One of the best bits of my job is (politely) snooping around other people’s homes. You’ve got to be a bit nosy to be a homes journo, I’d say. And as the editor or Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms magazine, I am lucky enough to see inside some amazing complete kitchen and bathroom renovations each day. The second best thing: I get to share these projects and the stories behind them with you. Win win, right?
Whether you’re planning your perfect kitchen or bathroom and need some inspo (welcome!) or you’re simply in the market for having a bit of a nose too (also welcome), I’ve had a bit of fun rounding up my pick of complete bathroom and kitchen renovations with wow factor, which, I think, are totally worth a look.
Let’s start with some kitchens…
Inside the kitchen of Lily Pebbles
Known for her style, beauty and lifestyle blog, Georgina was pretty excited to see online content creator Lily Pebbles’ kitchen and how she’d injected her personality into her new open-plan space.
Lots of rich blues, plush furniture, parquet flooring – a fabulous bar area – Shaker-style doors and the very on-trend bespoke steel glazing windows. (Lush!)
Lily enlisted Herringbone Kitchens to create a classic-contemporary design. She said the brief was to create a welcoming hub of the home, with plenty of preparation space, using hard-wearing materials that they wouldn’t have to worry about. Read the full story.
Gorgeous pink and green kitchen
Homeowners Katie Walker and Stuart Thorner share their story @reviving_no37 and were kind enough to let team These Three Rooms and @kbbmagazine into their house for a nosy around (and a photoshoot of course – the cats were excellent models, as were the family – just take a look at the story to see).
As far as kitchen and bathroom renovations go, Katie and Stuart took on this three-bedroom house in Shropshire when it needed quite a bit of TLC. Journalist Ifeoluwa Adedeji spoke to Katie and got the inside story on how they transformed a once-dated property into this pink and green kitchen that’s got us all pink and green with envy. Read the full story.
Industrial-style kitchen with cool indoor-outdoor designs
When homeowner Grace and husband Ethan found this Victorian terraced house 15 minutes walk away from where they used to live they quickly jumped at the chance to make it theirs. They moved in, and spent the next three years discussing and researching how they wanted their dream home to look – all while welcoming their children Ethan and Iris. Don’t you just love it when things go to plan?
When they were ready for work to begin, Grace tells Georgina they sought the help of architect Trevor Brown, found online after searching their postcode for similar completed projects (great tip!). The works included a single-storey side-return extension to create an open-plan industrial-look kitchen-diner with a cloakroom and utility.
It also included reconfiguring part of the upstairs into a family bathroom and using some of the space to add an ensuite onto the back bedroom. The brief: it had to be both aesthetically pleasing and practical for family life. Read more about this super-cool renovation here.
Small but oh so stylish Scandi-style kitchen
Elegant and minimalist, it may be modest in size, but Julia and Ben Sugden’s seamless kitchen works like a dream. (And I think it looks dreamy, too!)
This complete kitchen renovation shows that you can have style no matter the size of the space.
Talking about the project, homeowner Julia Sugden said: “We decided to take down an internal wall which divided the kitchen from the living-dining area, creating a more open-plan feel across the ground floor and allowing more light to flow through.”
“This means that Ben and I can talk to friends and family at the dining table while cooking, which was previously not an option. We also replaced the Georgian-style French doors to the garden with panelled powdered aluminium ones. They have larger panes of glass for more light and a better garden view – plus their look is more in keeping with the style of the house, which was built in the 1930s.”
Fancy a nose around some complete bathroom renovations too? Course you do!
Hotel-inspired space with a bath in the bedroom
The couple who own this Victorian villa completely reconfigured the top floor, which originally comprised a bedroom, an ensuite, and a kitchen, knocking all three rooms together to create their open-plan scheme.
The star of the show? The hotel-chic copper bath steps away from the bed (so jealous!). The couple then built a stud wall behind the bed to house their dressing area – located here to make best use of the sloping ceiling.
All of this making for one seriously wow bedroom/bathroom – what do you think? Read more of what they did here.
A stunning open-plan bedroom bathroom
Ok, hands up – who else has imagined something similar for their dream bedroom bathroom? This is the perfect space for some self-care, self-indulgent home pampering, right?
We’re not sure what to admire first, that glamorous bathing area, or that more masculine and contemporary shower area. We love it all – along with homeowner Karen Hunt’s vision of how she wanted it to look: ‘a French chateau, but in the 20th century with a London edge’. Yep, love it.
Look at the huge shower enclosure – it’s walk through so feels totally luxe. And read the full story here.
Art Deco-style colourful bathroom
Picture this: a windowless, fully tiled grey and brown bathroom with a bath and matching white sanitaryware. Not very inviting, is it?
Especially not if it’s inside a stunning (and rather grand) Art Deco-style building in London – think dado rails, big steel-framed windows, terrazzo flooring in the lobby, huge white columns… in short: an absolute dream. An Art Deco bathroom surely is the only thing that would do the trick?
So Louise Ashdown, head of design at West One Bathrooms, had her work cut out for her when the owner of this project hired her to bring some glamour and personality into the ensuite. Read all about how she designed to completed bathroom scheme.