Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday Nook




Oh I am scrabbling around for a Monday Nook, this morning! How about my kitchen from another angle?

If this kitchen could talk and tell you all about the scheming involved in getting it to this! A few things I desperately love about living with this kitchen:  the bench space!... particularly to the left of the sink - my prep area - one wide right hand sweep and all prep mess is swept into the sink, caught in the strainer and dumped in the bin in the drawer to the right of the sink;  the pantry - everything is at my fingertips - food, crockery, coffee station on the bench and out of sight; the breakfast bar, complete with stools covered in old cloth nappies (remember cloth nappies?) for spaghetti bolognaise protection - my boys would eat every meal there if I let them.

We had 'beam issues' when the beam went in above the hutch. At frame stage, I was sweating that the hutch wouldn't eventually fit once the gyprock was placed over the framing. I had the dimensions right but the hutch was in storage in 2 pieces so I had to wait until moving day! to allay my fears.

My plans for this kitchen were pretty simple. Freestanding stove, with double hung windows either side. A free standing piece of furniture - kitchen hutch. Limited over-head cupboards (the ones next to the windows were thrown in to fill up the space). Large single sink. 40mm stone bench tops. Butlers pantry with NO sink (it's not that far to the big one and I hate cleaning sinks) and large enough to accomodate a fridge. Kitchen in satin 2 pak, shaker profile, colonial kick and butlers in contrasting laminate (to save money).... laminate colour inspired by Martha's kitchen. White semi gloss subway tiles - splashback behind stove and all through pantry. Soft close drawers, including pantry (kids the consideration here!).
Left side of pantry, the kids side... all their cups and plates are at their level and arms length from the fridge water dispenser. Coffee station further to the left on the bench. I have also hidden the phone point and phone in that corner.


Right side of pantry. Plates, glasses and more dry goods further around to the right.
Oh and microwave just to the right.



Oh, I can hear the Monday tears starting upstairs. My little one doesn't cope too well with the shock of Monday mornings. "The weekend isn't long enough and goes too fast", he sobs. He's perfectly happy when he gets to school, it's just the transition from 'fun to work'.... get used to it son!
Happy Monday!
A-M xx
 
This is for Kelly, to show her that it is not always neat and tidy. My favourite scheming place, when the kids are at school!  Close to the coffee!

29 comments:

  1. Seriously gorgeous kitchen - the kitchen of my dreams! I am desperate for an island bench - I even designed and had one made for my mother so I could live vicariously through her. I would not have thought to put the fridge in the pantry but that looks like it would work so well. Is the colour in the pantry Bedford Gray? Love, love, love it all. Did you buy the house plan from the US or did you show inspiration pictures to an architect here? Apologies if that is answered early in your blog - I haven't had the chance to go back through it entirely yet.

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  2. A-M, it all looks fantastic - and you keep it all so neat and tidy! How do you do it?? KG

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  3. Catherine, the laminate colour in the pantry is an Australian colour I think... 'Stipple Seal' in a 'natural finish'. No architect.. just my drawings and the builders draftsman .... hence the reason I am back studying drafting.. so I can do it all myself next time. Lots of stepping out room measurements, drawings of furniture outlines on big pieces of paper, tape measure sessions, pretend 'how are we going to live in this house sessions'. I never went anywhere without a tape measure and if I saw something that worked in someone elses house, I measured it! I changed the plans many times, added windows, transoms, widened doorways. Had to change the whole pitch of the roof at one stage due to my transom obsession. I had a flexible builder so when the frame was up, we added extra bits internally here and there and I learnt about space and dimensions on site... classic example was my ensuite bath hob space... built it further out into the room at frame stage, once I saw the dimensions in real life. Learnt the minimum requirements for planning windows, doors, wet areas etc from a manual from the local building authority. The greatest learning experience of my life... better than the 5 years I spent at Uni training for my previous life!... and to live in it and have the whole thing 'work'?... slightly priceless! Thanks for your kind words! A-M xx

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  4. Ooo thanks honey, i'm just fine tuning the plan (we have a butlers pantry, so this helps) We are having the fridge in too. I love the shaker cupboards in the kitchen.

    Have a great day,
    xxx

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  5. I so adore your kitchen. Beyond beautiful.

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  6. A-M, your kitchen is perfect. Congratulations to you on a job well done. I hope you are immensely proud of yourself - what an undertaking your house is. And what a labour of love. I want to remodel my kitchen, and would love a central bench and a butler's pantry. Unfortunately, the stairs to downstairs take up so much valuable kitchen floor space, and moving the stairs would take the job from a rather big enough kitchen remodel to way too big for me (and my budget) to manage. x

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  7. Looks fabulous A-M. I am impressed that your kitchen is so tidy at this hour of the morning, particularly that you are an hour behind us. Have a great day.

