Renovation: Sophisticated living and kitchen

Once impractical and plain, this family zone is now relaxed, warm and sophisticated

Blackbutt brings a new level of warmth and cohesiveness to this combined kitchen and living room.

Living room renovation
(Credit: Sue Stubbs)


The redesigned kitchen and living area is defined by coherent finishes. The 2-pac cabinetry, built by B2 Construction, is dressed in the same Dulux Vivid White as the walls, while the overhead kitchen cupboards sport a smart blackbutt veneer to match the timber island bench extension. Honed travertine ‘Pompeii’ floor tiles from Marble & Ceramic Corp tie the whole space together.

Family living zone
(Credit: Sue Stubbs)


Designer Melissa Bonney of The Design Hunter utilised every pocket of space to ensure ample storage. Built above the Fisher & Paykel fridge/freezer, custom shelves in blackbutt timber are ideal for storing wine and cookbooks.

Kitchen with blackbutt cabinetry
(Credit: Sue Stubbs)


One of the island drawers facing the living area has a secret function. Sockets enclosed at the back charges mobile phones, laptops and Ipods. The above-counter lights are equally inspired: an electrician converted bowls into shades, at a fraction of the price of similar pendants. 

Blackbutt kitchen
(Credit: Sue Stubbs)

Multipurpose island

The neat timber bench that extends from the Caesarstone-topped island allows space for family members and visitors. The Afa ‘Flow’ double kitchen sink and Sussex ‘Scala’ pull-out sink mixer are both from Reece.

Living room blackbutt screen
(Credit: Sue Stubbs)


The blackbutt screen and custom storage unit (in Dulux Vivid White 2-pac to echo the kitchen cabinets) were designed to separate the living zone and dining area. 

Living room
(Credit: Sue Stubbs)

Living area palette

The subdued hues of a Bayliss rug tie in with ‘Rustic’ natural flax fabric from Marpaso Trading, used for the custom upholstery on the divider unit seats. The owners’ existing coffee table from Top 3 By Design marries happily with the timber finishes, with the dark leather and curved lines of an ‘Astro II’ chair from King Furniture adding a modern edge.

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Brendon at B2 Construction 0404 154 431,

The Design Hunter (02) 9369 3322,

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