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With family in mind This kitchen by prominent designer Colleen Holder responds to the needs of family and guests – with help from stand-out Smeg appliances These pages: Open, breezy and welcoming, this kitchen designed by Colleen Holder and built by McGregor Kitchens contrasts classic elements such as the subway tile, butler sink and plate rack with gleaming stainless steel appliances from Smeg. The design integrates with the wider space – for example, the adjacent window seat matches the kitchen cabinetry and includes additional storage drawers. When the client’s brief asks for a traditional kitchen, there are two ways to approach the inclusion of the modern, high-tech appliances – one is to integrate them into the cabinetry; the other is make them stand-out design features. This kitchen by designer Colleen Holder forms part of a spacious new seaside home. The client’s brief was for the kitchen to be classic yet balanced and for it to act as the hub for the open-plan living spaces, Holder says. “It had to be a versatile space – one where the family could gather, or the chef could prep a meal without clutter, or where someone could search | save | share at read a book at the window seat,” says Holder. “In response, we designed the new kitchen predominantly in black and white, with granite on the island and perimeter benchtops and black feature lighting over the island.” Elements such as the butler sink, plate rack, subway tile splashback and colonial glass doors help create the traditional accent requested. “The pantry is home for baking equipment and a microwave, together with a second sink – helping keep the main kitchen looking its best,” Holder says. “And the stainless steel appliances were placed close to benchtops for ease of use.”