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  8. p.s. can't wait to see what you have in store for your new venture. Look forward to your new logo too. I thought your "lovely lounging lady" was gorgeous - but I suppose there is nothing like change.

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  9. Lovely kitchen A-M. I'm glad to see the butler's pantry working well, am cooking that up in my 'dream reno' plans. Knocking through the wall between the laundry and kitchen to make a big laundry/pantry room.

    Oh poor little one - i had tears here too last night 'don't want to go tomorrow', all based on not wanting to have to go to the uniform shop by himself to pick up an order!! A few more weeks hopefully and mum's will get it easier!!

    julesx

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  10. Gotta laugh A-M. Just noticed the time on the clock on the wall. do feel better that it is 2.35pm and not early this morning. Thought you must have had to get up 5am to clean! x

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  11. A-M, Beautiful kitchen, you really have an eye for detail. Who did your cabinetry and in particular your bookcase in the Great Room? Thanks L&B

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  12. Sorry A-M but even your "messy" kitchen bench looks neat and tidy!
    I'm wondering about your drawer handles...are they black and if so, was it difficult to decide between black and nickel etc???
    Angex

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  13. Your kitchen is wonderful and so well planned A-M!! I am in love with your pantry - all those shelves and nooks to store things away - perfect!! Love your large prep bench and the breakfast bar. Do you find you get scuff marks on the wall under the breakfast bar? I would love some stools for our bench but this worries me... Love your two windows which let in all that light. Absolutely beautiful!! Glad to see someone else uses their kitchen bench as a dumping ground too. Have a lovely start to the week x

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  14. Beautiful kitchen! What is your stove - it looks like a Bertazzoni?

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  15. Stove - Ilve Nostalgie, Handles - Sentry 'Antique Black'. Cabinetry - tricky one... had some troubles with service and communication and attitude to my feedback! Their stone subcontractors dropped the ball completely, broke a sink and installed one way off centre.. all fixed... but took me to notice and bring to attention after 2 weeks of the sink lying smashed up on the bathroom floor... no communication. Some glass handles installed unevenly, side by side!..one up, one down.. and still waiting to have some corrected. The jury is out with the cabinet maker recommendation. Happy to share anything and everything but I only 'recommend' when I can sing from the rooftops over the quality, experience and service. A-M xx

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  16. gorgeous! your house is just beautiful, stunning is a better word! just as I'd love to have it! one day I'll get a new kitchen and yours is perfect!

    I'll be back and must reread all your blog posts to catch up1

    Corrie:0

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  17. That is my kind of kitchen. All white and stainless steel. Just beautiful.

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  18. Beautiful beautiful beautiful! And, I'm so glad you added that picture of the end shelf thing on your kitchen island...my favorite part!

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  19. What a perfectly planned and well thought our kitchen. Just love it A-M, you should give yourself a huge pat on the shoulder.
    Cheers
    Engracia

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  20. This makes my kitchen look shameful. Love love that stove!

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  21. Hi AM,
    Yes I remember cloth nappies..did you do double ones for night?!! Actually I love the memory of cloth nappies, so white and functional and just so baby. Our last babe was in disposables and I must say it took some (well not much) transition time for my head.

    Love the in depth kitchen post.

    Lisa

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  22. It's way past my bedtime but I'm glad I popped in to see your kitchen! It's really gorgeous and I love a kitchen with few upper cabinets it just makes the space seem so clean, open, and uncluttered. Your hutch and large island are both really beautiful too! And your butlers pantry is so organized and pretty. The whole thing is right up my alley!

    Glad I stayed up a while longer to see it all.

    Kat :)

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  23. Drooling...Drooling....Drooling...Drooling some more...I love that walk in pantry...I love that kitchen..I want one!!

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  24. I really love your kitchen! It is so clean and yet so cosy! We are looking for inspiration for the upcoming kitchen-fixing-period! Thanks for great inspiration! Have a great week - Wishes from a snowy sweden!

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  25. My oh my A-M that's one fabulous pantry - you've done a wonderful job designing this beautiful room. Leigh

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  26. Thanks for that extra photo A-M, although I am still not convinced you are as slovenly as me......(not sure if spelling is correct or not...!) KG

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  27. Love seeing your beautiful home A-M, your kitchen is stunning, and I just saw a snippet of your 'boudoir' on the right - oh so pretty with the tufted ottoman and headboard...as for those 'heart stoppers' from Sydney well let's just say that I think we are all excited to see what you will do next! Lisa x

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  28. OMG! How did I miss your kitchen??? I am so behind reading!! It is so fab!! LOVE the pantry too!! You did an outstanding job!!!
    xx-Gina

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx