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A traditional hand-painted kitchen in a riverside home

To reflect the beauty of the 1930’s architecture of this riverside country house, we designed a kitchen in a simple Shaker style but with some very complex modern twists. Our clients had also commissioned a large bespoke crockery cabinet from us, and the rest of the kitchen was to imitate the style of this single piece of freestanding furniture.

We designed a run of cabinets to surround an AGA that also heats the house with an inglenook surround and an overmantel in a traditional style. Next to the AGA within the Ubatuba granite worksurface is also an induction hob by Miele to use when the AGA is switched off and in the corner of the kitchen is a bank of Miele ovens within tall cabinetry, with cupboards above and beneath. Facing the windows is the wet area with a Belfast sink and tap by Perrin & Rowe.

On the other side of the island is a piece of cabinetry designed to reflect the dresser, but which accommodates the integrated cooling appliances and a pull-out larder with bracket feet created to make it look like a freestanding piece, yet allowing the appliances to ventilate.

The island has a solid beech oiled worksurface with a recessed stainless steel sink surrounded by the same granite to prevent water damage. On the other side is a breakfast bar with under counter bookshelves and specially designed wine racks. The crockery cabinet features bi-folding doors and shallow pull-out drawers which include a handmade oak dovetailed cutlery drawer with a handle and pull-out tray for ultimate convenience. All the hand turned knobs are also made from beech to complement the island work surface and the kitchen was painted in New White by Farrow & Ball.