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A Modern Touch: Fabia’s Take on the Classic Shaker Kitchen

Project Date
June, 2021

Fabia’s home evokes joy with its playful balance of intrigue and style. With a new extension to the rear of the property, filled with light from the windows, sky light and glass door, the space ached for a light and bright kitchen.

kitchen size:
17 Units - Large
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Jane Thyeson - Smile Kitchens Designer
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Working with Fabia was a great experience for me. Their slightly smaller proportioned kitchen and their list of requirements presented me with a challenge that was fun to solve. We were able to transform their kitchen and give them everything they’d asked for!

Close up of white shaker style cabinet door with chrome handle

Fabia's Vision

It was clear from the start that Fabia’s kitchen needed to be a light colour, with Chalk being the clear choice to help bounce the light back around the rest of the room.

Fabia and her partner were looking to increase their kitchen and dining space by extending the kitchen further to the rear of their property. Fabia wanted to make sure her new kitchen helped perpetuate this feeling of openness and light whilst maintaining a traditional style that is a perfect partner to the bohemian feel of the rest of their home. Fabia got in touch with Smile and began working with her designer, Jane. Here’s what she had to say about working with Jane:

“Jane made the process of designing the kitchen so easy. She was able to make us a 3-D view of various design options (amazing) that allowed us to see how the room would turn out. She was super patient with us and was always very happy to make changes to our design until we got it just right. She always had time for us and was genuinely invested in getting us the best design solution.”

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Kitchen with white shaker doors, chrome silver knobs, chrome tap

The Details

Fabia’s kitchen has a glorious balance of traditional shaker style and contemporary elements and this is further evoked through the additional pieces from different décor periods and styles. With a traditional hot water urn, bohemian hanging fruit baskets, cups and plates, modern storage pots and jars, and an antique wooden dining table. These pops of colour and intrigue help to really bring Fabia’s kitchen and home to life.

Opting for a modern chrome knob in place of a traditional handle gives the kitchen a modern twist. This was then matched wonderfully with a chrome tap and stainless steel inset sink, helping drive the contemporary feel of the space.

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Kitchen with white shaker cabinets, grey sparkle quartz worktop

The final result is superb and fits our slightly unusually dimensioned kitchen so well. Top quality finish. So fresh, bright and wonderful to cook in.

This kitchen features:


The Hjerte range is packed with character, heritage and a warm timeless feel, with timber effect shaker doors to create a kitchen fit for any home. Its name comes from the Danish for ‘heart’.
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