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Pin of the day: Modern farmhouse kitchen

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Whoaaaa!!! Modern, classic, midcentury – this kitchen has it all going on! My dream kitchen has a big ol’ farmhouse table in it like this one, but I’ve never been a real country kitchen type. Love how this one puts it together with both timeless white and my favourite design era with the pendant and chairs. Oh and the floor? Is that concrete?! Concrete floors in the kitchen are the very best – I should know!

PS. I missed this post on Monday… worth the few extra days though right?!

Small spaces: Appearing to disappear

Oooh I spotted this yesterday and knew it was perfect for today’s Small Spaces post! Even though it may not be justified by its footprint, this one is sneaking in because its clever use of materials makes it seem smaller than it really is. Designed by Bernd Zimmermann Architekten you can find this home in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

The classic shape is designed to fit with both neighbouring houses and local bylaws, but that is where the similarities finish.

With a highly mirrored stainless cladding the house appears to disappear, its shape simply providing a frame to reflect the surroundings. Pretty awesome right?

The interior, which seems something of an illusion from the outdoors, feels very solid with its unbroken expanses of white and unexpected openings create interesting shapes and views both within and to the exterior.

I do wonder how it would feel walking up to the front door on a bright sunny day though…

Maybe there is a box of sunglasses to choose from at the foot of the steps?

I’m thinking this could be an amazing feature on the south (non-sunny) side of my dream container house! What do you think husband? Huh?

Backyard plans

The more time I spend on Pinterest, and the more we clear out the backyard, the more ideas I have for how to make our odd little backyard a pretty, functional and “something for everyone” space.

Right now, I have a couple of quite different ideas.

But first, here’s what we have (or will have once we demolish the last remaining planter box and remove another trailer load of dirt):

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At the front of our house we are just a few steps above ground level, but at the back, we have a pretty good birds eye view of the neighbours. In these plans (x) means steps down from the house level – hopefully that helps with the interpretation! Under each of the deck areas are terraced lumps of concrete… apparently a previous owner was a concrete junkie. We’ve already demolished a small portion of it in the front, but we will just have to work with it (ie. keep it covered up) out the back here.

So, the first plan (but the second one I drew up, hence “plan 2”) was to deck it out at various levels, gradually stepping down, with no need for hand rails – creating different areas for outdoor dining, seating and playing but keeping things open and spacious. All greenery in pots, with a feature wall of giant potted plants along the back fence for privacy.0510_Backyard plan2

I had a more modern look in mind for this – think oriental trellis, simple structures and minimal furnishings. The multi level deck would be the main feature, and a great play opportunity for the kids.

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Since renovating is all about learning to work with what you have though, I thought I’d veer well off course and see how we could live with the current (but upgraded) small deck, and even the concrete below.

The result is four very distinct areas – a covered deck for bbq-ing, rainy day play and after the kids are in bed relaxation, then down some sweet brick walled stairs to a crazy-paved potential cosy dining space (I haven’t shown a table in the plan), with an old armoire for gardening bits and pieces and outdoor toys, then a built structure of some sort over white pebble, and a final area for nothing more glamourous than hanging out the washing, and access to the garage and drive.

0510_Backyard plan1My vision for this plan is a little more relaxed, with loads of different textures – there’s timber decking, rustic brick, herbs growing in cracked concrete paving, white pebble… – and some defined areas to escape to or explore. Can you tell I’m quite liking this plan?!

0513_backyard moodboard1With winter approaching fast, it’s unlikely much of these plans will eventuate for a few months yet, but that will allow me time to mull them over and decide on something just perfect! Dreams are free…!