elementalKitchen by Charlie Smallbone and deVOL
This is a kitchen that reminds you of being small, of going into the kitchen and feeling as if everything is grand and big and grown-up and how your kitchen will be when you have a home of your own. It conjures up images of families doing proper traditional things, baking together, cooking a Sunday roast and settling down to hours around the table with a good bottle of red and lots of stories. It’s not the kind of kitchen you would ever want to change, why would you, it would just get better and hold more memories the longer you kept it. Beautifully aged wooden floors are the base for all these Classic cupboards, huge pantries laden with fine ingredients, last summer’s jam and pickles all lined up ready for the winter. It’s a proper old fashioned family kitchen, even the shiny brown ladder is reminiscent of a country house, climbing up the ladder to the top cupboard, just to reach the great big oval platter that you only use for the Christmas turkey or when there’s a party in the garden that calls for a whole poached salmon.
The Lacanche cooker is sumptuous but practical, we’ve begun to really love the brass details and the slightly more fancy design of these classic French cookers, they just add even more depth to the whole sentimental vision this kitchen creates. There are little flashes of modernity too and that’s what takes it from a good old fashioned kitchen to a thoroughly well-considered and out of the ordinary room. Mid-century art sits alongside a clever collection of 19th century dark wood country chairs. The elegant mix of lighting is really good, new and old styles mixing cleverly together and we particularly like the Moroccan handmade tiles from Fez, the company Emerie and Cie say of these tiles ‘no one is ever quite the same, nor totally different from its neighbour’, such a lovely description of a handmade tile. There’s so much to love about this Classic English deVOL Kitchen, each little detail almost goes unnoticed but I’m sure each one was given the appropriate amount of consideration. My final and favourite small details were the beautiful heritage wavy glass in these floor to ceiling sash windows that gave a totally different view of the outside world than a flat piece of glass. The second delight was the coffee machine, not a thing I expect we would have found in our kitchens in Georgian times when this house was built, but so important to this household - they bought it in preference to a car, I love that dedication to good coffee.
This Classic English Kitchen has bespoke cupboards painted in a bespoke, pale aqua shade. The chunky kitchen island has actually been painted in a different colour, Trinity Blue, a soft blue from our own collection of Shaker paint colours. The two create a subtle yet interesting contrast and keep this whole space feeling stylish yet classic.
The range cooker is a classic Lacanche, a sturdy choice that looks so beautifully luxurious. The splashback is in keeping with the French theme, made up of handmade tiles from french company, Emery & Cie. The alternating colours look great and works with the alternating cupboard and island colour.
The cabinets have a Carrara marble worktop and the island does too, plus a little section of oak. These materials are a classic choice and really work with the old features in the room and add to the whole feeling of a traditional kitchen.
This Georgian Townhouse Kitchen has so much storage, it's amazing! It is able to keep the appliances all hidden behind lovely bespoke wooden doors, and the mix of glazed and closed storage means the owners can display their favourite bits and pieces and hide away the rest!
Kitchen islands are becoming a popular choice in lots of our designs and we can see why, they have so many functions! They often house dishwashers, bins, sinks, extra storage. They often have a worktop overhang for breakfast bars and they provide lots of prep space. It's also a lovely focal point in the room.
The ladder was a vintage find and is a lovely accessory in this room, it can also be used to reach the top cabinets in the bespoke bank of tall cupboards.
Our London Glazed Wall Cupboards are great for displaying your favourite or regularly used items in easy to reach areas. This family decided to fill theirs with crockery, glassware and mugs for their beloved coffee machine.
Carrara marble is always a favourite material for us, we don't think you can find anything more beautiful. It has been used in homes for so many years, it's hard-wearing and strong and yes, it will change over time but we just think it just gets lovelier with age.
The little sink here is actually the second in this large kitchen, and perfect for any quick little jobs. We love placing sinks under windows, chores become much nicer when you can gaze out at the world around you. The beautiful aged brass taps were made by us, in collaboration with Perrin and Rowe, and look great in every project we've seen.
The family have filled their Classic English kitchen with vintage finds, prized possessions and family trinkets. It turns a kitchen into a lovely space into a perfect space.