kitchen planning

Our next item on the massive to-do-list brought us one step closer to a new home:
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We choose IKEA for some obvious reasons: value for money ratio!
Of course I wouldn’t mind to call a kitchen like this or this my own… But to be honest you need to keep our feet on the ground during such a major renovation. So we chose the one-and-only-option for us: IKEA.
Their kitchens are versatile, beautiful, modern, functional and have an awesome quality-for-money-ratio! A few month ago IKEA reinvented their kitchen system in Europe and called it: METOD.
I was afraid that they might also change all the designs of the doors. But they just improved it and I was even happier to see that our favorite finish was still available (just with a different name … I can live with that!)

So we went to IKEA and of course we took the “scenic route” through the whole store (I have to take advantage of having Martin at IKEA with me … that happens only once in a blue moon!)
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We finally made it through different “apartments” over to the kitchen department.
You need to get a number and within a few minutes a staff will help you.
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I fell in love with the 3d design called: Herrestad. Unfortunately these are just available in limited range of width so we cannot use them in our kitchen.
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The best way is to plan your IKEA kitchen is: be prepared! Do your homework!

Start with planing your kitchen roughly at home.
Model the room with the software, measure every window, door and wall and check your supplies (where is electricity or water,..). If you got that, choose the right cabinets and wall units and you can built your dream kitchen with all details. Don’t worry if you have any problems or difficulties. I had some too, but I did my best – saved my sketch online and at the store our advisor Petra smooth away all of my little errors and ajusted everything right down to the last detail! – she is a trooper!  (Petra for president – or at least IKEA CEO! Planning a kitchen with great staff makes so much more fun!) She also showed us the details in the sample kitchens.
My poorly designed kitchen looked like a real one within half an hour! Just magic!
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We got the perfect plan and a shopping list and as soon as our floor is ready we are going to order it! We chose this kitchen (you see me sitting and smiling in the sample kitchen beneath) It’s a simple, modern kitchen and we hope it to be visually-unobtrusive because it’s going to be one part of the big living room.
And of course we left with a few things we bought there… you can’t leave IKEA empty handed, right!?
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Can’t wait to have the first “Quesadillas and Taco night” in the treehouse kitchen!

 

farrow & ball sample painting

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There are some fun things that come with a renovation. For me its preparing the next step:

INTERIOR DESIGN

yay!

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I ordered the Farrow & Ball color card to find the perfect white.
Again, Martin thinks I’m crazy a little bit too picky when it comes to “just white walls” but white is not always white and the tint is important for the look & feel of a room. There was a great article about the different whites on Design*Sponge a few weeks ago.
After I narrowed it down to my 4 favorite whites (and 3 tints for the bathroom ceiling) I ordered tiny sample pots and let me just tell you: Farrow & Ball is the net-a-porter for Renovators! The packaging was stunning (but of course also the paint was from exceptional quality!)
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These are the 4 whites I ordered: welvet, ammonite, white tie and dimity.
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I tried them on different spots in different rooms to see how they turn out next to the windows and in natural light during the day. I can highly recommend the sample paints it’s so important to see them “live” on your wall, next to your ceiling, floor, windows and light switches! Also Martin agreed that it was (probably still a crazy but also) a pretty good idea to do that.
As a resume I can tell that white tie couldn’t make it to the final ones. (its a little bit to yellowish for the wooden window frames). And after some back and forth Martin and I decided to go with strong white (not pictured) which is slightly whiter than Ammonite.
Can’t wait to see how it will turn out.

 

 

at the trade fair (again)

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Ray and I went to the “wohnen and interieur”trade show  in Vienna (living and interior; not to be confused with the Bauen&Energie fair we went to a few weeks ago). We thought we’d be ready for some interior inspiration, Ray was on the search of ideas for his bathroom, kitchen & living room reno he’s planning (I guess our treehouse-renovation-project is somehow contagious, a lot of our helpers considering a renovation or a change of their housing situation in general… at least we can help them in return for their loyalty with some blood, sweat and tears).
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love those honeycomb tiles!
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wooden tiles!? awesome idea. but I wonder how functional they are in real life!?
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Oh, I wished they would sell those plexi-dishwashers for real!
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My favorite exhibition hall was the one with national and international interior designers. We saw ridiculously big showers like the one above… (I guess you can take a shower there with your 10 best friends at a time!)  and I got lost between fair stands of Scandinavian Design classics.
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I fell in love with the Arne Jacobsen ABC cups at the scandinavian design house stand.wohneninterior13
Spotted a Hans J. Wegener wishbone chair ♥
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Had to take a picture of this wall made of reclaimed wood. A similar wall will be one of our next projects in the upcoming weeks month! Looking forward to that and hope it will turn out just as good as this one!

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We stayed for a few hours at the fair and at the end we scored a o’clock beer at an exhibition booth. We drank it strolling around towards the exit, discussing what we saw and what was interessting and suitable for our homes.
Walking through the kitchen-section we were wondering how those super-ueber-modern kitchens will look if “real persons” use them!? Although I like the style (displayed in a furniture shop) the treehouse kitchen will be a little less futuristic I guess know.
Thank you Ray for the company!