So much of the skill in designing the perfect kitchen is knowing how the family lives day-to-day. Good design works with you on a practical level, rather than forcing you to live in a stylised home only suitable for show.
And this is the same for everyone, even media personalities such as Amanda Keller and her family – husband Harley and two teenage sons, Liam and Jack.
With the boys growing up fast, Amanda and Harley wanted to upgrade their kitchen, so Amanda turned to her close friend and fellow TV presenter, Barry Du Bois for practical help.
Designer and building expert Barry worked with Dominique McAdam of Provincial Kitchens Home to create a new kitchen that will meet the teens’ growing needs and provide a central hub for this very close family.
“When I first looked at it, I saw that we had an opportunity to tie a couple of spaces together,” explains Barry. “There was this beautiful courtyard space, a dining space and a kitchen space, and my initial plan was to tie those spaces together, yet keep the zones a little separate. I knew with the right selection of joinery and the way we approached the benchtops, we could blur the lines between the dining room and the kitchen, between the outdoor dining and the indoor dining.”
Barry explains that the choice of Caesarstone’s Pure White™ for the benchtops helped to link the spaces.
“That’s where Caesarstone came into it, because that was about blurring the lines and subtly crossing over,” he says. “We extended the kitchen a little bit into the dining room, by disguising the end of the kitchen with a bar.”