After 6 months of begging my boyfriend to join me in a kitchen makeover extravaganza, he has finally (and I still don’t know how it finally happened) agreed to come on board. With the excitement of creating a new space in our home totally overwhelming me (you know you’re an adult when), I’ve been scouring the interwebs for English Country Home Inspiration. Here are the ideas and inspiration I’m running with when going in to planning mode this week and having the plans drawn up!
For our kitchen makeover we’re going for a simple design & neutral approach. As we live in the countryside we want to keep our makeover true to the location of our house and keep it simple. Floorboards will be replacing our ancient tiles that look as if they belong in an old Italian villa’s powder room, ha! We will also be ripping out the kitchen in its entirety, removing a wall and opening up our kitchen/dining space to be conjoined.
Open shelving has really caught my eye as being a great way to make a kitchen look more interesting beyond cupboards and provide some depth to the space.
If I can somehow swing my boyfriend to see the beauty in brassware, I would love to feature some gold accents in our new kitchen. This splash of gold provides a more vintage feel to a kitchen it gives it that added point of difference.
As our house is carpeted throughout (great in the winter time), I really wanted to take the opportunity of a rome renovation to add some floorboards to our house. Particularly in practical spaces like kitchen/dining where you spend so much time, I believe it is important to consider what will work best for you. Our current tiles are extremely cold in the winter time, so I’m hoping the switch to wooden floors will be a little more cozy for our house.
Talk about the ultimate indulgence! Although I’m getting a little sidetracked here (our current budget and space does not allow for a walk-in pantry), I couldn’t resist sharing this photo with you! Organisation is on point.
As our current kitchen is a dark and uninviting space, we’re really hoping to shift the gears by knocking out the wall that separates our kitchen and dining room, resulting in more light in the joint room and more space to enjoy hosted dinner parties. Another important thing for me is to keep a neutral colour palette, but not to get so carried away that you omit giving the space depth and character. I believe this is possible by sticking to a neutral palette, yet focusing on different tones and materials like these white wall tiles matched with the dark oak open shelving.
Another key focus of mine this year is to spend more time in our garden to create an oasis in the warmer months. Although this takes time, we’re lucky enough to live in a much older house that already had some pretty well established gardens before we arrived (though sadly after years of neglect, I’ve got my work cut out for me!)
Glass Jars and Organisation Overload
Anyone who knows me or who has read my blog for a while now will know first hand that I am completely over organised (you name it, I’ve written a list for it!) I love the look of these glass jars filled with candy, granola or cooking ingredients to bring something new to the pantry.
Topiary & Splashes of colour
Another obsession of mine is to include topiary in every room of my house – there’s just nothing more classically English! I had never thought of putting plants in my kitchen but I love the way this brings a burst of colour to an otherwise neutral room.
Last but not least – feature lighting! I love the way two or three simple hanging lights provide such a feature in English country home kitchens. I’ve been using Australian interior design sites like Temple and Webster to search for hidden treasures, but I do so wish sites like Anthropologie had affordable shipping rates to Australia!