White goods are so… blah. Remember when computers were only available in grey or beige boxes? Then Apple came along with its curvy, candy-coloured iMacs – revolutionary!
A similar revolution is currently under way with kitchen appliances. It began with the smaller ones – kettles and toasters. Brands like Dualit began collaborating with other companies such as Liberty of London, Selfridges and Little Greene to produce special-edition toasters in the latter’s colours and patterns.
Now, it’s the turn of non-white white goods. Smeg began the march of colour with their fridge-freezers and others are joining in. Stoves, cooker hoods and washer-driers used to be large expanses of white, black or stainless steel. Appliances once were drab, now they’re being produced in a range of rainbow colours. Life’s too short to be lived in monochrome!
- Swan Retro SDW7040BLN standard dishwasher, blue: £449.00, ao.com
- Gorenje ORK193 free-standing fridge freezer, lime green: £899.00, John Lewis
- Smeg CPF9GPOR 90cm ‘Portofino’ cooker with Pyro oven and gas hob, orange: £1,721.78
Jes and Caleb describe their style as ‘Vintage Minimalist’ which is plain to see in the kitchen of their Pennsylvania home.
The space is pared back and simple – and, whilst not devoid of interesting objects on display, it’s free of unnecessary clutter. There’s lots of natural light which bounces off the brilliant white paintwork and Marmoleum flooring. A feature wall in a much darker colour adds interest – the mushroom shade picked up in the flecked flooring pattern and cupboard doors. Both the light and dark combine well with the natural wood of the counter tops, chopping boards and wall clock. It looks like a very comfortable and practical space in which to live.
- Cactus salt & pepper shakers
- Mrs. Anderson’s Baking wire pastry blender
- Vintage black tiered cake stand
- Vintage Spring Blossom green Pyrex cookware
- Gorenje ORB153C tall fridge – cream
- Truly Taupe interior paint
- RÅSKOG trolley
- Marmoleum flooring
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Blue isn’t our obvious ‘go to’ colour for interior decoration, however, this blue & copper kitchen is just soooo gorgeous!
It may be compact, but what it doesn’t have in space it more than makes up for in style. Copper fixtures & fittings make a welcome change from the usual stainless steel. The cupboards and shelves are all handmade and those tiles… those tiles! The turquoise scallop tiled wall is the star of the show. The shades of blue work so well with the walnut wood.
Wraparound shelves and work surfaces are kept clear of all but the most necessary and oft used of items – kettle, bread bin, mugs, knives and utensils. Keeping clutter at bay helps to keep the space light and airy.
- Paris Cabaret turquoise scallop tiles
- KGE36AW40G Bosch fridge freezer
- 4-piece copper-plated utensil set
- Neff D5855X0GB 73cm Wide canopy cooker hood, silver metallic
- Neff T41D82X2 Induction hob, black
- Neff U17S32N3GB Electric built-under double oven, stainless steel
- CDA Belfast 59.5cm x 47.5cm ceramic kitchen sink
- Schulte-Ufer 64020-12 Pitty mini-saucepan
- Le Parfait glass storage jars
- Idrotech 314 brushed copper, kitchen mixer tap
- Schulte-Ufer Nimm SET1034 pot set 4–loop, 4–piece
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This striking rental property is the home of Northumberland-based stylist and blogger, Kerry Lockwood and her family. If you were of the impression that being a renter meant forgoing a beautiful home, then this fabulous place can certainly change that. We know that it’s not always easy (or even possible) to convince landlords to allow changes, but if it is, then the before and after photos of Kerry’s home should provide real inspiration.
This living room is filled with natural light from a large bay window. The dark walls provide a real sense of drama both day and night – and are a perfect backdrop for her collection of artwork. Furniture, accessories and textiles layer natural tones and there’s a shimmer of metallic here and there. It looks like a comfortable, relaxed home – and very lovely indeed.
- Bellenger ‘simple pratique élégant favor’ reproduction poster
- Kate Moss ‘Life is a Joke’ photographic print
- ‘On air’ light box
- Nadadora glicée print by Blanca Gomez
- Farrow & Ball ‘Stiffly Blue’
- Dark grey Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen
- Original 1227 giant floor lamp by Anglepoise
- John Lewis Ikon large 3-seater sofa
- STOCKHOLM handmade/striped black/off-white mat
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This design-led monochrome work room is in the home of Italian-born, Madrid-based architect, Teresa Sapey. Her apartment is situated opposite the entrance to Buen Retiro Park – one of the largest in the city – and occupying the top floor, views must be stunning. The trees change form and colour throughout the year – and light them hits in different ways – so the vista is an ever changing experience.
This space, as with the whole house, has design classic furniture such as the Panton chairs dotted throughout – along with some fabulous art; some of it the designer’s own, and many inherited family pieces. It’s actually filled with many objects numerically, but doesn’t look cluttered in any way. That requires real skill and an eye for detail… but Teresa doesn’t consider it an interior design project – more an ever-evolving life project!
You can see further photographs of the rest of her lovely home here.
- Glo-Ball floor lamp by Jasper Morrison for Flos
- Vondom Adan planter – white, small
- Clear acrylic book stand by Taschen
- Fornasetti Buongiorno/Buonanotte vase
- Vitra Panton chairs
- Superstudio Abs Ballon Abs armchair, black
- Superstudio Sillón Ballon Abs armchair, white
- Charles & Ray Eames La Chaise
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In this week’s Get their look, we’re featuring this funky tropical lounge belonging to US-based designer, Rory Rockmore. This isn’t the kind of look that would look too authentic here in Todmorden, but we love it all the same!
This idea is easy to achieve – lots of bright colour, a flash of neon, a tangle of tropical house plants, a vase of blousy blooms, a pile of bold animal print cushions and the odd pink flamingo or two!
- Personalised handwriting neon light sign
- Pink flamingo statuette
- Sansevieria trifasciata var laurentii (mother-in-law’s tongue)
- Banana leaf cushion
- Ophelia coffee table
- KLIPPAN sofa with Flackery green cover
- Braided jute natural contemporary area rug