Adore Magazine

Sometimes the best things in life really are free, like this stunning interiors magazine that I love reading every issue! Adore Magazine is an Australian online home and lifestyle magazine that can be delivered to your inbox every issue at no charge.
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Their latest issue is definitely one of their best, here’s a sneak peak at three stunning kitchens they have featured. The first is possibly my favourite. The mix of a simple subway tile laid to create a beautiful herringbone pattern pared with raw timber floating shelves. Ahhhh, kitchen envy is currently washing over me.
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I love the modern take on this farm style kitchen, black cabinetry is such a winner.
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Lastly a stunning coastal kitchen from the talented girls behind Three Birds Renovations (more on them on the blog later in the week), every kitchen should have an outdoor servery that looks like this!
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Grab a cuppa and click here to enjoy the entire issue of Adore xx

ONCE YOU GO BLACK…

Buyers remorse. It’s something I would normally associate with a hot wee dress that cost a mortgage payment and never saw the light of day outside my closet. But after my house renovation, buyers remorse is a much bigger cloud over my day. We only renovated last year, and already I desperately want to change some big ticket items. When I was researching for our renovation I had lusted after incredible black tap ware, but it wasn’t available in New Zealand so I had to settle for silver. Mere months after dancing around my fancy new kitchen, I now see that New Zealand has finally come to the party and does stock black tap ware, and I’m glaring at my silver tap sideways like it’s an impostor. I tried to console myself by thinking it would be stupidly expensive anyway and therefore would never have been an option, but alas it’s not. It’s totally reasonably priced. Damn it.

I torture myself looking at amazing kitchens and bathrooms with their fancy black tap ware hanging out all sleek and stylish, and so much cooler than my chrome, especially when mixed with lots of white, marble, concrete and timber. See what I mean…

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RENOVATION: KITCHEN

As I write this post, I am sitting at my kitchen island with a coffee, the large doors out to the deck and garden beyond open wide and sun is streaming in, I can even hear the ocean! This was my dream for what I wanted in our new kitchen. Although I had definite thoughts on the atheistic, the way it felt to ‘live’ in the space was even more important.
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My favourite part of our kitchen is definitely the large island bench. It’s 3m long and 1.2m wide and I love every inch. Being able to have the kids sitting around it, chatting with me while I cook dinner, or having my girlfriends over for coffee and all be able to fit around the island easily is just magic. I guess that’s the way I consider it best to think when building or renovating, think about how you live, how you want to use a space that best suits your family’s life and then design around that.

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I would have loved a concrete island bench with a waterfall end, but it was a lot more expensive that I expected, stone was also out of our reach. I was really worried about the options available, but ended up finding a great acrylic product that looks like stone, is even more hard wearing and was in budget. Major high fives all round after that discovery!

With our house being quite small it was really important to blend the kitchen into the open plan space as seamlessly as possible, so the cabinetry has no handles and is matched to the same colour as the walls (Resene Black/White, not all whites are created equal and this is the BEST). We also tried to blur the lines of indoors and out by having large sliders going out to the deck, that can be pushed completely out of view. Beyond the kitchen we have a covered deck, that eventually (i.e. in our dreams) will house an outdoor kitchen, we’re hoping to continue the same cabinetry outside to create more illusion of space.
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I found so many amazing tile options and literally every single one I had my heart on were crazy expensive, like I’m talking a couple of grand crazy. We ended up going with a square subway tile with contrasting dark grout, all up less than $200!

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Although I love the minimal, white, scandi feel we have achieved, I was worried about the space looking too stark. If I have one regret its that we didn’t use timber for the floating shelf, just to add a bit of warmth. In fact I may see if that can be altered at some stage (at this point my husband will be rolling his eyes reading this, as I haven’t mentioned that to him!). I am kind of obsessed with plants right now, and already have several in the kitchen, and would be happy to fill it up even more. It was hard finding cool pots for them, so I did a little DIY and painted cheap $2 terracotta pots with teals, blues and yellow. So easy and the little pops of colour they add was just what the space needed. Other accessories like the art and bluetooth retro looking stereo have been picked up from Paperplane, my favourite design store in the Mount.

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We have industrial white pendants over the dining area, so I wanted quite a different look in the kitchen. The David Trubridge lights I chose give a warmth to the space and an interesting design focus. They also look amazing when lit up at night, bouncing light and shapes off the walls.

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I had been coveting basically everything from Icotraders for so long, and one magic day they had a 50% off sale for 24 hours. I totally did a happy dance in front of my laptop! I chose the Lyttelton Stools in black, I just love them and they are so surprisingly comfortable.

Overall I couldn’t want for more, the new kitchen has really turned into the soul of our home and actually makes me WANT to cook – how good is that!

RENOVATION: KITCHEN INSPIRATION

I have been waiting for my dream kitchen for so many years – ripped out countless pages from interior magazines and stayed up late into the night getting happily lost in pinterest. Although we are renovating our entire home, the only extension to the space is for our new kitchen. Excited is a massive understatement!

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I am so inspired by scandi kitchens and they fit the aesthetic of our home so well, with its white wooden raked beams, white walls and black joinery. I want to keep to a pallet of white, white, white – with touches of timber and concrete. I am drawn towards very minimal looking cabinetry, no handles and clean lines.

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I want to blur the lines between indoors and out, creating a space perfect for the long, mild summers we enjoy in the Bay of Plenty. Our home is quite small so maximising indoor/outdoor flow will help give a feeling of spaciousness.

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I have always loved open shelving in kitchens, filling them with eclectic finds, adding texture and interest. This should also help prevent an all white, minimal kitchen from feeling stark and clinical.

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So typical of me, all the kitchens I have featured here are probably several times the budget I have at my fingertips. A big challenge for me is to recreate the feel of these spaces for a lot less. Wish me luck!

(All images from my pinterest page, where original sources can be found)