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A French Coastal Kitchen in Sydney’s North Shore

September 12, 2015

Interior design project for a heritage North Shore townhouse

I met my customers over 13 years ago when I was asked to be involved in the interior design project of a large country home. It was a very exiting project! I worked closely with my clients who had a great eye for detail and colour. Over a few months we gradually selected the furniture, lighting, rugs and curtains; everything down to the prints and the framing.

A few months ago I had to go meet someone near where they lived and called them to say hi. They had just purchased a new house in the North Shore of Sydney by the harbour, and were planning on contacting me to develop the interior design for their new home.

The brief is to create something that is casual and elegant with a coastal feel, mixing some French elements with a more modern fresh feel. As the house was smaller than the original one, I was asked to focus on designing and making a lot of storage solutions that also had to exude that French feel while being very functional and not too busy….

Here are some of the drawings….
Sketch for French kitchen 


Sketch for French kitchen

I designed a new range of French country door profiles for the kitchen and the all the cabinets and wardrobe. Currently we are in the process of painting them: the kitchen will have a light French blue with a white wash over to give a fresh look while relating to the blues of the sky and harbour water.

Here are a few pictures of the finished work.

French kitchen design

French style kitchen
In the new Double Bay shop I will have a display of a French kitchens and the new door range in many different finishes. I look forward to your comments.
— Jean-Christophe
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Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.