I'm knee deep in finishing the joinery plans for the kitchen (I promise! That's why I've been so quiet), which are aaaaalmost done.

I thought I'd share a bit of the kitchen inspiration that has helped me with the detailing.... all slightly random, but the thread in common is that I've embraced the more traditional style that I was leaning toward. But it's a little pared back, which will match the detailing in the extension well - which is complementary to the classic style of the front of the house, but stripped back a little.

Firstly, here are some images from kitchens in the UK via Tim Moss, who does a great job of pared back classic styling. The first one has stainless steel panels inset in the doors.





He uses a lot a lot of curved elements in his kitchens, which is a nice (albeit very expensive) detail. I won't be doing that in my design, but it's interesting to see a consistent theme throughout the design of his kitchens.






Very simple kickers, door and drawer profiles


 And here is another kitchen that is similar in styling with simple shaker door profiles that I recently pinned on Pinterest


And finally, a picture of the detailing from my Dad's kitchen, which I designed around 11 years ago now. I'm not going to go quite so decorative with the routing on the door panels (it suits his house, but mine is going to be a bit simpler). These are the base units - the knobs are china Edwardian style ones from Mother of Pearl & Sons. I'm going to copy kicker detail for my cabinets.



And here are the overhead cupboards which have a decorative bracket



And with that, I'm going to get on with finishing the plans. At long last...

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  1. Hello Heidi ... first of all - I love your Dad's kitchen!! SO elegant with the porcelain handles! I also love Tim Moss's kitchens - sort of shaker in a way too .... My kitchen at South Acres was very similar - exactly the same drawer/door details - but no rounded edges ... how fabulous to see that though! I do love the putty colour he uses mostly ... have you decided on the finish?. I will do a post soon - but been too sick up to now :( xx

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    1. Oh no! So sorry to hear you've been sick, hope you're feeling better soon. I like the putty colours he uses as well, and am going to do a hand painted on site finish - semi gloss enamel, but colour still to be decided. I've chosen handles, taps, bench tops... just have to choose the tiles and colour of the cupboards. But I'm there at last! I'm just drafting up the last couple of details at the moment so that nothing can go to chance... and checking for errors (of which there are a lot... the problem when you're constantly interrupted). I'm about to finish off tonight! Hooray!! xx

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  2. Oh those rounded edges are very elegant... But I bet they're ridiculously expensive to do well. I love the Shaker inspired cupboards, and your father's kitchen.
    Any news of shoes??
    One of my replacement pairs have arrived and I'm second-guessing myself.... They fit quite well though!

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    1. I think the round edges would be very expensive (and beyond a lot of the cabinet makers in Australia too... it would be quite specialised I'd say).
      No Shoes yet!! I can't believe how expensive and slow Bluefly's shipping is. It did say 7-10 working days. I've just become used to NAP and Shopbop's super fast shipping.
      What's wrong with your shoes?? Why are you second guessing - you lusted after them for so long! xx

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    2. Oh hope they arrive soon! NAP are so fast!
      I'm just thinking that I probably don't need an expensive pair of heels that aren't particularly comfortable..... Ives been so busy I haven't really had time to try them on properly, so will have a play at the weekend and decide then!

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    3. I just checked with the tracking, and it's not got any update since last week when they were in Illinois... guess there's not a lot of rush though - it's freezing in Adelaide, so I'm not going to be wearing them for a while! That's a shame the Mulberry's are not comfy though... they look like they would be. But nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes for everyday. xx

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  3. Those kitchens are deeply good. I feel calm and serene just looking at them. Love the rounded edges - and so kind to clumsy people like me who bump into sharp corners!
    BTW, the kitchen manufacturers I'm talking to practically have apopleptic fits when I suggest hand painting instead of 2-pac! You would think they had never heard of it.
    Well, we decided to experiment and put an MDF panel on our integrated dishwasher and painted it just to see what it looks like and how it fares for a while...I don't know why they are so fussed, it looks good to me! I think kitchen makers assume that super smooth finish is the only option, but I agree with you, the hand painting is a lovely look in its own way.

    It's too darn cold for sandals anyway!
    Cheers, Renie

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    1. True about the sharp corners Renie- I've always got bruses on my my legs from knocking into things. That's very funny re your kitchen company experience... just as I suspect most won't like doing anything different from their normal. The pictures of my Dad's kitchen has a hand pain finish, and it looks perfect (few scuffs on the kicker, but you'd expect that!) xx

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  4. Great kitchen designs! I'm actually renovating my kitchen too, just signed the contract with my kitchen guy and decided all our kitchen appliances ( we decided to go everything with Bosch except for a dishwasher which I'm getting a fully integrated Asko one).

    Love your dad's kitchen! Blue and white never go wrong.

    Tiffany

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    1. Hi Tiffany, how exciting that you're getting a new kitchen too! I think you'll love the Asko dishwasher. I have one currently, and have been very happy with it... and my 13 year old washer and dryer (nearly 14 years old) are still going strong despite taking a beating. xx

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  5. Are you keeping the floor you have? (I think I might have missed the answer to this question) We have a southern heart-pine floor in the kitchen, and although I never would have installed a wood floor in a kitchen, it works; the soft wood deals well with water, and it historically matches the Craftsman bungalow style. I believe wood would compliment your cabinets quite nicely, but this is probably not common in your area.

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    1. The kitchen is in the new extension, so it has a concrete slab, and we're doing Linoleum over it... I'll post the finishes with the plans. We had timber boards in our last kitchen and it looked fantastic.. I was just worried about wear and tear with kids and a dog (when he comes back to live with us!), as his claws had scratched the old floors a little in our last house. Timber is great though, as it's much more forgiving with the back and knees from standing in the kitchen - your kitchen sounds lovely. xx

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  6. Those Tim Moss kitchens ...beautiful.

