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When room for displaying items is limited, think outside the box. Any spare space can be given over to shelves, even the wall underneath a staircase. Make best use of it with tailored shelving, whether you DIY or choose a bespoke solution.

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Mottled granite, stone flooring and painted cabinetry give Denise and Barry Wilson’s open-plan space a timeless look

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tHe OWNers Denise Wilson, an administrator for a trust, and her husband Barry, a retired accountant tHe HOMe a converted fourbedroom Victorian schoolhouse in Nottinghamshire tHe PrOJect Building work including an open-plan extension

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fter 23 years of living in their converted schoolhouse, Denise and Barry Wilson decided it was time to give the beautiful period building the kitchen it deserved. ‘The scheme we first put in had become tired and dated,’ explains Denise. ‘The furniture was limed oak with dark-green worktops but, from the day it was done, I wasn’t happy with it. It was cold, as there was only a plinth heater, and quite dark. In fact, there were lots of problems with the design, which we didn’t want to repeat.’ Having learnt some valuable lessons, Denise spent years researching her next kitchen, focusing on how to make a warm and bright space. Eventually, after seeing some examples in magazines, she settled on the idea of an orangery-style extension with roof lanterns to flood the kitchen with daylight. That decided upon, she started searching for a kitchen company to design it for her. ‘I looked at friends’ houses, and viewed nearby showhomes to see the kind of things that were being put in,’ she recalls. ‘Plus, I visited about 20 kitchen showrooms!’

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Dressers aren’t just for storage – they’re also great for showing off a collection of ceramics or accessories. Make sure they have grooved levels if you’re displaying plates, and mix and match colours and layer different pieces for a tiered effect. Pretty pastels suit country-style schemes, while bold shades add an eye-catching element to more modern kitchens.

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Kitchen nooks and crannies can become dust traps, so conceal your favourite items within a glass-fronted unit. It has the impact of an open display without the chore of frequent cleaning.

■ Chichester 5ft Open Rack Dresser hand-

painted in Honed Slate, Neptune, from £1,995. Pottery by Susie Watson Designs, from £16 for a straight mug

■ This comprises six separate shelving units with glass doors and plinths, and costs £3,745 in total from Montana

Stunning ideas for

kitchen displays Show off your best crockery, feel-good accessories and treasured mementos with a smart design solution

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No matter what style of kitchen you have, shelving can make it feel lighter and more open. A light blue overlay in this timber kitchen doubles up as a display area and provides a home for plug sockets without damaging the walls.

The Wilsons’ bespoke tulipwood furniture has been hand-painted in Arborio by Chiselwood with an island finished in French Grey by Little Greene. These soft hues help bring light to this formerly dark kitchen


Dry goods are kept in this unit, which has a walnut interior and a doormounted rack for condiments

the right designer However, it was only when a local shop owner recommended Chiselwood that Denise and Barry paid the company a visit and they decided that they’d found the perfect people for them. ‘We knew straight away it was where we wanted to buy our kitchen,’ says Denise. ‘Designer Martin Holliday was so helpful and patient. He showed us Chiselwood’s workshop and we were impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship. I think we’d looked for so long that although I thought I knew what I wanted, I was frightened to make the wrong choice. Martin’s patience was invaluable.’ After seeing a feature in Beautiful Kitchens showing three different takes on a classic look, Denise realised that it was exactly what she

■ Panel painted in Cool Mint from the Chiselwood Paint Collection. Bespoke kitchens start from £35,000

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Sleek, modern cabinetry doesn’t have to be stark. This contoured Airsteam trailer-inspired unit boasts curves and vintage charm to add character to your kitchen, right down to classic rivets and aluminium and oak construction.

