Friday, July 26, 2013

Small Kitchen Renovation Tips

When it comes to home renovation, it’s not always possible to go out or up to create huge open spaces as seen in most of the glossy magazines. A lack of space however, does not need to impact negatively on style and practicality.

Space constraints just mean you have to be savvier. The latest hot designers focus on how to increase storage and double up on functionality within a small space with so many people living in apartments and flats, especially in the bigger cities.

Kitchen renovations can be tricky due to the checklist of items we deem necessary to include – the standard fridges, sinks, stoves, and dishwashers all take up so much room, not to mention bench space and cupboards unless you plan to eat out every night. What’s more is that these things are often supersized to serve the nuclear family when in reality there are fewer per head, per household when it comes to smaller living spaces.

You can renovate your existing space without having to forgo the conveniences that make your life simple and clean, giving you more time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and the company of those you share it with!

Some tips for creating a great kitchen in a small space include

  • Opt for space savvy appliances - Fisher & Paykel are one brand who have been “thinking outside of the triangle” when it comes to modern space saving design. Install a smaller dishwasher into existing cabinetry such as the space saving Fisher & Paykel DishdrawerTM. Options include single, wide or double DishdrawersTM. A dishwasher like this will also spare dish pile-up clutter, out of sight out of mind! They have also designed the CooldrawerTM – a fridge or freezer that can be changed to suit at the touch of a button and integrated into drawer space. Check out their site for the latest in innovative appliances (and their amazing food blog!)

  • Go Light – going for light finishes and paint colours gives an illusion of space. White is classic and reflective materials refract light to give an illusion of space. Clever lighting above and under shelving can also create a sense of roominess. 

  • Make use of cupboard and drawer space – take your wall cupboards up as high as you can reach and use drawers for lower storage to make use of void space at the back of cupboards that is often wasted. 

  • Use your imagination - Bench and storage space can be cleverly created out of freestanding furniture; simple open shelving doubles as storage and a display feature; search out innovative and aesthetically appealing features – kitchens are somewhere to be enjoyed and shouldn’t be purely functional. Have fun and design something you can be proud of!!

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dishdrawer small kitchen white renovation storage

dishdrawer small kitchen white renovation storage

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

First Steps

I came across these photos taken when Stella started walking a few months ago. It's funny how people tell you that you'll want to keep your kids grounded for as long as possible. When she started walking I had this enormous surge of pride and happiness for her new found independence and ability to explore the world further. Her delight in achieving such a momentous task for such a little person was infectious, as it is with every new feat.  Even if it means I have to run a little faster or keep a closer watch, I will continue to encourage and support her to spread those delicate wings and wait patiently by her side to cheer and to catch and to cuddle.

Friday, July 12, 2013

My guest post for A FIFO WIFE

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Hi Lovelies,

I have been following a really interesting blog for a while now called "a fifo wife" that follows the daily ins and outs of life partnered to someone who works in mining. We have been in this position for a year now, and I have come across more and more people in the same boat as the mining boom continues in Australia. It's a roller coaster that takes some getting used to, and I find myself referring to Debs blog when I need a little strengthening, and that is what is interesting about this whole blog and social media thing. You can find support from total strangers and catharsis in the strangest of places, without it taking away from the reality of life. I wrote a piece that has been playing on my mind that I thought would fit her blog nicely and she has kindly published it today, so if you are interested you can find it here -

Emma xxx

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dishes in Drawers

I am one of the lucky generation. I married a man who is hands on with our daughter and who doesn’t mind changing a nappy. I married a man (the same man by the way) who is happy when I chase my dreams and that I have my own ambitions. And the one that causes women of much older generations to cry “he’s a keeper, that one!” – I married a man who cleans more than I do. He still drinks beer, has big muscles and a firm handshake (apparently in alpha male man-land this is a very important trait), he just “can’t relax” in a messy space.  Now I’m certainly no domestic goddess, in fact the other week I was rightly accused of not pulling my weight and taking my lovely husband for granted in the housekeeping department! My how times have changed. My solution? Let’s get a dishwasher – a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher.

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Now I must tell you I have been approached by Fisher & Paykel to ask if I would write about their dishwashers and had I not liked them, I would not have. However I think these just look damn good. In fact they have won several awards for their DishdrawerTM designs and were the first to come up with the idea of hiding what is a practical, but often ugly, appliance inline with existing cabinetry and drawers.

They come in an assortment of widths, heights, colours and single or double options so they can be easily worked into your space or suited to your household. A couple living in a small apartment who don’t need a huge dishwasher or just don’t have the space can install a small single DishdrawerTM and a larger family can install a wider, double DishdrawerTMI also think they are a great idea for the ageing population not to have to bend down so low, seeing as most of the them don't have a warm-blooded if somewhat neglected dishwasher of their own.

Take a look at the range here

or check out more of their designs and how to incorporate them in my other posts - 
Small Kitchen Renovation Tips
For The Love of Dishdrawers

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Fisher and & Paykel dishdrawer

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