Category Archives: Kitchen

How to create a hotel interior at home


Good morning, I hope you are well. Over the weekend I went to Stockholm to attend the Meet the Bloggers convention. As I mentioned in my last post, I was a little nervous about the whole thing as it was a new experience and I’d never been to anything like it before. So now I have to report back that I shouldn’t have worried. I’ve never met such a lovely bunch of people. Everyone was genuinely supportive and I learnt so much that I felt like my brain was going to burst.

Stockholm is a most beautiful city and although I have visited the city before with my family, this time I was able to visit the city with a more directed design view. I was naive in thinking that the Scandinavians have a very distinct aesthetic ie minimal with a strong tie with nature. I had assumed that the hotel we were staying at would be representative of this. So I was both surprised and delighted when I arrived to discover that the Scandic Grand Central Hotel was in fact an eclectic restoration by architecture firm Koncept of a property built in 1885. Their intention was to create an interior that would feel like it always existed. The core elements of the interiors were based around Music, playfulness, photography and creativity.

As I was walking through the hotel, I started wondering whether it would be possible to recreate the style of the interior at home.  So I put together some notes on how this could be possibly achieved within the reception, kitchen and bedroom of a home. The results are below:


  • Use a restricted colour palette to create harmony.  The orange pillows and stripe on the sheets create a pop of colour and focal point, the surrounding area then mellows, but still uses variations of the orange ie citrus orange in the typography picture to the camel brown in the curtains
  • Create a unique headboard by using wall panelling. The panelling is then painted out in the same colour as the wall so as not to be too intrusive on the scheme.
  • Use lighting to highlight artwork and create flexibility.


  • Use beautiful tiling on the floor to create a stunning feature.
  • Hang industrial lights over a kitchen island or dining table to create a focal point. Note: the size of the lights mimic the size of the pattern on the floor.
  • Don’t be afraid to use black in the ceiling and furniture. It makes the other colours in the room more vibrant.

And finally….


So what do you think? Do you like the scheme? Would you have any of the elements in your home? I’d love to know. Have a lovely Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow for inspiration Wednesday. xD

Image Source: Scandic Grand Central Hotel


To Kitchen Island or Not?

We got to see Little J in his first ever Christmas play yesterday. Watching him sing and dance with so much joy and determination almost brought a tear to my eye. What was so much more wonderful was the audience that was packed full of mums, dads, grand parents, sisters and brothers watching with delight as they saw their little ones. It was at this moment, that I realised that the home really is the heart of the family. I envisioned that after the performance that each and everyone of them would go back to their homes and settle down into their kitchens for a delicious home cooked lunch. Probably not the reality I know, but that’s what I was imagining.

More and more of us are converting our kitchens to become the hub of the home and as part of that, incorporating a kitchen island. The kitchen island rather than just serving as a useful storage device, has become the centre of all the going’s on in the house. You can socialise while you cook, you can keep an eye on the kids and you can even use it to dine on. In fact, the dining room is now almost redundant.

However, I’m not entirely convinced that this is necessarily a good thing. We live in a busy world and it appears that more and more families don’t eat their meals together anymore, opting to have a quick meal on the kitchen island and then going about their business. Is this a good thing?  Or would it be a better design decision to opt for a communal table in the kitchen rather than a kitchen island? So today, I leave you with these 2 images and ask which one would you go for and why?

Image Source – Pinterest Universal Shades


Dealing with a low ceiling

When you walk into our house, the front door leads directly into a large reception with an 11 foot ceiling and as you progress towards the back of the house the ceiling lowers dramatically (by at least 3 ft) and becomes our kitchen and dining space. Although there is a significant drop, you don’t actually feel it. Here’s why:

  • we have a large panel of glass which acts as a skylight in the kitchen that makes the space feel unrestricted
  • the glass sliding doors at the back of the house reach all the way to the ceiling giving the illusion of height
  • the ceiling is painted in white and is lighter than the floors which not only reflects light but provides the illusion of a higher ceiling
  • the kitchen cabinets go all the way to the ceiling and draws the eye up
  • the lighting in the kitchen is integrated into the cabinets and we have no pendants hanging from the ceiling (hanging pendants will focus the eye on the ceiling height)
  • the art in the dining room is hung high towards the ceiling to again draw the eye up

All of these factors have contributed towards creating the illusion that the height of the ceiling is in fact taller than it really is. A couple of other things you could also do are:

  • use vertical stripes to draw the eye upwards
  • use low furniture to make the room feel taller
  • use window treatments that go from floor to ceiling to help create the illusion of height

I hope this has helped anyone trying to design for a room with a low ceiling as it can be a tough one to get right. Have a lovely Thursday. I’ll be back tomorrow for Friday 5s. xD

Image Source – and

Round Dining Tables

I was recently asked for some advice from a friend who was extending the back of her house and in turn replacing her old kitchen. The extension was an open plan space that would incorporate an informal lounge, kitchen and dining. She already had a formal dining room and wanted to have another smaller table in the extension to use on a daily basis. I was asked what sort of table would I go for. My immediate inclination was to go for a round table. It’s the versatility of a round dining table that makes it work so well in an informal space. You can squeeze extra people around if you need, it’s perfect for small spaces and they can add an extra dimension to a space that may be angular and boxy such as a kitchen. Be sure to add some drama to the table by hanging a fabulous pendant above it, it will create a feature of the table. Below are some images that I have picked up over time. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I got them. If you recognise any of the pictures, please let me know and I will ensure I update the post with the correct source. That’s all for now. Have a nice Thursday. xD

Making kitchens more interesting

It’s gloomy and cold outside… weather like this always makes me reach for the kettle to brew my favourite deli bought coffee. I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to coffee. Has to be high quality and freshly ground. No instant coffee allowed in my house! But I digress. Let’s get back to interiors. Today, I’m talking about open shelving in the kitchen. Kitchens are usually designed with function in mind first then aesthetics trail behind. Shelving can be a wonderful way of adding personality and warmth into the scheme. If you place your plates, bowls and utensils out on display, it instantly makes the kitchen feel lived in and more interesting. Coming from a more practical standpoint, if you put the least used items on the top shelves and items you use everyday on the bottom shelf they won’t get the chance to accumulate dust. Now time for that cup of coffee….

Image Source top left – Unknown, top right –, bottom left – Apartment Therapy & bottom right – Design Sponge

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