KITCHENS

Inspiration for the heart of the home, the kitchen. Dishing out the ideas for your dream kitchen fixtures, benchtops, splashbacks, appliances, and cabinets.
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Not your average farmhouse: The colourful transformation of a century-old cottage
Nestled amid lush, undulating pastures on the north coast of NSW is a farmhouse known as Keltara Cottage. Passed down through generations, its new custodians have completed a stunning makeover, with the help of former Block star Carlene Duffy.
When Steph and Gian Ottavio bought their first home in early 2020, they had no idea it would set them on a path to winning The Block in 2023. At the time, the young couple were living with their respective parents – Steph in Carrs Park and Gian in Stanmore – and had been casting a wide net, from southern Sydney to the inner west, in search of the right property to renovate. The Block 2023, Marble Bench, Spacious Kitchen, Kitchen Features, Spacious Kitchens, Young Couple, Kitchen Fixtures, Kitchen Projects, Dream Kitchen
A spacious kitchen features a striking Rosa Zarci marble bench.
When Steph and Gian Ottavio bought their first home in early 2020, they had no idea it would set them on a path to winning The Block in 2023. At the time, the young couple were living with their respective parents – Steph in Carrs Park and Gian in Stanmore – and had been casting a wide net, from southern Sydney to the inner west, in search of the right property to renovate.
Designed by Brisbane architecture firm Owen and Vokes, this traditional cottage was transformed by previous owners, who seamlessly blended old-world charm with modern elements, including lots of glass and exposed beams. After Phillips bought the property, she painted the white facade a non-reflective black with white trim, transforming it into the iconic “black house”, as it’s known by locals. “It’s a very different house. It’s cool. Every room captures a city view, which is a credit to the design of the home,” she says Brisbane Architecture, Kitchen With Open Shelving, White Facade, Weatherboard House, Industrial Style Kitchen, Traditional Cottage, Modern Elements, Exposed Beams, Steel Kitchen
A stainless steel kitchen with open shelving and an industrial look
Designed by Brisbane architecture firm Owen and Vokes, this traditional cottage was transformed by previous owners, who seamlessly blended old-world charm with modern elements, including lots of glass and exposed beams. After Phillips bought the property, she painted the white facade a non-reflective black with white trim, transforming it into the iconic “black house”, as it’s known by locals. “It’s a very different house. It’s cool. Every room captures a city view, which is a credit to the design of the home,” she says
a kitchen counter top with a sink and oven in the middle, next to a black wall
What are the best alternatives to engineered stone benchtops?
Engineered stone benchtops are on the way out in Australia following a nationwide ban that will come into effect later this year. If you’re mid-way through a build or renovation or thinking of overhauling your kitchen or bathroom, then it’s time to look at alternatives to an engineered stone benchtop. Read on to discover the best options for benchtops in your home, the different types of stone, and what they mean for your renovation budget.
a kitchen with wooden cabinets and white marble counter tops, along with hardwood flooring
A cook's kitchen with marble counters and floating high table with timber cabinetry
For the past 20 years, while her baking business expanded and her family grew, Phillippa Grogan negotiated it all from the singularly elegant confines of this fine house on this tightly held and highly treasured court. Some houses here have passed through the generations. Some people have lived on the concrete cul-de-sac for more than 50 years; there is a feeling here, even on a fleeting visit, that you are somewhere quite special.
two stools sit in front of an island with a stove and counter top on it
A kitchen with European oak joinery, tobacco-toned travertine benches and a LaCanche cooker
The old trees lining Hotham Road in Sorrento are hiding a secret. Behind them, off a little slip road, is the Mediterranean. Terralsole – taken to mean “the land towards the sun” – is the thoroughly apt name of this luminous home behind the whispering green giants.
the kitchen is clean and ready to be used as a living room or dining area
A kitchen featuring an extra long island bench and adjacent banquette seating
If Sydney’s elegant terraces make you swoon but size limitations are a sticking point, you may like to pay a visit to Tarella, a grand, three-storey terrace set at the eastern end of Edgecliff Road.
two stools sit in front of an island counter with a bowl on it and a vase next to it
A kitchen with a butler's pantry
It seems only natural this three-storey modern residence is named Sandcastle, as it’s located just a stone’s throw from Bellamy Beach in the exclusive harbourside Sydney suburb of Point Piper. Sitting atop a sharply rising ridge of sand, the building towers fortress-like above the street below, almost to the distant echoes of that childhood taunt of kings, castles and dirty rascals. There's more to it, however.
an empty kitchen with marble counter tops and stools in front of the bar area
A long island bench made of super white dolomite is the focal point of the kitchen
Shane Smollen has seen his fair share of high-end homes in his four decades in the property industry. But it was a vacant parcel of land in Byron Bay that captured his attention when it was put up for sale in 2019. The 2097-square-metre beachfront block – then split into three titles – was the final holding in the Belongil Beach estate of entertainers John Cornell and Delvene Delaney, who both starred on The Paul Hogan Show.
a kitchen with an island and bar stools next to the counter top in front of a window
An organically formed kitchen island bench topped with stone
Inspired by the works of great modernist masters such as Le Corbusier, architect Neil Cownie has created a contemporary concrete beauty fit for a growing family. From its strict lines and curved concrete walls to its coloured panes of glass, this striking home embraces many of the suburb and era’s features, including elements of a nearby icon, The Kiosk Floreat Beach.
an island in the middle of a kitchen with stools next to it and two lights hanging from the ceiling
Pendant lights, green cabinets and warm colours feature in this mid-century modern kitchen
Natashia Ting and Peter Rosser went searching for a spacious home to buy in Melbourne’s bayside in 2018. They were initially disheartened with the properties on offer, described by Natashia as “mostly new-builds with the same big white kitchen, and an all-grey colour palette. Natasha and Peter finally came across the home they’d been searching for: a 1961 brick house with the retained character of its original design by architect-owner Jefferson Jones.
two stools sit in front of a kitchen island with an eat sign on the wall
A mid-century-style kitchen with eccentric pieces
The Elsternwick, Melbourne home of chef Tobi Dikstein and access consultant Nick Morris is remarkable. What looks like an authentic mid-century build is actually a modern family home, built in 2017, that’s “discreetly fully-accessible” for Nick, who uses a wheelchair.
the kitchen is clean and ready for us to use
Custom green kitchen cabinets to complement the greenery in the adjoining courtyard
Originally, Eve and Jon lived next door to the home they occupy today. They purchased their current house just before the birth of their second child to take advantage of its north-facing lane, providing more natural light, and the opportunity to renovate and extend.
an open floor plan with brick walls and stairs leading up to the second story area
A kitchen with exposed brick walls, a slow-combustion fireplace and ceilings soaring to 7.5 metres
One of the great joys of using recycled materials in a residential build is the chance to layer a new home with multiple stories from the past. Sure, these materials contribute to a greener build, but for many homeowners, the real appeal lies in the inherent beauty of recycled timbers, bricks, windows and doors. Retired legal headhunter Jim Olivier knew he wanted to work with old materials at his Brunswick Heads property.
the kitchen is clean and ready for us to use
Savannah marble graces the kitchen
This historic gem in Sydney’s iconic Finger Wharf has been transformed into an elegant oasis of urban waterside living, with an interior design team delicately breathing new life into its heritage-rich bones.