**Downsize your laundry.** Slotting your washing machine and dryer into a cupboard enables you to have a laundry in high-traffic areas such the kitchen or bathroom, which can also be shut it away. Also utilise any spare surface area for storage by building in shelves, shacks and hooks. See more of this [Melbourne home](http://www.homestolove.com.au/interior-designer-terri-shannon-lights-up-melbourne-home-2854|target="_blank"). Photo: Armelle Habib / *Australian House & Garden*
The center island takes on a freestanding furniture feel thanks to carved legs supporting the countertop and a gray finish that differs from the white perimeter cabinets. Furnished-room profiles pop up as curving wood details on upper glass-faced cabinets and as the base cabinets knobs that advance from prettily profiled back plates.