It would be foolhardy to shun the conveniences offered by our technological age for the sake of old-world authenticity, as a creative kitchen design can deliver the benefits of both. There is no better example of how this can be done than this delightful Kitchens Victoria project, which has blended the warmth and charm of yesteryear with modern functionality.

The homeowners were enchanted by provincial styling and, after a decade of living with a small and impractical kitchen, they yearned for one that made daily chores easy. Armed with this brief, Kitchens Victoria designer Terry Steegstra conceived a room that boasted a decorative mantel, ornate corbels and a ceramic butler’s sink as well as soft-close drawers, pull-out spice and oil racks and a waste disposal system. Overhead glass cabinet doors and a chandelier enhance the classic aesthetic, while granite stone benchtops and top-of-the-line appliances make meal preparation a breeze.

The new open-plan design has placed the kitchen at the hub of the home with the island bench — large enough to comfortably seat four — at its heart. Plenty of workspace has been allocated and the corner pantry provides ample storage.

Kitchens Victoria has drawn from the finest aspects of two eras to produce a room that matches the past with the present and the result is a family kitchen perfect for today.

Fact file
The kitchen was designed by Terry Steegstra and built by KITCHENS VICTORIA PTY LTD
DOORS AND PANELS - Chelsea profile painted Duropal White Satin with 2mm pencil edge
INTERNAL HARDWARE - Soft-close drawers and hinges, pull-out spice/oil racks and slide-out waste disposal system
HANDLES - Fermier twist wrought-iron in black satin
BENCHTOP - TTI Stone Pty Ltd 40mm granite in Ubatuba
SPLASHBACK - Johnson Cotswolds gloss white tiles
KICKBOARDS - Painted Duropal White Satin FLOOR Polished Victorian Ash Hardwood
LIGHTING - Low-voltage downlights and vintage chandelier
APPLIANCES - include an Ilve Nostalgic oven, Qasair rangehood, Bosch dishwasher, Fisher & Paykel refrigerator, Belfast double bowl butler sink, Antiqua sink mixer tap COST, approximately, for design, manufacture, installation, $24,000 TIM TURNER PHOTOGRAPHY