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The Butler’s Pantry

Butler's Pantry

The Butler’s Pantry.

I’m not really a huge fan of The Block – all of the histrionics take away from what I find to be the interesting part of the show; the finished rooms. Despite not being a regular viewer I do always make an effort to watch the kitchen reveal episode. Out of necessity. I can guarantee that for the next 6 months my clients will be telling me that they want the same colours as Will & Karlie’s kitchen or the same lights as Julia & Sasha.

Butler's Pantry

Image source: Channel Nine

This year the kitchens really were all about the Butler’s pantry. Every apartment had one and the judges were loving it. The continual rise of the Butler’s pantry is something that has been baffling me for a few years now. Just last month I worked on a job where the Butler’s pantry was bigger than my entire kitchen. I’m willing to bet it was probably bigger than yours too.

So why is the Butler’s pantry now so popular? If I’m completely honest I’m going to say that I think it is because we have become a society that is obsessed with image and perception. The idea that ‘more’ and ‘bigger’ is better. It’s like a return to history when your house wasn’t just a home but a symbol of your wealth and status. Funnily enough, the Butler’s pantry originates in history, during the Victorian era when, you guessed it, people actually had Butler’s.

Among other things the Butler’s pantry stored china, napkins & linen and served as a preparation area, a cellar and indeed as the Butler’s ‘office’. When your Butler’s pantry comes replete with a Butler it is a fabulous idea. But without the Butler, I’m not so sure how long this trend will carry on.

Butler's PantryPhoto by James Traynor Custom Homes

Modern home design has evolved to incorporate the kitchen into our living zones. It is no longer just a food preparation area. The kitchen is the true heart of the home and is used equally as a space for social interaction and family time as it is for cooking. This evolution occurred naturally. Slowly we came to realise that entertaining is far more enjoyable if you can actually speak to your guests while preparing and cooking a meal for them.

But somewhere along the line we started to get carried away with the idea of our kitchens needing to look perfect & tidy all of the time. Now that we can no longer simply close the door to the kitchen we have the problem of keeping it looking neat whilst still needing to cook in it. And so the Butler’s pantry was revived. First it was just a walk-in pantry with a sink & dishwasher so that you could hide the dirty dishes away. No problem. But slowly, slowly… the Butler’s pantry has grown to epic proportions. Now you can find ovens, microwaves, cooktops, refrigerators all tucked away in the ‘Butler’s Pantry’.

Butler's Pantry

But here’s the thing. Most of us don’t have a Butler, so we don’t really have a Butler’s pantry at all. We simply have a kitchen within a kitchen. Two kitchens! A small kitchen that you go into to do all of your food prep & cooking to make sure that your actual kitchen remains clean and beautiful for all of your guests.

Call me crazy, but that doesn’t sound like my idea of entertaining. I’m all for a walk-in pantry with plenty of storage and bench space for your favourite appliances, but let’s keep the cooking where it belongs – in the kitchen!!

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No Need to Visualise with 3D Render

3D Render

No Need to Visualise with 3D Render

 

One of the most nerve wracking experiences when building or renovating is trying to imagine from those tiny plans and elevations what everything is actually going to look like. Especially the important areas; the kitchen & bathrooms. Your head will be filled with questions and panicky thoughts; What if you don’t like the finished product? Have you chosen the right colour for that splashback tile?  Or the benchtop? What if you just can’t make a decision on the colours?

Here’s a better question:

What if someone could show you your brand new kitchen or bathroom before it has even been built?

And the answer?

The Interior Difference can.

There is no need to visualise with our cost effective, fully customised 3D renders. For just $195* you can see your design go from this:

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to THIS:

 

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What You Get

The Interior Difference 3D Render Package provides you with 3D renderings of your kitchen (OR bathroom / laundry) that are fully customised to your layout and colour scheme, to assist you in making your colour selections and ensure that you will be happy with the end result before committing.

For renovators you might be deciding on joinery colours alone, but for new home builders you may be considering different flooring options in addition to the joinery, wall tiles, paint colours etc. These decisions can be overwhelming, particularly if you are having trouble imaging how it will all come together.

