So first off, this isn’t a post about my own kitchen. As much as I’d love to rethink the entire mini-makeover we’re doing to incorporate my latest obsession, it’s unlikely to happen at this point. We’ve got the new worktops, new sinks and taps going in next week which I’m incredibly excited about and after that, we’ll be looking at repairing some of the brickwork on the outside of the house before we can carry on with giving it a new coat of paint indoors. So things are starting and I’m not about to pull the brakes on decisions that have already been made.

However, I did come across two kitchens recently, both of which incorporate the beauty of green and you can say I’ve been swayed. White kitchens are pretty much de rigueur at the moment and having had one myself for the last few years, I can attest to the fact that they feel bright and clean and fresh. We’re adding some black to ours to give it a bit of drama and tie into the dining room redesign so that should keep my need for change ALL THE TIME at bay for some time. However. HOWEVER.

Have a look at this spectacular recent kitchen design from deVOL. I’m in awe of it’s beauty and drama.

The Peckham Rye Kitchen - deVOLP I N this to pinterest

Okay, first off that marble is just killing me. Because any kitchen that incorporates quite that much marble is going to be a winner no matter what else the rest of the space looks like. But it’s that fabulous shade of emerald-meets-racing green the homeowners had specially mixed that plays off the movement in the natural materials that takes the whole thing to the next level. Or the next six levels really.

The Peckham Rye Kitchen - deVOLP I N this to pinterest

Of course, I also adore all the brass detailing. The shelving with brass railings give the space a luxe look and oil paintings give it an old world English charm. That juxtaposition between old and new KILLS ME. Of course, the unfinished wood ceiling and those beautiful floors create another interesting texture that adds so much warmth.

The Peckham Rye Kitchen - deVOLP I N this to pinterest

The second kitchen I wanted to share was the recent reveal by Gwen of The Makerista. Honestly, everything this woman touches is just pure understated beauty but she just knocked it out of the park with this one.

Gwen The Makerista KitchenP I N this to pinterest

I have always loved olive green and that beautiful colour mixed with black and white make for such a striking composition. I love how she also incorporated a mirrored backsplash. I know in our home I’d never in a million years be able to keep that clean so I’m going to live vicariously through hers.

Gwen The Makerista Kitchen lightingP I N this to pinterest

I also adore how she’s taken the more traditional features in her kitchen cabinets and played those against deliciously contemporary lighting and seating in black. And can we just take a moment to appreciate those tiles?

Gwen The Makerista Kitchen black and white tilesP I N this to pinterest

This image reminds me of the Greenbrier Hotel designed by Dorothy Draper. So so good. Do go and check out the full post on The Makerista to see all the before and afters to really appreciate just how much work has gone into this space.

Does seeing these images make you want to add a bit of green to your own kitchen? Are you as obsessed with green in your interiors as I am?


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  • AfaJuly 22, 2016 - 1:07 pm

    Looking at these, the thing I realise that makes them both work is the fantastic light. The first one in particularly is lit beautifully from above, and that makes the difference. I’ve always liked green, but not always got it right, and I wonder if the particular light in the north of England has anything to do with it..? It could of course just be bad paint choices by me!ReplyCancel

  • VivienneJuly 22, 2016 - 1:52 pm

    I have been planning for a while to have green and black kitchen. (Not inspired by the chocolate – I promise 😋.) I love those old weavers’ cottages in Spitalfields and want to have something like one of those crossed with a Dutch old Master painting vibe. Of course, I probably would just want to sit and admire it, rather than actually mess it up with my cooking! For now, I’ve just painted the existing units matt black, with glossy black tiles. Loads of ferns & ivy on the units, Persian- style rugs on the floor and a few old apple crates for shelving & (imho) it looks fab.ReplyCancel

  • LouiseJuly 22, 2016 - 2:18 pm

    Lovely pics, so much to look at in each. They say that green is the most difficult to get right since humans are programmed to be sensitive to all shades of green. A valuable survival skill upsetting interior design 😉 I love that marble but i cant help thinking they will all be in a landfill in 20 years. I guess the stone doesnt mind much, but we are breaking up the ground, giving miners lung problems and destroying water. For what? The food wont be any better. Maybe a five year waiting period on counter tops could cool this frenzie, so we dont ad marble on top of the red granit that is already there…ReplyCancel

    • MissCJuly 22, 2016 - 2:39 pm

      I am not familiar with the design theory that ‘humans are programmed to be sensitive to all shades of green.’

