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The Range Kitchen Makeover Reveal

The Alexander Kitchen
My makeover key words – Friendly, Warm, Functional, Folksy,Open

The Range invited me to do a kitchen makeover, it was in need of brightening up, so I asked Jen from Love Chic Living to help me out, 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 space. I already think we are making more effort to keep it clean and tidy and enjoying our time in it more.

The kids love the red keeler chairs and I think they give our Victorian table, and traditional kitchen a contemporary boost of energy, along with kitchenware accessories like the kettle, red mugs, oven gloves and salt and pepper pots. All of these items were extremely good value, the chairs just £24.99 and the cups just £1.

Sadly the fab dotty blinds Jen chose were out of stock , I chose red instead which really warms up the space, and cream curtains for the French windows. I would still like to try a dotty ones should they come back in stock and as they start at £11.99 making a change is very affordable. Meanwhile, the red of the kitchen contrasts nicely with the cream of the snug area.

The Snug

Jen helped me make this awkward space at the end of the kitchen happen, something Mr A and I have talked about for years, but never achieved. Once a dumping ground, now a quiet retreat. The cream curtains make the space very calming, the lamp adds warmth and light to read or flip through cook books.

We had planned a red moroccan footstool, red throw and clock cushion, but the more the kitchen took off as a bright warm space, the more I wanted to make this area slightly different. It overlooks the French windows into the garden, so bird cushions seemed appropriate. The cream curtains Jen picked out make the space feel so much bigger and calmer. I think a cream Moroccan foot stool would set it all off perfectly.

The Range is great value and really makes it possible to transform a large space, with a small budget. I ordered online, service was very good, especially around a replacement for an item damaged in transit. Jen tells me in store they have an even bigger and more tempting range, sounds great to me.

Makeover Items:

Polka Dot Roller Blind
from £11.99 therange.co.uk

£265 – ikea.com

Julian Bowen Tomato Keeler Chair
£24.99 therange.co.uk

Footstool Moroccan Red
£20.99 therange.co.uk

Clock Cushion
£6.99 therange.co.uk

Curve Desk Lamp Black
£16.79 therange.co.uk

Plus Oven Gloves £5.99, bird cushions £5/ 6.99, silver curtain pole 28.99


Disclosure – I chose and was supplied with the items you have seen in this review.



  1. Becky Goddard-Hill
    03/04/2013 / 10:22 am

    Really lovely a warm and happy space with a serene spot too. Great stuff

  2. 03/04/2013 / 11:19 am

    It’s made such a difference, I really love the pops of red in the kitchen, but how you’ve made it more restful, in the the snug. Fab!

  3. 03/04/2013 / 11:38 am

    Looks gorgeous! Absolutely love it. We don’t have The Range in Ireland and I am raging- the prices are fantastic for such beautiful items.

  4. 03/04/2013 / 2:35 pm

    Looks fantastic! Wish we had a range near us, my Mum’s always getting good stuff in the one near to her…

  5. 04/04/2013 / 1:15 pm

    Wow! It looks fantastic.
    What a great idea to change the chairs to make a difference. We broke a chair a few years ago and in my head I thought we’d have to replace the table and chairs when the boys move from highchairs… a set of chairs seems a much better option!

  6. 29/04/2013 / 4:51 pm

    I thought I’d commented on this ages ago Penny, but maybe I hadn’t! I love the end result, it looks bring and fresh, and I’m glad it’s what you wanted 🙂

  7. 03/04/2014 / 8:36 am

    Looks gorgeous, finishing touches make all the difference and having nice bits and pieces that you really love is a great incentive to keep it looking nice as well, though not at magnifying glass level we all need to enjoy life and not clean all day!

    Lovely happy family space! x

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