Contemporary meets coastal in this breezy home


One order of a dreamy kitchen perfect for a bustling young family and complete with the most gorgeous green and white palette? Yes, please

Part of a complete facelift and extension of a 1940s house, the brief for this project was to create a functional and fun home that is full of life. The owner is an outgoing mother of three young children who wanted the design to reflect her personality and suit her busy family lifestyle. Zavie Creative was engaged to design the layout of the home including the joinery design, and selecting the fixtures, finishes, furniture and decorative lighting.

When the search for the benchtop, splashback and sink materials arose, consideration was given to the family’s lifestyle requirements and Staron® Solid Surfaces was selected. Staron® offers a hardwearing, durable surface that is suitable for a busy family home with easy maintenance. The material is aesthetically beautiful and has the performance benefits of a premium solid surface. Staron® is hygienic, repairable, resists stains and has a monolithic nature. The joining properties of Staron® eliminates any dirt-trapping crevices with no open joins so the surface starts at the splashback, continues to the benchtop and flows into the sink in one continuous surface. In this home, the surface has also been extended to the butler’s pantry benchtop, splashback and sink, laundry benchtop and splashback as well as the alfresco kitchen benchtop.

The neutral warmth of the benchtop colour complements the V-groove cabinetry that bring character and texture to the design. The timber floors add another element of warmth with the contemporary feature lighting over the kitchen island bring a modern touch. The continuation of materials in the different spaces creates a feeling of unity and cohesion throughout the home. The end result is a functional family home that is warm, inviting and oozes personality.
Designer Kylie Hickman and Gil Bennett from Zavie Creative
Kitchen company Best Kitchens
Photographer Tom Ferguson

Feature focus
Benchtop and splashback Staron® Solid Surfaces in colour Aspen Alder
Cabinet doors and panels
Laundry, sink and oven wall: V-groove polyurethane stain finish in Dulux Milky Spearmint; island and butler’s pantry: V-groove polyurethane satin finish in Dulux Green Sea
Oven Miele
Cooktop Miele induction
Sink Kitchen and butler’s pantry: integrated Staron Antegra UNO 450-16; laundry sink: Franke single laundry tub
Flooring Tongue N Groove European Oak Eterno in Oslo

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Originally feature in Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Volume 27 Edition 4

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