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 🙂

top image sources 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Kathryn Hawkes

All posts

8 Comments

  • […] shared the plans for our kitchen in this post earlier in the year and as mentioned therein, the space was in pretty good shape when we got it so […]

  • […] 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!

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Hi, I’m Kathryn


    House of Hawkes is a boutique interior design studio based in Dubai. This website is where it all started and remains a creative space for my love of design and decor, and for sharing awesome everyday things. More about me & the team

    Subscribe & Follow

    WE WON AN AWARD!

    SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG

    Never miss a new post from House of Hawkes! Enter your email address to subscribe and receive new posts right in your inbox.

    Follow on Instagram

    • While the kids and I have been enjoying some quality time with special friends and fam in South Africa, the orders and enquiries over at @fronteriors are coming in thick and fast. @liveloudgirl and I couldn't be more grateful for all the love, support and enthusiasm shown towards our new venture. 
We are so excited to be sharing the next installments to our collection of doors, sides, tops and accessories for your much-loved IKEA frames. This cane cabinet (constructed with 2 x 128x60xm Besta cabinets and supported on our custom leg frame) is proving to be a firm favourite. Talk about 'furniture in disguise', eh!? image by @marli_smithphotography 
cabinet by @fronteriors 
chair by @ikonhousedubai 
#fronteriors #furnitureindisguise
    • Me just before I felt the wind temp and added another 3 layers of clothing ... 🙈❄
    • Brrr, game drives this past weekend have been sooo cold. I think all the animals are in hiding and frankly, I don't blame them. You know the game viewing is dismal when rangers are calling in giraffe sightings on the radio! But they're still one of my favourite animals to see so no complaints here 🦒💛❄🥶
    • It takes a special brand of crazy to enjoy sunset swims in rough water in the middle of winter. These kids have it in abundance. #holidays #kzn #saltrock #southafrica #travelwithkids #bestofhome #bestoftimes
    • Sorry about the radio silence around here but our first week in South Africa has been a very busy whirlwind. We settled into #hawkesholidayhome and then headed into the Midlands to drive my niece and nephew back to their boarding schools. While we were there, we made a mini vacay of it with a two night stay at beautiful Gowrie Farm. We visited loads of places, including the iconic sculpture of Madiba at the Nelson Mandela capture site. We're loving the weather and catch-ups with loads of friends and family, but really looking forward to getting into the bush at Zuka this weekend for some proper downtime with Ouma.
    • We've had such a wonderful 2 night stay at @housedatdru on Gowrie Farm. It's such a beautiful estate with so much to see and do in the area. Highly recommend
    • Crisp winter evenings in the KZN midlands are just magical. We are loving our stay at @housedatdru 
#hellosouthafrica #houseofhawkestravel #kznmidlands #itscold
    • It's so good to be back home in crisp, fresh air, lush greenery and small boutique stores everywhere! 
#saltrock #sage #sagecentre #kzn #southafrica #houseofhawkesloves #houseofhawkestravel
    • The epic summer exit pack has begun and by this time tomorrow I'm going to be (hopefully) chilling right here in our living room at #hawkesholidayhome ... Actually, who am I kidding!? There will first have to be the epic unpack, and then I guess we'll need some grocery shopping done, and then the kids will be nagging me to go to the beach. But we'll be 'home' and it won't feel like someone left the oven door open. So that''s something to get excited about! 
Image by @chrisallan 
#packing #summerbreak #yoursummerourwinter #saltrock #kzn #southafrica #scandinavianhome
#myhomedecor #decordailydose #instahomedecor #interiordesign #interior123 #interiorinspo #interiorstyling

    Follow @houseofhawkes

    Categories

    ×