A Recent Project: Kitchen Refresh

A Recent Project: Kitchen Refresh

The Finished Kitchen

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The Brief

To refresh a kitchen with a homely, earthy feeling for foodies. Kitchens can get away with themselves in terms of spend, so I wanted to keep within a low set budget.

The Kitchen before work begins
The current kitchen

Fufilling the Brief

The kitchen’s layout remained the same, as did the lovely Stoves range cooker and the Abraham Moon & Sons roman blind. Everything else changed up, including fabulous floor tiles and some key KitchenAid appliances – trust me, the toaster is worth every penny!

The kitchen stripped back ready for work to begin

The kitchen cupboards were from Wickes, and were styled with some beautiful handles from The Handle Studio.

One of the highlights for me was the Cole & Son wallpaper Woods & Pears. I love the way it peers out from behind the shelves and the gold pears give a nod to the gold of the solid brass handles. I’m always inspired by the use of twigs and branches by Steve Cordony, hence the magnolia branches sit beautifully in the top corner. The open shelves, holding an array of jars, cookbooks and dishes, give the kitchen that go-to approach for the most useful things for the in-house chefs.

Decluttering is one of the best things to do in the kitchen and re-evaluate what it is you actually need close to hand. The icing on the cake (and I realise this actually makes me quite sad) is the careful consideration to the Neal’s Yard Remedies organic hand soap and moisturiser as well as the attractive kitchen antibacterial spray!

The room and adjacent dining area have been repainted in Zoffany paint. After trying many over the years, these are my favourite paints. The reason I LOVE them is that you can get the same colour in different strengths – for example, I’ve used colours Linen and Paris Grey in mixtures of tone strength from quarter to double. It’s so useful when you are considering shades for different walls or nooks, including eggshell for wood. This, together with the impeccable finish, makes Zoffany paint the perfect solution for me.

I’ve loved doing the project and I hope this helps even a little in your kitchen design journey.

Feel free to contact me if you are doing a similar job.

Kate MacKenzie, The Original Chair Company

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