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House Renovation: Kitchen Inspo

22nd January 2016

When we bought our house four years ago it had been fully renovated by its current owners and although on the surface everything appeared shiny and new (beware!) it turned out to be the real life house that Jack built. My all time fave house disaster was when a piece of coving spontaneously fell from the ceiling and smashed the telly… Luckily for us, we had always had big plans for our traditional three bed 1920’s semi and what better time to carry out major structural work than at 27 weeks pregnant?! I read somewhere that a house renovation is up there as one of the most stressful life events but unfortunately, I don’t work without pressure so during pregnancy it will be!

We decided to remove the internal wall between our back living room and our kitchen to create a sociable, open-plan living area. I’m certainly no culinary goddess; Ste is the chef in our house but I loved the idea of being able to cook, eat, socialise, play and relax all in one space. We often use our house to celebrate occasions as it’s so much easier for everyone to come to us where we don’t need to worry about crazy kids getting into trouble or hurting themselves, so it seemed a no brainer for us to create the perfect entertaining space.

So the wall was removed and patched up last week. Now the messy bit is over, I am meant to choose a kitchen. How on earth do we choose a kitchen?! Anyone who’s had a little nosey at my Pinterest will notice the recurring theme of kitchen inspo. I’ve spent the past three years hoarding images of beautiful farmhouse, family kitchens just waiting for the day that all of my kitchen filled dreams will come true. But now it’s come to it, we just can’t decide on a layout. The space is large but not ideally shaped so deciding where to put what is proving difficult. We definitely need to get in an expert or two for some design advice – do let me know if anyone has any great experience with any kitchen design companies!

In the mean time, I’ve put together an inspo board of how I envisage the finished feel of our kitchen, I’m thinking a mismatch of a farmhouse style kitchen with obligatory Belfast Sink (perfect for bathing babies), urban metro tiles, a touch of fun vintage and amazing copper highlights. I can’t wait to see it complete!

Copper Cutlery Set / Ikea // Vintage Lyons Tea Sign / English Salvage // Copper Toaster / Next // Smeg Fridge Freezer / John Lewis // Hanging Plant Pot / Graham & Green // Living Wall / The Urban Botanist // Bapoto Stool / nKuku // Copper Cookware / John Lewis // Jumbo Mugs / Graham & Green // Belfast Sink / Magnet // Coco Ceiling Lamp / Cuckooland // White Metro Tiles / Topps Tiles //

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