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Episode 46 (Part 3) – Upstairs walk-through


Upstairs is almost completed and the kitchen is ready for me to show you the final details. The video below starts in what will forever be my happy place. Come take a look.

It was almost three years ago when I first saw this breathtaking view. Now I can hardly believe I’m standing in the spot where I’ll get to sit with my morning coffee, taking in this view every day for years to come. I feel so happy – I just know this is exactly where I want to be. This view is really what the house is all about. My Hamptons dream grew from this view.

And of course right beside my happy place is my favourite place in the world, the kitchen. When designing my home, the three most important elements were: a spacious, contemporary kitchen, a big fireplace, and a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. So looking at this entire space is a dream come true.

I’d love to show you some of the finished details. For the splashback I chose a white handmade Spanish tile, and used a grey grout to pick up the grey in the Caesarstone Cloudburst benchtop. The Zip HydroTap is in their beautiful Arc design. I chose a brushed nickel that also ties in with the kitchen taps. I deliberately chose this position toward the end of the benchtop for the Zip tap, to set up a spot where guests can help themselves without getting underfoot in the kitchen.

My Freedom Kitchen dream kitchen is all done. The soft in-cabinet lighting will showcase the glass panelled cabinets at night, and the under-cabinet LED strip lighting will create softer lighting when I don’t need the overhead lights on. I prefer cooking with gas, so I’m absolutely loving the look of my Miele gas cooktop and rangehood.

I’ve been waiting for SO long to see my island benchtop installed! It’s the hero piece of the kitchen space, although it doesn’t draw too much attention away from everything around it. The Dogal marble benchtop has a mix of what I call soft ‘oyster’ greys that also tie in with the stone colours around the fireplace. I chose a deep, double sink with English brand Perrin & Rowe tapware in brushed nickel. I chose brushed nickel over polished chrome as it fits well with the Hamptons look.

My Miele power tower is installed. Can’t wait to try out my Miele steam combination oven. Very glad I chose to integrate my large fridge freezer with the Shaker cabinetry. I think it helps maintain the classic, timeless look of the Hamptons design I was dreaming of for my kitchen.

Now looking up, you will see my gorgeous white Haiku fan by Big Ass Fans. Yes that’s the real name! I love it. I’m not a fan of air-conditioning so I wanted the option of a big fan to keep the space cool in summer. In winter it can work in reverse to gently circulate the warm air downwards.

Every time I look at the expanse of this upstairs space, it takes my breath away!

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  1. Maureen Becroft

    July 14, 2018 at 7:21 am

    I have really enjoyed watching your journey – so so special.

  2. Deborah


    July 20, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks Maureen!

  3. Sara

    August 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Deb. Enjoying your renovation and looking forward to seeing the final result! Just to get a sense of scale, what are the dimensions of your upstairs lounge/kitchen/dining room??
    Many thanks!

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