Holiday Home kitchen planning

15/05/2018

Holiday Home kitchen planning

15/05/2018

 

As you may know, I was back home in South Africa last week. The (rather ambitious) mission of my 5 day trip was to source and specify all the finishes for the #HawkesHolidayHome renovation project with our contractor, Jarrod, from Gator Projects (whose patience with me warrants a separate blog post). Given that helping people decorate and improve their homes is what I do, you’d think that this would be a walk in the park for me. At least, that’s what I thought when it all played out really smoothly in my head. As it turns out that supposed ‘walk in the park’ is more like a walk over hot coals because when presented with decisions for my own home, I am in fact paralysed with indecisiveness and doubt. Who knew? Needless to say, on the afternoon that I was flying out, I was still running around like a crazed lunatic, grabbing yet more samples of anything and everything – you know, just to make sure that my indecision and confusion would peak just as I was stepping on to a plane. Because even in the midst of chaos and mayhem, I like to aim high… said no one ever!

Safe to say that (a) things are not progressing as merrily as I had hoped, and (b) I have new-found empathy for what my clients must be feeling when they reach out for help.

Alarmingly, I have felt pretty sure about one thing with the renovation and that is the style direction for the kitchen. And you may be in for a BIG surprise here because I’m am stepping right out of my usual ‘safe zone’ with a dark and dramatic turn. Anyone recall the kitchen I designed before? Well, this one is nothing like that. This time around, I am braving black cabinets. Yup, I have gone to the dark side.

The kitchen in the apartment is essentially in good shape and doesn’t require a full overhaul. All we are planning to do is change the colour of the cabinet doors, replace a few wall units above the sink with floating shelves and give the space a fresh coat of paint. The new-found dark cabinet lovefest started with my endeavour to be sensible about some of the larger expenses on the ‘wish list’ and the ideal white countertop seemed an easy item to strike off since there is technically nothing wrong with the existing black one. So I put my big girl pants on and resolved to embrace the darkness instead. When looking around at what works with dark countertops, I quickly noticed how drawn I was to the dark cabinets and the colour blocking effect they create when paired with contrasting upper cabinets. I figured what the heck, a holiday home is the ideal place to try something a little more daring so we are throwing caution to the wind and just going for it.

Yikes!

Enough rambling though. Here’s the plan I am working on with our chosen supplier, The Cool Kitchen Co.

1 very light grey cabinets for all the above-counter wall units and // 2 dark cabinets (although quite black, more of a dark charcoal) for all the under-counter units // 3 the blackish granite tops that are already in situ – the ones I am embracing // 4 wood look vinyl flooring in a light colour – still sourcing ‘the one’ with the help of the lovely team at Concept Carpets & Flooring // 5 floating shelves for the wall above the sink – undecided on whether these should be a warm wood or waiting the same colour as the top cabinets and the wall // 6 colour for the walls and lighter cabinets, Arniston White from Paintsmiths // 7 new Hansgrohe mixer at the sink and // 8 considering this funky black sink, also from Hansgrohe // 9 integrated dishwasher  // 10 some earthy elements to accessorise the shelves – I have my eye on some things from Esque.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my alter-ego kitchen 🙂

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Kathryn Hawkes

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  • […] here. I have stepped right out of the safe zone in the kitchen area (have you seen my big old kitchen choices?), so I’m keeping things a little less ‘whoaaah’ in the bathrooms. We have […]

  • Francisca den Otter 28/05/2018 at 1:41 PM

    Love the look and color of your flooring.
    Been to the Salt Rock Hotel once which was okay for 1 night. The area is lovely so would love to spend some time there in a nice accommodation! Would love to rent the apartment when finished!

    • Kathryn Hawkes 29/05/2018 at 7:50 PM

      Hi Francisca, I will be sure to publish here if/when it is up & running as a holiday rental ; )

  • Lesley 16/05/2018 at 1:48 PM

    Oooooo I LOVE it!

  • Lee 16/05/2018 at 8:45 AM

    Gorgeous!

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