Relaxed Haven in Ceres

Meeting the brief with this gorgeous kitchen design by Susan Pehar, Ducksnest.

Coming full circle – a client that I have a history working with during my time as a home furnishings retailer – she later requested I assist her and her family with a new kitchen for their beautiful home in leafy Ceres.

Our process started with a client meeting to develop the initial brief, we then created a detailed concept to present to the client with drawings, costings and options – leaving no stone unturned.

Ducksnest Kitchen DesignA clean profile, quality materials and family friendly were key factors, keeping the feeling of space and brightness for family cooking sessions. Flooded with natural light with an uninterrupted view out to the garden.

The concept presentation incorporated a stainless steel benchtop, an element in the brief that was of considerable importance. I recall my first thought “hmmm … commercial kitchen benchtop profile”, not a profile I’m actually fond of so I was determined to find the best stainless steel profile for the project.

Another important design consideration was a cabinet or item of furniture to be incorporated into the kitchen and dining area to host an array of Wedgewood and heirloom pieces. I wanted the cabinet to be connected to the kitchen design, selecting a dark matte finish material with glass doors – set back from the line of kitchen cabinetry, providing a furniture feel rather than a ‘kitchen cabinet’. The collection of crockery and heirloom pieces gave the kitchen an interesting and sentimental focal point, an invitation to the hub of the house.

The cantilever bench creates a more open feel as a couple of stools were necessary.

Spending time searching for that perfect stool to compliment the kitchen should always consider a quality aesthetic concentrating on design and material / finish. I love these stools and had a custom stain finish applied to coincide with the Possum Laminex colour overhead cabinetry. 

The solution for the stainless steel benchtop by Ore Designs resulted in a thin 6mm solid stainless steel orbital grain polishing – the designer finish and profile that solidified an outcome fit for residential finesse.

Door hardware has advanced in so many ways and provides a sophisticated element to the overall joinery concept. The polished stainless steel creates a geometrical yet soft appearance. A pattern of round recesses creates a textured surface, to ensure a proper grip. The overall look is detailed yet simple and can glam up any kind of furniture.

We worked closely with Erik of Tulip Kitchens & Designs in achieving the desired result to the highest of standards for our wonderful client.


Susan Pehar, Ducksnest

Guest Blogger, Susan Pehar is the owner of boutique interior design firm Ducksnest,  located in Geelong’s CBD. 

Susan Pehar Ducksnest

“We pride ourselves on our ability + the great joy created by working collaboratively with our clients and suppliers alike. To respect our clients, approaching each project with fresh eyes and with a high level of thoughtfulness and care for the space and the
individuals who dwell within it.”

Experienced and educated on craftsmanship, materials, and their longevity – this plays a big part in our selection process – ensuring that every piece will withstand the test of time both aesthetically and practically.

It’s imperative that our consultative and creative process is detailed, considerate, and also that it’s an enjoyable experience! We are driven by the individuality of each project, how it is to function – working intuitively to deliver a result that speaks about the company, business, or family who’ll live with the tailored design.

Whether it be a new build, new business, renovation, or a single room – our attention to detail remains the same.

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