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The Blink London kitchen redesign

The Blink London kitchen project, before and after, interior decor, kitchen redesign, Ikea, lifestyle blog

The Blink London kitchen project, before and after

Finally we’re ready to share our completed kitchen project with you! What an exciting journey it’s been. I’ve never designed an interior space before and so this was rather a steep learning curve- but one that had to be faced. Just look at that tired out, falling apart and frankly ugly kitchen on the left. Well, now it looks so beautiful, even if I say so myself.

As a womenswear designer there is a process that I am familiar with and I tried to apply the same principles to this project. First came budget planning, then came research (of the aesthetics and also the materials/ suppliers/ options), then the space was measured up and the designs were drawn up. Just to context these posts and this project for you, none of this is sponsored, the space is small (2.5m x 2.3m) and the budget just as small. So how do we deliver something that works well and looks great when we want carrara marble but have a formica budget? Fortunately that’s the kind of challenge I love!

First came the clarification of the look we wanted to achieve. Dear Pinterest creators, I love you with all of my heart. I do wonder how I ever managed to research without it! So here’s what we were most inspired by…

Simple white, but warmed up with the addition of ply elements (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Simple white, but warmed up with the addition of ply elements (image with thanks to Pinterest)

a clean, compact and simple run of units  (image with thanks to Pinterest)

a clean, compact and simple run of units (image with thanks to Pinterest)

an organic, stone look worktop created with concrete  (image with thanks to Pinterest)

an organic, stone look worktop created with concrete (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Now to work out where to find all of the elements to deliver this look, and after exhaustive meetings with kitchen suppliers, Ikea won out. Their storage solutions are just the most clever, innovative and useful- and as the kitchen space is compact every single centimetre has to work well. So, I drew up my first thoughts and hit my nearest branch (Ikea tip of the day, get there 30 minutes before opening when they are open for browsing and leg it straight to the kitchen planning department so you’re one of the first appointments).

the plan- the Blink London kitchen project, Ikea, kitchen design, interior decoration, lifestyle blog, Blink London

the plan- the Blink London kitchen project

Look out for the next stage on the blog tomorrow! In the meantime, for more lifestyle posts, just look here.

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