To take the stress out of these decisions you can elect two different colour schemes as part of your 3D Render Package, and you will receive two view points of each colour scheme (a total of 4 images, supplied as jpeg files). We’re confident that you will find the decisions so much easier when you can see how it will actually look.

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What We Need

In order to produce these renderings we need a little bit of information from you first.

  1. Plan / Elevations of the space: These can be hand drawn or a copy of your Builder or Joiner’s plan. We can work off limited / basic drawings however please bear in mind that the more information you provide the more accurately your 3D render will reflect the space.
  2. Information about finishes: We will want to know about the floor, walls, cupboards, benchtops, splashbacks, tapware, appliances etc. Again the more information you are able to provide the more accurate your renderings will be. We will need to know brands / suppliers of finishes wherever possible.
  3. Payment: Once we have all of the information required to create your 3D render we will send an invoice confirming the total cost. Your renderings will be forwarded within 7 working days of payment being received.

 

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How To Get Started?

Simply send us an email at: info@theinteriordifference.com with your plans & finishes. We’ll let you know if there are any additional details we need from you to get your 3D render underway, confirm the price and provide an invoice so that we can get the ball rolling.

 

*The Fine Print

A standard 3D Render Package is $195 inc. GST and provides you with a total of 4 images of a room of your choice. The 4 images are made up of 2 view points of 2 different colour schemes. Images will be supplied in digital format as jpeg files.

An additional charge may be incurred for rooms with particularly large or ornate finishes. If applicable you will be notified prior to work commencing & will not be committed to proceed.

Additional colour schemes or view points can be purchased for $30 each, at the time of ordering the package or up to 90 days after receiving your initial 3D render.

Discounts are available for a full house package consisting of renderings for: kitchen, bathroom, ensuite & laundry. For a quote please submit your plans to: info@theinteriordifference.com

Disclaimer: Your 3D render will reflect the colour scheme as accurately as possible however please be aware that colour accuracy will be impacted by the lighting within the actual space (both natural and artificial) and also your monitor / printer resolution. The images supplied are intended as a visualisation tool only. Colours & finishes will be illustrated with the swatches available from the manufacturer where possible. Items such as appliances, bathroom fittings, accessories, tapware, etc. will be illustrated with the closest match available. If no details are provided regarding these items they will be illustrated with generic representations.

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Kitchen

Look Up!

If you’re looking for that little something to give your kitchen the extra edge it may pay to look up! Often overlooked and under utilised in modern homes; the ceiling is a perfect opportunity to further the impact of your kitchen.

Maybe you’re looking for more definition of space in an open plan area, or trying to find an opportunity to include an additional colour or finish that you love.

Check out the images below for some examples of how you can use your ceiling to further enhance your kitchen. (or any other room, for that matter!)

All images from the Caesar Stone gallery http://www.caesarstone.com.au/photo-gallery

look up Osprey Caesarstone

Sublime Cabinet Design – Caesarstone ‘Osprey’

 

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo Look Up

Impala Kitchens Drummoyne – Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

 

Caesarstone Statuario Maximus Look Up

Wisdom Homes – Caesarstone Statuario Maximus

 

Caesarstone Statuario Maximus Look Up

Caesarstone Statuario Maximus

 

Caesarstone Ivory Look up

Metricon Homes Australia – Caesarstone Ivory

 

Caesarstone Emperadoro Look up

Rawson Homes – Caesarstone Emperadoro

 

 

 

Kitchen Laminates

Good Looking Timber Grains

Timber Grain Ravine Oak

Good Looking Timber Grains

Last week we looked at Laminex’s stunning Sublime Teak timber grain laminate. This week I wanted to feature a couple of other similar, equally stunning timber grain laminates that I expect will also be very popular this year.

Starting with…

Timber Grain Ravine OakPolytec Ravine Natural Oak 

Featuring soft, warm colours but a relatively dramatic grain, Polytec’s Natural Oak is a great modern timber grain that pairs perfectly with white for a contemporary look.

 

 

Timber Grain Maison OakPolytec Ravine Maison Oak 

Sticking with Polytec we also have Maison Oak. A touch darker but with the same striking linear grain as the Natural Oak, this is another addition to the Polytec range that is sure to be a winner.

