10 things I learned from our Kitchen Renovation

It’s hard to go back to writing after such a long time, but lots of very exciting things happened lately, and one of those (more interior design related) is our #kitchenrenovation.

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It’s been on the to-do list since the beginning since we moved in, but we waited two years before finally decided to go with it. Even if the works are still on the go, I would like to show some of the things I learned on the go….

Due to the fact that the room is facing North, it’s quite a dark and irregular space, so the choice to go for an all-white kitchen was the obvious one (and yes, as you know, I’m a big fan). I followed in love with this one:

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Photo Source: The Fresh Light
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Photo Source: The Fresh Light

All very simple, all white (of course) with a nice stone countertop.

After various researchers, we decided to go for an IKEA kitchen, both for the price, and both for all the interior solutions IKEA offers and then use a nice quartz countertop.

So, even if I thought the process will be quite easy, here are my top 10 tips:

  1. PLANNING – If you can plan ahead, trying to do over the summertime, as it will be easier to live without a kitchen in this period of time.
  2. EMERGENCY KITCHEN – Takeaway is great, but believe me, after 4 weeks, you’ll be craving for some normal food, so try to create a little corner in your house with a little kitchenette – coffee machine, fridge, a microwave is all you need- If you don’t want to spend money on expensive equipment, check www.freecycle.com there are lots of people giving away old appliances.
  3. MEASURE EVERYTHING: We made the mistake not to measure the ceiling height and order some spotlights and extractor fans that were too height for our shall ceiling (just 85 cm, while most of the spotlights are 10cm). Is a good idea to make a small hole in the ceiling and insert a measuring tape before making any order, or perhaps ask the builders when they come from a survey.
  4. TILING – You’ll be surprised about how different every country is with construction works. We decided to tile the all floor of the kitchen as I thought it will be normal work to do (and way nicer) but there was a misunderstanding from the installers, who wanted to install the new kitchen first and then tile the floor partially (apparently that’s how they do in UK.). That believe it or not, causes us a delayed of 2 weeks (sigh!) so always check with your installer first.
  5. WRITE ON THE WALLS – yeah, don’t be shy, those walls are gonna be dirty anyway if you want something placed in a certain position (ceiling, wall, etc) just mark it with masking tape or a pencil, so the builders will know when you’re not in. Believe me, it’s hard work to explain to an electrician over the phone where you would like the spotlights to be exactly positioned.
  6. GETTING RID OF OLD STUFF – Empty an old kitchen is a great idea to get rid of the old stuff, but why not give them a new life? I found www.freecycle.com a great help in this situation, you just need to post a photo and description of your item and (believe me) lots of people will contact you to come and collect it for free, from small to big items. If you instead want to sell it, you can try Gumtree or eBay (even if the process might be a bit longer).
  7. LEAVE A NOTE – with contact details, list of things to be done, useful info like where gas, water, electricity access is, not to smoke, what to keep and what to throw away.
  8. WASTE – In my ideal world the builders will take away the wast every day, but no, it doesn’t work like that, they will all pile it up in a place and then come and collect it all in one day, most likely when the finished. So look for a place, ask your neighbour, or the management company of your building when and how you can store the waste.
  9. CHECK YOUR DELIVERY – Even if I know it’s hard when you get delivered in your living room 10000 of parcels, but if you can have a check over things. We didn’t and Ikea delivered 3 doors of the wrong colour (grrrrr) and we are still waiting for the new delivery to come…
  10. EXTRA TIME – Yes, it will take longer than you thought (1month in our case and we’ve been told 2 weeks hahaha) there is always some sort of delay and there is always something that goes wrong, so be patient, it will worth the wait…I think the list could go on no stop, but I just hope you found this useful. It’s been definitely a great learning curve but also a quite stressful period.I can’t wait to share some nice photos with you once is all done! here’s just a sneak peek:Black and white kitchen, kitchenrenovation, ikea kitchen, 10 things i learned, ikea, new kitchen, minimal kitchen, simple, simplicity

Have you got any tips for a #kitchenrenovation ?

One year of Beautiful Things

I cannot believe it’s been 1 year since my blog adventure began!!! When I first started I couldn’t imagine that I would stick to it and keep posting, and now here I am, writing a quick summary of this year so far:

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1/ I met lots of lovely people who share the same interests as me, both here and on Instagram, I couldn’t imagine the big and friendly the community is;

2/ My house got published in a few online magazines and websites, very excited about that, it’s nice to share my little space with other people;

3/ I’ve been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards under the Newcomers Blog category!  I’m very excited about this and I’d thrilled just to get the chances to get into the finals, but of course, I need your help!!!Voting is gonna start soon…

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Minimal Antwerp Penthouse

Life has been pretty hectic in the last few weeks, lots of deadlines at work, and trying to squeeze in my half-marathon training with the rest of the daily tasks it’s been pretty challenging….pffff relax that’s what I need!!!

This amazing Vincent Van Duysen Penthouse in Antwerp seems to offer the perfect place to relax and clear the mind. I wish I could spend some time there today:

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I’ve always been a big fan of his architecture and style and this penthouse it’s not disappointing me: it seems to be a brilliant expression of his minimal style.

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My House | In the Press

I’m so happy to share here on the blog, that the photos I took of our London Flat have been published on Apartment Therapy‘s website:

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and on the Italian Magazine CasaFacile.it

casafacile_minimal londonI hope you’ll enjoy the Home Tour of our calm, minimal London flat 🙂

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P.S. If you wanna publish it on your blog, web or magazine, just let me know. I am always delighted to share my photos with you!

Minimal Xmas Trees Inspiration

Minimal Xmas Trees Inspiration

It’s been a few years since I decided to make minimal Xmas trees instead of traditional ones. Here are a few trees I did over the years: I hope you like them…

1/ WHITE BRANCH 

Minimal Xmas treeA simple branch from a tree I found in the forest in Italy and then painted with white spray colour. Add some simple red white and black baubles (found at a local DIY shop) and some whole nuts to cover the base.

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