This month sees the Great British Bake Off tent return to our screens and our mouths are already watering in anticipation of another season of delicious cakes, bakes and hilarious soggy bottoms.
During the 2019 series we fell in love with Priya O’Shea and her imaginative bakes so we are totally thrilled to welcome her as our guest blogger this month to talk about her kitchen renovation and why this space is the heart of her home.
“Hi, I’m Priya and I live in Leicester with my husband Sean and our two young boys who are 6 and 4. I’ve always loved cooking. I grew up in a household where there was a constant stream of extended family coming in and out and huge family feasts most weekends.
Our kitchen is where I develop recipes, create content for social media, bake for friends and family but it’s also where we all eat. On days when I’m up to my ears in Lego or Dinosaurs, I long for the headspace I get from cooking. When the rest of the family are in bed it’s not unusual for me to be back in the kitchen baking well into the early hours.
Above image features Warm Brushed Oak from our Van Gogh collection available in a gluedown and rigid core fitting format.
When we moved into our newbuild house eight years ago I knew it was right for us because the wall between the kitchen and dining room had been knocked through to create a larger family living space. The kitchen had large speckled porcelain floor tiles that we weren’t keen on but couldn’t justify ripping out as they were brand new.
When we finally decided to update the kitchen we replaced the old gloss wood effect units with a new layout that allowed a better flow around the room. We chose light grey and navy shaker style units for a traditional design that can be styled to look contemporary without being ultra-modern.
We wanted to go with a flooring brand we could trust. We have friends and family that have chosen Karndean and they highly recommended it. We also liked that there was a huge range of colours and styles to choose from.
With young children and a tremendous amount of cooking happening things do sometimes fall off tables or counters. We’ve lost many mixing bowls, mugs and plates because of the porcelain floor. I wanted something easy to clean and more comfortable underfoot but also forgiving of accidents and able to withstand the kids bashing their toys around.
We loved many different designs but in the end opted for Warm Brushed Oak from the Van Gogh range as this stood out instantly when we placed a sample in the room. It adds warmth to the neutral colour palette and brightens up the space which was important as our kitchen can feel quite dark during the winter months. I also knew I’d want to paint a feature wall at some point and the classic look of Warm Brushed Oak gives us the flexibility to add in navy, greens or even blush pink.
Conveniently, this floor comes in both rigid core and gluedown formats to suit different conditions but we chose gluedown as we had a fairly level floor. Our fitter advised us that if we did ever damage a plank it would be easy to replace and with two young kids it’s great to have that peace of mind.
We love our new floor so much that we have since extended it into the hallway. It has a subtle variation in colour across the planks which makes it interesting without taking over and complements the units so well. Our kitchen is now a space that suits our busy lifestyle and is perfectly styled to help me juggle my work and our boisterous boys.”
Thank you so much to Priya for sharing her kitchen renovation story with us. Follow her on Instagram @priyaoshea to discover her recipes and baking adventures.