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This award-winning kitchen and bar accentuates the home's bush views and distinctive roofline
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As an environment for relaxing and entertaining, few places are as welcoming as the kitchen. The owners of this minimalist kitchen took the concept a stage further, with a kitchen island that functions as an informal bar as well as a place to prepare and eat food.

The homeowners both like to entertain and they wanted a kitchen that would complement their lifestyle and their stunning new home, says designer Brian Patterson of Nouvelle Designer Kitchens.

"They particularly wanted a bar fridge, so rather than hiding it away, we decided to make it a key feature of the design."

The result, he says, is a winning design: in 2006, the kitchen won best kitchen designed to a modern theme' in the HIA 2006 NSW awards. The clean lines fit well with the rest of the home, with an A-frame roofline and dramatic bush views providing an interesting canvas to work with.


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Benchtops were positioned so that the owners have a clear view of the bush and family and guests have plenty of space to congregate around the bar area.

Once the designer had established a monochrome look for the cabinetry with high-gloss polyurethane finishes, the bar stools and timber flooring were added for warmth and interest.

"Red was chosen for the bar stools and a richly coloured timber for the floor to tone down the dominant black and white colour scheme and add an interesting contrast," says Patterson.

The handle-less cabinetry, with its grip-style method of opening, gives a smooth finish. It's also a way of keeping appliances and kitchenware out of reach of children.

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A television fits into stainless steel cabinetry, so it is hidden away when not in use. It can be pulled out when needed and viewed from the island or the ottomans.

For more information, contact Nouvelle Designer Kitchens, Pennant Hills: 372 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills, NSW 2120, phone (02) 9484 8299; Willoughby: 152 Mowbray Rd, Willoughby, NSW 2068, phone (02) 9967 5622. Email: sales@nouvelledesign.com.au or visit the website: www.nouvelledesign.com.au.

Feb 23, 2007
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