Whether you're a superstar mum or a design devotee, IKEA has the perfect kitchen for you. Hear what a few of our favourite bloggers have to say about the range of clever IKEA kitchen designs – the ins, the outs and the little details that make all the difference.

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Meet a few of our favourite bloggers, and find out what they love about IKEA kitchens.

The design guru: Katrina Lee Chambers (Katrina from The Block)

Having landed in the spotlight on 'The Block', Katrina's no stranger to the camera! Here she shows us how one clever kitchen design can work in three different ways.

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Katrina Lee Chambers

Katrina's Story

A long-time blogger and interior design lover, Katrina shot to fame when she appeared on hit Channel 10 show 'The Block' in 2011. Since then she's kept herself busy blogging (and teaching other people how to do the same), and running an online chat forum called Design Tribe. As a keen cook and mum of three boys, Katrina spends her fair share of time in the kitchen – and like everything else, she does it in style. You can keep up with Katrina's latest adventures at www.katrinaleechambers.com or see her latest design tips and trends via www.designtribe.com.au

KATRINA'S TOP TIPS

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NEVER UNDERSTIMATE LIGHTING

Never underestimate lighting! Whether it's LED worktop lighting LED worktop lighting or integrated cabinet spotlightsintegrated cabinet spotlights, there is a huge range of lighting options that can quickly transform the look and improve the functionality of your kitchen space.

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RENEW DON'T REPLACE

Swapping your kitchen cabinet door frontscabinet door fronts, handles handles and taps taps is an inexpensive way to give your kitchen a dramatic new look, without the hassle of a full renovation.

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EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

Organisation is key to a functional kitchen. Customised interior fittings interior fittings mean everything is easy to find and will also keep the inside of your cabinets looking neat and tidy.

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SHOW OFF WITH SHELVES

Open shelving Open shelving provides easy access for go to items such as glassware or serveware. They're also a great space to proudly display your favourite kitchen items.

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MAKE IT YOUR OWN

Finally, be sure to make your kitchen your own. Prints, artwork artwork and greenery greenery are all great ways of adding a little colour and a touch of personality to your kitchen.

Favourite kitchen features

I believe that the kitchen really is the heart of a home. That's why it's important to have a space that is not only stylish but also one that works for you. For me that means clever storage solutions, practical workspaces and multifunctional elements all working together to create the perfect backdrop for great meals!

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The mum: Jody Allen (Stay At Home Mum)

Superhero stay–at–home mum Jody Allen shows us how her IKEA kitchen works for her family around the clock.

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Jody Allen

JODY's Story

Being a stay-at-home mum with a young family is no small feat. Yet somehow Jody Allen manages to keep everyone fed, cleaned and content. Oh, and she's even found time to create a blog called stayathomemum.com.au, which is now the biggest online community for mums in Australia. With tips on cooking, gardening and even good old fashioned housekeeping, Jody's blog helps families around the country live the simple way – which she believes is the best way of all.

JODY'S TOP TIPS

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HANDY PANTRIES

An organised kitchen pantry kitchen pantry is a great time saver when you need to prepare last minute meals. Wire baskets make it easy to find ingredients and clear storage clear storage helps you see what's on hand at a glance.

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KID-PROOF THE KITCHEN

Soft closing doors Soft closing doors help to stop little fingers getting hurt when they're helping out in the kitchen.

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WHAT'S INSIDE THAT COUNTS

Making sure everything has its place means less time searching through deep, dark drawers. Clever interior fittings interior fittings help to sort chaotic cutlery and wall storage wall storage offers an easy way to keep the items you use most close at hand.

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QUALITY NOT QUANTITY

Invest in some good quality cookware cookware and bakewarebakeware. IKEA kitchen products are designed to be durable, meaning you won't need to constantly replace them, and multi-functional, meaning you save time on the washing up!

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LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Simple and affordable IKEA waste sorting solutions waste sorting solutions keep things clean and tidy and make it easy for us to set a good example for the kids by doing our bit for the environment.

Favourite kitchen features

At our place, the kitchen doubles as a family meeting place and an office for me. Being so integral to our everyday life means that our IKEA kitchen really is the engine room of our home and we've designed and fitted it out with this in mind.

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The foodie: Lorraine Elliot (Not Quite Nigella)

As a dedicated food blogger and author, Lorraine takes cuisine pretty seriously! Here, she shows us how to master a few of her favourite techniques from the comfort of an IKEA kitchen.

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Lorraine Elliot

LORRAINE's Story

Born and raised in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, Lorraine has always been a food fan. After starting her blog www.notquitenigella.com in 2007, things took off quickly – and now her quirky restaurant reviews and original recipes are devoured by 275,000 hungry readers each month. Apart from food, Lorraine adores fashion, beauty and travelling the world (and of course, sampling local cuisine along the way!).

LORRAINE'S TOP TIPS

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A COLOURFUL STATEMENT

Never underestimate the importance of colour – a fruit bowl fruit bowl well stocked with fresh produce can quickly liven up your countertop or, if you're after something more impactful, try a colourful feature splashbacksplashback.

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CLEAR AND SIMPLE

A set of good quality, different sized glass jars glass jars is a great way to store your basics. They mean your go-to items will always be close at hand (plus you'll know when it's time to restock!).

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MAKE IT SPICY

A plentiful supply of herbs and spices is an absolute must! A spice rack insert spice rack insert for your drawers gives you all the benefits of a spice rack, without taking up precious room on your bench top.

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COME TOGETHER

Always cook in good company. An open plan kitchen with bench seats bench seats makes your kitchen a social hub meaning that cooking becomes even more enjoyable.

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SORT IT OUT

It's worth taking the time to recycle properly. IKEA waste sorting solutions waste sorting solutions have different compartments for your different types of waste and can sit inside your kitchen drawers so that any mess is hidden away from view!

Favourite kitchen features

Being a food blogger and food writer means that my kitchen is also my office – so while it needs to be very functional it also needs to be a place that I'm happy to spend many hours in. With that in mind, I've compiled a list of some of the little things I've done to ensure that my kitchen is my favourite room of the house!

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