      Personally, I am not constantly aware of my surroundings when in a green room in my house. However, when walking in a heavily wooded (green) area I am constantly aware of my surroundings.
      I don’t find that it is the color but the lack of visibility that makes me cautious.ReplyCancel

      • LouiseJuly 23, 2016 - 3:18 pm

        We all percieve and react differently to color, but this is not an interior design theory, it has to due with the receptors in the eye, called cones, that catches the incoming light and turns it in to information for the brain to process. We have three cones, blue, green and red. The blue can see mostly blue, the green mostly green but guess what, the red can see both red and green! Also, the blue is the smallest one so of all the colors in the spectrum we can take in the least blue, and the most green. Then the brain takes these colors and start mixing them, back to somewhat the original color. So we see more off the actual green nuances. Since more receptors are open to the green light we also percieve it to be brighter than other colors. Then, a green room is not nature, but that is the reason green appears to be a tricky color to get right. Then there is the whole scinec of how wavelenghts of color change by the type of bulb you are using, or the color of your sky, but lets leave that for now,ReplyCancel

  • MissCJuly 22, 2016 - 2:19 pm

    The design of these 2 kitchens are divine!

    But IMO they are both impractical for people who actually use their kitchens.
    Art in the kitchen – gorgeous! Above the cook top – ruined gorgeous.
    Mirrors in the kitchen – inspired and so luxe.\ but you’d be cleaning it all the time.
    I think the same of open shelving too though.

    I think these beautiful kitchens are for people that don’t actually cook very much, or really like to clean (or have someone to do it for them.)
    My biggest indulgence is hanging pots and pans and I am forever taking them down the less frequently used ones and washing them.ReplyCancel

  • Brynne | The Gathered HomeJuly 22, 2016 - 2:46 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS THAT FIRST KITCHEN! (That’s me shouting at my computer.) I think I need to recreate that in my home. Like, seriously. I’m ready to drop everything and get started – I need that space in my life!!! I even have a portion of angled ceiling that I could totally recreate the wood on… :D :D :DReplyCancel

  • JillianJuly 22, 2016 - 3:46 pm

    The first is absolutely gorgeous!!! When we bought our house the counters were grey, cabinets white, walls a chalky pale green and back splash green and tan tiles. You could say that was green gone bad! Now our kitchen is all white with some light grey and I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Gwen, The MakeristaJuly 22, 2016 - 3:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I swear, the mirrored backsplash is SO easy to deal with. First off it’s antiqued so you don’t see the water spots very easily. And it’s so much faster to spray and windex then if there was grout lines. The only place that really gets water spots is around the faucet but I just wipe it down every few days. It was a total splurge but one of my favorite parts!ReplyCancel

  • NadineJuly 22, 2016 - 7:50 pm

    I love these two kitchens. Gwen’ s reveal post was great. Humor me while I tell you my mirrored backsplash story. In 1994 I put in a white kitchen with mirrored backsplash. Gorgeous for the decade. Fast forward 15 years and its time for a change. I take out the mirrors and surprisingly they all popped off in one piece. My husband drags them to curb. They stay in one piece! I get to thinking there must be a way to repurpose them. Make him drag them back. I set out to antique them by carefully misting them with acid. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS. They came out ok ish. After days of frustration husband drags them back to curb. Again they do not break! Well no one was going to touch these massive slabs of glass so they sat a couple of more days. Just enough time for me to think “wait one second here, what if I strip all the mirroring off and back paint the glass”! Bingo. Husband drags said massive slabs of glass back to backyard. Still not broken btw! They are still in my kitchen today looking fabulous. But you have to know of all my different backslashes I’ve had, the mirrored one’s were my favorite. And so easy to keep clean just like Gwen stated. So looking forward to Kimberly revealing her kitchen. When the time is here of course.ReplyCancel

  • Ste MacJuly 23, 2016 - 12:51 am

    Green, in a deep forest like colour is such a tricky one to pull off but Gwen has done this well. Great post Kimberly so glad i came across this. THANK YOU

