I love to cook, host and entertain so designing the main house kitchen (I am lucky to have two complete kitchens, extremely handy at Christmas!) was top of my priority list. I lean towards a Scandi-Industrial look and love the materiality of glass, metal and wood. I also adore whites, greys and monochrome, so this was a secure starting point. I also have a very strong idea of things I don’t like in kitchens-I am really not a fan of eye level cupboards and very rarely do I create designs that feature them (The Annex kitchen was an exception, partially because we had to live in it while demolishing and re-building the main house and space was extremely tight for a family of four! I wanted to lose the clutter so eye-level cupboards were a begrudging compromise). I also don’t like extractors-as one entire wall opens up in the main kitchen and there are windows on two additional sides I decided to opt to scrap the extractor. I love the continuous white metro tiling up to the ceiling and my industrial letters look great without anything else ‘cluttering’ their wall!
Back to things I DO like-The AGA. The kitchen was designed around it as a central focal point for that wall. I spent an entire year looking for a kitchen dining table that had the look I wanted and eventually discovered a guy who had a limited quantity of reclaimed wood from Brighton’s West Pier! It was love at first sight and as well as the table, he made us a bespoke bench and a series of shelves for the kitchen and elsewhere in the house.
The heart of my home. I can’t stop admiring the groves, notches and marks that are testament to the hisory of the reclaimed wood and designed the shelf brackets so that we didn’t need to drill into it at all-when we eventually move, all of that woody history is coming with us!
Window reveal detail. I sourced IP44 rated ship’s bulkheads to generate the solid, industrial feel for the wall lights.
The kitchen completely opens up with the living room to create a vast open-plan family living space.
Cement star candle holders on reclaimed West Pier shelving…just dreamy!