Kitchen Heaven

If you, like me,  will spent the festive season cooking for and entertaining family and friends whilst quietly counting the days until you can remodel your outdated and clumsily designed kitchen, then you have my sympathy.  I am hoping 2016/17 will see me have my dream kitchen and I look forward to sharing ALL with you.

by jhinteriordesign.com sshh.... the inspiration for my dream kitchen ;-)
by jhinteriordesign.com sshh…. the inspiration for my dream kitchen 😉

Today,  more than ever,  the kitchen is more than the part of the building equipped to prepare and cook food.  Most homes today have a family kitchen where meals are prepared and eaten, papers are read, children do homework, TV is watched and casual dinner parties are held.  In many towns and cities as space becomes and issue, often kitchens are incorporated into the living room area.

Creating a comfortable, eco-advanced kitchen in any style can be a breeze – if we stick to a few golden rules.

 

  • Wood – use FSC certified or formaldehyde-free MDF
  • Paint – use zero VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Natural Stone – source reclaimed
  • Wood Flooring – reclaimed or FSC certified
  • Worktops – reclaimed marble, stone, wood or glass or eco-composite
  • Go for the best rated appliances up to AAA standard for efficiency
  • Install a water saving tap
  • Make space for recycling/composting (give to a neighbour who composts if you don’t – hello Rosemary & Malcolm!))
  • LED lighting has now improved vastly and can be dimmed.  Avoid masses of ceiling spots. Vintage lighting looks great and adds character.
  • Try to avoid gas cooking if possible it is not sustainable and also gives off toxic fumes equivalent to a busy road (yet to break that one to husband who loves weekend cooking with gas!)
  • Try to use daylight to your advantage by adding a window or skylight

I have selected a few examples from my Pinterest page…….

Wooden Kitchen
Wooden Kitchen
Reclaimed Flooring
Reclaimed Flooring
Tadelakt polished plaster flooring and walls by pietboon.com
Tadelakt polished plaster flooring and walls by pietboon.com
Reclaimed dining table
Reclaimed dining table
Vintage unfitted kitchen
Vintage unfitted kitchen
Island clad in repurposed leather belts.
Island clad in repurposed leather belts.
Reclaimed brassware
Reclaimed brassware
Reclaimed marble from surfacetiles.com
Reclaimed marble from surfacetiles.com

 

 

swisstap uses 80% less water
swisstap uses 80% less water
Recycled Glass Worktops from Resilica.com in England
Recycled Glass Worktops from Resilica.com in England

The list is endless and I will be revisiting the subject again.  The main thing is to find a kitchen design you love then find a few eco alternatives where you can.

Author: Amanda Jacober

I am and interior designer sharing tips and inspiration on how to create your dream home and garden using authentic materials and sustainable practices

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3 thoughts on “Kitchen Heaven”

  1. Love it!! The simplicity of the first pic is divine, and adore those inset shelves. I might agree with your hubby on the controllability of a gas hob, but I’m sure the alternatives have improved vastly. Looking forward to renovating my new home too, when I find it. With a dedicated dog mat in the kitchen for my guys to watch from, and receive the occasional tidbit without getting under my feet! Hxx

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