    Rocky & Mojo™ReplyCancel

  • Ste MacJuly 23, 2016 - 12:51 am

    Green, in a deep forest like colour is such a tricky one to pull off but Gwen has done this well. Great post Kimberly so glad i came across this. THANK YOU

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It’s the patio reveal day!! These are my VERY FAVOURITE POSTS TO DO. Honestly, I wish I could do them every week but alas, I would need a much bigger house and a heck of a lot more money. But today the little spot in the back of our garden is ready for it’s big debut. Are you ready?

black and white graphic outdoor rug with gold sandles and pink hydrangeaP I N this to pinterest

Of course you are but we’re not going to just jump right in. Consider that the appetiser. I know I know I’m cruel and don’t think I don’t know that you’re just going to scroll down because of course you will (because I would too). But I really think it’s worth talking about what we started with and why we did all this first.

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Long long ago when we first moved in, this little patch at the back of our garden was a horrible mess. This was taken in June 2011 so a year after we’d moved in. We’d replaced the fencing on one of the borders but there was just nothing but a lot of overgrown bushes and dead leaves back there. No man’s land.

back garden Jun 2011P I N this to pinterest

While I will concede that there’s a bit of charm in an overgrown garden at the height of summer as above, absolutely everything would die back in the dead of winter and we would end up with a garden that looked like this. Wow. Yeah. (This was taken before those fence panels to the left were replaced!)

Back garden Jan 2011P I N this to pinterest

The following summer, we decided to do some major clearing and created a teeny tiny little patio with a teeny tiny little shed. This actually is one of my most popular pins on Pinterest. Crazy. But it was really cute, I admit. We also did a lot of planting along the borders to create some year round greenery.

Garden patio with pale blue shed and bright coloursP I N this to pinterest

And then last year, we decided our teeny tiny shed just wasn’t big enough so we put a bigger one in and I decided to make it a bit more of a grown up space. I admit however, that because of the size of the patio and because it’s quite overlooked by our neighbours, we rarely used it. We live on a typical Edwardian/Victorian style street where the houses are quite close together. While we had planted some larger bushes when we first moved in that had grown to provide a good privacy screen over on the left side, the right side still had low fencing and our plants hadn’t yet matured enough to provide cover on the right. So yeah, it looked fine but it wasn’t an ideal place to hang out.

back garden Sept 2015P I N this to pinterest

That brings us to this year when our neighbours were working on their back garden, removed part of a tree which then fell on another tree and into our back garden. Whoops. What happened sadly was that those lovely big trees had to be removed (which gracefully blocked a large part of the view of that f*&$”£! scaffolding which has been there for 2 1/2 years) and we were left with a really open and very overlooked patio. It was pretty bad. You read about that here.

Back of the garden on 6 June 2016P I N this to pinterest

So we decided to take action. Wayne erected a pergola, replaced the short fence panels with nice tall ones and I painted and decorated! So here we are today.

English garden with black pergola and mature plantsP I N this to pinterest

First, I have to say the garden finally – after 6 years!! – feels like a private oasis full of lush greenery. I can go into the space without feeling like my neighbours in their gardens can see everything I’m doing. We have really nice neighbours (thankfully) but the back of the garden always felt a bit like a communal space because everyone was able to see straight into everyone else’s yard due to that low fencing and I was so happy our neighbours on the left agreed they liked the idea of bigger panels too! I mean, it’s nice to chat and everything, don’t get me wrong, but we just wanted to feel the space was our own, ya know?

English garden with black pergola and decking area in pink and greenP I N this to pinterest

And with the addition of the pergola, when you are sat on that little patio, it truly feels private because you have something over your head! You can’t see into anyone else’s garden and you can only see the very top windows of the houses on either side. In terms of being overlooked on a street with lots of houses crammed next to each other, it’s pretty awesome.

Patio with brick wall with solar chinese lanternsP I N this to pinterest

Now let’s talk about some of the design elements! I painted the entire thing black because I wanted it to feel like it was connected in some way with the shed. Plus, I am seriously digging black in garden design right now (in fact, I did a post over on Oak Furnitureland’s blog recently all about it) and we are going to be painting the decking directly in front of the house in the same colour.

