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Reno Rumble Reveals Week 2: Home Owners Speak Out

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Kitchens are the new bedrooms. Along with bathrooms, they’re the spaces people tend to lose their minds over the most these days. Forget dreamy imagery of bedding, I am living for beautiful benchtops, a well-positioned set of pendant lights and black tapware. Do not even get me started on the beauty of a soft-close drawer. They are just beyond!

Last night’s Reno Rumble kitchen reveals, as you can imagine, had me experiencing all sorts of design-induced conniptions, with two very different – but equally beautiful – spaces unveiled.

Let’s take a look at each of the Freedom Kitchens from last night’s show and hear from the home owner’s on their fave moments and how the new spaces have changed their lives!

Blue Tongue’s Kitchen Reveal

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Ben and Jemma worked on a kitchen in dire need of a designer touch.

Sporting canary yellow benchtops before the transformation, the space also required a lot more storage for owner’s Jess and Doug, along with a whole new orientation, so that they weren’t shut off from the rest of the family when they cooked.

On the colour scheme and styling of their new kitchen…

“The colour scheme is simple and suits the modern Scandi look we love,” say Jess and Doug. “The white subway tile splashback links the front half of our house, which is of the 1940s era. The kitchen has been opened up, giving us a fantastic connection to the lounge and garden. The black sink and tap working in perfectly with the colour scheme”.

On the finishes Ben and Jemma chose…

“The cabinets all have a matt finish, with the black and white cabinetry providing great contrast. The Caesarstone benchtops have a slight pattern running through it, a bit of a marble effect, and the colours tie in beautifully”.

How the new kitchen has changed their lives…

“With the storage drawers we now have a place for everything, and it’s easy to find and get to. The kitchen is now a beautiful space to be in, and the heart of the home”.

Redback’s Kitchen Reveal

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Josh and Jenna were also put to the test this week, transforming the kitchen of home owner Kaye.

In a space that Kaye herself described as tired and shabby before the makeover, the main concern that needed addressing was function, as well as updating just about everything in the kitchen and opening the space up.

“We pretty much wanted to change everything,” Kaye says. “Open up the space and bring the fridge into the kitchen space to create a more functional area”.

What Kaye thought of the transformation…

“The kitchen fits beautifully with the rest of the home,” she says. “when you walk in the front door, you are drawn to the kitchen at the rear of the home. So much natural light and the bi-fold servery windows connect this space directly to the alfresco entertaining area”.

On the styling choices Josh and Jenna went with…

“The kitchen is so fresh and unique. We now have beautiful duck-egg blue cabinetry with leather strap handles on the cupboards. Natural timber shelving and white subway tiles give it a relaxed feel, and the lovely Caesarstone benchtop is a soft grey”.

How the new kitchen has improved her life…

“Now that we have a practical space to cook in, I am planning to have more friends over for dinner parties. The kids like having their breakfast at the bench while I get the school lunches ready of a morning”.

>>> Which of the two spaces if your favourite? Drop me a comment below and let’s chat your fave bits – and click here to hit the Freedom Kitchens website to explore their glorious solutions!


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. Loved the Blue Tongues kitchen the most as it is so clean and crisp but I must say the Redbacks did a fabulous take on a “modern retro kitchen’ not my cup of tea but still fabulous if that’s your style and it suits the home.

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