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Centre of attention

Carefully selected standout pieces blend beautifully within a Regency backdrop to create a stunning kitchen and bathroom for this stylish couple Report: Felicity Borthwick Photography: Richard Lewisohn


Stainless-steel elements such as the worktops and plinth give this kitchen a contemporary edge, while large-format limestone tiles sweep across the floor to accentuate the feeling of space

hen Lisa and James Davies bought this beautiful Regency house in Maida Vale, they knew it required some major reworking, especially the kitchen, which was some 18 years old and very inefficiently laid out. “It was arranged around the perimeters of the room and so, as a regular cook, I always had to walk a distance between the hob, fridge and pantry area,” Lisa recalls. However, instead of redesigning the house straight away, they wisely decided to get a feel for how they used the interior and how their young son’s evolving needs might influence any changes they made. Hence, six years later, the couple embarked on the mammoth task of refurbishing the entire property but with a different approach than if they had redesigned it straight away. “We initially thought we would make a lot of major changes to the property, but after living in it we realised it had its own distinct features and proportions and that they didn’t necessarily need changing,” Lisa explains. As part of the refurbishment, the pair removed the internal walls in the basement area to create a large open-plan space, enabling the kitchen to be positioned to one side, whilst also making room for a substantial island unit that now houses much of the storage and provides the major workspace. “I was astounded at how the Bulthaup island swallowed up all the cook’s paraphernalia that had previously been stored in acres of unsightly and limiting wall units,” Lisa marvels. “We had a reasonably clear vision for the kitchen design in that we wanted an island, minimal wall units and lots of workspace but weren’t sure it would work in our space, which is quite an odd size,” she continues. “However, designer Colin Astridge from Kitchen Architecture assured us it would and went to great lengths to ensure we had an arrangement of units that fitted perfectly in the space. James and I are also both quite tall so he adjusted the units to suit our height.” u  111

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“We wanted to create something that looked more like a contemporary piece of freestanding furniture and this beautiful veneer offers that effect” With a bank of units set against just one wall (and additional storage for food and wine in an adjoining utility room), everything is now easily accessible from one workstation. Being such a large, open space with several striking structural features – including the sweeping staircase – alongside design pieces including Claudio Silvestrin’s Millennium Hope dining table and the Carbon chair by Moooi, Lisa was also keen for the whole room to tie together and not look too much like a kitchen at one end with living-dining at the other. “This is why we used an apple wood veneer for the island,” Colin explains. “We wanted to create something that looked more like a contemporary piece of freestanding furniture and this beautiful veneer offers that effect, especially as all the four flanks are commissioned veneer where the grain direction is very homogenous. The cabinetry, meanwhile, is a white matt lacquer finish so it blends in with the room but is a soft putty white called Kaolin, so it’s not too harsh.” The stainless-steel worktops also tie in nicely with the clean, contemporary scheme although the decision to use this was predominantly driven by practicality. “We always recommend stainless steel to our clients as it’s the only material that’s completely heatproof and it’s also impervious to spillages, so it’s very easy to clean,” Colin elaborates. “However, it does work well aesthetically with the space, as all the materials in here are natural – the island is fashioned from wood, limestone has been used for the floor, and there are no bright fashion colours.” A similar look and feel defines the master ensuite where limestone flows across the

floor and through into the adjoining shower room. On entering the bathroom, two key pieces immediately draw your eye – a sculptural freestanding bath in the centre of the room and an antique Murano chandelier in a rich, luxurious purple. “I wanted to create something relaxing and sumptuous whilst retaining a minimalist feel,” explains Lisa, “so the idea was that the chandelier, which is very opulent and decorative, was slightly at odds with the setting of the bath in the middle of a relatively sparse room. The only other major piece in here is a lengthy wall-hung vanity unit, which was constructed from the Schotten Hansen flooring used in the adjoining bedroom and dressing room. Two curvaceous basins complement the lines of the bath and create a ‘his and hers’ feel, while an elongated, backlit mirror adds a final luxurious touch. Leading off to the right of this room, a door opens into a dedicated shower room, with a WC positioned to the front of the space and a large, luxurious walk-in shower at the back. The limestone flooring envelops the walls of the shower to create a practical wetspace area, as well as behind the WC for a more luxurious feel. Both rooms now exude a calm yet luxurious feel, providing the couple with the ultimate space to rejuvenate before and after a long day. Likewise, the kitchen also has a lovely relaxed feel and is a complete joy to be in. “As a day-to-day cook, it has been fantastic to work with,” Lisa says. “Colin’s advice extended to the minutiae of the kitchen design and he was right about every KBB little detail.”

Left: Kitchen Architecture created a kitchen that blends with the surrounding backdrop by using matt white lacquer cabinetry along the back of the space. The island, however, is finished in an eye-catching apple wood veneer so that it appears as a piece of fine freestanding furniture rather than simply a functional element

Top: The kitchen is set within a magnificent open-plan space where period details such as the spiral staircase and ornate fireplace sit comfortably beside contemporary furniture

Above: Contemporary storage is built into the underbelly of the staircase in the form of built-in cabinetry and open niches to meet the needs of a modern family. These modern additions, however, work in harmony with this beautiful period feature  113

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Limestone sets the scene for relaxation in the decadent bathroom where individual pieces – the iconic Agape Spoon bath and Murano glass chandelier – engage the eye. A wall-hung vanity unit follows the line of the room, providing a ‘his and hers’ vanity area that blends with the backdrop

DESIGN Kitchen Design Colin Astridge of Kitchen Architecture (020 8785 1960 or Contractor J&Z Construction (020 8830 5038) KITCHEN Cabinetry B3 in Kaolin, Bulthaup (020 7495 3663 or from Kitchen Architecture, as before Worktops Brushed stainless steel, from Kitchen Architecture, as before Island Apple veneer, from Kitchen Architecture, as before Appliances Oven, steam oven, warming drawer and extractor, Gaggenau (0844 892 8988

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or; Dishwasher, Miele (0845 365 6600 or Flooring Limestone. For similar try Stoneworks (01335 361111 or Shelving unit Melody shelving unit by MDF Italia at Viaduct (020 7278 8456 or Chairs Made by Alfred Kill from Schmidmcdonagh (020 7724 7823) Wooden chair Gulliver’s chair carved from telegraph poles, dowel jointed with brass fittings and polypropylene rope upholstery by Julienne Dolphin Wilding (07812 942089 or

bathrooms BATHROOM Flooring Ivory Premium limestone, Stone Age Limited (020 7384 9090 or Bath Agape Spoon ( from Edwins (020 7221 3550 or Chandelier Murano glass, Birgit Israel (020 7376 7255 or Vanity unit Light oyster oak, Schotten Hansen Flooring (, made by J&Z Construction, as before Tap Vola (, Edwins, as before

SHOWER ROOM Floor and wall tiles Ivory Premium limestone, as before Showerheads and controls Axor Steel by Hansgrohe (01372 465655 or WC Link by Flaminia (+39 761542030 or Shower screen For similar try Majestic (01279 443644 or COST A Bulthaup B3 kitchen starts from around £50,000. A similar bathroom would cost around £25,000 (including the chandelier) and a similar shower room around £18,000

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An indulgent shower room adjoins the master bathroom. The limestone-encased shower features double Axor Steel showerheads for a ‘his and hers’ experience, while the addition of glass keeps the look simple yet opulent  115

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