Woollahra Cottage 2Scandinavian Kitchen, Sydney
What Houzz contributors are saying:
6. What’s the best professional advice you’ve been given?Anna-Carin McNamara: “As thin as possible and never in the middle.” – Arne Jacobsen.
Anna-Carin McNamara, interior architect and principal at Anna Carin Design, says: 8. Blunder: Using too many different materials… or not enoughFinding the right balance for the types and number of materials in an open-plan room is tricky, and it’s something a lot of people get wrong. They’ll often use too many different materials and finishes in an open-plan space, making the area look busy; or they may not use enough, which can leave the room feeling dull and flat. You want an open-plan space to feel simple and cohesive in its aesthetic, but interesting too.
A Swedish kitchen is a special space. As with many cultures, the kitchen is the heart of the home, but Swedes honour the meaning behind that – the heima – particularly well. The kitchen and dining rooms are frequently combined, and meals are eaten around a traditional dining table, rather than a large, central kitchen island or bench. Eating together is important to Swedes. They love their breakfast, and most families follow the Scandinavian tradition of a sit-down cooked meal by candlelight. Yes, candles at breakfast time!