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So here are the next batch of shots, first up our gorgeous Hamptons inspired kitchen.
In the lead up to designing this I spent many many hours on Pinterest looking at Hamptons style kitchens, so when it came time to doing mine I would know exactly what I wanted. It was always going to have shaker style cabinetry, marble or marble look bench tops, a big island bench, a butlers sink, free standing oven and tiled splash back – they’re pretty much all standard in a Hamptons kitchen. I was also always going to go to Alby Turner and Son to make it, because in Adelaide they are the best company for this style of kitchen. I have admired their work for years and was so excited I was finally getting to do my own kitchen with them! I met our designer, Sophie Doumbiotis and we hit it off straight away. We put thought into every single detail, to make sure the kitchen was as fabulous to work in as it was to look at. Sophie had so many great suggestions on how to store things, just little ideas that make a difference like the bin pulling out from the middle of the island bench, which is so handy, and lots of the deep drawers with smaller drawers inside them, to make the most of every bit of space. I would send Sophie links to online pics late at night and she’d respond straight away, we both get equally excited about kitchens!
As I wrote about earlier on the blog I weighed up the pros and cons of marble and decided it was too risky with a family home (and a daughter who is obsessed with craft and drawing) and I wanted the island bench to be the heart of the home and not to be worrying about every tiny thing that went on it. So I went with Caesarstone, which to me looks just as good as marble but is way more practical. I chose the Statuario Nuvo, which has the veined marble look, but is a slightly warmer tone from their Calcutta Nuvo (which is also gorgeous, so it was a tough choice.)
I absolutely adore the butlers sink, which is huge and can fit the largest of trays and baking dishes. You can also hide dishes in there if people pop over unannounced! The tap has a pull down option, which you really need for such a large sink. On the right of the sink is the concealed dishwasher. I went with the Bocsh one (after it received the most recommendations on our FB page) and it’s fantastic! I may have mentioned before that we didn’t have a dishwasher in our last house so this may be my favourite thing of the whole house!!
In the butlers pantry there is another sink, a dish drawer and the pantry storage. We designed it so you would only see closed cupboards from the main area and the food shelves are in the corner, so it looks tidy but is still practical. This is also the coffee/toast/sandwich making area. We made the fridge accessible from both the pantry and the kitchen which also works really well.
The oven is the freestanding Ilve oven and convectional oven with Teppanyaki hotplate. It’s a new model that has a 1000mm top with a 700mm oven and 300mm convectional microwave built in. How fancy is that?! I haven’t actually used the teppanyaki plate yet because we’ve been using the BBQ non stop, but I will!
Above the oven there is a patterned feature on the tiled splashback, which if you look closely is a variation of the herringbone pattern. I came up with this pattern because I wanted something slightly different to the standard herringbone. These tiles are hand cut subway tiles in a warm white/cream and they’re from Beaumont Tiles. They shine when the light hits them and I love them!
Finally with the lighting I have a combination of down lights and pendants, with lighting built into the cabinetry as well. I decided to go with two pendants above the island instead of three because I felt like three was a bit done to death, but both would’ve worked. Then I added some texture and warmth with the oak stools. I did try white stools first but felt like it was too much white, so I changed to oak.
Next up, the ensuite….
My inspiration for this was the luxury American bathrooms I have drooled over on Pinterest (you can find my bathroom board here) which were always grey, marble and white. The shaker cabinetry is also from Alby Turner and Son, who did all the joinery in the house, and they’re painted Wattyl Chalkdust, the same as the walls. The grey tiles are a hand-cut subway tile from Beaumont Tiles and they are the most gorgeous warm grey colour. The marble mosaic is also from Beaumont Tiles – you can’t have a Hamptons bathroom without marble and I decided if I had any marble it would be in the room the kids don’t use ! The taps cut into the ceiling height mirror looks amazing but was a bit of a challenge, we went through two cracked mirrors to get to this point! Finally we installed a skylight in the ceiling so we didn’t have to have the lights on all the time, because it’s an internal room. The toilet is on the right and is painted the same grey colour as the tiles. We also have underfloor heating, which we had on The Block All Stars and I feel in love with, it’s so nice to wake up to!
