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Planning Our Kitchen

Planning Our Kitchen

This post was in collaboration with Urban Lighting

While our kitchen renovation is still a little way away, we have begun in the planning stage to give us plenty of time to be sure about what we are getting. We have found the way we live in our home to be vastly different to the way we thought we would, and this has changed the plans we originally had, 3 separate times. We are now very happy with our proposed extension, which means I can enjoy planning our kitchen. Let’s explore some of the decisions we are firm on.



The kitchen is the hub of most homes, and in particular ours. As our children grow into adults, we find this is the part of the home we tend to gather in at the end of the day—where homework is done, family discussions take place and dinner is had. Lighting in the kitchen will need to reflect all these moods. Various forms of lighting, such as pendant lighting from Urban Lighting, will need to be used to enhance the experience of our kitchen. We will need bright lights for homework and meeting times, while ambient lighting will be required for dinner times, or towards the end of the day.

Stone Bench Tops

I have had stone bench tops in my kitchens for 10 years now and won’t stray from them in our new kitchen. We have decided on a manufactured stone, as we find marble to be unpractical for a family like ours. With some many varieties of manufactured stone available now that closely mimic natural stone, we feel confident we will find one to suit our requirements.


Our Hamptons Style Forever Home

Shaker Style Cabinetry

This will be an absolute non-negotiable point for us. Ok, so it’s not traditional for the age of our home, but it does have a classic timeless look that we love. We have used shaker style cabinetry in our library and our ensuite, and this will carry well through into the kitchen.

Renovating an old Queenslander can throw some challenges along the way, especially when trying to stay traditional. In a big area like a kitchen, it is simply not possible to stick to the traditional kitchen of the era. We can, however, bring in elements to keep the traditional feel of the home—for example the windows, colouring, and pressed metal ceilings—without compromising quality or comfort.

Are you planning a renovation or extension? Time to freshen up your home?




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  1. Your kitchen will be utterly fabulous. Whilst it is possible to maintain some elements of original design in historical places, I agree with you that the kitchen needs to be practical.. Shaker kitchens still have a beautiful amount of detail.. so sympathetic to Pen Y Llechwedd ? Will be watching on (possibly with drool).

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