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A walnut-topped table slots neatly into one end of the island to provide a place for casual dining and is paired with comfortable chairs by Lloyd Loom

■ This open wall cupboard costs £2,360

and can be purchased separately or as part of an Air kitchen from deVOL, which starts from £25,000


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Real inspiration Ash veneer and acrylic BUYER’S GUIDE LiGhtinG caBinetry

The handleless olive ash bookmatched veneered units by Koop are protected with a durable polyurethane satin lacquer. Pale composite Hi-Macs worktops add a contemporary twist to the warm wood doors

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A recessed, double-fronted cupboard hides the washing machine and boiler in one side, while the remaining space serves as a dry-goods larder

Ash-veneer cabinetry is teamed with a blue-green glass splashback in Tara Borissow and Ben Johnson’s penthouse flat FEATURE Rachel Ogden PHOTOGRAPHY james undeRtOn

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wo years after moving into their apartment on the south coast, Tara Borissow and Ben Johnson could no longer bear the existing kitchen. ‘The rest of the flat is stunning and this area needed something just as dramatic,’ Tara explains. ‘There was a lack of storage space and not enough room to cook properly.’ Keen to have a handmade scheme from a local company, the couple asked friends for recommendations and were soon pointed in the direction of Koop, where Tara and Ben explained their requirements to designer


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Jeremy Long. After some discussion, the couple decided to change the original layout, as well as installing new cabinetry, moving the prep zone to the back of the room and creating a dining area by the front windows. While this meant relocating all the utilities, such as water and gas supplies, it enabled the design to have a peninsula at its heart. The unit could then house a hob, so that Tara and Ben would be able to cook while looking out over the dining area. Distinctive olive ash wood forms the cabinetry’s base units and open shelving,

THE FAmilY tara Borissow, a financial services director, lives with her partner Ben Johnson, a partner in a creative agency, and their one-year-old son Felix THE HOmE a two-bedroom, penthouse apartment within a converted regency townhouse in West Sussex THE PROjEcT creating a new layout in an existing room

The right pendant can transform your kitchen and give it instant wow factor. Here’s our pick of the best

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From left to right: Bubble ball, £310, Heal’s

This quirky copper pendant by Innermost is based on the design of an earring. Great for projecting a spot of light directly downwards. Why not group a few together to make an eye-catching feature?

Reproduction Frisbi, £95, Iconic Lights

Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1978, this pendant lamp is a real classic. The hole in the centre allows light to be focused directly downwards onto a tabletop, as well as reflected upwards to subtly illuminate the rest of the room

Zalo, £100, John Lewis

This rise-and-fall, retro-influenced pendant is shown here in a pretty shade of blue. It’s dimmable and comes in a wide range of colours

Harrow, £65, Garden Trading Made from powder-coated steel, this design comes in Shutter Blue, shown, Clay and White. Perfect for giving a warm glow to a dining area

Drop 1 Grouping of 6, £584, Original BTC

Crafted from bone china, this sleek light fitting offers a simple yet elegantly effective way of adding impact to your scheme. It is also available in white and

you can buy it in different groupings, including nine and eleven

Opaline Globe, £90, Skinflint Design

This 1930s French-style pendant will bestow a period look on your kitchen and comes supplied with a new chrome-plated fitting and cable

your kitchen without overwhelming it, this light has a bright purple interior with a pale, off-white exterior. It’s made from hammered metal and also comes in turquoise, lime/khaki green, red, yellow and orange

Jasmine, £180, Bhs

Industry, £80, Habitat

Introduce a Moroccan feel with this ball-shape pendant, which is made from handcrafted steel. Look closely and you’ll see it features a delicate design of leaves and flowers to give it a softer look

Indian, £78, Lemonlu London

With a crimson interior to add a splash of colour, this gloss design by Kenneth Cole will give you a slice of city chic

This aluminium design is ideal if you’re after a utilitarian feel with a stylish twist. It’s available in two metallic finishes: copper, shown, and silver A great choice for adding colour to

Soho, £80, House of Fraser

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English country bunting, (L)500cm, £12.99, Lakeland

Left Panama cotton fabric covers in peach: to fit an Ikea Siiderhamn three-seater sofa, (H)83x (W) 198x(D )99cm, £209; to fit a Siiderhamn armchair, (H)83x(W)105x (D)99cm, £149, both Bemz

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chair in Jasper Green, made from steel with a beech seat, (H)80.5x (W)45x(D)42.5cm, £45, Habitat

Plymouth metal pendant in Harbour Blue, {H)25-125x {W)22x(D)40cm, £95, John Lewis

