These Homeowners Figured Out How to Make their Kitchen Feel Lighter and Airier than It Really Is

published May 24, 2019
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Lara Irachev is the designer and creator of Eat.Me.Do, and her house — in Melbourne, Australia (which she shares with her husband, Adrian) — is not-so-surprisingly filled with DIY touches. A combination of color, plants, and quirky design elements give this home a brightness that no floor-to-ceiling window ever could. Take the kitchen, for example.

According to Lara, the biggest challenge of designing their home was definitely trying to make the space feel lighter and airier than it really is. But doesn’t it look so bright?

Lara says that the lack of true brightness can be blamed on the house’s very large eves, which block a lot of the natural light, plus low ceilings, which makes everything feel darker and smaller than it really is. She has a few fixes for that, though. By hanging baskets and dried herbs above the center table, and a condiment shelf/quasi-art installation, your eye is naturally drawn upward, creating an illusion of higher ceilings.

Closer to the ground, Lara made sure that there were focal points too. She says that her biggest indulgence is her new Smeg stove: “It was totally worth every penny. I love it! It’s my dream retro stove.” In addition to a shiny new stove, the powder blue cabinets brighten the room as well.

The couple also added levity in the form of humor! Peep the quirky googly eyes stuck on the fridge. It’s watching you …

As you can see, the stove isn’t the only SMEG appliance in this household. This fun pink toaster, nestled among the contents of the couple’s perfectly decanted pantry, adds a pop of personality and brightens the space at the same time.

Backing up a bit (you can see the shadow-y kitchen in the top right corner), here’s the view into the much brighter dining room. The orange vintage dining chairs and the pink hand-painted vintage cabinet work wonders for the space, a testament to the power of color!

“I’d also be silly if I didn’t mention all the color in our home as one of my favorite things about the space,” Lara says. It’s a valuable a lesson for anyone who needs a little more brightness in their lives (and kitchen).

See the rest of this House Tour: A Designer’s Australian Home Is an Explosion of Pink, Plants, and Quirky Decor at Apartment Therapy