 

 

Timber Grain Laminex Honey ElmLaminex Honey Elm

A new addittion to the Laminex range this year, and available in a range of surface finishes, I predict that Laminex’s Honey Elm will grow to be equally as popular as Sublime Teak.

 

 

Laminex Rural Oak Timber GrainLaminex Rural Oak

Bringing a modern edge to a rustic grain pattern it’s Laminex Rural Oak.

 

 

Polytec Sepia Oak Timber GrainPolytec Ravine Sepia Oak

Proving that it’s not only blonde timber grains that look good, Polytec’s Sepia Oak makes a great feature in this kitchen enhanced by the horizontal grain direction.

 

 

Timber Grain Tessuto Milan MattPolytec Matt Tessuto Milan 

For a more subtle look Polytec’s Tessuto Milan is paired with a warm, mid-toned splashback for a look that is modern and elegant without being too overbearing.

 

 

Timber Grain Laminex Seductive LimbaLaminex Seductive Limba

From subtle to in-your-face, Laminex’s Seductive Limba is an oldie but a goodie. When utilised with clever restraint this dramatic timber grain laminate is a real feature. But beware – sometimes less is definitely more!

 

 

Top Tips for working with a Timber Grain Laminate:

1) If you are choosing a timber grain laminate because you can’t afford natural timber – don’t! A timber grain laminate will never look or feel like real timber. The grain is too uniform, and in most instances is not designed to actually look like real timber. If you want real timber you will only ever be disappointed with a timber grain laminate.

2) Consider the grain direction. This is often overlooked, but you can completely change the look of a timber grain laminate by choosing to run the grain horizontally rather than vertically.

3) Be wary of combining timber grain laminates with natural timber. If you have timber flooring it can be a good idea to separate the two by only using timber grain laminate on your overhead cabinets.

 

Kitchen

Trending – Laminex Sublime Teak

When it comes to Interiors it’s all about fashion and trends, everyone wants to have the look that is ‘in’. Therefore it goes without saying when working with clients on colour selections for new homes that they will choose finishes that reflect the current design trends. This will usually result in several consecutive homes that follow a similar internal theme.

What is surprising to me lately is that not only have my clients been identifying a similar style that they like, but they have almost all been selecting the exact same laminate colour. So, hats off to Laminex for hitting the nail on the head with Sublime Teak laminate. In honour of the great success & popularity of this timber grain laminate I’ve put together a few images to show you what it is all about! You’ll soon see why this colour has proven to be so popular!

Sublime Teak Laminex

Reno Rumble – Josh & Jenna’s Kitchen

Most of you probably remember seeing this kitchen by Josh & Jenna on Reno Rumble. Laminex Sublime Teak is paired with Caesar Stone ‘Fresh Concrete’ and white joinery for a beautiful, modern look that is still sympathetic to the era of the home.

 

Carlisle Homes Laminex Sublime Teak

Carlisle Homes

This beautiful kitchen by Carlisle Homes combines Laminex Sublime Teak with White and Grey. An incredibly popular combination, the Sublime Teak provides the warmth necessary to prevent the white and grey combination from feeling cold and sterile.

 

My Place - Providence Estate laminex

Lauren Steadman Homes

Another beautiful example of Sublime Teak, White & Greys.

 

 

Sublime Teak Laminex

Reno Rumble – Leanne & Dane

And again Reno Rumble features Laminex Sublime Teak to the open shelves to give this simple, Scandi inspired kitchen a lift.

 

 

Southern River Laminex

Red Lily Renovations

It doesn’t end with kitchens. Sublime Teak has also proven to be incredibly popular with laundries and vanity units, as demonstrated so beautifully here by Red Lily Renovations.

 

Next post we’ll take a look at some of the other fantastic (and somewhat under-utilised) alternatives to achieve a striking modern look with timber grain laminates.

 

 

Art

Personalising Interiors With Art

Personalising Interiors With Art

In my experience there are usually 2 types of people when it comes to artwork in the home. There are those who look at art as simply another item to style their space, who will choose an artwork purely because the colours tie in with the rest of their scheme. Then there are those who choose art for art’s sake. Because they love it, because an image captured their imagination or transported them to a moment in time, a memory, a fantasy… I definitely fall into the latter category. If I see I piece that I love I’m going to buy it, and then I’m going to figure out where it fits.

