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The Range Kitchen Makeover Part One

 

The kitchen is our favourite room in the house, it’s where we always end up, that’s my old and grubby Ikea armchair bottom right. But…it isn’t an easy space, it has 2 doors to the garden and 3 huge windows. It’s cold and draughty. The units are basically an old showroom kitchen that wasn’t ever intended to fit this room. But we don’t have the budget to replace it or knock down walls. So we fight with it daily.

So with the help of interiors expert Jen from Love Chic Living, and The Range who kindly challenged me to do this kitchen makeover, I am hoping to make a real difference to the look of this room.

From a distance it is lovely, but close up is cluttered, grubby and lacking any soft furnishings or those we do have lack any proper hems. The end of the kitchen by the doors into the garden is a dumping ground and most importantly, we have no kettle.

If you are still thinking ‘what is she on about, what a nice kitchen’. I KNOW, I am lucky to have this space. But here’s a close up, this is what gets me down. This is what happens when you have a space that works against you (and when you decide #teamhonk and baking with your kids are more important than cleaning):

I find making interiors decisions tough and if I am honest all that flipping back and forth measuring and comparing fabrics bores me. I am like a little kid who has to be bribed to sit down and finish the job. Which is where having someone like Jen to walk me through a kitchen makeover was amazing. It only took an hour, whereas I could have phaffed on The Range’s huge collection of blinds, cushions and curtains for weeks.

The Range offers amazing value so you can make a real difference on a small budget. An hour after Jen left my house she sent me a list of everything I needed to order from The Range for the kitchen makeover, including the maths and measurements, how easy is that! I can’t believe how much we managed to achieve on an under £300 budget. In fact, I feel really silly for putting off getting some blinds for so long.

Jen’s lovely to chat to, great at helping you make decisions and makes breaking down a kitchen makeover really easy and fun as well, look:

I’m looking forward to revealing Jen’s mood board and the final The Range makeover, very soon, watch this space.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Amanda

    Absolutely brilliant, what a great insight to the work of an interior designer – Jen, from Love Chic Living. Can not wait to see the result!

    25/03/2013 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Becky Goddard-Hill

    Oh isn’t this wonderful,she makes it so ‘you’ ! Look forward to the end result

    25/03/2013 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    Great post ladies, can’t wait to see the final kitchen design come to life. I’m currently in the process of re-fitting our kitchen and have no idea how it is going to work so love to see how an interior designers mind works to give me some ideas.

    26/03/2013 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply The Range Kitchen Makeover Reveal - The Alexander Residence

    […] she did this lovely mood board. You can see the before shots, and the consultation with Jen on video in this post. Here you can see the elements in action, the red accents have really brightened up the kitchen […]

    03/04/2013 at 8:41 am
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  • Reply Ali

    Oh isn’t Jen lovely! Two lovely ladies in fact! Love the fact you showed the real bits of your kitchen, made me feel better about mine! Half way through doing our kitchen, though it is not such a lovely size it has the same double doors as yours! Really looking forward to seeing the results and being inspired to finish ours! x

    03/04/2014 at 8:32 am
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