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Summertime… around my home


There are flowers flowering…



The birds are singing…

well almost!



The agapanthus are in full bloom



The mantelpiece has been redecorated




a garland has been made…

inspired by swedish colour trends

and as usual…

colour cards make their way inside



photos/styling by me


The weather is warm,

making everything seem easier

and there is new inspiration

and new creativity in the air!


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Hello friends,

I’ve been enjoying doing some spring cleaning

so I thought I’d take some photos

to share with you

and tell you a little more about my kitchen.

I’ve been renovating for almost 20 years

For me it’s fun,

and I consider it to be ‘my thing’.

I designed my kitchen myself

and 4 years on…

 I still love everything.

See where the fridge is?

Well, in my original 1950′s kitchen

(which was such a joy….not!)

 this was a wall oven

and there was actually no space allocated for a fridge!

Can you see the tall glass doors at the end?

Well, when we moved in

this was the cavity for a laundry

which we immediately relocated

to make way for a fridge and makeshift pantry.

(which was better…

 but not ideal)


 15 years on,

when the time came to renovate the kitchen

the whole area was gutted

 to make way for a totally new design.

The fridge and pantry

 now live in the kitchen

which is sooo much better!

 Although, for the first 3 months…

 I must have walked a millions times

out to the old spot to get the milk.


For this area I designed

tall elegant glass fronted cupboards,

they’re quite deep

and are a much needed requirement

in a 1950′s house.

See the benchtop?

It’s a blue grey composite stone

with bits of mirror crushed into it.

So when the downlights go on…

there’s a bit of sparkle and bling happening

and what girl doesn’t love a bit of bling?

When I was initially planning my kitchen

and spotted this benchtop sample…

  I absolutely fell in love with it!

I believe, that’s how it should be for anyone

who is planning a new kitchen…

You MUST love your benchtop.

With the average lifespan of a kitchen

being 14 years,

(before it starts to look shabby and tired)

loving your kitchen finishes

will give them longevity

long after fashion has come and gone…

and it does.

So choose

a cabinetry finish that appeals to you as well

and it must be tough and hardwearing.

Here I’ve used a vinyl wrap gloss

and I chose white because

it’s light and bright

 very easy to clean

as well as being pretty much timeless.

 (photography & styling by me) 

My white kitchen

with it’s complementary white walls

makes a great foil for bright pops of colour

 (my favourite)

and I can include these

 in the way of fresh flowers

or kitchen accessories

which can be changed from time to time.

The original timber flooring was kept…

because it’s honest and relaxed

and it’s what you would expect to see

in a home of this era.

When renovating an older home…

removing all the original features

can result in it losing it’s personality and soul.


I really like how the design and colours

 reflect scandinavian influences

which for some reason

 I am naturally drawn to.

Thankyou for visiting me here today

and if you like…

you can see more of my kitchen

 here and in the gallery.


If you live in the Ballarat area

and need help choosing

paint and kitchen finishes for your home…

please contact me here.

MD Interior Design

obsessing over colour and design…

so you don’t have to!