Kitchen Trends

13.07.17

I worked on a two day shoot a few months ago styling photographs for Smeg in my home with Jacqui Turk, it was a great shoot where I got to have some fun with casual food styling and I especially loved the challenge of styling our fridge and freezer to a showroom/catalogue standard. I wanted to share the shots on here, as I’m so pleased with how they turned out.

All this focus on the kitchen got me thinking about trends and how my particular kitchen will fare in around 5 years time.

In the planning stages of a kitchen renovation it’s important to leave some time to do your research, pin images on Pinterest and tear out magazine photos of spaces you love. Chances are, you’ll soon realise the kitchen style you are drawn to. I think it’s important not to take interior trends too seriously, if it’s something you love and can’t stop thinking about – then it’s pretty safe to say it’s right for you and your home. I do think it’s good to take your time and don’t make too many big impulse decisions, and try to imagine yourself in the space in 5 years time. Will you still be happy with your choices?

It’s safe to say I’m going to love our  White Dual Fuel Freestanding Oven/Stove for many years to come, I can’t tell yohow lovely it is to use. As I’ve mentioned previously, I based my recent kitchen renovation around it and I just knew we needed the beauty in the space and so a natural direction from the traditional lines of the cooker was to add shaker cabinetry. Touches of gold came after that in the form of cabinet handles and a mixer tap. I realize gold is a current trend that’s popping up everywhere in interiors – but it’s a trend I love, and I figure door hardware and a sink tap can always be updated in 5 years time if I get over the look.

I’ve pulled together some further trends that are popping up in kitchen designs:

Integrated storage and workstations
It’s becoming increasingly popular to integrate appliances and workstations into the design of a kitchen to create a sense of flow and order. It’s important to ensure that an appliance such as a microwave doesn’t dominate the aesthetic of your kitchen and this focus stops your kitchen looking cluttered and busy. For example, I hid our Smeg microwave under the breakfast bench, concealed from the hero viewing angles. It’s no secret that an abundance of storage in a kitchen is a must, so having a pantry that is tucked behind joinery is a great way to provide generous storage while being discreet.

Pared-back colour palette
Investing in a kitchen renovation is a big expense, so having a pared-back colour palette would allow your kitchen to always sit comfortably within the interior style of your home. Open shelving is always handy if you have decided to go with a safe colour palette – which mean objects and homewares with punches of colour can still be included in your kitchen and reflect your own personal style – but can always be re-arranged for a refresh if you are sick of the look.

Colour trends
Trend forecasters are saying dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark interior colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues (although I’m not quite ready for that, I think a navy blue kitchen is divine). Dark green as a paint colour creates a wintery Scandi look that works beautifully with brass, marble and terracotta – it adds depth and brings in colours from the outdoors. The lighter hue on it’s way to stardom is the lightest peachy nude, which would look amazing for door cabinetry with gold door hardware, if you’re game!

Mix it up
Changing up hardware finishes is a trend that isn’t going anywhere soon: Instead of going for a monochromatic stainless steel look, renovators are choosing integrated appliances and accessories with various finishes, such as gold, timber, white enamel and pewter. The final result is an eclectic, one-of-a-kind space. Another popular trend I’m seeing is ‘tuxedo cabinets’ eg.You could consider navy blue cabinets at the bottom with soft grey wall cabinets for a soft contrast.

Our integrated dishwasher blends right in:

Social Butterfly
If you live anything like my family does, the kitchen is no longer simply where your meals are prepared, it is the place where the family gets together at the end of the day to eat, talk, watch television, or just hang out with the laptop. Design trends have started to reflect this way of living with open-plan kitchens blending into the main living and dining areas. After a big wall was knocked out, I know our kitchen has become the entertainment centre of our house. I’m just careful it doesn’t equal lots of clutter and mess. The oversize pantry with drawers and small appliance cupboard means a lot can be hidden behind closed doors. One exception to this rule is the 50’s retro style small appliances I have from the Smeg range. The toaster and kettle in cream are too gorgeous to hide away, and we also got to have a play with the range in soft blue.



Briar x

 

Sunday Collector Renovation: Studio Makeover

14.06.17

The ugly duckling room of the house was definitely what we now call our ‘end room’. It’s actually more like a studio space, and after a renovation  and shop at Pottery Barn, it is now a room that is used every day.

A little back story for you…

The room was built by the original owners as an add on in the late 70’s to be used as in-law accomodation. When we purchased the house, we were basically left with an unfinished room that was accessible from the old back porch. A long and narrow space that was really dark (and kind of smelly), the wall dividing it through the middle in to two small rooms only added to the awkwardness. From the first time I saw the house, I was convinced that it would be an easy project to actually join this redundant little area to the main part of the house. I think my builder thought I was mad for not knocking the ‘wing’ down, but we were really keen to keep a fourth bedroom space for guests to be able to stay over…and I’m so happy we persevered because it’s actually ended up being such a handy room for so many reasons for our little family.

I’m not going to lie, once the renovation was finished with the fresh carpet laid and the walls painted – we were still left with a long, narrow room. After knocking the dividing wall out, the space had a lot more light (also thanks to a lovely new louvre window), but I was seriously stumped on how I was going to furnish the difficult space.

I was really clear on what the requirements needed to be:

• We had to to fit in a Queen Size bed with bedside tables and lamps

• I needed a small home office area that was quiet and away from the kids

• As a family, we ideally wanted a second sofa set up for reading and  TV watching (ie. Mark’s sport)

The above requirements is a big ask, I know. This is where Pottery Barn came in and really saved the day. I was asked to check out their new Small Spaces range and to decorate our truly small space. I certainly love a challenge!

