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!