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 ?

10 Best Alarm Clock (New Year Resolution)

Hello everyone and Happy new year! I hope you had a lovely start, I disappeared a bit from social media and the blog, as I was spending some lovely time both in Ireland and Italy. It’s been one of the longest Xmas holidays I had in ages and I really enjoyed that!

This year resolution will be just one, and I’ll have to try and stick to it: switch off from the phone a bit more (travelling to a place without a good internet connection of wifi made me realize how addicted I am to it…). So as soon as we got home my lovely husband suggested starting by keeping the phones away from the bedroom and getting an old style Alarm Clock.

Now that might sound funny but it’s hard to still find alarm clocks in shops as everyone is using mobiles phones, and especially to find nice design ones…. but with a little research here’s my top 10 alarm clock list:

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Blackstone House

Last weekend it was Openhouse here in London, the most amazing architectural festival that gives free public access to lots of buildings in the capital and around the country. While most of the people generally hit for the iconic buildings in the city center, this year I opted to stay local and I discovered a beautiful gem just around the corner from my house:

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This new build is designed by 6aArchitects  and is nestled tightly into an irregular corner plot in North London and is split into three apartments.

The client – an artist and restaurateur – briefed the architects with a series of her own photographs depicting the stacking of everyday objects. The result is a minimal space, with a very strong character. The materials are rough ready, a perfect combination of wood, exposed concrete, brass and scratched white stucco.

The featured staircase is the fluid that connects the 3 apartments. The top floor apartment is the most beautiful one and has been decorated by the homeowner with an exquisite taste using a mix of old and new pieces.

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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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Regent’s Park House

Regent’s Park House

I think it’s time for a new home tour today! A while ago my friend Massimo asked me to photograph one of his project: this stunning flat not far from Regent’s Park in North London.

The Bedroom is simple but bright and minimal. The two bedside table are Meduse from Casamania. The Black & White Photo on the wall is by James Morris, one of my favourite architectural photographer.

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The little wood side chair, found by the owner at a flea market is probably my favourite piece in the all flat.

The Bright Living Room found space for the dark metal of the Standard Jean Prouvé Chairs by Vitra and the Cavalletto Table by Cassina.

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