Mt Martha Kitchen, Laundry & Home Office Makeover
When homeowner Danielle and her partner stepped foot into what they dubbed ‘The Treehouse’, a tri-level home surrounded by greenery in the Mornington Peninsula area in 2021, they knew that this was a special property that just needed some TLC. Having worked with Kinsman before, the pair commissioned us to transform the first (and most important) spaces within the house: the kitchen, laundry and home office. Inspired by their surroundings, their brief was to create functional areas celebrating a ‘Hamptons meets Luxe Coastal’ aesthetic.
Explore each room in detail to see how Kinsman brought their vision to life.
Who lives here? Danielle, her partner, their two teenage children, plus their fur babies, Bear and Coco Chanel.
With a focus on a natural colour palette dominated by white tones, the owners wanted to produce an open, functional and stylish kitchen. The couple loves to entertain, so a centrepiece kitchen island bench was at the top of their “wish list”, and they wanted it to be the communal hub of the home.
“We want to love where we live. When we bought the house in 2021, it had great bones, but needed some TLC, explains Danielle. We had worked with Kinsman before, so we knew what to expect and what we wanted, so we started with the kitchen, study nook and laundry first.”
The kitchen style.
Inspired by the home’s coastal location and green surrounds, the colour palette focuses on crisp white tones. As the kitchen looks out onto a lush green valley with glimpses of the bay, the white joinery provides a stunning contrast to the outdoors. Kinsman’s 50mm V-groove Avalon kitchen cabinets in Classic White was the perfect choice to evoke the Hamptons meets Coastal Luxe look that Danielle wanted to achieve, with marble-look benchtops and brass hardware and accessories used to complete the style.
“We love the Avalon cabinetry, and we will continue using the VJ panelling theme throughout the rest of the home, including the exterior, says Danielle. We chose white as it is such a wonderful contrast to the nature outside our windows. When walking up the stairs to the kitchen and living area, you are greeted with an abundance of trees through our floor-to-ceiling windows. The white cabinetry really makes the green pop!”
The galley-shaped kitchen layout allows for plenty of storage thanks to a mixture of drawers and cabinets and room for cooking appliances along the expansive back bench. Flexible strip LED lighting runs below the wall cabinets, illuminating the splashback and lighting the panelled detailing of the Avalon joinery.
The kitchen design also provides space for the jaw-dropping island bench which measures 4.2 metres long! The island has been thoughtfully designed to incorporate a ‘cleaning zone’ consisting of a sink and tap, integrated dishwasher and two Ninka bins. It also features several drawers, cupboards, and a bookshelf in Chadstone Prime Oak to maximise storage. The countertop has been extended to allow for seating- a must-have for this entertainer’s kitchen.
“There’s so much good storage in here, smiles Danielle. We love the stainless steel drawers within the larder and the deep drawers by the stove top, as they fit all our pots and pans beautifully. The soft close function on all the drawers works a treat too!”