Japanese Calm

Kitchen Studio Design Award– Peoples ChoiceHighly Commended Designer – Fiona Dalziel – Kitchen Studio Wellington Client Brief It was a privilege to work with these clients and transform a challenging space into a functional and calm space to relax and enjoy. An awkward angle under the stairs did not lend itself to symmetry, so seeing an opportunity, I picked out …

Harmonious Flow

Design by Surita Nel – Kitchen Studio North Shore This couple had a vision of a kitchen that could accommodate them both simultaneously cooking/baking up a storm while entertaining friends and family. They wanted a clean lined, white on white kitchen that didn’t look clinical. Issues: The outdoor entertainment area was disconnected. Randomly positioned windows caused a lack of natural …

Opposites Attract

Design by Surita Nel – Kitchen Studio North Shore These clients had a beautiful, impractical kitchen. The reason for change was the lack of storage and impractically designed kitchen. That was where their agreement ended. They had opposite ideas on the aesthetic of the new kitchen. Issues: Lack of storage was first on the list. The clients were storing food …

What a Girl Wants

Design by Tamsin Smith – Kitchen Studio Hastings New owners of a classic home in a central location. The prime requirement was to create an area that they could be proud to entertain in. Their cooking style is modern and incorporates simple dishes which require little prep – think smoothies, salads and organic choices. They enjoy good wine and hosting …

The Classic Continental Breeze

Design by Nisa Sanyata – Kitchen Studio North Shore Clients are a semi-retired business couple and this place has been home for 30 years. House is surrounded by beautiful greenery. Bringing a new kitchen into a conventional home requires a harmony between casual, comfortable warmth and contemporary usefulness. The original kitchen was dark and overpowering. The clients wanted a light …

River Road Reflection

Design by Michael Murray – Kitchen Studio Hamilton A professional couple snatched-up a tired 1960s home on very exclusive River Road. The kitchen is a small galley, and could not be moved, and could not accommodate any structural changes. They wanted light, bright and minimal to complement their eclectic taste in furniture. Requirements: The client wanted to incorporate a minimal …

Urban Living

Design by Kirstin Robinson – Kitchen Studio New Plymouth This young professional family was wanting to update the style, and improve the functionality of their tired old kitchen. With a tight deadline, they needed to quickly breathe life into this dysfunctional space. The existing drab kitchen lacked flow and had poor working space with limited drop zones, particularly around the …

The Good Life

Design by Liz Ensor – Kitchen Studio Hastings Incorporating the hall and having French doors to the outside, as suggested by the kitchen designer, were a eureka moment. Everything on the client’s kitchen wishlist could then be incorporated. Direct access to the garden allows this couple to truly live the `good life`. Hens are in the chook-house. Vegetables are washed …

Nordic Nuance

Design by Andrea Ellis – Kitchen Studio North Shore Design Brief The clients were very clear on their vision for their new kitchen. Firstly, it was very important that a combination of wood, natural tones with crisp white cabinetry was used to give a “scandy” feel. Secondly, they wanted to incorporate an “uber” modern kitchen into their grand colonial villa …

Light & bright

Design by Liz Ensor – Kitchen Studio Hastings The old kitchen was a mix of forest green and timber. Red walls were an attempt to brighten the room. There was an odd mix of tall cabinets enclosing the space. The oddly shaped island incorporated the cooktop. Nothing really worked. The client said to the designer, `just do it`. The available …