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lobal economic uncertainty has done nothing to quell Australians’ desire to invest in
their homes and renovate. A recent study revealed 51 per cent of Australian homeowners
have renovations on the cards within four years. Of those, 37 per cent will renovate
their bathroom and 28 per cent their kitchen, proving once again that wet areas are the front-
runners in realising our dream homes.
Not only do these areas earn an excellent return on investment, they are the domestic gatekeepers to
a modern, stylish and highly functional lifestyle. So we’ve brought together Perth’s leading designers,
decorators, retailers and more to inspire, inform and educate you on all your options.
One of the most significant trends is fashioning the kitchen as the centerpiece of the home. This is the
room where the best conversations happen and everyone naturally seems to come together. Our feature
on p64 shows us why Australians refer to the kitchen as ‘the heart of the home’, and is followed by our
collection of award-winning designs (p74) to kick-start your wish list and direct your decor.
Meanwhile the highly stylised and always slick international offerings that start on p46 will fill you
with inspiration for new features and designs.
The bathroom is the first stop as you greet the day; a positive early-morning environment can work
wonders setting your mood for the day ahead. Get in the right frame of mind with our award-winning
spaces on p84, and look forward to bathroom design trends on p94.
Consumers have access to more technologically advanced products than ever before. Innovations like
induction cooktops and steam ovens are covered in Style File (p104), nine pages packed with the latest
wet-room products. In addition, our Feature Profile section (from p120) is filled with Perth professionals
to assist you with your kitchen and bathroom projects.
As someone who is currently renovating a kitchen and bathroom, I’d like to share the three best pearls
of wisdom I have garnered from our experts: have a plan and stick to it, because the most successful
kitchens and bathrooms are those with a clear vision from the get-go; don’t cut corners because, while
it’s wise to shop around for price, it’s not a good idea to compromise on quality; and lastly, take the time
to get it right, because shortcuts often cause problems in the long run.
Speaking of quality, the Scoop team is excited to bring you the rebranded and refreshed Scoop
Kitchens and Bathrooms. Originating in Perth, the Scoop Home and Design series has always done well
in WA. The national market proved tough to crack, which made it sweeter still when sales of last year’s
annual doubled on the east coast. Our policy of unparalleled quality – better paper, better print, credible
editorial and stunning designs – has connected with a large market contingent across Australia that
wants only the best.
We hope this issue inspires you in creating quality kitchens and bathrooms. Enjoy.
Jessica Rule | Editor
ON THE COVER
Architect Antonio Citterio reworks traditional
kitchen concepts with his Convivium design,
utilising a spacious and organised island, which
encourages a centre for rapport between the
cook and others. Turn to page 56 for more on
this cutting-edge design.
DESIGN | INSPIRATION | INNOVATION | ANNUAL 2012/13
“The national market proved tough to crack,
which made it sweeter still when sales of last
year’s annual doubled on the east coast”
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