It has been a while since I showed you my stripped kitchen and between work and travel I have been busy organising things. An electrician prepared everything for induction cooking, plumbing is done, and I got all walls plastered and made a colour moodboard for the adjacent living and hall. I also visited Cosentino to choose a countertop to finish the three meter workspace.
I first got introduced to Cosentino six years ago in New York, they were sponsor of the first blog tour I was ever invited to. Many blog and press trips later we teamed up again and I got to meet the team in Madrid and visiteded several of the best restaurants where Cosentino is used in the kitchen, read the story here: Meet Cosentino at Madrid restaurants DiverXO & Tatel. I have been following the brand ever since and recently we met in my own hometown at two events where Cosentino presented their new collections.
For the base of my new workspace I will be using some cabinets from our Swedish friend as they give me the opportunity to update the fronts easily in the future. I will also have two cabinets adjusted for my kitchen to perfectly fit my needs, more about that later! Holidays took off in the Netherlands and I have good hope I found a carpenter who has some time left to help me with the last bits next week, but I thought I’d give you a little update already of what is going on and what I did so far including a moodboard I made for the kitchen.
Even though I wish I would have everything finished by now, I am actually happy it took a bit longer than expected. Because meanwhile I refined my style, changed products and I love to see that my first ideas and colour preferences come really close to the hopefully final result to be, but in another and unexpected way.
A Moodboard for a new Kitchen
Minimalism, sober warm colours, natural materials next to black, and a kitchen I feel more connected with at the moment are some of the terms that come to mind when thinking about my ideal home. Making decisions and finding the perfect balance in materials is something I find really difficult in general as you might know. After taking out all floors and the complete kitchen I realized I needed someone who could help me with the total look and could bring the atmosphere I am after to live.
‘Studio AnoukB’ might be best known for their stunning homes, retail project design and beautiful boutique style interiors. Next to project design, the Studio developed ‘We are WoW makers’, you have seen me using their paint in my bedroom remember, see here!
I first got in touch with Anouk some years ago after discovering one of the homes she designed online. I admire her style and love her as a person and feel blessed to have her in my life. Being a real bad decision maker, I am so happy she will help me redesign my kitchen and bring my ideas to life.
Choosing the right countertop with Cosentino
I must admit I am overwhelmed by the many choices Cosentino offers, one even more beautiful than another. During the press event I got introduced to some great new collections, one rawer than another. What I really loved were the different options within the loft series, dark and industrial next to light, soft and elegant.
Pictured above my first choices for the countertop, selected from the Silestone Loft series and (in the middle) a black one from the Dekton Industrial collection. As you maybe would not have expected a light-colour worktop was also an option that I seriously considered after getting a first impression from the small samples that were handed out during the press event.
At the Dutch Cosentino headquarters and showroom in Deurne, large slabs of the complete Cosentino collection are on display! At first I was not sure if it would be a good idea for me to see even more options, but I was gently guided along both the Dekton as well as the Silestone collections.
I don’t even know where to start as I have seen so many amazing pieces, including the Natural stone collection with unique patterns and colours. Rather difficult to take good pictures in the huge space though, I managed to snap a few, and some small IPhone video’s I made to give you an impression of the huge space, can be found at my Insta stories in the next days.
When it really came to making choices ‘black’ won after all, I was actually surprised how well the people at Cosentino Netherlands seem to know me! The fun thing was that at arrival I was told that even if I talked about choosing a light coloured countertop with them at first, some beautiful black slabs were waiting for me as well.
We choose a beautiful countertop from the Dekton Natural series that presents both an industrial and chic look with elegant white veins. As said, there is still some work to be done and what started with a kitchen makeover kind of became a mini renovation for my whole home. Luckily I have Summer holidays and can start painting and talk through some last necessary details. I really start to miss a proper kitchen, and dishwasher and can’t wait to have an improved new version back soon.
Pictures used in the moodboards in this post are from my 2019 Kitchen inspiration album on Pinterest which I started some time ago and is a bit of everything I love, luckily some major decisions are made, and orders are in progress. Thank you Cosentino Netherlands for thinking along and your hospitality!
Dekton’s Industrial series, were created to pay tribute to the beautiful imperfections of the metals and stone in all their different stages of ageing. Organic processes that are reflected in the richness and complexity of oxidation and the authentic beauty of maturing stone… just beautiful and you’d say totally up my alley right!
Dekton can be used both inside as outside and is offered in large-format slabs of varying thicknesses that open up all new kinds of possibilities that you can imagine and had previously been unthinkable. A real plus for the kitchen also is that Dekton has an excellent resistance to high temperatures and a highly scratch-resistant surface. I found the video below online that explains the concept behind Dekton industrial.
Eternal collection inspired by natural stone
Another collection I got introduced to is the Eternal collection by Silestone, with colours inspired by the world of natural stone. The collection gathers the magnitude of natural resources associated to Silestone attributes, Silestone is made of more than 90% of natural quartz which means it possesses strength in its surfaces, providing outstanding resistance and durability properties that you need in your home. These characteristics provide the best option not only for your kitchen but also in bathroom, floors and cladding.
Eternal represents the endless beauty and elegance in time, presenting the exclusivity and originality of nature itself. For this reason each slab includes a personal variation of veins and colour to turn every slab into a unique piece. Colours from this collection are softer and my favourite from what I saw so far must be ‘Desert Silver’ inspired by the classic marble trend with an icy surface. Silestone Suede finish posses a soft velvety and natural touch.
Silestone Eternal collection
– Dekton Slim –
Recently I joined another post Milan event with Cosentino, where I got to see the new Dekton XGloss Stonika and Slim series of which the last one is a whole new revolution in surfaces in architecture and building projects, reduced thickness (4 mm) and weight (10 kg/m2) makes Dekton Slim the perfect material to use as cladding for furniture, doors or large panels, and much more.