RENOVATIONS AND KITCHEN UPDATE

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It feels like I’ve been talking about this renovation process forever, without really showing you what I’m working on. From time to time I have been updating with some stories on Instagram, up until now its been a construction site with electricians, plumbers and carpenters working on it, and not a lot of exciting things to show. Since late August I have been designing, planning and tried to turn all my ideas and dreams into something that I actually could go forward with. Being able to confer with some experts throughout the process has been valuable. I can assure you some ideas has been turned down after having a estimate of the cost or the time it would take building it. On the other hand new ideas are born along the way and this is what is so exciting about renovating an old apartment like I am doing now (dated 1896). I began with changing the original layout a bit, established an extra bedroom and moved the kitchen to make it bigger. To make room for where everyday life is lived as I see the kitchen as the heart of the home. I have showed you the moodboard I started out with for the kitchen here, and I´m sticking with my original idea although small changes has been done along the way. I want my kitchen to have room for my friends and family, to prepare food and cook, to gather for dinners, the late night glass of wine or work. So I made sure to have lots of space for all of that by choosing to use one side of the room for a four meters long counter. Large drawers with clever solutions for storage and thereby no need for wall cabinets. The look will hopefully be airy and nice with the extra height of the room. I will also have a small workspace in the kitchen, right next to the balcony doors facing the beautiful, green backyard.

Earlier this week it looked like this, the kitchen seen from the living room. Things are coming together quickly once the walls are closed and today they are starting to work on the floors. I can’t wait to see how it will look, and yes, it will be a really gorgeous herringbone floor. Together with the old double door that is waiting to be mounted in the opening between the kitchen and living room, the rosettes in the ceiling, and.. Have you been reading my blog for a while you know this is pretty much a dream come through. To be able to make those plans and dreams come through there is a lot of planning required and although I am quite sure about how I want things I wanted some help to make sure I get some clever solutions for my kitchen. I decided early on I wanted to have an Ikea kitchen, but I wanted to personalize it a bit more by choosing the fronts, countertop, faucet etc from elsewhere. Considering I started my career planning kitchens at Ikea fifteen years ago you might think I am an expert, but a lot has changed since then and I am so happy for the help they can offer at Ikea when you’re in the process of planning a new kitchen.

So yesterday I visited Ikea Skøyen to go through the last details and make sure every solution is functional. The warehouse at Skøyen here in Oslo feels more like a showroom than the other Ikea warehouses. There are no trolleys and no rush, but peace and quiet to be inspired, and to have assistance to plan your kitchen, wardrobe or other solutions for your home. You can both book an appointment in advance with one of the consultants and even have them coming to your home and help measure the room and start the design process. 

Not only are Ikea offering you help planning and designing your kitchen you can also have everything delivered at your door and assembled. This will be my fourth Ikea kitchen (I have been on the move a few times!) and doing a really low budget kitchen the first time including gathering every little small piece for it at the warehouse, carry it up to the fourth floor and assembling it, taking the easy way out and not doing any of that this time is so much time saving and comfortable. My kitchen is already delivered next week so stay tuned for updates, I am looking so much forward to show you!

photos © Elisabeth Heier

Elisabeth

 

SHOWROOM VISIT // ASK OG ENG

Like I wrote in my previous post here, I meet so many interesting people through my work. People who dare follow their dreams, and who is an inspiration for others. Earlier this week I visited Kine and Kristoffer at Ask og Eng. The couple is exactly like I described. It all started with the couples desire to make something special, different and sustainable for their own home. It resulted in several hand made bamboo kitchens and was then followed by the establishment of the Ask og Eng studio in early 2016 where they now offer their hand crafted products to customers all over the country. Kine´s background is in environmental geography and climate change means that when it comes to design and manufacturing, sustainability is of utmost importance to her. Kristoffer is a trained architect and the practical aesthetic mind behind the company.

I have showed you some photos from their showroom earlier, but since then they have moved to a bigger premises, started collaborating with another carpentry on sharing space and equipment, and the production is more efficient. Still Kine and Kristoffer work side by side with the workshop, designing and developing new products and has the full overview on everything.

The kitchen above is designed and hand crafted by Ask og Eng, and I love the color and the surface of the bamboo. I learned that bamboo is harder than most types of wood, which makes it a good choice of material for kitchens, and of course the most important, the sustainability of it. The Ask og Eng collection also include doors ready made to fit IKEA units in addition to their custom made kitchens, which is a great option if you already have a well functioning Ikea kitchen, or move into a home who has one, but want a more high end and exclusive kitchen. I am getting a whole new kitchen for my apartment since I´ve changed the layout completely during the renovations, and the combination of Ikea and Ask og Eng is definitely one of my options.

photo © elisabeth heier

Elisabeth

KITCHEN NEWS – NORDISKA KÖK

Some weeks ago the Swedish brand Nordiska Kök was launched, and the photos were literally all over the web. No wonder, they make some really beautiful kitchens, customized in their joinery right outside Gothenburg. You can choose everything from color, handles and surface finishes – and of course the exact size that fits your room. I have still not decided on the kitchen for my new home, and these photos shot by Fanny Hansson and styled by Sundling Kickén is so inspiring.
I love the simplicity, the clean lines and the carefully chosen quality materials. Would definitely been among my choices if I were to choose a customized kitchen like this.