I was so impressed, the range of furniture really was going to be the prefect fit. I chose the SoMa Brady Slope Arm Sofa first, being only 200cm in length and not very deep it was perfect. I also managed to squeeze in the handy set of Moraga Coffee Tables.

The small scale of the Murphy Entry Bench in matching timber to the coffee table sits perfectly underneath the wall mounted TV, which will hold Sunday’s DVD player and DVD’s.

 I’ve gained a really handy home office set up with the tiny but mighty Windsor Modular desk and bookshelf . I love that I can hide my ugly printer and store handy samples I’m using on jobs really close to hand. As I use a small laptop, the scale of this desktop is fine for me when working from home. Also pictured above is the Lucas Dining Chair and the oversize desktop clock.

At the far end of the room, the bed set up is a calming little retreat, especially as the outlook is on our new veggie garden (something my Mum especially likes when she recently stayed). I kept things simple with an ensemble bed set up. The petite Photographer’s task Table Lamps serve as perfect reading lamps, and the Wall Basket Art adds some interesting texture to the plain white walls above the bed. I added a layer of soft furnishings and accessories throughout the room with the great range of cushions and throws available at Pottery Barn, my favourite cushion being the washed velvet in indigo.

Raff dropped in for a visit at the end of the shoot after his nap, and another nice little surprise was that the SoMa Brady sofa converts in to a very comfortable bed option, where it simply folds out flat to create a mattress. Wow, we really can have the whole family stay! The option of a mattress pad will give your guests some extra comfort too. Would you look at me below! So speedy and efficient in preparation for my guests, ha!

I’m really happy with how the room turned out in the end. Pint-sized and perfectly scaled, it’s a hardworking space for our little family, giving us the extra space we so desperately needed.

Briar x

Photos by Jacqui Turk.

Behind the scenes with Phil + Ted’s

24.05.17

In partnership with one of my favourite parenting websites, Babyology, Rafferty and I were lucky enough to road test the all new mod from phil&teds recently.


My ‘Baby Hollywood’ was followed around by a camera while I pushed him in his new zippy little buggy. Proving to be quite the showman, I think the videos of Raff and I going about our day to day adventures are really cute. You can view them all here.


This cool stroller has been designed to suit your child from newborn to 4 years old. It’s light and super easy to get around.  The mod’s slim and compact design and easy folding mechanism makes it really handy when space is tight. As you can see in the videos, we are able to zip around shops and go for long walks. Raff has hit the 13kg mark these days and is still not interested in walking, so a handy stroller is a non-negotiable for me! I also like how I’m able to change from parent-facing to flipping Raff seated in the other direction, where he can see the world (definitely the favourite position for my little busy body). The adjustable handle bar is also perfect for (taller) Mark, and the safety harness for Rafferty is a really secure design.


I’m not going to lie, Raff is a very content and chilled out baby – but he honestly didn’t complain once in his new ride, which tells me it must be comfortable for the little guy.


You can purchase the mod in a range of different fabric designs (the one pictured here is ‘Abstract’) now from Babies R Us for $699.99.

Briar x

PS. Rafferty and I both wear Country Road in the shot above. The dress I am wearing in the first shot is from Chowchilla Vintage.

Sunday’s Mermaid Party

22.05.17

After convincing Sunday that a somewhat chilly mid May birthday date didn’t work well with her much desired pool party theme this year, she came up with the idea of a Mermaid (on land) party. Having the new novelty of now owning a backyard to entertain, we invited 20 little guests to an afternoon of games and cake. Ariel the Mermaid was booked (professional kid wrangler while parents sip Bubbly).

I had such fun decorating the little party, with a gorgeous mix of party supplies from Etsy Australia (including Sunday’s custom made crown from here).  I also discovered the great new party supply shop Melt Bake and Party. Definitely worth checking out!

Below is a random mix of photos that I think capture the afternoon perfectly. Sunday was in heaven, and I was feeling like a very proud Mumma of a very special 5 year old.

 

Briar x

My love for the Steam Mop

22.05.17

I’ve mentioned on here before that I appreciate a neat and tidy house. If my surroundings are organised, my mind feels more at peace – simple as that. I’m sure anyone reading this with those tendencies will also appreciate a good steam clean. So fresh! I make sure to get our sofa processionally cleaned every six months or so, and now I can say I can actually start doing it myself!

How you ask? Godfreys asked me to trial the Hoover ‘Dual Steam Plus’ Steam Mop. I unpacked it from the box and was pleasantly surprised at the easy to follow instructions. I tackled Sunday’s room first, as her asthma cough is always at the back of my mind, I like to keep her room dust free as much as I can. I was honestly so pleased with the results, it heated up within 30 seconds and after a quick lap around the room, the carpet immediately looked and felt fresh…even Sunday noticed how clean her little room looked.
 I was on a roll, so took the carpet glider off from the bottom and hit up the two bathrooms. Having never used a steam mop before, I was so impressed with the streak free finish on the floor tiles. Glided around the tiles with ease, talk about easy!

The element that makes this mop stand out from the others is that it transforms in to a detachable hand-held steamer. Nothing can stop me now – I’m going to be steaming everything, it even has a window squeegee kit!

Pictured above is the water tank that you have to simply fill before use. It’s a really eco-friendly way of cleaning as you don’t need any chemicals.

If you’re in the market for something like this, you’ll be interested to know Godfreys has a stocktake sale kicking off on the 25th May, and free shipping is available for all orders over $99.00 (Note: The website will have all the products for the current Mighty May sale but will update on the 25th with the Stocktake sale products, including this steam mop).

Happy cleaning! 

Briar x

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