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The Italian Influence

The Italian Influence on Kitchen Design Around the world, Italian interior design is one of the most popular, and for a good reason. Italy is one of the oldest and wealthiest cultures on earth. Few countries have had such an impact on humanity in the same way Italy has. In particular, through the 14th and 15th Century, the Renaissance period has helped to shape modern art, architecture and design as we know it today. Being Italian is synonymous with having a love affair for food, and it is through this passion and vibrant culture that the kitchen has become the centre of family life for many Italians, over many centuries. They see food as an inspiration and the kitchen as the cathedral for daily life within the home. Italian interiors are beautiful, with a lot of elegance and style, and you can see this when you look at a modern Italian kitchen because it is...

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The Butler’s Sink has a Rich History.

How the humble Butler brought the Farmhouse Sink all the way to Sydney Whether you call it a Butler’s Sink or a Farmhouse Sink, it doesn’t really matter. Some people even call it an Apron Sink, but as soon as you mention it, anyone who knows anything about kitchen design will know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s curious to learn how it came to go by so many different names, but what is really interesting is how it came to be here, amongst us Sydneysiders, and why it’s now such a strong design feature in today’s most stunning kitchens. The sink has always been a focal point in any kitchen, especially when you have one that makes such a dramatic statement. The Farmhouse or Butler’s sink has its origins in the 17th Century Europe when the good old kitchen sink was used for much more than just a few dirty dishes. Back then, they...

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How They’ll Change in a Post Covid-19 World

Covid-19 has forever changed the way we handle our food. From how we buy it (eCommerce), to how we store it, and what we do in order to prepare it. While lockdown, in Sydney at least, may be lifting, these experiences won’t just be temporary, instead, they’ll have a lasting impact on how we go about our daily lives long after the coronavirus becomes second hand news.  The impact of all this on the future of kitchen design, will be more pronounced than just finding a spot for the hand sanitiser.    Here are some predictions from our leading Sydney Kitchen Design team;    The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we buy, and handle our food.   The majority of us are now switching to online shopping which was always on-trend, but now that trend is accelerating quickly. It’s convenient, economical and offers contactless delivery - but there are usually minimum order limits, which means...

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Kitchen Renovation of ‘The Block’ Creator

We were proud to help David Barbour, and his partner Andie Summa with the challenge of redesigning their own kitchen. As co-creator of reality television series The Block, David Barbour knows a renovation project when he see's one. He has also been the Executive Producer of the award winning television series "The Block" for the past decade or more, and has supervised dozens of kitchen makeovers in his time. By now you'd say that he knows every trick in the renovator's hand book French Provincial with a Modern Twist was the brief, and whilst we were thrilled with the result, we were a little nervous when we did his own 'reveal'. Read More on Homes To Love....

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The Perfect Blend

When choosing a style for your kitchen, it can be hard to pick just one. However, this space perfectly blends traditional style with modern techniques, appliances and finishes. This room is the focal point of the home, and it’s not hard to see why. It is perfect for entertaining and with appliances and a butler’s sink placed for maximum ease of access, it’s ready for a dinner party or just a lazy Sunday breakfast. Of course, whatever the meal, you’ll be enjoying it in style thanks to clever choices such as the Caeserstone White Attica island benchtop and the elegant handles with an antique black or pewter finish, depending on location. Storage is not sacrificed for looks in this kitchen, with plenty of shelf space available. And, thanks to the clever styling of the owners, the harmony of the room extends from the gorgeous Zip HyrdroTap to the under-bench island seating...

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Sunny Disposition

Storage in the kitchen is a necessity, but combining this practicality element with style can prove to be a challenge. However, this kitchen showcases how the two can be married in absolute harmony. A look of grandeur is achieved thanks to the dramatic bay window, gloss cabinetry and featured extras, such as the hanging lights. These stylish touches work side-by-side with essential storage solutions such as the plentiful drawers and cabinets and walk-in butler’s pantry. Every consideration has been made when designing this kitchen, with special attention paid to the afternoon sunlight — it was important to keep this in mind when placing seating and the bar fridge under the island bench. The polished timber floorboards add a real feel of warmth to the room, ensuring it is not just grand, but great for a family or a night of entertaining...

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