I know I have said it before, our new summer house turned out way better than I could have imagined – and the kitchen in particular. After having spent weeks there during the Holidays – we really got to test it, does it work to prepare big dinners and have a lot of friends come over? And yes, it MORE than works. Such a luxury, cannot believe it!
Before I show some of the new pictures, for fun – let’s look back at the one’s that actually inspired me from the start as I was planning everything.
This white kitchen caught my attention early and a big part of it was the bench – which is a “holy’ thing for our family and friends. We use it a ton. A kitchen can easily turn out too modern, stiff or kitchen like :), adding a bench is super useful and breaks it up, brings it to life, + give’s it a warmer feel and turns it into a room. Also, this kitchen had the right look and feel that I wanted for our summer house but perhaps I was aiming for a tiny bit more modern..as always, finding that perfect balance…
This grey kitchen was also a big inspo for me – I loved seeing the dark grey after decades and decades of all the white kitchens. This felt new and modern. It had that mix of modern, classic and bistro -which I strive for.
When it came to choosing colors, I did not dare to go this dark grey (I thought long and hard about it but no…) Instead I sort of copied the island with open shelves and got the idea to hide the fridge/freezer and pantry..
Above the sketch I worked out with Åraslöv Kök.
Here is one new picture from our kitchen. I just completely and utterly LOVE it! Such a joy to be in here! It is more spacious than I expected but most importantly – I am so happy we chose custom-built kitchen cabinets in solid wood! What a difference it makes! Looking at it, I feel I manage to give it that classic look but yet with a touch of modern, what do you think?
There are 2 things I am still contemplating – one if I should ad glas cabinet doors to the open shelves to the left. Its a easy fix if I decide to. Also one small ‘miss’ is the big fan to the right came in the same color as the cabinets and I had asked for white to blend in more with the wall …also easy fix to re-spray …. if I decide to.
I contemplated regarding kitchen lighting, having cool wall scones. I am not a fan of the traditional ceiling spotlights and since we have 2 very large dominant lamps hanging above our eating area I felt I needed more discrete lighting in the kitchen. Now seeing it all come together, I am glad we just chose Örsjö rail copper lighting.
One of Åraslöv kitchen’s signature is this drawer unit. Love it and love the solid wood on the inside.
I will admit that I do not have great pictures of our counter top but the Silestone Lagoon we chose is really practical, resistent and on top – looks fantastic with the cabinet color and concrete floor. We got ours from Helsingborgs Sten. Its worth upgrading from the Carrera marble if you can…
Here is our little kitchen bench and it might not look a lot to the world here – but its a must for us. All of us have taken wonderful naps on it already – and everybody uses it to stay connected while things are being prepared in the kitchen – its really the social hang! Now – the only thing I need to add is a small table that I can easily bring out and have here. The kitchen island is open on that side so great place to store that little table when you do not want it out. The great thing is that its very spacious so we can place a table there with no problem… Here are a few suggestions I have found so far, but not convinced yet.
Here is the view from the bench looking out to the rest of the room….
Having the shelves open like this, makes it easy to grab a glas and my concern is that glas cabinet doors would give it too much of a formal look?….
Here is a view from the eating area – sorry for the pics qualities but I am not an expert on my daughters new camera – just yet.
I have to log-ff now – but promise to show you the rest of the kitchen, the stove, fan etc ..next time. I need to get out and get some fresh air now! Take care my friends!