At Home with Tim and Anastasia Ielasi
September 11, 2019
Tim and Anastasia Ielasi, contests on The Block Triple Threat in 2015, have turned their skills and talent into their own renovation business, T&A Design and Construct. The couple has recently updated their own home, a 1930s bungalow in Adelaide, creating an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area in a light-filled extension. The kitchen, with Dekton® Domoos and Silestone® Statuario benchtops, is the focal point, providing a large and functional gathering space for hosting friends and family.
Tim and Anastasia enjoy entertaining and wanted a kitchen where guests would gather for drinks and nibbles and food could be served for dinner parties. They designed a long island bench to comfortably accommodate friends and family without crowding the kitchen, while allowing them to be part of the cooking experience. The benchtop also provides lot of surface space for plating up and serving dishes and drinks with ease.
A butler’s pantry to side of the kitchen keeps the island and benchtops uncluttered and is utilised for food preparation, washing up and the children’s daily use of the toaster and easy access to snacks.
Wanting a contemporary yet classic kitchen, Tim and Anastasia worked with a monochromatic palette, with white walls and joinery along the back wall and a black kitchen island as the main focal point. The island is located beneath a soaring 5-metre-high cathedral ceiling, and six skylights drench the kitchen in sunlight.
The couple used Dekton® Domoos for the kitchen island benchtop. Domoos is a dark and inky colour and a family-friendly surface. The large format size reduces joins for a sleek, minimalist look, and the durable surface requires minimal maintenance and upkeep. Dekton® is easy to clean with liquids simply wiping away, and it can also withstand heat, which means hot dishes can go straight from the oven on to the kitchen island, making entertaining and serving dinners easy.
“We selected Domoos for its durability as it has high scratch- and heat-resistant properties combined with a perfect matt finish given that the island is beneath six skylights,” Anastasia says.
The benchtop along the rear wall in and in the butler’s pantry is Silestone® Statuario, a loyal interpretation of Carrara marble with warm-grey veins over a soft white background. “Statuario was a clear choice and offered a clean look to the kitchen,” Anastasia describes.
Tim and Anastasia’s kitchen has a view across the dining table to the pool and garden in the backyard. But it’s the deep-black kitchen island that attracts everyone’s attention.
Image source: T&A Design and Construct