It can be hard to add character to a brand new kitchen but Melbourne interior designer Georgia Ezra makes it look easy in this stunning space.
A love of Mediterranean style and a predilection for handmade and natural finishes were the inspiration for her family home.
An historic building, untouched for decades, gave Georgia the scope to introduce a contemporary U-shaped kitchen with an inspired mix of pale timber, Moroccan zellige ceramic tiles (which she herself imports and sells), Caesarstone quartz surfaces, hemp burlap and limewash paint.
The palette is one of warm, earthy tones that exudes natural and handmade, yet overall the look is tailored and refined. “I wanted to create a bespoke look, inspired by two of my favourite places on the planet – Morocco and Spain. But overall, functionality was at the forefront of the design,” said Georgia, of Studio Ezra.
The kitchen’s traditional work triangle encompasses lush garden views from the sink and has at its focal point a solid oak work island. The minimalist cabinets are inlaid with a sutble grasscloth that softens some of the other harder materials.
The benchtops are Caesarstone Topus Concrete, a beautiful soft oatmeal hue with a patina comprising mineral formations found in nature – the sublime, almost delicate surface belies its strength and durability.
“I chose Caesarstone for its resilience – I can relax about the everyday wear and tear that comes with a young family and not worry about damaging or staining of the surfaces,” said Georgia. It’s both heat and scratch-resistant, easy to clean and will never require sealing.