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station is directly behind the islands, set on the front of an architectural box insert that conceals a walk-in pantry. Towards the windows, a side buffet holds serving items for the dining table, and there’s also a small outdoor kitchen beyond. “This is not a show kitchen for caterers,” says one of the owners. “What my partner loves about the layout is that, while it’s a large kitchen, everything she needs is within a few steps. The sink, cooktop, and fridge are in a tight triangle while the dishwasher, microwave, toaster and garbage are all in that same space.” Even the freezer and pantry, which are used less frequently, are only a few steps away. “The other work area outside that triangle is her baking station. This too is efficiently laid out, so everything is in arm’s reach. And she loves the extra customisation of the lowered counter height for baking tasks,” says the owner. The large islands are also ideal for the couple’s children to sprawl out on with homework. “However, it’s the fine detailing and refined surfaces that give the kitchen its personality,” says McFarlane. “The islands are in stainless steel and constructed using a classic inset style – with the doors set into the frame.” Above left: This kitchen by designer Shirley McFarlane has a transitional feel but is also in keeping with the traditional-style home, For example, the classic crown mouldings complement the ornate coffered ceiling. Frosted glass on internally lit upper cabinets emit a soft glow but avoid the busy look of displayed items. Top and above: Both islands have prep sinks and beverage centres. The slender marble countertops add a contemporary accent. sear ch | save | share at