Blue IKEA Cabinet Kitchen Reno

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When you buy a house without getting to see it in person, you might find some surprises. Laura Mattox and her husband AJ sure did when they moved into their home, a cute 1932 Dutch Colonial that they signed the papers for while stationed overseas with the military. “I saw the pictures of the kitchen and figured that with wooden cabinets, I could simply paint them or somehow spruce them up without much trouble,” Laura says of the kitchen. But once they got to check it out in real life? Well, that was a different story. “It was such a disappointment—the cabinets were not wood, but some type of plastic formica that was peeling off plywood fronts,” says Laura. “Every one of the drawers was broken, so they wouldn’t stay closed and when

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Krof Cutlery Brings The Elegance Of Fine Dining Into The Home

Inspired by Australia’s love for contemporary cuisine, the makers of Krof cutlery wanted their new range to complement the refined food we love to eat, without forsaking utility. ‘We want to ensure that aesthetically and functionally they stand the test of time, in both a restaurant and everyday home setting,’ says design director and co-founder of Krof, Nicholas Johnston.

An alum of Rogerseller and the Miele Design Centre, Nicholas is no stranger to high-end, functional design. Add a background in engineering and a passion for quality manufacturing to the mix, and you have a winning combination! Alongside friend and co-director, Kristian Klein of much-loved Melbourne restaurant Mr. Miyagi, Krof featured on interior designer David Flack’s table at Art of Dining, ahead of its launch in November last year.

Before settling on the basic prototypes for Collection No. 1, the pair mused on design considerations such as the optimum

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A Voluminous, Contemporary Home Behind A Modest Heritage Facade

At first glance, the front of this weatherboard house in Geelong is ‘rather unassuming’, muses director of Tecture, Ben Robertson. ‘But as soon as you open the front door and see through upper-level glass to the sky and through the house to the backyard, you become enamoured with the scale’ he says.

For a family of six with a business to run from home, Tecture were tasked with the mission of creating a multi-dimensional space that could grow with them, and be passed down to the next generation. Additionally, the owners have a large extended family, and it was important to create a home that was proportionally flexible to allow for the whole gang to gather both inside and outside, without disconnecting from each other.

‘When we design projects, we look at the original home for inspiration’, explains Ben. The goal was to design a house that ‘sat gracefully

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