Wednesday, May 30, 2012


The kitchen is my favourite room of the house. We spend most of our time here and the space
works just as we had hoped it would.We wanted lots of bench space,
somewhere to sit, higher bench tops and a space that was warm and inviting.
We chose white cabinetry and after much deliberation
grey benchtops - thinking that otherwise it would be too white for us.

 looking down into the kitchen with my much
loved antique scales in the foreground

 looking back down towards the front of the house.
we chose Corian over Caesarstone as it comes as one solid
block rather than having to have joins.

 searched high and low for these lights and
found them at Ici et La in Sydney.

 behind the stools we have a row of bi-fold doors that open
up to the deck. It makes entertaining so easy
as you can feel part of everything while still working in
the kitchen

 view from the deck looking back into the kitchen

 both the man of the house and I are tall, and so in addition to
higher benchtops, we wanted a wall mounted oven. I know
ovens underneath the stove top look lovely, but I was sick of bending
down all the time. We chose a Neff oven.

 this was one of the main selling points for me for
the Neff. It has castors and you can slide the
trays out very easily to check on what is

 the magical "Slide'N'Hide" door was the second selling point.


I seriously love this and it is so convenient.
If the man of the house was reading this (he doesn't read the blog)
he would harrumph loudly and grumble under his breath
"you'd want to seriously love it for the amount of extra money
that door cost".

Our builder talked us through a few rough ideas for the kitchen and then
sent us to his cabinet maker who spent a lot of time with us, finding out what was
important to us and then guiding us in the right direction. I'd be very happy
to recommend them (and my builder) to anyone in Brisbane.

We chose
2Pak cabinets painted in Lexicon
Corian bench top in Lava Rock
Dorf Kytin mixer
Waden reverse osmosis water filter
Highland gas stovetop
Neff oven
Miele dishwasher

Boy of the house was home sick from school today.
That meant I got a day off work to mop his
fevered brow. Everything feels better after a
cup of chai tea in the big bed

loving this weather at the moment in Brisbane.
We have a Japanese maple in the front garden
which provides us with some glorious autumnal colours

just as we are heading into autumn here, everything is coming
alive in Germany - my Mum sent me this photo of
one of the peony roses in her garden. So lovely.


  1. What a lovely post. Love your kitchen especially the flow from the kitchen to the deck. We are starting to plan our kitchen and I have been looking at the Neff oven. Glad to hear you like it.
    Cheers Kylie

  2. Your kitchen is lovely- thanks for sharing. I love the view from the bifolds out to the deck. We had a neff oven in our last kitchen- it was superb. I am plotting to have a white kitchen with a marble bench and my three green pendants overhanging. melx

  3. Mel I love your pendant lights - I saw them on your blog and thought you were so lucky to find them. They will be the perfect finishing touch (eventually!) for your kitchen. Thanks for your comment Fx

  4. What a stunning kitchen. Love those lights too!!!

    Your bedhead looks great too. Where is it from?

    Hope the little one is feeling much better now :)


  5. Thanks B! The bed head is from Heatherly Designs - they are based in Melbourne I think and they were fantastic to deal with. Can highly recommend them. Their website is great. And boy of the house is much better now thanks xxxx

  6. Hi, I have just come across your blog and I think your house looks wonderful. We are about to embark on a similar size renovation of our own Queenslander and are currently looking for a builder. I would live to know who you used as they have done a great job! If you help me out I would be grateful

    1. Hello and thanks for your comment. I'd be delighted to share the details of my builder who was fantastic - if you e mail me (should be a link via the blog) then I'll get in touch that way. Thanks Fiona

  7. Thanks Fiona. I sent you an email earlier in the week, look forward to hearing from you!

    1. Mmmm. Something strange has happened to the e mail linked to this blog as I didn't get your e mail, then tried to send myself one from here and didn't get it either. I'll look into it ..... F

    2. Found it! Hope my reply helps :)