Heart of the home Func­tion and wow-fac­tor work to­gether

LIGHT, LOVELY AND ON-TREND, THIS SPEC­TAC­U­LAR KITCHEN DE­LIGHTS ITS OWN­ERS EV­ERY DAY

Home Beautiful - - {EDITOR’S LETTER} - WORDS JACKIE BRYGEL STYLING WENDY BAN­NIS­TER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SHANIA SHEGEDYN

Ates­ta­ment to style and per­for­mance, the kitchen of Lyn and Craig’s re­cently built Mel­bourne home is a plea­sure to spend time in – with its Arabas­cato mar­ble bench­tops, two-toned join­ery, state-of-the-art ap­pli­ances and huge but­ler’s pantry. “I wanted a very mod­ern kitchen,” says Lyn. “With a hus­band in the [build­ing] busi­ness, I was able to have the best and lat­est trends, with mag­nif­i­cent pot draw­ers and cup­boards with elec­tronic lift-up doors.” And the stun­ning and spa­cious re­sult is ev­ery­thing she could have hoped for. “Most of all, we wanted a use­able space with room for our fam­ily and friends to be able to en­joy,” says Lyn. “We love to have peo­ple over – and the is­land bench, be­ing wide and deep, is the place where we seem to start, with drinks be­fore din­ner. There’s plenty of space to spread out.” The cou­ple, own­ers of Wer­ribee Join­ery & Cab­i­net Works, drew upon the ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence of Bri­ony Darcy of DE Ate­lier Ar­chi­tects to de­sign their home, in­clud­ing, of course, this kitchen. “It’s such a prac­ti­cal space and there’s re­ally noth­ing I would do dif­fer­ently,” says Lyn.

IS­LAND LIFE

One of the stars of this kitchen, de­signed by Bri­ony Darcy of DE Ate­lier Ar­chi­tects, is an ex­pan­sive cen­tral is­land bench, dra­mat­i­cally can­tilevered at one end. “There’s al­ways a fam­ily mem­ber at the is­land bench – we have break­fast here ev­ery day,” says home­owner

Lyn, who se­lected Chris Con­nellde­signed wal­nut ‘Duke’ stools from Map Fur­ni­ture as comfy in­clu­sions. Noth­ing speaks style quite like the eye-catch­ing trio of pen­dants above. For sim­i­lar, try replica Mar­cel Wan­ders ‘Sky­gar­den Lu­mi­naire’

90cm pen­dants from Matt Blatt.

PANTRY PLAY

As is the case with most mod­ern kitchens, am­ple stor­age was high on the de­sign wish­list. And home­owner Lyn’s ter­ri­tory, with its bank of over­head lift-up cup­boards and un­der-counter draw­ers, as well as a large but­ler’s pantry, de­liv­ers (above right). “A but­ler’s pantry is the ideal place to hide your clut­ter, so you can main­tain a pris­tine, clean-look kitchen,” says Bri­ony. Home­owner Lyn adds: “It lets me have my elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances set out ready for use on the bench, and open-fronted draw­ers be­low the bench­top gives good vis­i­bil­ity as to what’s in the pantry.”

ON THE SUR­FACE

Highly veined, honed Arabas­cato mar­ble from CDK Stone tops the bench­tops and lines the splash­back, beau­ti­fully off­set­ting the black­heart sas­safras tim­ber cab­i­netry and 2-pac fin­ish in Du­lux White Duck. “The tim­ber’s pow­er­ful tex­ture com­petes in vis­ual ap­peal to the mar­ble,” says ar­chi­tect Bri­ony Darcy.

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