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Kitchen Design

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In what seems like a never ending saga we are finally due to start work on our new home and with this my thoughts have turned to kitchen design.

After previously having a contemporary look I am now looking forward to a more classic style of kitchen. I have fallen for a shaker style door panel and classic styling this time around.
This post is just a short list of my favourite kitchen looks.

Your style as well? or do you love modern style kitchens?

Kitchen with under bench wine rack.

Kitchen with under bench wine rack.

Contrast black kitchen island

Contrast black kitchen island

Classic black and white kitchen

Classic black and white kitchen

White classic kitchen with coloured ceiling and nautical lighting.

White classic kitchen with coloured ceiling and nautical lighting.

 

Shaker door panels

Shaker door panels

Coloured subway tile in classic kitchen

Coloured subway tile in classic kitchen

 

Black cabinetry

Black cabinetry

Winter Interior Decorating Projects

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With the cold weather keeping us from enjoying the outdoors, why not take the opportunity to update your interiors with these budget interior decorating ideas.

Wallpaper Bookcase

Use wallpaper, fabric or wrapping paper remnants to line the back of an old bookshelf  for a huge colour and design  impact.

family photo Vignette

Create a family photo vignette by using  existing family photos brought together in black frames displayed with some smaller treasures for a personal family display.

coffee table books

We have all heard of coffee table books but how many of us actually bring books off the shelves and onto a coffee table to create a display.

kids art

I for one have a fridge full of gorgeous paintings but how about displaying your kids artwork in stylish frames, you can change the pictures as the collection grows.

Source: bhg.com

Modern Versus Traditional

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Modern KitchenTraditional Kitchen

Sometime in the next few months hubby and I hope to break ground on our new home.

Building is not something that’s new to us we have been down that road a few times now and living in Perth for the past 15 years in the midst of a building boom we decided this was the best option to get what we wanted in a home.

I must admit that over time my tastes have changed somewhat in what style I now want for my home. You see I have always been in love with older houses and renovating and getting that charm that just seems missing in some newer homes, but hubby prefers the new build because the long hours he works leaves not much time for renovation (although I suspect that maybe an excuse) hence we have built about 3 times now.

My current house, that is soon to be sold, is modern in its fixtures, modern style kitchen and bathrooms and paint choices, but I am now shifting my focus and wondering if its possible to build a house from scratch and make it look like its always been there in regard to fittings and finishes.

At the moment we have some plans drawn up and I quite excited to see a weatherboard beach house style looking back at me but at the same time filled with terror at the idea of finishing it and furnishing it in a way that will do justice to its style. It has got me thinking about what finishes other people incorporate into their homes. There are a lot of people that  buy  heritage style property’s to renovate and update the interior so its completely modern and this also looks great. I have decided to go with a traditional look inside also in regard to the kitchen and bathrooms so I’m thinking something based around a Hamptons style (this will depend on how far the budget goes)  and so far in my costings it seems that there isn’t too much difference in price when doing it from scratch and  just changing a style, although I will let you know know if it continues that way or not.

In the end I think its something that just comes down to personal taste but I would love to know what other people’s thoughts and experiences are on the subject. Do you prefer modern architecture and finishes or a mix of both traditional and modern?

I will keep posting from time to time about my building experience, fingers crossed that will turn out somewhere close to what I imagine it to be.

Madge