English garden with black pergola and decking area in pink and greenP I N this to pinterest

I decided to stick to a more neutral colour scheme of black, white and green and then just added punches of pink in the plants and flowers and tied those in with some throw cushions. This way, I can change the colour scheme in the future without having to buy lots of new things – just new plants ;) The cushions from left to right are from Elce Stockholm, Stuck on Hue and Bianca Hall in case you were wondering.

Patio with brick wall with pops of pink and greenP I N this to pinterest

I looked long and hard for a new seating set for the space. We certainly have more space back there now which was fantastic but it wasn’t large enough for a sofa set or anything like that which I would have loved. And garden furniture is EXPENSIVE – holy crap. It’s really expensive. So for the sake of a tiny budget (I’m doing up my kitchen, remember?) and because I really wanted a set that we could settle down into, I decided on this little round set from George at Asda (!!). I have to admit, I kind of love it. The quality is great and for less than £130 we have some really comfy seating with nice thick cushions.

black shed and pergola patio area with hanging lanterns in pink and greenP I N this to pinterest

I also filled the space with lots of plants – something that I always wanted to do to add back in some of the greenery we lost with the removal of the large trees that used to overhang this space. Thankfully, we have some fantastic ivy that we want to train to cover the top of the pergola in time and we’re looking at also getting some climbers as well.

black and white graphic outdoor rug with plantsP I N this to pinterest

I added the graphic black and white outdoor rug* to give the whole space a bit more impact. I ended up buying two more rugs for the decking in front of the house to tie it all together as well as a patio umbrella in the same green colour but there’s still some work to do there so I’ll have to share that at a later time!

And lastly, I wrapped little solar fairy lights around the entire thing and added a few hanging Chinese lanterns* so at night, this spot is lit up like a Christmas tree and I LOVE IT.

patio with fairy lights and solar chinese lanternsP I N this to pinterest

patio with fairy lights and solar chinese lanternsP I N this to pinterest

I have to say that it’s taken us 6 years to get to this point with our garden and despite that horrible scaffolding that we can do nothing about, it’s probably the best the garden has ever looked. Our ‘Garden on a Roll’ which we put in 3 years ago is finally properly maturing now and is still going strong, we have nice coverage on the other side too thanks to the Laurel that Wayne planted nearly 5 years ago.

English garden with black pergola and decking area in pink and greenP I N this to pinterest

The lawn had been destroyed when Quito was a puppy (he loved to dig and to pull tufts of grass out of the garden with his mouth – in fact, he still likes doing this but he’s finally starting to understand that the humans don’t like when he does it!). Wayne planted grass seed and has nurtured it back to life this year and while it’s not 100%, it’s probably at about 95% back to what it used to be – nice and lush and green.

English garden with black pergola and mature plantsP I N this to pinterest

The biggest impact in terms of privacy has been the higher fencing – something that’s hard to put across in photographs I admit because you’d really have to stand in the space to understand how little we used to have in this spot. But it truly feels like it’s our own little oasis now and our new pergola and patio have given us the freedom to enjoy the whole of our garden now, not just parts of it.

Black Patio with brick wall and black and white outdoor rug, green and pink accessoriesP I N this to pinterest

We’ve already spent lots of time in this spot and as this week is supposed to be a scorcher, I have no doubt if you’re looking for us, we’ll be in this little spot at the back of the garden enjoying a cold drink or two.

So that’s the reveal for today! I’d love to hear what you think of our new little patio? Do you suffer with privacy issues in your garden as well and if so, what have you done to cope with it?

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  • Sarah | Sequin ThisJuly 18, 2016 - 12:09 pm

    Love the final result! The pergola was such a great idea and it looks magical when it’s all lit up at night.

    We’ve got a very small end terraced house yard which we’re trying to make a little more private and cosy at the moment.

    First step is getting a bit more height on the brick walls with some fencing and then we’re looking to get some faux grass in there too. Then I’ll be heading straight back here to get some decor inspiration! I love your chairs, they look really cute & cosy.

