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Reveal day is finally here and thanks to the lovely Bianca from French for Pineapple for sending you our way via the classic Revamp Restyle Reveal blog hop!
It’s been nearly two years since we finished our single story extension and yet we never actually got round to completing all sides of our Kitchen. We decided to keep one side ‘unfinished’ so we could work out what we required from the space in the long term. The same applied to our Entryway as we never felt it was ‘complete’ neither did we feel like we got the best out of the space in the last 2 years.
Taking part in this season’s Revamp Restyle Reveal, provided us with the perfect opportunity to re-look at both of these ‘unused’ spaces and finally turn them into ‘practical’ areas. Two years has been more than enough time to help us realise what we required in terms of practicality so we compiled a list that would be used as the basis for our revamp project.
Let’s take a look at our wish list:
- Create an area within our kitchen where drinks could be made when we entertain friends and family.
- Return the Kitchen to our favoured Monochrome Style – bye-bye Green!
- Finally, add a Roman Blind to the Window and add new accessories that would give different textures and warmth to each individual room.
- Replace our current Island Stools with something more comfortable and stylish.
- Ensure a better flow between rooms, they always felt like they were lacking something.
- Create a feature panelled wall to hide the poor drywall finish used by our builders.
- More storage for everyday items.
These are what the rooms looked like 4 weeks ago, boring, uninspiring and in desperate need of a revamp!
4 weeks later and we are pleased to share with you our finished rooms!
So let’s start with our new bar area which we have created in the kitchen. We used some fabulous Glassware and Bar products from West Elm which have helped us achieve the look we were going for (check out our original mood boards here) We now have everything we need now to make the perfect cocktail or enjoy a beverage in some top quality glassware. Drinks always taste better in decent glasses (with a lime wedge)… and that’s a fact!
We have a perfect combination of Wine and Champagne glasses that ooze class and we can’t wait to pop a bottle of our favourite Champagne and try them out. If anyone fancies a Bourbon or Rum on the rocks, we have the perfect glass for that too – a Whiskey Rocking Glass! Probably the coolest glass I’ve ever seen!
As a massive fan of Rum and Rum based cocktails like Mojitos, using the Deco Barware Collection in Nickel + Marble and our Mixing Pitcher we will be able to serve the best cocktails in town – everyone is welcome!
Beautifully Decorated Hobstar Glassware in both Smoke and Clear glass will impress all our guests. The great thing is all of the glassware can be used for dinner parties and would look amazing displayed on a table setting too. This is where the Wine and Spirit Decanters come in as these will also look great on a table while serving one of my famous dinners.
We also like to offer our guests lots of snacks and nibbles when they come over for drinks, so the Kanto Serving Bowls and Platters from West Elm work so well with the colour scheme in the kitchen and really pop against the dark wall.
Some of the other glassware shown here include:
We relied on Ian’s Mums expertise to create a Roman Blind for the Kitchen using Sanderson fabric from Style Library and for something a bit different, she made some awesome Napkins using Harlequin fabric from Style Library as shown below. In the same Harlequin fabric, a little cushion for our occasional chair was made to finish the look in the Entryway. So a big thank you to you Chrissie for making these for us!
To give the Kitchen a proper revamp, we decided to change some of the accessories including our bar stools.
To give us some much-needed comfort, we opted for the Flokk RBM NOOR UP 6090S stools, which we configured ourselves. With the RBM Noor, you can choose from 14 different Shell colours, unlimited fabrics and various leg options – truly making it your own. Click this link to have a play around and configure your own stool or chair.
RBM Noor, a contemporary Scandinavian design, is made from recycled and recyclable materials. It’s long-lasting and built to last, the RBM Noor comes with a 6-year Warranty so peace of mind that you are receiving a great product.
Adding a Mid-Century Heathered Basketweave Wool Rug in Steel has made the Kitchen feel so much bigger. It has helped join all sides of the kitchen and brought them together brilliantly. It also complements our Porcelain Tiled Floor as all the shades are pretty much identical and go perfectly together.
We decided to keep all the accessories simple and minimalistic but we also wanted to be able to use them all too. We added different sized Ceramic Vases that can be used for both long-life, and real flowers as these can be filled with water which is a bonus. I also hate having anti-bacterial handwash bottles out on show so this Marble Soap Dispenser from Soak.com ties in beautifully and means we no longer have to hide the handwash in the cupboard. It’s the little things that make me happy.
In partnership with AO, we have also been trying out the new Dyson Pure Hot + Cool HP04 Air Purifier which purifies, heats and cools the air in your home. It uses innovative 360° sealed filtration to lock away gases, as well as up to 99.5% of allergens, while clever Air Multiplier™ Technology circulates this hygienically clean air. Pretty impressive and it is so quiet you wouldn’t even know it was on!
Talking of plants, how about the Wall Planters from West Elm filled with more lush plants from Dobbies – who have a fantastic selection of indoor plants. We visited a Dobbies Garden Centre locally in Reading, however, if there isn’t one near you, don’t fear as you can order online and have them shipped directly to your home. Adding greenery in this way has added a new feature to this room, it acts as a focal point without taking too much away from the bar area that sits next to it.
We used the following planters:
• 2 x 15cm White
• 1 x 15cm Black
• 2 x 10cm White
• 1 x 10cm Black
Now let’s take a look at our Kitchen Entryway in more detail which was another area we have updated as part of Revamp Restyle Reveal.
We have added some slick-looking storage with the Mid-Century 6-Drawer Chest in Acorn finish. Our downstairs shower room is opposite so we required somewhere to put towels and toiletries for easy access. We also never had anywhere to put the general day to day items so this is perfect for all of those things and more, plus it looks super stylish.
The Kew Clear Glass Lamp Base is from David Hunt Lighting , and we had our shade custom made by The Light Shade Studio (Tapered Drum 35cm Shade) using Harlequin fabric from Style Library.
David Hunt has a huge array of lighting, and with so many fabrics to choose from at Style Library, your combinations are endless. We always find it difficult to find the perfect shade (so many bases, never enough shades!) so using this feature from The Light Shade Studio was ideal and something we will definitely use again in the future.
Accessories wise, we have again tried to keep it as simple as possible and so dressed these drawers with only with a house plant pot stand and plant from Dobbies next to the lamp.
The Light Bronze Wall Hooks allow guests a place to hang their jackets and bags when they come in (keeps the place nice and tidy and keeps my OCD to a minimum) The double Metal Framed Wall Mirrors in Antique Brass from West Elm help bounce light in this room and make what is quite a narrow room feel a lot wider.
The Stone Tile Rug which has a cool black diamond grid that peeks through the soft, plush wool base adds warmth and breaks up the darker elements (such as the dark panelled wall and dark rustic wood flooring) to soften it down. We love it!
The Stowe Smoked Glass Pendants are from David Hunt Lighting and add much-needed detail to this room, originally we had spotlights which were then replaced with small black pendants however neither added the wow factor however these chunky, quality, slick pendants certainly do!
Finally, we choose the Greer Chair from West Elm (which is actually a Dining Room Chair) but we decided to use it as an occasional chair in the Kitchen Entryway. After losing the Monks Bench we needed somewhere we could pop our shoes on and also have a place for Ian to sit down when I am singing in the shower.
So that is our reveals, we hope you like what we have done! Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Now please hop over and check out the wonderful Tamsyn Morgans Attic Makeover – which is simply stunning! She’ll point you in the direction of the next person on the hop and there’s also a list of links at the bottom of this post, so you don’t miss any of the fabulous transformations.
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