[dropcap]H[/dropcap]aving been bitten by the renovation bug after our bathroom makeover, our next rather ambitious plan is to redo the kitchen in our flat. And by redoing kitchen, we mean knocking down a wall in our bedroom to convert into an open plan kitchen and living room that extends and opens into the garden, creating a better looking side return and transforming the current kitchen and living room into two bedrooms. It sounds pretty complicated, but it’s been done before- the photo above is the After transformation of a flat that had the same layout as ours. So I know it’s do-able!
Nothing makes me more ragey than seeing yet another ‘luxury’ flat development being built and tagged as affordable apartments starting at a ‘bargain’ £650,000!
Erm, sorry, what?
Come on now London.
Using this personal loan calculator from TSB, I’ve worked out that this ambitious project is more affordable than trying to buy a larger property elsewhere in London. So, once life calms down back to normal after the wedding, we’ll start squirrelling away again to prepare for a big build.
I don’t have a specific look in mind for our new dream kitchen, but I do know what kind of textures, materials and colours that I would love to have.
Take it away Pinterest!
I love bare brick, metal and wood and the whole industrial look and feel. I’ve been rather obsessed for years with yellow metal stools- the more scuffed, the better. I saw some gorgeous distressed ones at Sunbury Antiques Market that I know I will regret not acting on, but the perfectly scuffed yellow stool of my dreams is out there.
Yep, still pretty obsessed with black walls too. Just a plain black wall is enough of a feature in itself, and accentuates the accessories surrounding it. In this case, the pop of orange from the Smeg fridge and pink cabinet just has me all heart eyed emoji-ed.
Here is a softened industrial look thanks to those metal stools and pendant light, but made cosier with a few colourful accessories. I’d love to throw a rug or some Spanish tile onto that plain floor though. I’ve come across similar pendant light shades in gold and black like these ones from Made.com and Love Frankie (both have great selection of lamp shades by the way!)
Again, the different materials going on here make me happy. Brick- check. Wood- check. Steel- check. Throw in my mint green fridge and I’d be delirious. Can you see the brick theme running through all these pictures?…hmmm.
This is the side return of my dreams. The glass roof opens the room up to more light and I love the simplicity of the concrete floor. The kitchen appliances are a little too modern for my taste, but I like the layout and how you can see down into the living room and vice versa. Also…those chairs.
Scuffed yellow metal, giant pendant lamps, a Spanish tile backsplash, pale wooden floors, and a huge enamel kitchen sink- AND a sliding door into the garden? This right here has been plucked from my brain. I LOVE this. Robin, take note 😉