Interiors specialist Yellowfox creates new kitchen for seaside villa

Space-planning, natural materials, and neutral colours were all considered for this project by interiors specialist Yellowfox .
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Dining room in renovated Devonport home with sea views

What works aesthetically and what doesn't? How to achieve more usable workspace or a feeling of cosiness? You could spend weeks on addressing your interiors and still get it wrong. A call to a professional designer is all it takes.

The owner of this traditional Devonport villa asked interiors specialist Yellowfox to create contemporary open-plan living, dining and kitchen spaces that would complement the good bones of the original home.

Yellowfox stripped the space back to the floorboards, now stained black, and designed the space afresh, says designer Ursula Vlasic.


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Dramatic kitchen island in Devonport renovation with patterned splash back and sea views

"There were a few challenges, such as limited wall area for taller cabinetry, and a modest area in which to achieve a decent-sized dining and kitchen area while optimising the sea outlooks.

"We addressed the first issue by introducing a floor-to-ceiling blade wall that screened off part of the kitchen and made space for upper cabinets. The choice of bench seating for the dining area saved floor space for a roomy feel."

To optimise clear sightlines to the water, all appliances are set under the benchtops.

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Traditional exterior renovation with modern interior on Devonport weatherboard house with metal gate and front door and sea views

"Colour was also important in this design. We painted the living area black to contrast the pristine white kitchen, and black windows and door joinery in the kitchen frames the views.

Beadboard cabinetry, designed by Yellowfox, matches the original charm of the home. However, for a modern touch they are handle-free.

For details, contact Yellowfox Auckland or Yellowfox Waiheke, PO Box 11282, Ellerslie, phone (09) 525 3450. Email: design@yellowfox.co.nz. Website: www.yellowfox.co.nz47043

Jul 15, 2015
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