The Nook with No Name

Client,  “I just don’t know what I can put in there so I have left it blank for now”.

Sound familiar? Well it is, and a very common phrase we hear that goes along with it is “Well, it’s been like that for so long I just haven’t worried about it anymore.”

It’s time for a change, a shift in focus, a use for your Nook with No Name.

There are so many endless possibilities that are easy and yet work exceptionally well in creating a use for that space. It all comes down to you.

Are you one of those clients, who likes to read? Or maybe you and your family enjoy relaxed meals and conversation together? Maybe a wonderful view catches your eye when you walk past that window space, wouldn’t it be nice if you had a lovely chair to sit and reflect in front of that space.

Whatever your need, there is an answer.

St Helena Day Bed







Courtesy Property Shot Photography


Just because it is located near the kitchen doesn’t mean that nook needs to be a dining space. If you enjoy entertaining or even pure relaxation a day bed or seat is an ideal alternative as it creates both a welcoming place to sit and read or enjoy a wine and provides more seating space when entertaining.

Day Bed










Photo Courtesy Greg Lyon Building


An abundance of cushions makes a nook feel welcoming and warm, but be careful not to clutter the space too much or you may end up with that awful domestic argument about how many cushions is enough or not enough (and yes we all know we have had that discussion at some point). A little wall light or a small piece of artwork can instantly create a purpose for the zone as well and allows for some artistic flair of your own to come into play.











Photo Courtesy Solid Kitchens ‘n’ Cabinets


A space for a TV or even a fireplace is always a functional idea for a nook. In this example the wall has been pushed out to the eaves of the house to create a purpose built nook space to house the television and stereo equipment.

Floating timber shelving by Solid Kitchens 'n' Cabinets Kitchen











Photo Courtesy of Client           Photo Courtesy of Property Shot Photography


In a smaller space some floating shelves can be used to create more storage and display all those items you have collected over the years. Be careful though not to allow these shelves to fill with clutter. Make sure everything on your shelves either has a purpose or a meaning to you. Add a touch of life with some greenery from some plants.

Lennox Head Study







Photo Courtesy Client







Photo Courtesy David Taylor                Photo Courtesy Client


Clean lines and cupboards are always a simple and classic alternative for a small unused space off of the kitchen area. This can be used as an appliance area or a coffee zone, an office space or simply just some extra storage. Whatever the desired use for cupboards they always offer an easy clutter storage solution to ensure you can always keep your living space clean and tidy (Just don’t open the doors – ha ha!!!)

I always say, “Where there’s a nook there’s a knack for adding something.” Write one of those lists, that everyone loves to do these days, about your desires for what else you need within your home and one of those items on that list will most certainly be able to be incorporated into that disused and cluttered area. At least you will then be able to finally tick off something from a list and at the same time create some more functional space within your home. You might even get lucky and the space might actually become your sanctuary J Happy nooking!!





Blum Aventos with Servo Drive

The ease and functionality in kitchen design these days is a far cry from what our parents all had and even us for that matter. Designs and innovations are moving at an exceptionally fast rate and kitchens are no different.

For example, “Who would have thought you would be able to open all your kitchen cupboards and drawers with a simple push of the door/drawer?”


Well Blum have made it that simple.


Check out these videos to see just how easy it can be.

Shades of Grey

In light of the upcoming movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” we have concocted some inspiring grey images for your contemplation.


Grey is an enormously popular tone to use when highlighting a feature colour as it adds an earthy element to them mix, but when combined with some textural elements it can really get things livened up.


There is a new trend moving towards darker cabinet door colours and darker kitchens as people strive for that point of difference, so next time your considering making a colour change, think about incorporating some grey into the mix and sit back to see just how much that feature colour will pop.


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How many klm’s do you do in your kitchen?

How many Klm’s do you do in your kitchen? Do you know?

IKEA announced results from a worldwide survey…..

The survey was conducted by ISOPUBLIC (a member of GALLUP International) via telephone and in-person interviews with 14,000 people in 28 countries from five continents including Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East and North America. Respondents were asked about general kitchen use, habits, needs and wants.