I personally find it a little heartbreaking that in today’s age artwork has been reduced to little more than an accessory to be discarded for a newer item when the next Pantone colour of the year is announced. So in a bid to inspire you all to dare to be different and personalise your space with art, I’m going to share with you some of my favourite examples of art in interiors.

Think Big!

Interior Art

KBDI 2015 VIC Small Bathroom Design Winner – Sam Robinson Interior Design

This stunning bathroom was the winner of the KBDI Victorian Small Bathroom of the Year award for 2015, and it’s easy to see why. The incredible stand-out image of the Brooklyn Bridge is not featured by coincidence. The owners of this bathroom had spent many years living in New York and the Brooklyn Bridge held a special spot in their hearts. The photograph was actually taken by the owners, then designer Sam Robinson had it printed on to glass to feature in the bathroom. What a bold, beautiful way to personalise the space.


Think Cushions!

Interior Art

Cushions can be art too!

Photo by Twinkle and Whistle

In this gorgeous minimalist interior the cushions provide the point of interest. We all love to have cushions and throw rugs but not many of us think of them as a potential to display art and really personalise a space. Well, it’s about time that changed. There are some incredible cushions around so stop looking for the perfect colour and instead look for something that really sings to you. A cushion with personality is a great conversation starter! If you haven’t already, check out Society6 for some of the most amazing artworks that are also available on cushions. The one below is my current favourite, although be warned, you can easily spend hours just browsing these designs!

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Society6 ‘Fly Away’ by Rachel Caldwell

 

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Some more cushions full of personality


 Think Photos!

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A photography print adds interest above the bed

Photo by Habachy Designs

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Turn your family favourites into art

Photo by Kerrie L. Kelly

Looking for a photography piece to display? Don’t go out and buy one, look through your holiday snaps and get an expert to digitally enhance your favourite. Print it on canvas or metal and put it on display and I guarantee you will smile every time you see it.

For an easier project your favourite family photos are a great way to personalise a space. Avoid looking daggy by displaying them in a collage interspersed with your favourite mementos like holiday postcards and small artworks.


Dream on!

Interior Art

Custom art wall panels

I absolutely LOVE this amazing bathroom with artwork by Alex Turco. Now most of us can’t afford to commission a custom art wall panel for our shower wall, or any other wall for that matter, but if I could – I would definitely love to have this. I remember visiting the aquarium at the Berlin Zoo and being absolutely mystified by the beauty and elegance of these incredible, luminous jellyfish. I watched them for what seemed like an age… Looking at this incredible piece of art brings back that feeling of wonder. That’s what you want when you choose an artwork for your home. Not something that is pretty & colour coordinated, but something that transports you to another place.

Kitchen

How to Make The Most of Your Flat Pack Kitchen

Ikea Flat Pack

How to Make The Most of Your Flat Pack Kitchen

Most kitchen designers would tell you not to install a flat pack kitchen but here at The Interior Difference we recognise that not everyone has the budget for a custom made kitchen nor does every project warrant the expense. And just because you haven’t got a mountain of money to spend you still deserve a great looking kitchen.

The Interior Difference offers affordable design assistance to help you get the most out of your flat pack kitchen, so don’t hesitate to call if you need help. In the meantime here are a few pointers to get you going!

Know the limitations of the product you are working with and design your cabinetry accordingly.

There are often many limitations with flat pack kitchens, but provided you are aware of the limitations that apply to the particular range you are interested in, there is no reason why you can’t achieve a great looking kitchen. One of the most commonly encountered issues is that benchtops may only be supplied in set lengths with no joins pre-cut. I can tell you that unless you are suitably qualified you do not want to be trying to create your own masons mitre in a laminate benchtop, it will end up looking terrible. Instead, design your space to negate the need for joins in the benchtop. This may be as simple as opting for a galley style rather than a ‘U’ shape kitchen, or considered placement of the pantry, fridge, etc. If a corner benchtop is unavoidable consider using the savings you have made on the cupboards to put towards having the benchtop custom made. You may be surprised how cost effective a joiner made laminate benchtop can be.

