Mix and match
One of the smartest design tricks you can implement to give your home high-end style is to mix affordable items with a few splurge pieces – and that’s what homeowner Hazel, who shares her design aesthetic via @thestylesociete on Instagram, has done in her new house.
Nowhere is this more evident than the kitchen.
Typically, a pricey room to create, this kitchen uses Kaboodle cabinetry, available exclusively from Bunnings, and statement accents – hello, lights! – to chic effect. When friends come to visit, “They don’t realise that so many things are from Bunnings!” says Hazel.
“This house is a new build but I wanted it to have character,” explains Hazel. To get the Shaker-style look she wanted, she chose Kaboodle’s ‘Alpine’ profile cabinet doors.
“It’s not made to measure, so it was like a game of Tetris as we worked with the catalogue on our layout,” she says. “We had to think about where we wanted to cook, where the rubbish would go and where to store pots and pans. We then splurged on door and drawer handles to elevate it”.
Timber elements add warmth to the home’s black-and-white colour scheme, but the flooring is actually a high-grade timber-look laminate.
“We needed to be practical because we were getting a dog,” explains Hazel (their Siberian husky, Yuki, is now almost two). “And we’re really happy with the decision. We don’t have to worry about scratches!” For a similar look, try Smart Flooring in Mocha Oak.
Bold as brass
“My style is neutral and timeless – black, white, brass and some greenery,” says Hazel. The warm metallic gleam – seen in the tap and cabinetry knobs and pulls – lends a new dimension and an additional layer of visual interest.
A regular in the nursery section at Bunnings, Hazel’s love for plants is evident, from the benchtop herbs to a flourishing devil’s ivy, which trails from the top of the cabinets almost to the floor.
Hazel lent the kitchen a dash of farmhouse charm with the choice of a Corinthian French door for the pantry. Black paint and brass door hardware tie it in with the kitchen cabinets, while the glass panels give a glimpse of well-organised shelves within.
Make a splash
Laying a splashback in a herringbone pattern can be pricier than the usual brick-style subway layout, due to the number of angled cuts required. “The tiles weren’t overly expensive – we spent more on labour here,” Hazel explains. The layout is a great example of how to take a budget-friendly product and give it an upmarket spin that turns it into a real statement feature in the room.
Photography credit: Sue Stubbs