I’m getting ahead of schedule with this post, but as I was perusing through galleries and spotted this space, I knew it had to go up!

Every once in a while I like to make the Room of the Week a controversial pick. Usually, that means a few of you think I’ve lost my marbles, and the majority of you can find something to appreciate in the space. Well, I’m curious to see what you all think of this one…

crazy kitchen via homelife au

This kitchen is a Melbourne apartment renovation where the use of timber sheeting has gone a bit extreme. But, it was that mirror-paneled cabinet that caught my eye and left me lingering over some of the redeeming qualities of the space. The contrast of materials, the clean white surfaces and interesting shapes to name a few. Still, one can’t help feeling that the space is unfinished with that board everywhere! I’m the first one to appreciate taking risks with a space… but does this actually work?

plywood kitchen coco+kelley

There are certainly some unique moments happening here. Apparently, the wardrobe moves around to reconfigure the room (which has me wondering what exactly is inside it?). And, an interesting detail you can’t spot in the initial photo? The raised floor in the kitchen, which is a fun move. The owner (and architect) says it elevates the view – of both the space and from the window – and definitely has a cool effect.

Personally, I think I’d appreciate it more if the plyboard were used sparingly… maybe just on the island? (Their bathroom is a better example.) I’d would also add more traditional or high end items to the room to offset the wood. Perhaps an antique chandelier? Or posh bar stools to soften things up a bit? And I would most definitely be swapping out the ‘hardware’ on those cabinets.

While I find the lines and the materials an interesting mix, I can firmly say that this space is just not meant for me. But I’m curious if it appeals to any of you?? How would you change things up?

9 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 2.27

  1. Lisa

    definitely not my thing but i do like the idea of the kitchen floor being raised… kinda like a stage for the cooking. 🙂

    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      considering that the home owner is an architect, i’m assuming he had knowledge of that (or perhaps in australia, they process this wood differently?) i’m not sure, but i would hope they owners remodeled their home with a material that would be safe for them to live with in such abundance!

  2. Emily

    This is not plywood, it is OSB. There are Formaldehyde emissions with OSB, but I do not think they are beyond safe rates, and is used in the construction of basically every building constructed in the US, and maybe the world. In this case, It also appears to be heavily sealed, so I think it is probably safe.

  3. Lindsey

    I agree that there are some interesting details. They seem to have finished the plywood, the color is richer than what I am used to seeing. I think they could have played up the industrial elements a bit more, maybe with a concrete countertop instead… I do love the moveable cabinet though, it reminds me of those tiny modular apartments.

  4. Franki

    Wouldn’t you know…I absolutely love this. Plyboard when it is “finished” has the most wonderful graphic quality earthy if you can call it that…then…juxtaposed with mirror (although I would have gone with smoked mirror) is that ying-yang. We’ve used this decor (it’s cheap..just labor intensive. 🙂 franki

  5. Bekah

    Oh goodness! All I can think about while looking at this is splinters! And that’s knowing it’s sealed. I think a look like this would appear less overwhelming with an accent wall/counter/shelf…but not all three.

  6. Kelsey

    I’m all for thinking out of the box but this is a bit much for me. I like it on the bookshelves but think it may have had a more effective “punch” if the island and remaining cabinets were finished in different material. But here’s to design that makes you think.

    xoxo Kelsey


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Cassandra LaValle is the founder and editor-in-chief of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.