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    Editor's Envy: Beautiful Kitchens' Ysanne Brooks

    by  • May 10, 2010 • 'The Room I Envy' by ..., Cool kitchens • 2 Comments

    I’m always intrigued to see how the editors of interior design magazines decorate their homes, so I was so pleased when Ysanne Brooks, the editor of Beautiful Kitchens, agreed to chat to me about her dream kitchen … I knew it would be a glamorous one …

    “Since I moved house last year I’ve been planning an overhaul of the kitchen… Sadly, it was all in my head as my husband had made me promise not to spend any more money! Then the great washing machine disaster of 2010 happened and I turned a negative into a positive.

    Telling him sweetly not to blame himself, plumbing skills aren’t the be all and end all, I quietly remarked ‘well, now that the floor’s ruined we might as well rip it up and while we’re at it, the rest of the room looks a bit jaded…’ and I finally got to make my dreams for a new kitchen a reality.

    I see lots of fabulous kitchens but the main inspiration for my new scheme was this painted design from Roundhouse. We’re featuring it in Beautiful Kitchens later this year and when I saw it I simply said ‘That’s my kitchen!’ I just love everything about it. The chic, dark and pale grey units in stunning Farrow & Ball shades, the stark white worktops and the cool mirrored splashbacks.

    roomenvy - Beautiful Kitchens' Editor's dream kitchen

    roomenvy - Beautiful Kitchens' Editor's dream kitchen

    According to Ysanne, she’s now knee-deep in flooring choices, but I LOVE the way she turned a decorating mishap into a complete kitchen overhaul. Follow her journey at www.beautifulkitchens.wordpress.

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    Contemporary kitchens – the girly way

    by  • May 5, 2010 • Cool kitchens • 2 Comments

    Well it’s not often I take my eyes off the country-style kitchen prize, but I love this contemporary kitchen from Housetohome. It just goes to show that you can keep the scheme white and still add colour and accessories to give it a shot of personality.

    Here’s how to get this look in an open-plan kitchen-diner.

    1) Choose a statement kitchen wallpaper to define the kitchen area – if you get tired of it after a few years, you can always change the design to create a dramatic new look.

    2) Pick out a colour from the wallpaper and add matching accessories like linens and kitchenware.

    3) Go for minimalist dining furniture so the wallpaper takes centre stage. I love these Kartell Louis Ghost chairs by Philippe Stark, they’re perfect for this contemporary cool kitchen.

    roomenvy - pretty in pink kitchen

    roomenvy - pretty in pink kitchen

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