Pay attention to the widths of cupboard doors and drawers

A dead giveaway of a cheap kitchen is the presence of mismatched sizes in the cupboard doors. Often there will be three 1000mm cabinets in a row, then a skinny 300mm cabinet at the end to make it all fit into the space available. This looks terrible! Clever planning and design in the early stages before going out to buy your cupboards is definitely the way to go to avoid this situation. Look at the available sizes of cabinets and the space that you need to fill and take this into consideration before settling on a particular flat pack brand. One brand may be a little cheaper, but if the other has more size options you will probably end up with a far more appealing kitchen for hardly any more money.

Bunnings Flat Pack

Photo courtesy of Bunnings

 

Think outside the box

Ok, so maybe the cupboards are in a box, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t think outside of the box. There are lots of little things that you can do to give your flat pack kitchen a better fit and make it less obviously a flat pack. Did you know that most times by buying one extra pantry door, you will have enough edged material to make yourself a coloured open shelf unit to fill any awkward spaces? If there is 440mm left over and the only cupboard available in the range is 300mm you will end up with an extra wide, cheap looking filler on the end. Or alternatively, for the cost of a melamine pantry door (which is around $100 -$150 in most flat pack kitchens) you can make a perfectly fitting display shelf. I know what I would rather see!

Bling it up!

One of the easiest ways to give your kit kitchen the edge over the rest is to add a little bling. Don’t go with the standard range of satin nickel handles that are on offer. Leave them out and invest a couple of extra dollars in better or more interesting handles. It’s surprising how much more expensive your cabinetry will look with long stream-lined handles, but with a little internet shopping prowess, you’ll be able to find the perfect handle for your kitchen for next to nicks! So easy and so effective.

 

Most importantly – to DIY or not to DIY?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with installing your own flat pack cabinetry, and indeed if you have the skills and have followed the above tips, you will end up with a smart looking kitchen. But you need to be honest with yourself here. There is nothing that will detract from a house more than a cheap, shoddily installed kitchen. If you’re not up to the task there are plenty of tradesmen who specialise in working with flatpack joinery who can make sure that your kitchen comes up a treat. It’s the little things that really make a difference – hinges need to be adjusted so that doors sit perfectly, handles need to be straight, kickers need to be properly scribed to the floors. If not done properly these things really stand out.

 

Even more importantly – consider hiring a designer!

Contact The Interior Difference here.

Bathroom

5 Simple Steps to a New Bathroom!

5 Simple Steps to a New Bathroom!

I had a query early this week from a customer who remarked that there are hundreds of one-stop shops if you want a new kitchen, but next to nothing if you want a new bathroom. Having never needed a one-stop bathroom shop myself I hadn’t really noticed this, but after doing some research, I found she is right. There is definitely a shortage in Ballarat of one-stop bathroom shops.

Despite this, renovating your bathroom needn’t be a hassle if you follow these 5 simple steps to get you started.

bathroom contemporary houzz

Step 1: Decide on a Budget

An average bathroom renovation is going to set you back between $10-$20K, and even more if you want to include the latest and greatest designer fixtures. Before you start planning the design it’s really important that you have a budget in mind as your budget will guide the design. I suggest that you have an ‘ideal’ budget and also a ‘maximum’ that you can afford to spend. If your ideal and maximum budget are one and the same thing, I would save a little longer before getting started. It’s always good to have some contingency money when renovating an existing bathroom – it’s not unusual to find some water damage or quirky plumbing when the original bathroom is stripped out.

Step 2: Work out a Design

You might not think this is a simple step, but with the right help it can be. If you are unsure of the design of your new bathroom layout or simply wondering if there is a better option than just putting everything back into the same spot it came out of, your best bet is to talk to a designer. You can find a designer by searching online and checking with KBDI (Kitchen and Bathroom Design Institute), or your local plumbing supply store will probably be able to refer you to someone.

