Kitchen Reno: Making More Space

I just wanted to quickly show how taking out a chimney breast can make a big difference in a space/room.  This example is in my own kitchen where there was a chimney breast surrounding the stove.  This took up valuable counter space as well as much wanted and usable wall space.  See the difference below:


Kitchen before…with chimney breast.


Kitchen after…chimney breast removed.

As you can see, there is now 2 extra storage spaces on either side of the extractor fan as well as much more depth with the counter space.  Not only that, it also gives the area a nice streamlined, clean look which is exactly what I was after!   In the process we also removed the chimney breasts in the 2 rooms directly above the kitchen which made rooms that were once awkward and slightly cramped into 2 very good sized, well proportioned bedrooms.  Well worth the effort!


Aspiring Designer In the Spotlight – A Victorian Overhaul

The amazing blogger Anita Brown has written on her blog about my house renovations…and put it much more eloquently than I ever could have!

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This ‘aspiring designer’ has taken her Victorian home and dragged it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Maybe the property didn’t kick and scream at all; maybe it whooped and cheered at the thought of being overhauled because the results are astounding and a testament to the commitment, hard work, design skills and vision of its very talented owners.

Renovation Pics

Exposed brick, crumbling plaster, stripped floor boards and lots of dust: this can only mean one thing. RENO!!! Click on the image below to increase viewing pleasure. Trust me, you won’t regret it!


Contemporary Colour Palette

The image below illustrates a space that is successful in acknowledging period detailing but also incorporates a contemporary twist.

There is nothing more refreshing than witnessing traditional and contemporary standing side-by-side.  There’s a simple reason for this: they compensate for what the other is lacking.  Contemporary colours and form rejuvenate and refresh the more traditional (and possibly more ‘serious’) aspects…

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More of: House Renovation Before and After

Here are a few more pictures that I can show in regards to our home renovation:

Front Reception Room Before:


Front Reception Room After:


Master Bedroom Before:


Master Bedroom After: (STILL searching for a large piece of art for above the bed…hence the big empty space….house still slightly a work in progress in terms of art work!)


Ok, I must now stop procrastinating and get back to school work…Module 10, here I come!

House Renovations Before and After

So one of the reasons I decided to begin a course in Interior Design was because I loved working on my own house renovation. After years of renting as an expat, we finally bought a house….and although it was a great house, the interior was not to my style at all and the layout needed a bit of work.  We decided straight away that we would do a renovation to make it the house for us! I always thought that when it came down to it I would hire an Interior Designer to help me with EVERYTHING!  Little did I know that I would enjoy it so much that I would do most of it myself.  I’m talking room layouts, floor plans (involved knocking down quite a few walls and changing the layout of the first floor!) flooring, walls, colours, furniture, lighting etc!  Of course all done supported by great contractors, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and decorators!  I loved it all! I think now, with the knowledge that I have from the course, I could do an even better job!  You have to start somewhere so they say! Here are a few before and after shots.

Kitchen Before:

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Kitchen After:


Family Room Before:


Family Room After:


Downstairs Loo Before and After:

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Front Room Before:


Front Room After:


Ok and before everyone gets bored looking at so many pictures…just a couple more!

Front Entrance Before and After:

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Master Bedroom En-Suite Before and After:

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Ok!  That’s it for now!  I have to say I really loved transforming this house into a home that works for me and my family.  I hope that I can do the same one day, professionally, for others!