Kitchen dreams become reality


The months before Easter are the most popular time of year for kitchen renovations. With the new year over and the day to day back in full swing, many people start to consider updating and upgrading their spaces, but many don’t know where to begin.

Simone Foong, a Mornington Peninsula local, has worked at IKEA for 14 years and as a kitchen specialist at IKEA Springvale for over a decade. Her IKEA career began in living rooms, but Simone soon realised her passion was with kitchens and design. She has designed and developed plans for customers all over Melbourne, averaging 500 kitchen plans a year.

“I love seeing a customer come in with a photo or idea, and watching that idea come to life through creating their dream solution that is both functional and inspirational,” she said.

Simone, who is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, as well as English as her first language, is qualified as an interior designer. She loves creating contemporary kitchens with personality and loves gallery kitchens because they offer flexibility in design and style.

“The beauty of the IKEA kitchen range is that it can be whatever the customer needs,” she said.

With a combined experience of over 100 years in design and planning, the team at IKEA Springvale can find a solution for your kitchen needs.

IKEA kitchens have a 25-year guarantee, with appliances designed by Whirlpool and Electrolux made exclusively as part of the range.

With free kitchen planning currently available in-store, now is the time to visit and see what an IKEA kitchen could look like in your home.

“It’s really rewarding to see customers come back and show me the finished product. The kitchen truly is the heart of the home,“ Simone said.