Kitchen 2 proc WEB
It is one of the best parts of my job to re-visit the site after completion of the project. The joy part of my project!
In this case, the owners of this home were Owner-Building a renovation to a 1950s weatherboard residence and engaged my services to assist them with the design of their new kitchen for their family home.

Space was tight as the Kitchen was to occupy an area of the original home with existing door openings and walk throughs limiting the layout options.
However, with project constraints comes the challenge of finding a workable solution that sings. And sometimes the constraints are what provides the most well resolved aspects of a design solution.

Deep drawers and clever storage make this kitchen work hard but effectively.The waterfall island bench is a full-slab width allowing a ‘double load’ of storage to the front and back of the bench whilst still providing some breakfast bench space for future stools (and even more shallow cupboards behind those kickers).
The overhead cupboards I kept long and lean with feature Blackwood timber veneer to add warmth to the open plan area.
And I simply adore those white hexagon tiles used for the splashback. The Clients have wisely sealed the grout to reduce the pain of cleaning and staining. With a young family to consider, the double doors to the left conceal the tightly detailed pantry with internal appliance bench, drawers and oodles of shelving.
A pair of 1950s retro style half moon light shades and a built-in timber veneer wine rack add subtle detail and interest to this design.

All in all, a terrific kitchen with plenty of warmth and style that suits this young family perfectly.
Kitchen 3 proc WEB

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Eco_Edge_Dingley_009I was utterly thrilled to receieve this wonderful review from my Client for the above project:

We had a delightful experience with Kirsten Johnstone of Eco Edge who provided us with complete designs for our renovated kitchen project. Kirsten made it seem easy to embark on a project that we had somewhat feared before we started. Kirsten clearly comes with a lot of experience and provided professional advice, yet we felt that she listened carefully to our brief and our own ideas too. She knows the industry well and has excellent recommendations for clever solutions, materials, subcontractors, environmentally friendly options and cost cutting strategies. Kirsten communicates extremely well around turn-around-times and kept us informed about how she was travelling against the cost estimates given to us. She didn’t stray from the scope of works and delivered on time and within budget. Kirsten appears to approach even smaller projects, such as a kitchen renovation, with enthusiasm. She obviously takes pride in the standard of her own work and appears genuinely interested in her clients’ satisfaction. The plans which she produced made it straightforward for us to seek quotes from builders and subcontractors. We are extremely pleased with our kitchen and believe Kirsten was instrumental in the project and the end result.

We would warmly recommend Kirsten to anyone about to commence a similar project and we would not hesitate to engage her again should we embark on something like this in the future.

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One of the very best aspects of my job is meeting with my Clients again once their project is finished: to see the finished design and to hear their thoughts now that the ‘hard’ part is behind them.

In this project, my Client and her husband had been steadily renovating their 1970s home in suburban Melbourne and engaged my services to provide a highly functional Kitchen. They wanted well considered storage, a practical layout and a modern Scandinavian aesthetic.

One of the biggest challenges for me was the unusual wedge shape of the area available and the number of access points and doors I needed to retain. Part of my design response was to include a mobile island bench to reduce the wide proportions of the room and assist in addressing the aesthetic consideration of the existing space.


The Kitchen design is comprised of two main components: the L shape bench and the wall of storage.

The stainless steel bench incorporates a seamless splashback with extra deep sinks. The oven and rangehood is framed perfectly between the two existing windows. The return bench features solid timber lining boards facing the Dining area with a ‘secret’ corner cupboard to maximise every available square centimetre. The stainless steel ensures a streamlined aesthetic, while the sparingly used feature timber provides tactile warmth.

The wall of tall storage features large pocket doors to conceal an appliance cupboard on one side, pantry storage on the other. Extra large, heavy duty crockery drawers below abut the refrigerator niche and concealed overhead TV. The white finish and lip pulls complete this minimalist design.

And the best part? A very, very happy Client who loves her kitchen. I’m calling it a win win.

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