Hi Everyone! My name is Teresa and I am so excited to be here sharing my little kitchen with you. When I posted my kitchen photo on Facebook, never did I imagine that I would end up guest posting on a blog I very much enjoy reading. Thank you so much for having me, Leanne!
So, I'll get on with sharing my kitchen with you all...
We built our home and moved in just over a year ago. Our kitchen sits in an open plan setting along side our dining room and opposite our family living space. It really is the heart of our home, and it is where I spend much of my time each day, so it was so important for me to create a space that I would love to be in. I also wanted a space that was easy to keep clean and tidy, and this kitchen has not disappointed.
You will notice in these photos, that there is no fridge or pantry visible - You will find these behind those closed doors that you see on the left hand side of the photo. With the kitchen being in an open plan space, I felt that I wanted to make the kitchen all about the cabinetry and hide away those things that are not always so nice to look at. My pantry was inspired by the blog, 'The House that A-M Built'. When I saw the pantry in her kitchen, I knew that I wanted something very similar. I love having a big walk in pantry. There is plenty of space for me to store additional appliances, and those kitchen items such as trays and platters that are not used very often. I am still working on organising it and making it 'prettier', though. I wasn't sure whether having the fridge hidden away would actually be practical, but I am glad that I took the risk, because it works perfectly to have the fridge in there. I do have to say that the pantry doors are rarely closed in this house, but it is nice to have the option there for if you do want to close off the space.
I also chose to integrate the dishwasher, so it is also out of sight. It is located in the island close to the sink. The range hood is also integrated as well.
When planning my kitchen, I chose surfaces and fittings that I felt would stand the test of time. Our splash back is glass. I have searched high and low for the name of the colour, but unfortunately I didn't seem to write it down, and our builder is overseas at the moment! The cabinets are painted in Dulux vivid white and are 2 pac with a matte finish. The bench tops are stone. I chose to put two sinks in our kitchen. The one in the island, we mainly use for washing hands and cleaning veggies when prepping meals. We like to cook together, so the second sink has really come in handy. The pendant lights were purchased on Ebay.
You will notice that I have used mainly drawers instead of cupboards with doors, as I find drawers to be more easily accessible. The only cupboards are the ones under the sinks.
|I chose simple chrome handles throughout to go with the classic cabinetry.|
|Right hand side of pantry.|
|Our toaster and kettle live in here as well. We have a number of power points in here, which does make it easy for using appliances too.|
|Left hand side of pantry - the space on the far left under the bench has been purpose built to house a little bar fridge for drinks|
So, there you have it - our kitchen! Leanne has also asked me to share more of my home with you, which I look forward to doing soon.