Now that we’ve sold our holiday home in the Bay of Arcachon to my best friend (which is the cherry on the cake since I get to see more of her), we are starting to plan our #bodieandfourenovations to modernise our other home in France. One thing we are looking at revamping is our Ikea kitchen which I have to admit has not aged. Ten years on and the units are still looking very white and have not faded despite the huge amount of natural light filling the room. However, what has changed is our cooking habits (well mine mostly…). I started cooking which made me realise that there is actually not enough workspace to prepare the food when the two of us are in the kitchen + Steve finds it very antisocial to have his back turned to our guests when he is cooking. Added to the obvious lack of storage, there is quite a few things we could make right the second time around.
This white apartment in Barcelona, is quite different from this small but so nicely styled 20sqm2 flat or this white flat I showed you a few weeks ago but it has a lot of inspiration to offer… Starting with the kitchen which was the room that first caught my eye. The kitchen manages to combine several styles I like at once: Scandinavian, industrial, contemporary and vintage with a bit of urban jungle and yet everything is beautifully done with a great aesthetic and strong personality.
Plywood kitchens are a favourite of mine after white kitchens and the kitchen I’m featuring today, has the added value of having a few styling tips you may want to bookmark for future references. Most the plywood furniture here, is custom-made. I really love the discreet kitchen hood and the stand-alone kitchen which somehow, reminds me of Atelier September in Copenhagen. Add a few bistro chairs, a nice table in a light, natural wood to match the colour of the plywood, white walls to bounce back the light and you end up with a very soothing and peaceful space.
What is your favourite room in your home? For me, it’s the kitchen…I spend very little time in the bedroom beside sleeping in it at night and being more a shower person, I’m in and out of the bathroom in no time. The kitchen however, is where I like to hang out. Having an open-plan dining/kitchen in our home in France and no home office yet, these days I work a lot from our dining table, staring at our white kitchen and incidentally, making plans on how I could improve it. Following my last post on plywood kitchens, today I wanted to show you a few examples of white, contemporary kitchens with concrete floor which I find really beautiful and soothing. All of them have interesting details we can bookmark for future references and are spaces I would be quite happy to work from…
Besides its eco-friendly properties, plywood or wood from sustainable forests are a great alternative to re-design your kitchen on a budget. Personally, I’m a huge fan of this material which we used at home in Steve’s tree house. I love the warmth and the Scandinavian vibes, wood adds to the room and if you’re not convinced, let me show you 12 examples of modern kitchens re-designed with plywood. READ ON…
I’m not sure if it was the kitchen units which reminds me of my Ladurée scented candle (it’s so rare to see pale green kitchen units isn’t it?) or the white floorboards but I found this beautiful Swedish flat very soothing and calming, don’t you?
I’m heading to France next month to supervise a new interior design project which I’m really excited about so before I start spamming you with idyllic photos of the Bay of Arcachon, I thought I would share some photos of the kitchen project we recently finished in London.
Since we’ve received some beautiful black pendant lights with a copper finish inside, let me share with you my favourite looks with black pendant lights as a sequel to my post: Decorating with copper and brass touches