Mick Bermingham's bright, spacious kitchen

By Jimmy Loughran in My Style on Monday, July 19, 2010 - 21:43

Architectural technician Mick Bermingham was totally hands-on in designing and fitting a new kitchen and dining area where he could spend quality family time with his wife Fionnuala and their son Charlie.

It used to be a dark and dated, but he transformed it into a bright and modern space.

(Photographs: Paul Sherwood)


This house was pretty grim when we bought it. It was decorated in a 1960s style, with very old carpets and a bad choice of paint colours on the walls. The kitchen was the size of a box room, about six foot by six foot, and it just wasn’t workable. It’s north-facing so there was no light coming in at the back, but it’s fantastic now. We basically tripled the size of the kitchen that was there.

Our kitchen came from The Panelling Centre. They made it all really handy for us as they were offering the whole package. It arrived flat-packed and I installed it with the help of a friend who is a carpenter. All of our appliances also came from The Panelling Centre. At the time they were doing a special deal, offering a free dishwasher Smeg fridge when you bought a kitchen from them.

The hatch

When these houses were built in 1955 there was a service hatch between the two rooms. We thought that it was a nice idea and so we expanded it to make it the full width of the dining room and give it a contemporary feel.

Dining room:

The dining table and chairs came from Olivia Delaney in 20th Century Furniture, which was based in Habitat at the time. They are made from cherrywood and they really make that space, it was a little bare looking without them

Our verdict:

We love Mick's tasteful style, and were particularly impressed with "the hatch", which definitely adds personality to the room. Mick was thrifty when buying his appliances, and managed to land a major bargain with his gorgeous blue Smeg fridge.

What is your favourite part of Mick's kitchen and dining area? Leave a reply below.