Next up, the deck and living…
The exposed beams were really the first thing we were certain on with the house because we knew we wanted to do them every since our Block All Stars renovation, where we had cathedral ceilings. Yes, they’re probably dust catchers but I love how they look so much that I don’t care! They give such wow factor and make an impact the minute you walk in the room. They give the space height and impact and give the home character. So the were there from the start and when our Scott Salisbury Homes designer, Peter, suggested we take them through to the deck we loved that idea and the house really grew from there. Again the look I’ve gone for when decorating is Hamptons meets modern country, which an emphasis on neutral and blue and white tones and natural textures. I love bright colours but in this house I wanted it to be very calming and soft, which works beautifully.
The sandstone fireplace is another thing I love. We recycled the sandstone from the original house and had it cut into tiles and it looks so beautiful and warm. I can’t wait to turn the fire on as soon as this unseasonably warm weather ends, although we have enjoyed being able to swim right up until May! I realised after posting this photo that the TV is crooked (I had only seen the photo on my phone!) but don’t worry it’s not always like that – my OCD couldn’t handle that! It’s on an arm that tilts and moves so it must have been tilted.
This artwork is from our dear friends Waz and Gav, from the first Block series. It’s from their Designer Boys Art Collection and I have a few of their pieces, their whole range is stunning. These ones went perfectly with the house and I’ve had my eye on them for years!
These shelves were definitely a labour of love to style. I spent weeks, actually months, looking at them, moving things, buying things and stressing over it until it was just right. Shelves are hard to style and there are a lot of shelves in this house! I wanted to get the mix right between looking magazine ready but also like a family home. I wanted it to have character and depth and texture and stay within the soft tones of the room. Hard, but worth it once you get it right!
I love that this shot shows the skylights, which are such a great feature. I love looking up to see sky and clouds, and trees from certain angles, it’s so restful. We have since added plantation shutters to the windows above the outdoor kitchen, unfortunately they didn’t arrive in time for this shoot. The outdoor kitchen is so fabulous, we use it all the time. That was also by Alby Turner kitchens. I went with a stainless steel bench top here, which is great for outside. Seeing as Poppy loves to paint and craft on this outside table it’s also good to not worry about it getting dirty!
In our old house we had a tiny paved courtyard and a dark living area, so this is such an amazing change! Being able to open up the bifold doors and let the light in is just heaven and this yard and deck has literally changed how we live. We used to have to go out on the weekends to enjoy the weather but now we don’t need to go anywhere. If the kids say they’re bored I won’t hear of it! With all that lawn, the pool, a trampoline and a puppy – what more could they want?!
The pool is the Symphony from Narellan Pools and the colour is quartz grey. It’s interesting that a grey pool turns a beautiful turquoise colour when it has water in it and that’s the exact colour I wanted – the colour of Fiji beaches! We weighed up the pros and cons of a fibre glass versus concrete pool and I’m really happy we went with this one. You can’t even tell it’s fibreglass when the coping was done.
The pavers are porcelain pavers from Maison Design and they have a very high non slip rating, which is perfect for around pools. I know light pavers are probably a bit impractical for keeping clean, but they look so pretty! I came up with the idea to do the river pebbles around the edge to cover the black drain, which I thought was a pretty good way to disguise it. And then there’s the lovely glass fence, which is also a nightmare to keep clean but looks so fab. That is from Signature Stainless, who were fantastic to deal with.
We’ve entertained so much since we got here and it really is the dream Australian lifestyle, which was exactly our aim when we were planning the house. We feel very lucky indeed to have such a beautiful house to call our own and are once again so appreciative to our builders, Scott Salisbury Homes for doing such a great job.
Have a great weekend and I will be back with kids bedroom, playroom and study photos next week.