YouÂ may well have to excuse the sporadic postings this week â Melbourne bound at the end of the week and itâs turning into a frantic one. Talking of which whilst Iâm travelling there will be no blog I hate to say but will be updating facebook regularly as well as twitter. Iâm often asked as a designer how to soften kitchens â by that I meanÂ how to warmthÂ add depth, intrigue, pizzazz and so onÂ to counterbalance the rather practical , harsh feel so many kitchen shave . Its actually pretty easy â Iâm fancying removing some of my cupboards (donât ask me what I am going to do with all the stuff) and tiling the large wall area above.Â Tiles are a fab backdrop and add another layer of intrigue â opt for plain ones then you may as well just paint â no what I am going on about is Moroccan inspired ones. A number of years ago Eileen Elliot made the most I mean the most amazing tiles IÂ have ever seen â concrete Â rug tiles. Almost like a painting beautiful tribal rugs were transposed onto the concrete almost like a painting. Havenât been able to locate Eileen but as sadly as it sounds think about these tiles all the time.
Shelves v verses cupboards are all very well except youâve got to be tidy and the vessels on the shelves fabulous otherwise â yuk. I guess the key to softening the space is to eliminate or hide as many appliances as possible, particularly if your kitchen is like mine â open plan. Plonk table lights on centre islands and counters , add big blousy blooms and wham bam you are almost there. Iâm quite obsessed with oversized sparkly chandeliers to soften all the hard edges of the units. I want vintage though as nothing Iâve seen to date quite cuts the mustard. Apart from one in I spied in Paris which I think came in at 25K â there is no way on earth I could sneak that one in, Â but it remains like those tiles in my head continually taunting me. And here they are below from years ago in an old Elle Dec magazine – love love love.
The Americans are pretty into putting sofas around kitchen tablesÂ and I like the ideaâ it totally softens the look you might just have to add a few inches to the overall height Â of the sofa in question but its interesting way of combining dining with kitchen and makes the whole look feel less leggy. Â Add some super cool ceramics in sludgy hues to your work surfaces, heaps of little stacks of recipe books â the odd scented candle and then all you need is some bread baking in the oven and eitherÂ NPR or Radio 4 on the wireless. Heaven.
Cute little breakfast nook designed by Nate Burkus, talking of which I’m starving – coffee, dates, bananas and raspberries for me. I’m officially off the detox (one week early, one stone lighterÂ which is fab news) and now can eat all the fruit i so desire and have coffee – yay. Its the small things that make you happy as they say