Before speaking to a designer, or drawing up your own design, put together a list of the 5 things that you dislike most about your current bathroom and the 5 things that you really want to achieve / include in your new bathroom. This will ensure that you don’t forget to mention anything important in your design consultation. It’s also a good idea if you are planning on removing any walls as part of the renovation to have a builder come by and confirm that the wall is not load bearing before you plan the design.

Bathroom Dulux williamstown contemporary bathroom metro

Step 3: Find a Builder

Whilst there aren’t many ‘one-stop’ bathroom shops around, there are plenty of builders who will project manage your bathroom renovation for you. You can simply hand over your bathroom design and the builder will give you a quote to co-ordinate everything that needs to happen from gutting the existing bathroom to plumbing, tiling and painting. There is quite a lot of work involved in project managing the renovation so it is really important that you choose a builder you trust, to ensure that the job is completed on time and to a high standard. Don’t rely purely on referrals, make sure that you ask the builder for examples of their recent work and contact details of previous clients who are willing to provide testimony. There are a lot of cowboys out there!

Step 4: Finalize Selections

This is the fun part! Your builder will need you to have all of your fittings ordered and ready to go so that there are no delays once the job gets started. Make sure that you have selected and ordered all of the components for your bathroom including the little things like toilet roll holders and towel rails, and chosen everything right down to the colour of the walls. You don’t want to be deciding anything under pressure whilst the builder waits on the other end of the phone line. Bear in mind that some things like decorative cornice or architraves may need to be special ordered and could take several weeks to arrive. If you are worried about organising all of your selections speak to your designer from Step 2 – they will be able to assist.

bathroom cool gray contemporary bathroom houzz

Step 5: Let’s Go!!

You’ve now got everything you need to get started. Simply hand over the plans and specifications to your builder and let it all happen!!

 

If you would like help with your bathroom design please contact Rebecca at The Interior Difference.

 

Kitchen

Gadget or Gimmick? The Best ( & Worst) Kitchen Storage Solutions

There are some incredible ideas out there when it comes to making the most of available space in your kitchen. Leading hardware manufacturers like Blum, Hettich, Hafele and Vauth-Sagel (just to mention a few) have teams of engineers and designers constantly striving to out-do one another and design the most innovative kitchen storage solutions.

The good news for consumers is that there are now endless hardware solutions for just about every storage conundrum you can think of. The problem with this is that not all great ideas are created equally!

Let me walk you through my thoughts on the best and worst Kitchen Storage Solutions.

 

Hettich Cosario

Innovative, functional, unique – Hettich’s Cosario unit has to be one of my favourite kitchen storage solutions of all time. You only need to listen to the chorus of “Oh wow” when this beauty is opened in the Hettich showroom to know that the Cosario is super cool. Barely noticeable when closed, but putting everything at your fingertips once opened, the Cosario storage unit is the perfect home for spices and any other compact, frequently used cooking items (Think measuring cups, stick blenders, tea & coffee…)

Cosario Kitchen Storage unit

 

Blum Space Tower

The Blum Space Tower (or basically any pantry with pull-out drawers) is the perfect option for your food storage. Tired of cleaning out the pantry to find 5 packets of out-of-date food you had forgotten about at the back? Not a problem, with the space tower it’s impossible to lose anything when you can bring the entire shelf (drawer)  out to you. Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest.

Space Tower Kitchen Storage

 

Kesseböhmer Le Mans II

My favourite corner cabinet solution is the Le Mans II. Granted there are some fancier looking gadgets for your corner cupboard, but when it comes to affordability and function, the Le Mans II is definitely the way to go. Designed to suit blind corner cabinets, meaning no need for those bi-fold corner doors that always end up looking crooked, the Le Mans II brings all of the contents from the deep, dark corner out into full view. Too easy! And the shelves operate independently of one another for even easier access to the items stored.

 Lemans Kitchen Storage

 

Blum Space Corner

Every time someone tells me that they want ‘those corner drawers’ in their kitchen I cringe. Don’t get me wrong – on the surface they’re a good idea and I can definitely see the appeal. But let’s dig a little deeper. The ‘Space Corner’ actually doesn’t save any space. In fact it wastes just as much space as if you simply decided to block the corner space off as a void. And probably even more, because let’s face it, what can you really fit into a drawer that shape anyway?! **shakes head** Also, these babies are expensive. I can list a lot of other things you would be better off spending your money on.

