Hamptons Style Kitchen Inspiration


Well to say it has been a long time between posts is understatement.  It is all down to one thing…..The Lakehouse.

After spending months (6-7) talking to the one builder and architect (see the last post)  and having all our hopes in them, we were forced to pull the pin.  It just wasn’t working out the way we had planned and we needed to cut our losses while we still could.  The upside is we are now with a new builder!  Well actually not that new at all as they built our last house!!!!

Plans are done and we are now at the stage of making our final inclusions before we get the all important quote back.  Which leads me to this post!  As a project builder they have their own “Interior Designer” who helps us with our selections.  They were needing some inspiration from us about what our take on”Hamptons” style is.  Turns out it means lots of different things to everyone!





We LOVE the Ikea DOMSJO Farmhouse sink with GLITTRAN tapware.  A great price and perfectly fits with the style of the kitchen.




The sophisticated and simple design of shaker cabinets.  Shaker cabinets are simply ” characterized by five-piece door with a recessed center panel.”   Of course our colour selection is WHITE on WHITE!


Our builder includes 40mm Stone Benches in their standard inclusions.

Of course our selection again will be white, well close to it!  We love these…

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This has been a hard one!  Who knew that one type of white tile could come in so many different finishes and sizes!

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For us the decision is…..



White Grout

For a seamless, shimmery look.



This is the layout of our kitchen.  I am hoping to add 2 pendant lights over the breakfast bar.  This is probably a part of the build we will organise ourselves.  We did this last time with our builder so fingers crossed we can again!  We sourced and supplied the lights and they installed them!

I have found lots of inspiration but sourcing them in Australia is a whole other story!

Temple and Webster

Temple and Webster

Lightworks Online

Lightworks Online


Interiors Online

Interiors Online

 These are the current front runners but the Temple and Webster light is almost a given!  Except would it match the rest of our chrome?

So that is where we are at with Kitchen Inspiration!

We would love your feedback about any of our choices, items you have seen that we might love or kitchen purchases you have regretted!

Stay tuned for some facade drawings very soon!!!

Under The Kitchen Sink

There are some parts of our home that seem to be harder to keep organised than others. Under our Kitchen Sink is one of them!  We had a bit of a makeover this time last year but after a year of living and using it is was shambles!

So what I have learnt….

1. Limit the number of cleaning products.  

It is easy to get overwhelmed by a miscellaneous assortment of products.  I have 4 every day sprays (on the top shelf) with a fifth occasional wood polish.  From Left to Right – Dishwashing Liquid, Daily Granite, All Purpose and Daily Wood. Naturally they are all Method products.  

Daily Granite –  for our black granite bench tops. Never have they been left so sparkly clean without any residue! If you are anything like me you clean your kitchen bench about 10 times a day!

All Purpose – I use this for the stove top, appliances and cupboards.  It is an oil and grime fighter! This one is a new “flavour” and smells incredible!

Daily Wood – For our dining room tables.  We have a small breakfast table and then a lunch and dinner table that get a good work out!  

Dishwashing Liquid- In a handy pump bottle as you can see we love it!  I hand wash lunchboxes, tupperware and kids plastics. 

2. Get rid of packaging and replace with reusable storage.

I take all the dishwashing tablets out of their packaging and empty them into this tin.  We use Method “Smarty Dish” tablets. It keeps them out of sight of little eyes and means I can declutter 3 packets into one tin.  Great for buying in bulk.

3. Containerise.  

I use some small plastic baskets from Kmart to hold all of our cloths and occasional use items like gumption, leather cleaner etc.  I also use one for our “wipes”

4. Keep the items you use daily at arms reach.  

This helps to ensure they are easy to put back into the right place! The ones you only use occasionally can go on the bottom or at the back and if you havent used it in the last 6 months THROW IT OUT! 

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What is under your Kitchen Sink?  

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Organising and Cleaning The Kitchen

Day 1 of “The Organised Housewife’s 20 Day Challenge” and we are Cleaning and Organising The Kitchen. Let me start by saying that our Kitchen was in an average state.  It is the hub of our home.  Literally.  You can see it from the living and dining room, there is no escaping it.  So we try to keep it fairly clean and tidy….

Here it is mid breakfast prep. We have a “Galley” style Kitchen.  It is fairly small with ok storage space but Oh how we wish we had made it bigger! Hey doesn’t everyone. Notice the hole above the Fridge? Lets just say it pays to measure the height of your new fridge.  Oh and the plant.  Hubby’s addition to the decor!

What we like about our kitchen.

