A Christmas Treat - Kitchen Reveal!

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This is my penultimate post before Christmas. It's time to check out and take a much needed break with my family. It has been a hugely stressful and challenging year, for many reasons, but thankfully the house is almost finished, and we all still have our health (although the jury's still out on our sanity!). I did manage to cap off the year with a car accident yesterday, and a car service which set me back $3000 (that doesn't include the damage)! So, not feeling very charitable or jolly after that I can tell you!

I'm sure you're all keen to see the big reveal of the house, but honestly is in such a state of chaos that I couldn't bring myself to show it yet. We still have the major move of our stuff up from storage in the new year, and as such don't really have anywhere to unpack our stuff. We are still surrounded by mountains of boxes and furniture. However, in the spirit of Christmas and because you've all shown such interest and patience, I thought I couldn't possibly leave you without a taste of something. So, as this is about the only room almost completely finished (ignore the crappy old fridge) and the room you're probably most interested in - here it is.

What do you think? I'm thrilled. Of course, once we get the nice big stainless steel fridge back in, and some great chairs for the island it will help complete the look, and when I unpack all my glasses etc, but I'm pretty pleased with myself and reckon it's come together really well. I didn't have a chance to do any fancy styling for the photos, as I'm trying to pack to go away but at least you get to see all the details. Hope it was worth the wait.

Here are some details you might like to know:

White cupboards - Dulux Vivid White
Island Bench cupboards - Dulux Spanish Olive
Wall Colour - Dulux Spanish Olive
Sink Mixer - Overstock.com
Benchtop - Carrara Marble (WK Stone)
Stonemason - Grand Marble & Granite
Glass pendant lights - Shades of Light (US)
Door handles and knobs - Mother of Pearl Trading Co.
Cooker - Ilve
Rangehood - Ilve
Steamer - Miele Combi Steamer
Floors - Easylock (Resilient Plank Flooring) in Rough Hewn Karri
Kitchen Joinery - Homestyle Kitchens

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Here's the new light I got for above the dining room table. 

And, yes I did manage to avoid unpacking boxes by decorating a very lopsided Christmas tree.  Couldn't find my tree skirt either. We did have the Santa train chugging around for a night, but it was confiscated by a grumpy husband who got fed up with the kids pulling it off the tracks and trashing it. Note the one lonely present from the kids' babysitter.  A lot of wrapping yet to do.

My new coastal themed Christmas decorations from Alfresco Emporium in Collaroy

Photos by Melinda Hartwright

And I have always wanted a staircase to decorate - it's not stained or finished yet, but I had to add a touch of something!

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