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Above: The cooking centre features a large Bertazzoni Heritage range and a steel utensil rack. Facing page, top: A new blue hutch features a benchtop made from a reclaimed butcher’s block that had been in the house for nearly 40 years. Facing page, lower: A narrow bench seat was replaced with a leather booth. Because the owner wanted a high back to the seating the windows at this end of the room were shortened. However, the designer was able to enlarge the rear entry and introduce bigger windows to other areas so the natural light could flood through to the kitchen. with a decorative Mexican tile splashback. And the original blue and white benchtops were replaced with blue Bahia granite that keeps to the colour theme. “Other parts of the house feature solid wood beams, so we introduced reclaimed beams to the kitchen as well,” KatsioulaBeall says. “We also used a recycled butcher’s block that had been in the house for 38 years – this is on the hutch benchtop. And we have added new reclaimed wood doors to the dining and laundry rooms that are in keeping with the look.” search | save | share at A narrow window seat was replaced with a comfortable, high-back leather booth that wraps around one end of the room to accommodate the extended family, and grandchildren. One side of the booth incorporates wine cubbies, while the other has a bookcase with speakers hidden inside. “The original floor featured terracotta tiles that were rather hard on the feet,” says the designer. “So we replaced these with white oak hardwood around the perimeter. This is more comfortable to