | 3 quartz tops with a marble-esque appearance – although I’m surprisingly undecided on this one as I also like the speckled countertops. Let’s see what takes my final fancy | 4 white subway tiles for the splash back. | 5 & 6 simple, minimalist tap & sink. | 7 pendant lights for above the island, which is really more of a ‘peninsular’ in our design. | 8 rustic bar stools to add some character.

Now to make this dream a reality.

Enter Häcker Kitchens. My knight in shining kitchen armour. True story.

I’ve done a lot of shopping around over the past few weeks and I am so thrilled to have settled on a Häcker kitchen for our home – not only because their amazing German-made product is more affordable than I had assumed, but because they have a brilliant design team, who really understand my vision and more importantly, my budget. Sadly, this is not a no-holds-barred kind of project – we are working to a strict budget and the Häcker team have been instrumental in helping me achieve my vision within the required constraints. In fact, they’ve been incredibly helpful and patient throughout the process thus far.

We are close to finalising the design and I’m so excited to share more details with you as the project moves forward. It’s been a fun process and I can’t wait to see the end result.

Stay tuned for this one.

Kathryn Hawkes

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  • Laura Carr 22/07/2015 at 1:43 PM

    Sounds fantastic best of luck Laura

  • Monique 20/07/2015 at 5:13 PM

    I cannot wait to see the Before and After pics. So excited!!!

    • Kathryn Hawkes 20/07/2015 at 10:59 PM

      Hi Mon… it’s going to take a few months to get there but I’ll be sure to show all xxx

  • Fiona Cragg 20/07/2015 at 11:44 AM

    B U T I F U L …. love this look!

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