Nearly a fourth of worldwide respondents spend more time in the kitchen than any other place in the home with uses and activities expanding far beyond cooking. In fact, only 24 percent of respondents use the kitchen solely for the preparation of food. Thirty-five percent use the kitchen regularly for family discussions (including heated ones!), 35 percent for socializing and entertaining, 16 percent for hobbies, and 15 percent for playing with their children. As respondents grow older, the kitchen becomes increasingly more significant — after the age of 35, the kitchen beats out the bedroom in importance for both singles and married people.



We know just how much you all love socialising, family time, gourmet cooking etc…. It comes as no surprise to us that people rate their kitchen as one of the most used rooms of the house. Why not increase that valuable time spent in the kitchen on enjoyable things instead of walking vast distances to access regularly used items and putting up with sore backs from poorly stored items?

Check out this video and you will see what we mean….. then talk to us. 🙂 We can help you increase these times spent in your most used room to that of enjoyable and memorable moments.

Blum – How to get convenient workflows in your kitchen

Kitchen Renovations don’t have to be a nightmare!

For the average person a kitchen renovation can be a very daunting task and may well end up being put off for many years because of not only budget but for lack of knowledge.


It does not need to be a nightmare when you do decide to tackle the dreaded task……… It is important to remember YOU are in charge of the final outcome and with the help of an understanding qualified designer this can quite easily be achieved.


Our friends over at Laminex have come up with a great little booklet all about the things to consider when embarking on a kitchen renovation, so for those feeling a little overcome by the task ahead have a little peek and you will soon find out,  with the right tools and the help from your chosen designer/cabinet maker you can have that new kitchen you have wished for with a few simple discussions and guidance.

Laminex KItchen Design and Renovation Guide

Are you stressed in your kitchen…..Watch the stress test today by Blum

Kitchen stress test by Blum

Does the first kitchen remind you of someone’s or maybe it’s yours. Very often we visit homes where our clients kitchens are just like the first one but until they discover what alternatives are out there they do not realise just how stressful using their own kitchen has become.


With softclosing mechanisms, storage solutions, a dynamic space layout and best of all the new motorised systems the stress can nearly be completely taken out of your kitchen space leaving you with more time to enjoy your cooking or lifestyle.


We have been lucky enough to install a motorised bin drawer into our kitchen to give it a good test drive, with 2 very energetic young boys this is certainly the case and let me tell you….within 1 week of getting this I have become so accustomed to using it I now look at trying to open all my drawers like this much to the disappointment of my knee. My brain has not yet registered that it doesn’t matter how many times I push it with my knee if there is no motor it just wont open (ha ha!).  It looks like I will be in need of a kitchen renovation sooner than I thought.

Better still, my children now use the bin more, meaning less mess and I don’t have to keep wiping down the handle or the drawer front. They thoroughly enjoy tapping it open with their bottoms or sides which makes for some good entertainment at times.

We also have just installed these systems into our showroom along with some overhead cupboard options as well and as this nears completion we will bring you some pictures and hopefully you might pay us a visit to check it out.


That’s it from us today but tonight or when you are next in your kitchen, have a think about how stressed you may be and if there are any solutions you might be able to come up with. We would love to hear your ideas.

Or…. if you have just simply had enough of the stress, just give us a call and we will be more than happy to guide you to a less stressful kitchen space where preparing food is a pleasant and enjoyable experience.


All things Kitchens

Solid Kitchens ‘n’ Cabinets

What a great idea from Caesarstone

Nerida Conway and Caesarstone have joined forces to bring you an insightful little video about the process of kitchen renovation.


It shows you just how simple it really can be when you take on board advice from qualified professionals and great quality products.

Have a look and remember this the next time you are thinking of a kitchen renovation. “We do it every day and love it, so why not leave it up to us to have your head aches and you can sit back and watch it unfold before your eyes”


Laminex Update

The Laminex update was held last night at Ballina in the beautiful Ramada “The Point” with many drinks consumed and lots of networking.

It was great to see so many of our competitors come together to share in some common stories and a great sense of community was felt over the night (probably helped along by the free drinks – ha ha)

With a magician and balloon magic keeping us entertained it was not long before we were all enjoying a laugh together.

We did get some work achieved however and Laminex have got a great new range of finishes and colours out that offer a very tactile option to the new and modern interiors of today.

Thankyou Laminex for a great night and we look forward to being able to bring some of these new and exciting products into our clients kitchens.

The Solid Team