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Kitchen of the Week: A Blank-Slate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist

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Kitchen of the Week: A Blank-Slate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist

January 18, 2018

One of our favorite all-time projects? The rustic yet sophisticated 19th-century timber-and-tin cottage where photographer, stylist, writer, traveler, and shopkeeper Kara Rosenlund lives with her husband, Timothy, in Queensland, Australia. (We originally featured the cottage in our House Call column back in 2012.) Today we’re taking a closer look at the kitchen, with simple, cottage-style bones and endlessly changeable accessories—perfect for the whims of a stylist. Here’s a look.

Photography courtesy of Kara Rosenlund.

Kitchen of the Week A BlankSlate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist In keeping with the home&#8\2\17;s history as a worker&#8\2\17;s cottage, the bones of the renovated kitchen are simple and neutral, with Calacatta marble countertops, a butler&#8\2\17;s sink, and a sturdy tiled island. Rosenlund even whitewashed the floors with Porter&#8\2\17;s Wood Wash; read her tips here. The result? A blank canvas of a space that never goes out of style, easily changeable with accessories. A canvas window shade and vintage hanging cutting boards add texture.
Above: In keeping with the home’s history as a worker’s cottage, the bones of the renovated kitchen are simple and neutral, with Calacatta marble countertops, a butler’s sink, and a sturdy tiled island. Rosenlund even whitewashed the floors with Porter’s Wood Wash; read her tips here. The result? A blank canvas of a space that never goes out of style, easily changeable with accessories. A canvas window shade and vintage hanging cutting boards add texture.
Kitchen of the Week A BlankSlate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist Salvaged finds, such as the white painted open shelves, mix with collected kitchen essentials.
Above: Salvaged finds, such as the white-painted open shelves, mix with collected kitchen essentials.
Kitchen of the Week A BlankSlate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist  We like the way Rosenlund treats the space like a gallery; here, a distinguished portrait is on display amid wooden spoons and pans.
Above: We like the way Rosenlund treats the space like a gallery; here, a distinguished portrait is on display amid wooden spoons and pans.
Kitchen of the Week A BlankSlate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist Deeper tones of black and wood to keep the white space from feeling too clinical, as seen here, near the range and vent hood.
Above: Deeper tones of black and wood to keep the white space from feeling too clinical, as seen here, near the range and vent hood.
Kitchen of the Week A BlankSlate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist Another trick to neutrality in the kitchen: decanting pantry staples, spices, and dry goods into uniform glass jars. In a drawer, Rosenlund opts for hinged jars affixed with easy to read labels for pasta, couscous, and more. (Thinking of decanting? See The Organized Pantry: 8 Rules for Decanting Dried Goods for our rules of thumb.)
Above: Another trick to neutrality in the kitchen: decanting pantry staples, spices, and dry goods into uniform glass jars. In a drawer, Rosenlund opts for hinged jars affixed with easy-to-read labels for pasta, couscous, and more. (Thinking of decanting? See The Organized Pantry: 8 Rules for Decanting Dried Goods for our rules of thumb.)
Kitchen of the Week A BlankSlate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist In a well organized utensil drawer, vintage finds are grouped by use or by finish. Rosenlund sourced the extendable drawer dividers from Australia based Howard&#8\2\17;s Storage World, but Ikea&#8\2\17;s Variera Flatware Tray serves a similar function.
Above: In a well-organized utensil drawer, vintage finds are grouped by use or by finish. Rosenlund sourced the extendable drawer dividers from Australia-based Howard’s Storage World, but Ikea’s Variera Flatware Tray serves a similar function.
Kitchen of the Week A BlankSlate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist The space beside the kitchen was formerly part of an outdoor deck, but Rosenlund and team enclosed it and outfitted one wall with a built in banquette, clad in tiles and V groove paneling. With a few velvet pillows (one of our trends to watch this year), it makes a comfortable dining nook. (Also added: a fireplace.)
Above: The space beside the kitchen was formerly part of an outdoor deck, but Rosenlund and team enclosed it and outfitted one wall with a built-in banquette, clad in tiles and V-groove paneling. With a few velvet pillows (one of our trends to watch this year), it makes a comfortable dining nook. (Also added: a fireplace.)
Kitchen of the Week A BlankSlate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist A net bag serves as product storage. (See \10 Woven String Bags for Groceries on Gardenista for a few of our favorites.)
Above: A net bag serves as product storage. (See 10 Woven String Bags for Groceries on Gardenista for a few of our favorites.)

The Kitchen, Collections Added

Kitchen of the Week A BlankSlate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist The same kitchen, bedecked in more &#8\2\20;kitchenalia&#8\2\2\1; from Rosenlund&#8\2\17;s travels. Rosenlund&#8\2\17;s collections are endlessly changeable within the space, thanks to her signature neutral style.
Above: The same kitchen, bedecked in more “kitchenalia” from Rosenlund’s travels. Rosenlund’s collections are endlessly changeable within the space, thanks to her signature neutral style.

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