New apartment: kitchen reveal

With our kitchen finally being finished, I found myself in this space which feels like something different than what I’d usually do.

Let me elaborate.

First of all, maybe it’s because I don’t currently work as an architect, but my ten-year-long love for all-white interiors with a hint of raw concrete might have faded away.

Could it be? It used to be so strong… 

Second of all, Maks has such an amazing taste in everything design-related, that I really like to hear him out. When it comes to our home, he basically has a happy-wife-happy-life policy, but every so often he’ll call a veto on my attempt to organize a charging station in our living room.

It’s not a normal thing to do, he said.

And that’s actually a quite strong argument in our home when it comes to my organizing ideas. But I don’t take it personally.  And he called a veto when I wanted an all-white kitchen.

My kitchen remodel – one phase of a single-family house reconstruction | upgradesign

My kitchen remodel – one phase of a single-family house reconstruction | upgradesign
Mom’s kitchen // photo:  © upgradesign.blog

You see, a few years ago Nina and I designed this white kitchen for our mom, and we still love its appearance so much, we sometimes describe other kitchens as being better or not better than our mom’s. It’s really just a low-budget Ikea kitchen, but combined with the concrete backsplash it looks really pretty.

Hm, guess I’m not over white+concrete combo yet?

Anyway, we ended up with these patterned tiles combined with wooden cabinet doors and dark worktop. To be fair, Petra suggested grey tiles for backsplash (and man, could she be more right?), but Maks decided on light grouts. I like to think he was inspired by our bathroom tiles-grouts combination, although it was never confirmed.

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design

You might remember from this post, how time-consuming it was for me to finally design this kitchen. Every material and product we bought was carefully chosen in relation to one another. I went so far that, even though we actually wanted either light blue or red coffee maker, we chose the beige one just to make sure it would be a perfect fit.

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design | smeg coffee machine

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design | smeg coffee machine | cacti plants

So what struck me the most, was the fact how lame this kitchen looked on photographs before Petra and Nina styled it like only they know how to. I’m not even kidding. I wanted to post a photograph of the kitchen before their magical touch-ups, just to show you what a difference these little details make. Not because I want us all to decorate everything until we lose our minds, but because I hate the fact we are all used to look at photographs of other peoples’ homes thinking how perfect they are. They are not. They are just styled perfectly for the photo shoot.

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design | sink

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design | decorations

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design | decorations

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design | avocado

Of course, it’s not finished yet. But missing lighting is just an opportunity for us to post an update.

Hopefully soon.

Probably in a year.

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design | dining space

apartment tour | kitchen tour | new kitchen | kitchen design | functional kitchen | interior design | tea time

Petra didn’t allow for pre-styling photographs to be posted. I said she’s such a typical Instagramer. She said she doesn’t mind how the kitchen looks, but she does mind the fact the photograph was taken in a rush during night-time. I said “touche”.

Oh, and Nina and Petra let me keep all the props, how cool is that? Even the avocados. Just had one for dinner.

p.s. Petra here… Tina seems to forget I’m the one who actually edits and publishes the article, so here’s the photo I didn’t want to post…

TINAS KITCHEN

photos: © upgradesign (except for the last one, that one is just Tina)

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