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Our new wardrobe leather door handles

One thing that I found a bit tedious during the renovations of our home in London* was the number of times we had to make a decision on the final look of A) radiators: 12 in total, B) door handles and C) doors. For the loft conversion which was a room built from scratch and therefore more modern than the existing rooms with period features, I wanted a minimalist look meaning no door handle at all on the new fitted cupboards. I searched high and low for a push latch system and was advised to get them from top brand Hafele…Maybe they were not fitted properly but personally, they didn’t work for me so I replaced them all by the system from Ikea which bounces out more than the ones we fitted initially. In our bedroom on the first floor, there was already a fantastic fitted wardrobe running from wall to wall which actually looked quite Parisian. So we just painted it in white and fitted these gorgeous leather handles by Dutch company Nu Interieur. While the push latch thing …

A sneak-peek of our kitchen | RENOVATIONS

After 4 1/2 months of intense renovations and an insane high level of dust throughout the whole house, our kitchen is almost ready (see old one here) and I really thank you all for all your very kind comments when I posted this photo. I spent last weekend unpacking and re-discovering pretty ceramics I hadn’t seen in over four months and I even bought some fresh basil in a pot. Once we are settled down, I will defo add one of these beautiful plants. Was four months without a kitchen worth it? Oh yes! We’ve tripled our storage space and created a white kitchen that I loved (I really hated the previous one), with a beautitful, smooth Corian worktop and a very long and inviting breakfast bar. At some point, the level of dust in our house was so high that it was a real challenge to have a ‘normal’ family life, let alone finding a space or the energy to write a blog post so I’ve posted most of the renovation updates on Facebook (you can view the whole renovations album …

10 striking & inspiring black houses

Most of us wouldn’t think twice about filling up our wardrobes with black clothing but would you dare painting your housefront in black? It’s a major statement when most surrounding houses have white or pale yellow facades but we went ahead with our home in London and painted the whole housefront in Railings from Farrow & Ball (see picture here) and should we, one day, own a piece of land with an amazing view, I would definitively do the whole black thing again. I find black houses in the middle of nowhere very alluring, like somethi I was also taken by this beautiful architectural house built on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia. You can see the house tour here. Its really large wall-to-wall window with view on an amazing landscape fascinates me and I could see, how a good armchair and the view would just be enough… A striking house on the The initial design brief for this house located at Camusdarach Sands, was to create a home that would enable the Owners to view …

Are you a black floorboards kind of person?

I didn’t think I was…Last Saturday, Steve and I went to buy floorboards for our loft conversion and while I had an all-white scheme in my head for the top room, once in the shop, we ended up buying some large black floorboards similar to the ones featured in the first image of my 5 inspiring white kitchens post. Our decision to go for black floorboards this time, was dictated by two crazy things!Firstly: our deadline… We are aiming to complete the top room within two weeks so Mila can have 9 of her friends staying for a sleepover after celebrating her birthday (and these can be delivered within 5 days instead of the usual 4/5 weeks).Secondly: our common desire to try something differentWhich is a first too! Hahaha… I mean, the kiwi and I often want the same things in life but we usually spend a fair amount of time disagreeing about finishes, design, materials, budget, etc. but for some reasons, this time, we have been very much in sync.I’m not complaining! All I can say…there is hope …

5 inspiring and stunning black kitchens

Following my post on the 5 sleek, inspiring and gorgeous white kitchens that inspire our kitchen’s Masterplan, I initially considered a black kitchen especially after seeing Vipp’s black kitchen in Copenhagen.However, I do think black kitchens stand out better when fitted in a very spacious, minimalist room like the Vipp flagship store where we had our pop-up store and Blogger styling competition last week, or one filled with natural light.While our kitchen has a glass roof on one side, the other part has a lower ceiling and we felt, it would make the room looking even smaller rather than giving it the sensation of space we are aiming to achieve so white it is for us (this time!). Here is a selection of the most beautiful black kitchens I came across… I’m loving these glossy black tiles. It’s so different from what we see regularly. It feels daring and luxurious yet the wooden stool, the wooden chopping boards, the industrial Potence wall light and the skylights add a warmth, inviting feeling to the whole room. If I had the right …

5 very sleek, gorgeous and inspiring white kitchens

After almost a year of talking about plans, getting structural surveys done, seeking authorisations from the council, this is it! We are finally starting the renovations in our home…I’m really really excited by our future, new kitchen. When we moved in 4 years ago, I quickly painted the old kitchen with blackboard paint to give it a new lease of life but I’m over the moon the time has finally come to have the white, sleek kitchen of my dreams.Here are five, gorgeous white kitchens that inspired my Masterplan kitchen… Our old Kitchen featured here in Homestyle NZ magazine is up for a major revamp. The L shape is going to be replaced by the layout above: a long island facing a wall of units with heaps of storage, both visually leading to the garden.The 80’s window is going to be replaced by a large, architectural glass window floor to ceiling. Our tap is going to be replaced by one that has a boiling option (watch out for our kettle and old tap on Ebay :-) When it comes …

A beautiful white home in London

After showing you Paul Massey‘s soothing, modern country house in Primrose Hill, I contacted him to get hold of photos of the other house he had renovated. The second one located in Crouch End has always been one of my inspirations, mostly because the layout of our London home is very similar (and I suspect similar to yours if you live in the UK) and I absolutely love what he has done with the two front rooms, which are very often small and dark when a house has not been renovated or modernised. We looked into doing this a few years ago and I think the costs to knock down the walls, add a beam across the room and a pillar to support the walls was something around £20K. Quite expensive but then you can really see the end result in his house and how this has completely opened up the space.

Our pink door and those famous tiles…..

A couple of month ago, the John Lewis‘ team came to style and shoot our front door to be featured as one of the category opening shots of their Autumn/Winter 2013 catalogue.As some of you asked me a lot of questions on Instagram about these gorgeous black and white tiles they had put in front of my front door, I asked the production team. The floor tiles they used are from Topps Tiles. I hope this helps! // Photography: Jake Curtis http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs