Once we said no to the developers brown kitchen we set about designing our own. We knew what we wanted and decided against the high tech industrial look as the kitchen was going to be part of the living/dining area and we didn’t want it to say, ‘Hi, I am the kitchen, look at me’. We went for a white Italian kitchen.

We enjoy cooking and wanted an easy to manoeuvre open plan and stylised area, which would blend seamlessly into the lounge/dining area.

Adrian always wanted a Miele coffee machine and we had other ideas for the kitchen appliances e.g. we wanted a steamer instead of a microwave.

We managed to find a kitchen specialist in Bangkok that supplied Italian kitchens, which we wanted. We worked with Binova kitchens and produced plans to suit us.

Eighteen months later when our villa was completed, the finished kitchen was shipped from Italy to Samui and looks great in situ, a big relief, I can tell you.