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Rosie and Peter waited 19 years before embarking on the refurbishment of their Victorian period kitchen in Surrey. “The kitchen has always been at the heart of our home and we wanted it to stay that way” says Rosie. “We were keen to avoid anything too modern and sleek.”
“Mixing old and new, we kept our kitchen table, refurbished the original 1870’s dresser and reupholstered the dining chairs that belonged to Peter’s Grandparents in a mix of Vanessa Arbuthnot fabrics. We laid new karndean flooring, chose beautiful bespoke furniture to replace the old units and swapped our gas Aga for an Everhot electric cooker, which we positioned in the island for more social cooking.”
The stunning copper work surface brings the whole kitchen to life, reflecting the trees in the garden, through the windows of the new extension. This strong design statement is balanced by more traditional Iroko on the side cabinets and practical quartz composite around the sink, adding layers of interest to the eclectic scheme.
Rosie’s must have item was “a proper walk-in larder, tiled with cast iron brackets and oak shelves, that we created by knocking through into an old lean-to at the side of the house. This, plus the little details of the bespoke cabinetry make all the difference to me.
We planned the cupboards to suit our possessions from a tailor-made drawer for our array of chopping boards to a custom noticeboard with a special section to house our reading glasses, measured to fit perfectly. We didn’t prioritise instant hot water or special ice cube makers, but incorporating two fridges was a good decision for our busy family. There is nothing that we would have done differently.”
The cabinetry was designed by and built by Woodstock Furniture. Andrew, the owner, thoroughly enjoyed the project getting involved in every detail from the aforementioned bespoke noticeboard to through to the design of the extension wall, which he ensured looks as though it was always a part of the property.
Kitchen: Woodstock Bespoke Furniture: woodstockfurniture.co.uk
Fabric: Vanessa Arbuthnot: vanessaarbuthnot.co.uk
Cooker: Everhot: everhot.co.uk