Ashfield 33

Post-Federation kitchen sensation


Blending old with new, this Federation-era kitchen design is a light and beautiful design

Ashfield 33

“Preserving the post-Federation features including decorative timberwork and leadlight windows was central to the renovation of this inner-west Sydney home. So, when designing the kitchen, I was mindful of the need to blend the old with the new. The choice of classic, Shaker-style cabinetry, decorative light fittings and the tiled splashback were all sympathetic to the post-Federation period. However, the island bench with engineered stone top, integrated Miele appliances and European hardware provide all the functionality and convenience of a modern kitchen. The kitchen had to be easy to clean with plenty of storage, so deep drawers, a pull-out pantry and corner storage units were included.

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A standout feature is the gorgeous, variegated-grey granite benchtop, which provides a striking contrast to the white palette chosen for the rest of the kitchen. Polished recycled floorboards add warmth to the space, while reproduction period windows and sliding timber doors are more traditional touches. The finished kitchen would doubtless make the original homeowners proud with its host of features for entertaining family and friends, although one can only guess what they would have made of the latest Miele induction cooktop, microwave and fridge.”
Designer: Irma Calabrese for A Plan Kitchens


We love
The simplicity of the brickwork tile splashback.


Expert advice
The simplicity of Shaker-style cabinets makes a good bridge between old and new in a period home.


Project details:
Cabinet doors, panels & kickboards Satin polyurethane, Shaker doors in Dulux Stowe White
Internal hardware Blum TANDEMBOX, LeMans pull-out shelves, Blum hinges, Hettich pantry
Benchtop Capolavoro grey granite 30mm
Splashback White ceramic subway tiles
Flooring Polished recycled floorboards
Oven/cooktop/refrigerator/rangehood Miele
Sink Franke drop-in sink


Originally from Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Volume 21 Issue 4