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    1. They are Linda - elegant and simple. No fussy detailing, love them xx

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  7. Ooh Heidi, those kitchens are very very beautiful. So elegant and timeless with a gracious nod to the past, but walking the modern line beautifully. Perfect! I confess that I am definitely in the traditional classic camp style-wise. I thought the pictures you posted of the minimalist kitchens in your previous post were so calm, beautiful, zen and really peaceful to look at, but I cannot help thinking that they would be difficult to maintain in that state for a family, even for a slightly (!) OCD person like me - maybe a very neat single person or couple perhaps?? Plus, I do like some personal bits and pieces around to make a home feel cosy and individual, which isn't really possible in those zen like surroundings. What would you do with your amazing auction finds? Cannot wait to see your kitchen. It sounds so beautiful. I must send unsolicited photos of mine! Hah! Regards Tammy

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    1. Hi Tammy - I tend to favour less on the bench tops, everything hidden in cupboards in a kitchen. I tend to think of it as a work space, so easy to clean etc is a priority. But I have to say that I do find (and did in our last house) that I react against what I'm currently living in.... which is a very, very cluttered kitchen. Nothing has a home, lots on the bench top (appliances, bread bin, breakfast cereal (as it doesn't fit in a cupboard) and it drives me nuts! Probably the zen like photos of minimalist kitchens were attractive to me for that reason alone! Please do send photos through - I love seeing other people's photos! xx

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  8. Deanne - I'm so sorry I accidentally hit delete rather than publish... but yes, I'm looking forward to seeing my renovation finished too! xx

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  9. Your Dad's kitchen is gorgeous. As are the other kitchen images. I quite liked the stainless steel panels but they would be a pain to clean unless you got the special non marking stuff!

    Hope you got the plans done and can't wait to see how it all looks!

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    1. I did get them finished! Hooray! Gave them to the builder this morning, so I'll post them on here in the next week... have been too busy.

      Hadn't thought that about the stainless steel panels. Suspect that the owners of the house have staff to take care of that... the house is in London, and it looks reasonably big! xx

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  10. Looking forward to seeing your kitchen plans, I'm loving these kitchen curves. We are actually doing a secret curve in our kitchen that I haven't blogged about, fingers crossed that it works. The kitchen designer didn't even blink when we asked about it but is willing to have a go, suspect he may think we are a bit nuts but appears to be humouring us well! mel x

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    1. How interesting Mel - I'll look forward to seeing your curve in the kitchen, and how you go with the kitchen joiner on it too. It can be done, but I've not seen cupboard doors that are curved, and drawers too here in Australia... it's all very precise and specialised. Laughing that he's humouring you... I like to push the envelope a bit too... my builders favourite thing to say is "oh yes, that sounds interesting" ! xx

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  11. Loving to hear of progress and that you have found your way. I thought I had found my way. But I am loss now. None of the kitchen places I have approached are going to do semi gloss enamel. All 2 pac. Arghh. Ridiculously expensive (Well I think so) for the cabinets. Feel like I am back at square one.
    So it appears your kitchen will be in before mine!

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    1. You could ask them to do a quote for undercoated only (they should be able to do that easily), and then organise your own painter to paint it on site.... that's what our joinery company are doing. It wouldn't be common for them, and they'll find it weird as they're used to finishing everything, but they should be ok to do that. Good Luck... and I doubt with the progress on our site the past 2 weeks that our kitchen will be in before yours! xx

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  12. Love the curved joinery - I designed a few like that using the ribbed MDF with curved plywood over - expensive detail but stunning.

    The details on your father's kitchen are truly beautiful - have stood the test of time.

    If you were missing Melbourne looking at the gorgeous terrace house, I'll make sure to post lots of images on my blog from the Open House Melbourne this weekend...am already feeling my aching feet before it has even started...so many buildings, so little time!!

    Hope you have a gorgeous weekend too. x

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    1. can't wait Virginia! Sounds like it's going to be a bit of a tiring weekend though! xx

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  13. Love all the pins on your pinterest! Xx

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    1. Thanks N! Hope all is going well in the Lockup xx

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  14. Great inspiration for you here. This simple classic style is so attractive particularly in these shades of beige and the curved elements really add interest to the rooms. When we had our new kitchen about four years ago, one of the hardest decisions was deciding on the interiors of the cupboards as there are so many fantastic storage options now. We opted for quite a few huge wide drawers - so much easier to find things!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It took me hours (literally) to decide on all the interior fittings... was trying not to go overboard with it, but there are so many great options out there now. xx

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  15. Hi Heidi,
    Those Tim Moss kitchens are lovely. I've been scrutinising the Smallbone site with a close eye this week as we try and finalise our kitchen look with the architect. I'm trying to get a more contemporary classic look while my architect is a bit more classic. Very tricky and quite stressful. I'm stressing about taking him away from his tried and true kitchen joinery formula to have it fall flat. Once it's locked in it will dictate joinery throughout the whole house so a huge decision. So again, your post is very timely and very helpful. Once again, loving your choices.

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    1. The Tim Moss ones are lovely Kris - have you looked at the Plain English cabinetmakers website from the UK too? I like their styling too - classic English style kitchens, but not as decorative as the Smallbone one. Holloway's kitchens in the UK also have great classic design that you might like. Good luck.. sounds like a lot of pressure - I'm very happy to have the decisions behind me now! xx

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