Photography by Fanny Hansson, styling by Sundling Kickén

Elisabeth

 

 

PLANNING THE KITCHEN

At the same time as the apartment I live in is up for sale this weekend I´m having the keys for my new one handed over. Renovation is getting started and lots of things has to be settled in a short time. Renovating an old apartment is so exciting, you never really know what to find and what the possibilities are before you start. Since I don´t yet know quite how it is going to turn out I am still searching for inspiration and you might remember I visited the Reform showroom in Copenhagen a couple of weeks ago. I just came across some really nice projects they have done on their website, and this kitchen belongs to Line Borella and her family. I know Line from work, she is the PR Manager at Menu – and of course she´s got one of my favorite kitchens at home.

The kitchen is Norm Architects design in sawn smoked oak, bronzed tombac handles and countertop in solid smoked oak. Another alternative I am also looking at is the kitchens from Norwegian Ask og Eng. Like Reform they offer doors ready made to fit IKEA units, read more about Ask og Eng here. Also love the lamps chosen over the counter top, the lamps from Lampe Gras mounted in the ceiling is both versatile and good looking.

Photo: Emil Monty Freddie, via Reform 

 

Elisabeth

 

SHOWROOM VISIT // REFORM

I´m already planning the kitchen renovations in my new apartment and since I was in Copenhagen Friday I quickly stopped by the Reform showroom to take a look at their kitchens. I have seen the kitchens on photos but it is something very different to be able to see it in reality. I like their concept a lot and ever since they launched the design by Norm Architect in smoked oak it has been on my kitchen wish list. (Photos below) Reforms concept is simple, by collaborating with the best Danish and internationally acclaimed architects they want to reform our kitchens, and our everyday lives with great design. With the basic ingredient, elements from the IKEA kitchen you add Reforms architect-designed fronts and countertops to create an aesthetic and a personal style that combines quality construction, function and timeless design.

I have had Ikea kitchens several times before and I know the quality is good for it´s affordable price. With an upgrade with fronts from Reform I will have a beautiful kitchen for many years to come. The fronts designed by Norm Architects are available in sawn smoked oak veneer and regular smoked oak veneer. You can see more photos of the kitchen in posts on my blog here and here. Of course there are other options as well, both Superfront, Ask og Eng, &Shufl and more offers fronts for Ikea kitchens. All I have to do is decide, and you know how hard that can be..

Reform also has other kitchen designs. This one is called Basis and the Basis design comes in two versions.  These are Reform’s in-house models, where it all began. Both models are characterised by the classic carpenter milled-in handle in oak or smoked oak, a detail that gives the design an elegant contrast between the clean surface and the warm texture from the natural wood.

In Chris L. Halstrøm’s kitchen design the handle is not just a minor detail, but also an essential part of the entire front. It has become a part of the frame on the cabinet door and represents an interpretation of facades and window shading in classic Japanese architecture. The handle has become a part of the entire door, a frame for the door itself. In addition to the combination in grey/ash shown here the design is also available in beige and black.

Sideboards designed by Afteroom is also a part of Reforms collection. With it´s straight and elegant lines it can easily be integrated into any room and simply matched with other furniture for a look that is clean and uncluttered. Pretty isn´t it?

Photography © Elisabeth Heier

 

Elisabeth

 

 

ASK OG ENG´s BEAUTIFUL AND SUSTAINABLE BAMBOO KITCHENS

I have been following the Norwegian brand Ask og Eng on Instagram since their very beginning in early 2016, and its quite impressive to see what they have accomplished in such a short while. Ask og Eng is run by Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng which design and hand craft customized kitchens, wardrobes, bathroom furniture and more. All in the sustainable material bamboo. A visit to their beautiful showroom in Drammen is on top on my list, even more after Kine shared these amazing photos of it with me. (Thank you so much for letting me share them on my blog!)

The couples desire to make something special, different and sustainable for their own home resulted in several hand made bamboo kitchens and was followed by the establishment of the Ask og Eng studio where they now offer their hand crafted products to customers all over the country. Kine´s background is in environmental geography and climate change means that when it comes to design and manufacturing, sustainability is of utmost importance to her. Kristoffer is a trained architect and the practical aesthetic mind behind the company.

The Ask og Eng showroom is situated in an old, industrial building in Drammen, south of Oslo. The raw expression with its concrete floors, large windows, uncovered pipes and newly added walls covered with Kabe – all toghether it makes a beautiful backdrop for the bamboo kitchens.

Although I still have no idea of what my next kitchen will look like, I´m constantly looking for inspiration. (..yes, my contract on my current home is soon ending and its about time to actually find that dream apartment.) The Ask og Eng collection also include doors ready made to fit IKEA units in addition to their custom made kitchens, which is a great option if you already have a well functioning Ikea kitchen, or move into a home who has one, but want a more high end and exclusive kitchen. Which it probably will be in my case. I really can´t wait to visit and see this for myself now!

photo Claus Truelsgaard / styling Kate Wood 

See more at Ask og Eng´s website, and also, there´s a really nice feature to be found online at Cereal Magazine.

Elisabeth