  • It is central in the house so I can see everyone whilst “working” in there.
  • Good Size pantry
  • Granite Bench tops
  •  Coffee Cupboard! ( A small cupboard at the end of the bench fro the toaster, kettle, coffee and tea etc)
  • Ok number of powerpoints
  •  Wall oven
What we would change.
  • More bench space!
  • Closer to the entertaing/outside area of the house
  • More of a u shape or non walk through!  Baby gates are a nightmare in this kitchen!!!
  • More storage space!!!
  • Bigger oven and stove top! Ours just came with the house and we wish we had of looked into this further.  Our oven is tiny!!!
But onto the task…..
There were three areas I wanted to declutter  and clean!
Area 1 – I really want to get rid of the cook books.  They are rarely used and don’t need to be on display taking up bench space! The bread!!!  I hate it being on display!  The biscuit style jar holds salt.  Apparently essential for any “woggy” kitchen!
AFTER- I moved the utensil jar onto the other side of the cooktop.
The recipe books got moved into “The Great Wall of Ikea” Wall Unit
This bread tin was an awesome buy form Kmart!  It was a while ago and they were a set of two tins (a bsicuit tin came with it) for about $15.
BEFORE – Talk about out of sight, out of mind!  This is our under sink cupboard!  We loose a lot of space due to the (“In Sink-er-ator??) Speaking of which…these are a must!!! I buy everything in bulk when on special, hence the multiple packets of wipes and dishwashing tablets!
AFTER – Yes I had all of these containers around the house!  Just call me a basket hoarder! The large tin now holds the dishwashing tablets!  It is a Jamie Oliver tin I bought from Target.  It was sitting under the stairs as I felt it used to clutter our bench top!
The baskets are all from Kmart.  I have tried to keep like items together.  Furniture cleaning, Scrubbing etc.
Behind the tin is “The Stockpile” of cleaning products.  Unopened products.  On the top shelf are our everyday items.  As you can see I love wipes!!!  
BEFORE – This last area is the end of the bench.  The plant was a present from a student many years ago!  But it needs a new home!  This basket literally appeared on the bench last week.  Thats what happens when your husband has a day off work!  I like to keep a little basket/container here for our daily water bottles.  I am hopeless at drinking water so if I cant see it there calling me, I forget to drink!!!

AFTER – Good bye plant and basket!  I have had this little basket for ever!  Now the kids drinks and my awesome CONTIGO drink are tidy but visible.

Over the last year we have organised a few other areas of the Kitchen…you can read about them HERE…..

Organising The Fridge

Organising Take Away Menu

Organising The Pantry 

Organising The Utensil Drawer

The Organised Housewife


Organising The Fridge

The first Organising Project on our list for July, is the Fridge!

Just to remind you of what a disaster our fridge was, here is my favourite kind of photo a Before and After pic. 

 The general problem was that nothing had a space.  Everything was just thrown in, piled on top of each other, there was NO ORGANISATION!  

With Step 1 (Identify the Problem) and Step 2 (Gather Inspiration) completed it was time for

Step 3….Empty, Purge, Clean, Sort.

We are pretty good at emptying out the Fridge on a regular basis.  We usually empty out any left overs or items past their use by date on bin day.   With the Fridge contents emptied onto the kitchen bench, any expired items purged, the shelves cleaned and all items sorted into categories it was time for Step 4.


Ok so that is probably not a real word, but I like it all the same…

Here is what we used.. 

Product List

1 and 5 = Small White Baskets – KMART – 2 for $2

2,3,6,7,9 = Clear Handled Containers – KMART – $3 each

4,11 = Large Clear Handled Containers  – DOLLARS AND CENTS – $3.99 each

So what is in all those containers.  I grouped like items together into the following categories.

  1. Condiments
  2. Deli
  3. Dairy (Cream, Butter, Yoghurt)
  4. Fruit & Veg (Tomato, Avocado other items I don’t want squished!)
  5. Margarine
  6. Dips
  7. Snacks (Squeeze Yoghurts, Cheese Sticks)
  8. Cheese
  9. Meals or Leftovers
  10. Drinks
  11. Fruit & Veg
I chose to use these handled containers as it makes it easier to find particular items and freed up heaps of room in the fridge!  It also means that items can no longer be piled on top of each other.
So there you have it our Organised Fridge
What do you think? 

In the next house….

I am addicted to houses.  Home magazines, open homes, display homes.  I love dreaming and drooling over gorgeous designs, clever ideas and delightful decor.  I am go grateful for the home we have, but there is nothing wrong with a little daydream every now and then.  We built this house almost 6 years ago now.  It’s a sure sign your’e getting itchy feet when a lot of your sentences start with….in the next house…..

So in the next house…..

We will have a white, light, and BIG kitchen with a little nook for chatting to the cook and 

a little study nook and…

lots and lots of storage and bench space and one more thing for the kitchen

a servery from the kitchen to the…

outdoor room.  That has room for a lounge setting and outdoor kitchen and is weather proof!

A laundry that is a room, not a washing machine in a walkway.  I may actually want to do washing in this room!

So the list could go on and on.  Funny how its all about the kitchen and laundry!  The two “work” areas of the home! Enough dreaming and time to start doing. Today’s household project is to go to Bunnings and buy a seedling, or maybe a tree.  You know one of the variety that grows money?  Thats all that is missing from our next house dreams!

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