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When they moved into this three-bedroom property in Middlesex, the owners were keen to renovate and extend over time. Their priority was to remodel the kitchen to be able to entertain; ‘I wanted a family kitchen everyone could enjoy and which was connected to the rest of the living area.’
A friend recommended an architect to the owners and she drew up a plan for their project; the idea was to stick within the house’s original footprint but extend into the right-hand side return. Knowing that the project would take some time to complete, the owners’ builder friend set up a temporary kitchen at the back of the living room, before boarding off the kitchen to reduce dust and dirt transferring to the rest of the house.
As the existing cabinetry layout worked well, the owners decided not to change it. They did, however, invest in a range cooker that fit snugly in the fireplace area. ‘I kept the overall palette neutral – cream was the obvious choice to keep the north-facing kitchen light. The room had original features we wanted to keep, so it made sense to have Shaker-style units. We thought wooden worktops would be too much, so we chose a dove grey Carrara surface that I matched when painting the shelf over the oven, the butcher’s block and sideboard.’
The owners still wanted to incorporate colour though. 'First I found some Roman blinds that echoed the grey of the worktops, plus some lovely pastel shades to soften the look. The colours influenced my other accessories, such as the storage tins and Cath Kidston china.
The owners found their dream range cooker on sale and fitted it before anything else. 'We had it installed at the beginning of the work, boarded it up during the build and worked around it.' The splashback was custom made using a design that they found online - the owners asked the design company's permission to use it and they liaised with UK Splashbacks to have it printed. It fits beautifully with the 'farmhouse finish' that the owners were aiming for.
With plenty of new wall space, there was room for an unusual (but incredibly useful) feature in the form of this hanging herb garden. Now, herbs are always on hand during cooking, rather than hiding out in the garden. They also make a colourful addition to the neutral design.
Rail and hanging pots
The owners chose to keep their existing free-standing fridge, adorning it with colourful prints and magnets to fit with the rest of the kitchen. An additional sideboard provides extra storage, as well as a space to house a display of personal treasures. Painting it the same grey as the butcher's block and worktops helps to tie all areas of the kitchen together.
The Cotswold Company
While the country-style dining table and chairs reflect the kitchen's Shaker style, the rough-hewn walls of the dining area sit in contrast to the rest of the space, marking it out as a separate zone. 'I knew I wanted an exposed brick wall to create texture and contrast with the grey bifold doors,' says the owner. Far from being stark, the bunting adds a light mood while a fabric runner adds colour to the table without disguising the finish.
Before work began this kitchen was dark, enclosed and felt cluttered. The difference, without even undergoing a complete remodel, is incredible.