I know this post is long overdue. I’ve stalled and stalled as delivery had been rather piecemeal. It took an awful lot of time to finish, first the countertop and then the glass backsplash which had been installed only last week. At any rate, everything turned out just as I desired. I hope my dear friends, whom I’ve kept in utter suspense would be just as pleased with the outcome. Now I’m quite ready for your ooohs and aaahhhs ….. should any of you care to humour me haha 😀
So first off, the view from the dining area. I think this is the best vantage point from which to admire my kitchen composition 😉 Needless to say, I’m very happy how the surface combination turned out in real life. I felt the wood combined with the blue wall counterbalanced the sterileness and severity of the white, while the handle-less fronts and the matte stainless steel grooves in between the cabinets bestowed that modern, streamlined character upon the kitchen.
In case you’ve forgotten, there’s a double pocket door separating the kitchen and dining area. So yes, the correct doors have now been installed too. It does feel and look better with the glass panes. It makes the kitchen not too cut-apart from the main living area.
This window is facing south-east so we get a lot of light in the kitchen during the day.
This is the breakfast nook, which is fast becoming a favorite hang-out place for me and D. I initially thought it’s going to feel cramped because of the wall behind it but it turned out to be quite cozy. This is one element where we had a minor revision. We originally planned to have 2 80-cm wide base drawers for a total worktop length of 170 cm (including the side cladding). But this turned out to be too long. It would’ve hogged the entry through the double-door. We’ve shortened this by replacing one of the cabinets with 60-cm wide drawers. This did irritate me a little bit in the beginning, me being a stickler for symmetry but in the end I felt it to be a good decision. Now the space is better proportioned.
This is the door leading to the utility room.
And from which, a view of the kitchen.
As for the kitchen features I love, the pull-out larder is for me a definite cracker. It’s not big but could store enough supplies and sundries to last us until the next big grocery shopping. You can also see here how we figured the microwave solution. This is the cheaper alternative to the matching built-in microwave, which is not say that I’m less happy with it 😀 In fact, I prefer not to see so many machines and I like that we can hide it behind the cupboard.
The Le Mans pull out for storing the bulkier pots and kitchen implements.
The inside drawers for more storage. Also opting for this style simplified the configuration of the base cabinets fronts with lesser drawers and interrupted lines.
Of course, the quartzstone countertop. It has a much subtler veining (although hard to see here) compared with natural marble but it doesn’t make it less beautiful. It’s only a a 2 cm thick slab but the fit and construction, particularly the joinery to create a 4 cm edge is so immaculate, I readily forgave them for the lengthy wait 🙂 As for the sink, I like the style and size of it. I am however starting to regret the choice of stainless steel. It was very pretty in the beginning until I saw those pesky water stain and scratches, the first of which D had inflicted already on the second day!
The recessed glass panel while not my first choice also did not disappoint. I thought that there’s just too much white in here but I could not think of a better color alternative. Besides I already have a brilliant blue on one of the walls. I also didn’t care very much for the patterned options. Anyway if you notice, the upper cabinets were placed much higher than the standard 60 cm distance from the countertop, about 75 cm so I won’t bump my head on the range hood. But now the cabinets proved to be much too high for me.
As for the appliances, I’m quite satisfied with all of them. I particularly like the fully-integrated dishwasher. But I’m perhaps happiest with the induction hob. Ours is not the most techy, but it’s so much fun to cook on. The operation is very straight-forward. Heat can be easily controlled, I’m almost sure I won’t get burnt pan bottoms ever again 🙂 The oven is also good, although I have yet to acquaint myself with its many capabilities. Just the manuals are so dull 😦
As for styling, you see that not much had been done yet. I’m really only thinking about bringing in a bit of texture and color by way of the window treatment and kitchen textiles just to make it less austere. But overall, I still prefer it to be uncluttered. For the bit that I’ve done so far, here’s a photo of the open shelving next to the window. I’ve composed a simple vignette up on the upper shelf using the only cookbooks I have, a Korean clay tea-set, a retro-radio and this tentacle-y plant which I love. I meant to display prettier tableware on the lower shelf but I don’t own any so our humble but beloved cups will have to do for now 🙂
But my real preoccupations at the moment are lighting and window treatments. I’m not kidding when I say that these are two design decisions that are not easy to make. In the next posts, allow me to share with you the various inspirations and ideas I’m toying with as well as the ones I’ve already implemented and the lessons I’ve learnt in my research. You may be able to pick up a few tricks and tips there too. So hope you’ll keep dropping by 🙂