Right at home

Light, neutral colours and elegant touches give this kitchen a warm, welcoming feel. Damien Bruce runs Bruce Bros, a floor covering company based in Miranda, so he has plenty of experience when it comes to choosing the right design. He’s seen many beautiful projects over the years and when his family decided to build their dream home in the Sydney suburb of Caringbah five years ago, their builder and interior designer had high standards to meet.

The stunning house was built by Design Imagery, a design firm based on the Gold Coast, and the interiors were created by Jacqui Hargrove Interior Design.

ALL IN THE FAMILY
Designing the kitchen was a family affair, with Damien’s wife using her impeccable taste to choose the colours, materials and fixtures, and Bruce Bros installing lovely European oak floorboards throughout. For Damien, taking the kitchen from concept to reality was the most exciting part of the building process and, all in all, it took about three months to finish the room. It certainly surpassed all expectations – its elegant, understated look blends in perfectly with the relaxed, casual style of the new home. The cabinets are painted in Dulux Hog Bristle and the walls are half strength – the soft, neutral colours adding to the feeling of light and space. “We chose it to blend with the rest of the house,” he says, “and it’s very inviting because of its warmth.” The window above the main sink lets in a lot of natural light, while the halogen lights brighten up the space to make cooking in the evening a breeze. With two adult children, it was important for the family to have plenty of elbow room and storage space. The huge island bench ensures there’s always a spot for preparing food and stowing extra pots and pans, while the huge walk-in pantry – “It’s a whopper!” laughs Damien – makes it easy to find food staples quickly. “By far though,” he admits, “the Calacutta marble benchtops are my favourite thing in the kitchen.” With its beautiful decorative veins, the gorgeous white marble brings an elegant touch to the space.

SPACED OUT
The family does a great deal of cooking together, so the new kitchen is definitely the most popular room in the house. They find it easy to whip up delicious meals with the Miele induction cooktop, which shortens cooking times by up to half. And with its stainless steel and black ceramic glass screen, it’s a stylish choice too. “The kitchen’s a joy to work in because it’s so spacious,” Damien says, “and the three sinks and two ovens make it so much easier.” The double sink under the window features a stylish Oxygene hi-tech sink mixer tap by Italian company Gessi, while the sink in the island bench has an innovative Just sink mixer. As the kitchen is so roomy, the family can work, eat and hang out together at the same time, which are features they love about the space. And with enough room to seat three people at the island bench and another six at the nearby sunroom table – they can even use it to entertain guests. “They’re usually blown away by the design,” says Damien. The kitchen is simple to maintain and keep clean – thanks to its two-pack polyurethane cabinets, which create a seamless look with their beautiful satin finish. In fact, the only thing the family need to do regularly is replace the flowers that brighten up the benchtops! Damien’s proud of his kitchen and believes it to be unique. “It’s just the lovely feeling you get when you work in it,” he says.

KITCHEN ESSENTIALS
CABINETRY 2-pack polyurethane satin finish
BENCHTOPS Calacutta Marble
OVEN Neff
STOVE Miele Induction
RANGEHOOD Miele
FRIDGE Liebherr
DISHWASHER Fisher & Paykel
TAPWARE Gessi
POTS Estelle
HANDLES stainless-steel style finish
INTERIORS Jacqui Hargrove Interior Design (02) 9960 0140
BUILDING Design Imagery (07) 5596 3023

STORY LAUREN BROOMHAM PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN HERNANDEZ STYLING AMY FROST

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