We did it! I’m so happy that finally, after six long months of dust, stress, cracked walls, living out of boxes, indecision, tears and two kitchen fitters, our new family kitchen/living room is, dare I say it, done! Not to mention the little life event of having a baby in the midst of it all.
After all the initial building and structural work was over and the massive ‘which kitchen do we choose’ decision was made, I’ve totally loved, with the help of my lovely sister, putting together the final touches. It’s turned out completely differently to how I’d initially envisaged it but I totally love it all the same.
It’s really is the best feeling to see our idea’s materialise into the perfect living space for our little family. It’s not often you get to start from scratch with such a significant part of your home and I feel really proud of us for what we’ve achieved. We’ve gone from having un-functional, odd shaped rooms to an open plan, light airy living space.
The kitchen itself is from Howden’s and is the Burford Tongue and Groove in Stone. It took us months of deliberating and hundreds of trips from kitchen showroom to kitchen showroom but we eventually decided on this one and I love it. Howden’s offered us amazing service right from the very beginning and I can’t recommend them enough. Ste and I each had aspects of the kitchen that we were adamant we wouldn’t be without, mine being the beautiful Belfast sink (mainly for bathing babies!) and Ste’s was the five ring burner on the breakfast bar for ultimate sociable cooking. Luckily, we managed to include both of these in our kitchen design.
The breakfast bar stools were sourced and painted by the lovely Olivia Rose Interiors, the perfect beans on toast eating spot for Nora! The yellow pendant light we picked up in the sale at Barker and Stonehouse – it really finishes off the space. Ste made the shelving from scaffold boards and brackets from B&Q, you can pick the boards up for a bargain on Ebay, these were left overs from our office refurb, they just needed a quick sand down and oiling.
It was really difficult to find a sofa that was the right size and shape for the living space. We definitely needed leather – two kids and a dog don’t bode well with fabric sofas, we found this out the hard way. We decided on our beautiful Houston corner sofa from Barker and Storehouse, it fits our space perfectly and is super comfy. The rather impressive cushion collection is from both H&M and BHS (RIP). I wanted a seating area which surrounded the log burner so we opted for the Ikea Ekenaset chair with a Ludde Sheepskin throw as an easy chair for basking in the heat from the burner. Our amazing Woven Nest Pendant is from Graham and Green. It’s huge but finishes off the room perfectly. The gallery wall is positioned so we can expand it as we collect more treasures and features our favourite ‘Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff’ print by The Calm Gallery.
So there we have it, our perfect family cooking/eating/living space. I hope to do a before and after post at some point if anyone would like to see it?