'We gave our kitchen a new lease of life!'

Posted: 30th Aug 2019

Elif Turan’s love of contrasts has given her new kitchen-diner a stylish and contemporary edge

A bit about me

I’m Elif Turan, an administrator and I live with my boyfriend, Jamie, and dog Bruno, in a four-bedroom house in a small village near Bromsgrove.

My problem kitchen

The kitchen in this house was extremely cramped and dated with farmhouse-style cupboards and spongy laminate flooring. I wanted to create a spacious, modern room perfect for entertaining as well as preparing food.

How I made it work

I removed the wall separating the kitchen and dining room to create a bright, open-plan kitchen and dining area which makes much better use of the space. To allow for even more seating, I chose to incorporate a peninsula into the L-shaped kitchen to create a breakfast bar – it feels so much more modern and welcoming now.

My favourite part

I’ve always wanted a kitchen with an island or breakfast bar so this was a great compromise – it gives a similar effect of an island for socialising and extra workspace whilst fitting perfectly in the space I had available.

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Feature and styling by Sophie Warren-Smith / photos by Simon Whitmore