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  • Will | Bright.BazaarJuly 18, 2016 - 12:36 pm

    Hey K! I love the mix of pattern and textures you chose, they work so well together. Plus, come nighttime the charm and cosy factor goes through the roof with those lighting solutions – love! Congrats on a great space! Will xxReplyCancel

  • Sophy RJuly 18, 2016 - 12:36 pm

    Looks great, a wisteria would look glamorous trained on the pergola ….ReplyCancel

  • AnnaJuly 18, 2016 - 12:37 pm

    This looks great! I love the black painted wood. We’re also working on our garden so you’ve given me inspiration and motivation :) I’d like a pergola too with some lovely climbers. Your fairy lights and lanterns look so pretty.ReplyCancel

  • CaroleJuly 18, 2016 - 12:42 pm

    It’s mind-blowingly gorgeous! Those chairs look very comfy and I love the colours you have used. I definitely need to get more solar fairy lights – yours look so pretty at night. So let’s synchronise watches. I’ll raise a glass to you from my pergola at 6pm tonight. Remember! :-)ReplyCancel

  • BiancaJuly 18, 2016 - 12:51 pm

    Looks SO fab! I love love love that you’ve painted it black – I’m loving black in garden design right now too! I have pergola envy big time! XxReplyCancel

  • RebeccaJuly 18, 2016 - 1:00 pm

    I think the pergola is genius as it visually screens that awful scaffolding, and when it’s all lit up at night, it looks truly magical! Love itReplyCancel

  • SueliJuly 18, 2016 - 1:02 pm

    Gorgeous! It truly feels like an oasis. Love the fairylights.

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  • SarahJuly 18, 2016 - 3:57 pm

    Oh it’s so pretty! I bet on a day like today you are loving being able to eat your lunch / dinner outside. You’ve inspired me to work harder and make a garden a reality! xReplyCancel

  • SharonJuly 18, 2016 - 6:00 pm

    Love what you’ve done with it, also love those chairs….and at last the sun has come out so you get to enjoy it as well! Great looking patio. Sharon xReplyCancel

  • Linda KarsemeyerJuly 18, 2016 - 6:43 pm

    Pretty and pretty private. I love Coleus, and you have chosen two beauties. Lovely get-a-wayReplyCancel

  • Maria - Dinki DotsJuly 19, 2016 - 11:00 am

    This is so beautiful Kimberly! You’ve done an amazing job! How amazing is that garden on a roll too? It’s really given you a gorgeous varied border – especially now it’s fully established. When (if!) we ever move, I’m going to give that a go. In fact, I’ll be copying loads of your garden!!! How gorgeous is that black pergola and shed and the furniture, cushions, rug, beautiful plants and flowers… it all looks amazing – it must be so nice to sit back there! I love it!

    I know exactly what you mean about the privacy. I’ve got a massive garden, but on both sides it’s bordered with a very low wire fence – so there is no privacy at all! Well, there is a proper fence and garage wall near the house – so there is a very small section of privacy then it all just opens up completely. When I bought the house I thought I’d get big fences whacked straight up all the way down – but there were other priorities inside the house. Then after a while when I’d got to know and chat to the neighbours it always felt a bit rude to suddenly fence it all! But I can really imagine the difference it’s made for you to put the high fence up at the back so that is a proper private spot.

    Oh, I love the fairy lights and lanterns so much too – how pretty and magical! And solar – so easy!! I have to get me some of them!

    Beautiful work!!! xxReplyCancel

  • LynneJuly 19, 2016 - 4:23 pm

    Love it! You did a gorgeous job, both in building it out and decorating. Makes me want to come sit a spell and have one of those cold drinks with you ;) And at night, well lets just say it look awfully romantic! Another beautiful space you designed there Kimberly!ReplyCancel

  • JennyJuly 19, 2016 - 7:03 pm

    It looks lovely! I love the black and white rug and the pops of pink. We really need to buy a table and chairs and I’m hoping to get metal ones with black and white cushions. I’m loving black and white, I think it’s so chic!ReplyCancel

  • MeeraJuly 19, 2016 - 10:46 pm

    I gasped at the night photo with all the twinkly lights! Magical! Looking at what this back patio space used to be, you should be soooo pleased with what you’ve turned it into! Stylish, inviting, joyful and absolutely wonderful. Let’s hope for some good weather over the summer months!ReplyCancel

  • PaulineJuly 20, 2016 - 10:00 am

    Wow now that looks lovely, both day and night time😊😊😊. You’ve both done a great job on it, and now you don’t notice the scaffolding. It must be great to get up in the morning and look out of your kitchen and see it, that has got to bring a smile to your face xxxReplyCancel