Marie Kondo has sold over 2 million copies worldwide of her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. She provides a very convincing argument for the benefits of living a stream-lined, ordered life. In fact, Ms Kondo claims that ‘one of the magical effects of tidying is confidence in your decision-making capacity.’ That’s a pretty incredible benefit! Arguably one of the most important rooms of the house is the kitchen and one of the biggest trends in residential architecture and design is the contemporary, minimalist kitchen/dining/living space — particularly in a bright, airy extension.
Two recent projects I carried out for IPS-Pronorm of Richmond demonstrate the magic: one in the Bedford Park area of Chiswick and one in Acton. The Bedford Park house was originally designed in the arts & crafts style, including a vaulted ceiling in the kitchen/living space. The Acton property’s kitchen includes bi-fold doors, the kitchen appliances and cupboards along one wall, a fantastic island and an exposed brick wall, ticking all the cool kitchen boxes. You can view these brilliant spaces in the photos below and also in the slideshow I created for IPS-Pronorm.