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My IKEA kitchen makeover part 2 – small space storage solutions + everyday details

My IKEA kitchen makeover part 2 – small space storage solutions + everyday details

So you’ve seen my kitchen makeover before and after, created in collaboration with here (see it here), but let me show you inside those beautiful VEDDINGE grey cupboards. Are you ready for a nosy? The kitchen is where almost everything happens, it’s the social heart of the home, so it’s bound to get a bit messy and disorganised every now and then. And that’s ok – my kitchen wasn’t designed as a show home – but a few clever storage solutions and simple space-saving tricks can help you use the space more efficiently, and more importantly, savour and enjoy cooking without having to worry where things are. Some of the ideas shared here are simple and easy to achieve, such as making the most of a small space so its easier to prepare meals, sprucing up tired cupboards with some neat organisation, or simply adding a few fresh touches to brighten up a space and inspire you to fall back in love with your kitchen. These VEDDINGE grey units may look minimal and smart from the outside, but they’re working …

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after

My IKEA kitchen makeover – the transformation

It’s a very exciting day, for I can finally reveal my kitchen makeover! It’s been a huge transformation and I’ve been beavering away behind the scenes, bringing it to life with IKEA. When we moved into our new house and found ourselves with this terribly vibrant, yellow kitchen, which was dark, dingy and unwelcoming to be in, I knew straight away that I wanted the complete opposite – a light, airy room that would be the sociable heart of the house. At the same time, IKEA were promoting the idea that ‘when we cook together, we make more than just food’. The concept that the kitchen is not just a purely functional space for feeding ourselves, but a space for ‘happy household togetherness’, whether it’s gathering your nearest and dearest and using every spare chair available, celebrating those wonderful everyday moments or connecting over long, lazy lunches. It’s a philosophy which really chimes with my own, and having had an IKEA kitchen before and been really happy with it, there was only one brand I wanted to turn …

Bert & May kitchens

Bert & May kitchens

I’ve written previously about Bert & May’s beautiful barges, designed to make the maximum use of space without compromising on design, but now I want to introduce you to their dreamy bespoke kitchen range. For me, it was love at first sight. Created in collaboration with London-based Red Deer Architects, this new range comprises three made-to-order kitchens with a focus on honest, natural materials, simple forms and an architectural attention to detail. They’re designed in London and handmade in Yorkshire; the carcasses are made from birch-faced ply and finished with a carefully curated palette of raw materials such as brass, concrete, reclaimed timber and marble. Oh the choices! Here is the birch faced ply, available in 55 paint colour washes which are hand applied to bring out the natural texture of the wood. I love the clean streamlined units without the need for any handles. The pairing of patterned tiles and brass taps with the wood creates a soft, natural feel that’s contemporary and rustic. I think I’ll call it modern rustic! The taps are part of a rang of brassware designed …


Hack your IKEA kitchen with these designs from Reform

Have you heard of Reform? It’s a Denmark-based brand that allows you to hack and customise off-the-shelf IKEA units into beautiful, functional and architecturally-inspired designs. Scandi-design fans can buy their basic cabinets from IKEA, then pick their favourite Reform fronts and worktops. Designs come in everything from carpenter-milled oak and fiber-concrete to clean painted surfaces and streamlined linoleum, so there’s something for every budget or style. I’ve had an IKEA kitchen in my own London flat for about eight years now and although it has lasted remarkably well, tastes change and evolve over time. This could be a quick and easy update without starting again completely from scratch. Reform has just collaborated with three renowned Danish architects – BIG, Henning Larsen Architects and Norm Architects – on three unique and modern kitchens, seen here. BIG’s ‘hyper-modern’ design features an elegant handle made of seat belt fabric, HLA’s is a sharp and classic piece of carpentry, while Norm Architects has come up with a sleek, handle-free creation. ‘The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in our home. But Interestingly, it is often …

Dries Otten kitchen

Colour-block kitchens by Dries Otten

Dries Otten is a furniture designer, interior architect and scenographer based in Belgium (not to be confused with fashion designer Dries van Noten…). His latest designs include these two graphically-inspired, colour-block kitchens – the first is a retro design for a family kitchen in a new airframe home in Rotterdam, featuring Polish pine, vibrant mint, dusky pink and neon orange paint, plywood and laminate. The second kitchen is a renovation of an old schoolhouse along the Auwegemvaart in Mechelen, Belgium. Birch plywood cupboards wrap around the corner of the white space, combining kitchen, desk space and bookcase into one smooth block, uninterrupted except for a blue box and vivid green laminate sink. I love his bold use of colour and collaging of different materials, transforming the dull and everyday into something that looks almost like a modernist painting. Images: Dries Otten