Sunday Collector Renovation: The Kitchen


The kitchen is most definitely the heart of our new home, and I’m so excited to finally show you photos of the renovated space, styled by me, and taken by Jacqui Turk. It’s a big space in comparison to our fairly modest home, but the generous proportions work for my little food and entertaining loving family.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to list full details of where I sourced everything from, which has come together as a compilation of my favourite suppliers:

I’m a big believer in copious amounts of storage, I love to hide things away and avoid clutter, and this kitchen certainly has storage covered in spades. I went to town with luxury items such as a double pull out bin, an appliance cupboard, strip lighting under wall cupboards, generous double door pantry, matching kickboards and many soft close deep drawers for everything from pots to plates. I chose the door profile ‘Sierra’ in the muted Stone Grey from Freedom Kitchens and I am so very happy with the outcome. I love the simple door profile with it’s traditional ‘Shaker’ vibe and I think the pairing with the pale oak floorboards from Woodcut is a beautiful one. Check out the 2017 range of kitchens that are possible with Freedom Kitchens here, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…I can certainly vouch for the quality of the cabinets, the finish and overall  look and feel is beautiful in real life.

A definite feature in the kitchen is the large scale of the benches. I fell in love with Caesarstone Noble Grey as soon as I saw the big slab in real life last year and it’s proved to be the perfect balance of soft grey with a subtle marble vein to match the cabinets. As cliche as it sounds, it has definitely added the ‘wow’ factor to the space, and in a sleek 20mm thickness I think it’s just lovely. I’ve long been a fan of the Caesarstone range, which is getting better all the time. I’m always speccing it in my clients kitchens, and this is the second time I’ve personally renovated with it. Caesarstone is a durable but beautiful surface which avoids the hassle of a more sensitive/porous natural stone. A birds eye view of the bench is pictured above with the Voda Sink Mixer from Sussex Taps and double granite sink in Polaris (white) from Schock.

Splashback Tiles
With such a statement bench top planned, I wanted the splash back to complement and not compete. I chose a standard 15cm x 15cm white gloss tile that was made more dynamic with a mid grey grout (‘Magellan’) and layed offset. Tiles were sourced from my favourite tile shop, Tiles By Kate (I can’t wait to show you photos of the completed bathrooms, where I really made the most of the great range at this shop!

Door Hardware
Sourced from the USA, I selected brushed brass door and drawer pulls from Lew’s Hardware.

I can honestly say cooking has never been more enjoyable in the Stanley house since we’ve been working with Smeg. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love our new stove and cooktop. Truth be told, I based the entire kitchen design around the gorgeous appliance. The white enamel freestanding cooker with electric oven and gas cooktop has got be hooked on cooking! Pictured above is the favourite view of my kitchen – looking straight down at this fancy specimen from Smeg.

I also love the fully integrated dishwasher, which is from the Smeg Diamond Series. It has fancy features such as a push to open door, LED display and internal lighting.

You’ll see more detailed shots of our very special fridge soon (I recently styled a shoot specifically for Smeg that I’ll share on here), but as you can see above we have water and ice available on tap. This little luxury has long been a wish of mine, and I can’t tell you how handy I’m finding it! Picture above is the side by side refrigerator/freezer with the classic aesthetic that matches the lovely handle bar on our oven. Picture above is also a new set of counter stools from Family Love Tree.

The range of 50’s Retro Style small appliances from Smeg in cream sit beautifully in our new kitchen. Curvy and compact, I’ve never owned such a beautiful toaster and kettle. The four slice capacity of the toaster makes breakfast prep in the morning much faster!
I’m a big fan of the extra storage we gained on the reverse side of the bench. To the left we have space for four counter stools, on the right we have cupboards for all our cook books and liquor.

I’ve accessorised with terracotta and timber, which I think sits beautifully with the grey and gold.

The tall pantry with two deep drawers at the base, plus an appliance cupboard to the right is proving to be a perfect set up for cooking.

Me, just admiring my new kitchen ; )

Hope you like it as much as I do!

Briar x

PS. My dress is from Table Tonic, and the pink front door you see in the first photo is painted in gloss ‘Tahitian Sunset’ from Taubmans.


  • Hayley

    It looks amazing. I am currently renovating my kitchen and I look at beautiful cabinetry like yours and wish I was braver with colour. Your choices are perfect, it all looks fabulous! And I love your front door!

    • admin_briar

      Thanks Hayley, good luck with your kitchen renovation! Briar

  • Jenny Langmaid

    I Love it Briar! What a stunning, calm palette that shouts glamour! I get what you mean when an appliance or space gets you back in the kitchen cooking – Im no cook but love my kitchen and butlers pantry I could spend the whole day reading cookbooks and debating with myself what to present for dinner that evening. love Love Love those door handles….is it hard buying from the states? Think you’ve inspire me to go back to a freestanding over in my next kitchen ?

    • admin_briar

      Thanks Jenny, I love the door handles too! And no, not hard at all – arrived perfectly packaged in about 2 weeks. Purchased online with no drama! Briar

  • Jessica Prince-Campbell

    It’s beautiful Briar, we are about to do our kitchen & I hadn’t thought of Freedom. The doors you chose are so beautiful, I’m going to go & have a look at their showroom next week.
    Thank you for the inspiration

  • Jen Schipper

    Stunning! You must be so pleased!! X

  • Tina Darcy

    Absolutely beautiful renovation Briar. Wondered where the striped floor rug is from? We have just revamped our wooden floors and it would be perfect in our kitchen. Thanks so much.
    Tina x

    • admin_briar

      So sorry for the slow reply Tina, I somehow missed this comment! Floor rug is super handy as it can be hosed down outside!
      It’s a swedish brand called Pappelina and you can purchase online from Nordic Fusion – come in a huge range of colours and sizes.
      Briar x

  • Ee Wan

    Dear Briar

    Congratulations! You’ve done it again – your kitchen looks absolutely stunning. Love the colour palette!
    I am considering Caesarstone for my bench top, in particular also the one you have chosen – Noble Grey. I know you use the kitchen/cook a lot so am interested to know your personal experience with maintenance of this product? What cleaning products do you use for it?

    • admin_briar

      Thank Ee Wan, lovely to hear from you! I have lived with caesarstone three times now and can completely
      vouch for it’s durability! I have found the best product to clean it with is actually the cream cleanser
      and spray made my caeasarstone – easily available on their website. A quick wipe down and it shines like new.
      Great colour choice too, I am soooo happy with noble grey – everyone comments on it who visits! Briar x

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