Blum spacecorner Kitchen StorageSpacecorner kitchen storage diagram

Kicker Drawers

A favourite item on design blogs and making regular rounds on Pinterest is the kicker drawer. My sister raised these with me the other week and I had to try really hard not to roll my eyes… To understand my disdain for kicker drawers lets first take a look at one of the main reasons why your kitchen has a kicker (or otherwise known as kickrail, plinth, baseboard). The kicker is the levelling element of your kitchen. 95% of the time your kitchen floor won’t be completely level, so to make sure that your benchtop ends up level the kicker is adjusted to suit. In older homes especially there may be as much as 20mm fall in the floor. Trying to fit a drawer into a space that is not ‘square’ simply doesn’t work.

If you are building a new home and want to incorporate kicker drawers there is every chance it can be done. Houses on concrete slabs tend to have fairly level floor and if the kicker drawers are part of the design brief a good kitchen designer and joiner will make them work for you. But I can pretty much guarantee that you’re not going to like them. In order for the drawers to open freely there needs to be a gap between the drawer face and the floor. Every single time you vacuum or sweep your kitchen the crumbs are going to get pushed into this gap and it will drive you crazy…

Check out kicker drawers in action here.

 

So there you have my Best & Worst Kitchen Storage Solutions. If you would like an honest appraisal, based on years of customer feedback, for any other kitchen storage solution drop me a line!

 

Kitchen

Save $$$ By Hiring Your Own Kitchen Designer

 Save $$ By Hiring Your Own Kitchen Designer

Many of you may be wondering why you should employ an independent kitchen designer when your local joinery or kitchen showroom advertises a ‘free’ design service. There are several reasons why employing your own personal designer will save you $$ and achieve a better result. Let’s take a look at some of these reasons.

 

1. When visiting a kitchen showroom it is important to remember that the consultant you are speaking with is first and foremost a salesperson. They have targets to achieve and probably a commission-based salary. The more money you spend, the more the salesperson earns. If you find yourself deciding between 2 different finishes (both of which may suit your needs) the salesperson will be very persuasive when it comes to convincing you that the more expensive finish is better suited to you.

In contrast, your independent kitchen designer has already negotiated a set price with you to design your kitchen and makes no financial gain whichever finish you choose.

They will instead provide you with a realistic summary of the benefits and disadvantages of each material and help you to select the finish that genuinely suits your needs. This honest advice and the ensuing savings will usually more than pay for the cost of engaging your own independent kitchen designer.

 

2. The showroom salesperson has an obligation to meet company requirements and is trying to create a compromise to please both you and their employer. Perhaps they get a pay rise at the end of the quarter if they increase their sales average, or maybe they have gone into an agreement with a supplier to promote that supplier’s colour range, or they’ve accidentally ordered far too much of a particular product and are promoting it to every customer… There are endless reasons why the showroom salesperson may make compromises to your design to achieve a request made by their employer.

Meanwhile, when it comes to your design, your independent kitchen designer is uncompromising. They work for YOU. Every product they recommend, every design suggestion, every lay-out alteration is based on what will work best for you. Their entire job is to ensure that you love your kitchen and their reputation is staked on it.

 

3. The showroom salesperson may not be a qualified kitchen designer. Yep, that’s right. Anyone can ‘design’ and sell kitchens in a kitchen showroom. Chances are your showroom salesperson is just that – a salesperson. They may have a bit of creative flair, they’ve probably learned about some of the products that are available, but the majority of ‘designers’ in kitchen showrooms across Australia have no formal qualifications. The few that do have qualifications are often qualified Cabinetmakers rather than Designers, so the aesthetics of the design may be overlooked in favour of what is practical and easy to construct.

Engaging an independent kitchen designer ensures that you are working with someone who is both suitably qualified and experienced to give you genuine, unbiased advice.  This ensures that you can achieve a stunning result that not only exceeds your requirements but falls within your budget.

 

So what are you waiting for??  Save yourself a heap of $$$ and employ your own designer today!   

 

To engage The Interior Difference for your kitchen or joinery design project please Contact Us.