Wall in Albany Wood Panelling wallpaper, £15.99 per roll; Sanderson Swallows fabric cushion, (W)43x(L)43cm, £36 each, both Wallpaper Direct


Left Beach hut wooden wall decoration in pink, (H)18.5x (W) 14x(D)9cm, £6, TU at Sainsbury's Above Birdie polyurethane shelf in turquoise by Ex.t, (H)45x (W) 1OOx(D) 15cm, £277, FAO Shop Left Mini Dillon sofa, upholstered in lilac chenille fabric, (H)81x (W)195x (D)97cm, £599, Sofa Workshop

If you have fond memories of beach holidays, why not create a relaxed seaside feeling in your home with new Wood Panelling wallpaper by Albany at Wallpaper Direct? Ideal for bringing rustic style to both living rooms and dining areas, the fadedtimber design tones easily with natural colours and deep navy. Try teaming the wallpaper with these elegant Swallows cushions by Sanderson, also available from Wallpaper Direct.



NO-FUSS CLEANING Plugging in a vacuum cleaner every time there's a spill can be a hassle, but many cordless models lack powerful suction. AEG'sAGS012 UltraPower Cordless Vacuum Cleaner not only boasts great suction, its streamlined nozzle makes short work of food crumbs, and even dirt and gravel. A generous hour-long running time on one charge means you can clean the entire house in one go, while its smart brush roller stops hairs and fibres from clogging up the head. It also has headlights on the front of the machine, which are a bonus for cleaning in dark or narrow spaces. Available in a sleek metallic deep blue, as pictured left, the UltraPower AGS0l2 costs around £229.99 and has a two-year guarantee.

Designer outdoor fabrics Weatherproof materials can conjure up visions of plastic-style weaves, but now you can use fabric outdoors that you'd be just as happy to have indoors. Extex'snew collections come in a range of colours and textures with a luxurious feel, while also being water-repellent,


WOOLSAFE Here's a great free app for your iPhone or iPad. The Carpet Stain Cleaning Guide from Woolsafe is just what you need when red wine gets spilled on your carpet or the kids make a mess. Providing solutions and step-by-step instructions, find it at https://itunes. ?mt=8.


stain-resistant, light-fast and machinewashable. Two of the collections, Enso and Wave, have been designed in collaboration with textile designer Nigel Atkinson. His Ensochenille costsfrom £144 per m and Wave, from £142.80 per m. Minimum order is five metres.

Cushions in Spice chenille fabric in (from left) Caraway and Saffron, from £52.20 per m, available in 21 colourways; cushion in Haze acrylic fabric in Spa, from £~8.l0per m /

Above Mull chenille fabric in (from top) Twilight, Royal, Peacock, Corn, Ginger and Poppy; available in 34 colourways, from £39.60 per m

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The little details can really make a difference and transform a plain, functional door into a stylish statement piece. Whether you are looking for a quick update or putting the finishing touches to your project, has a range of fittings to suit any style - contemporary or traditional. Choose from brightly-coloured glass door knobs, encrusted latches or classic brass handles to update your internal doors, cupboards and display units. Prices start from £7.99 for a pair of handles with a 10-year mechanical and finish warranty included.


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Harrison rocking ch!lir, lH)9~X(W)63x {D)93cm, £600. Charming Chair Company


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BEH NO CLOSED Storage is vital for a perfectly functioning kitchen, Think about it at the start of your project and watch the rest fall into place Report: Rachel Ogden







Opening page (p41): Work space, larder and mini kitchen in one, this tall, bespoke unit boasts pocket-style doors and a ladder to reach the top cupboards. Available in oak, maple, cherry and walnut or a painted finish, it costs 212,870 from Newcastle Fumiture Company.







Practical pull-outs Think drawers are just for cutlery? Think again. The latest designs create fabulously functional places to stow crockery, pans, cleaning products and more.


1 Slim drawers behind larger fronts maximise storage and keep all your utensils in one place alongside other key food prep kit, such as spices and tin foil. This unit by Hacker costs around £950 and is shown in an Atlanta kitchen. 2 Deep-sided storage, specifically designed for heavy items, take the weight thanks to strengthened runners. They also extend fully so you can see everything inside at a glance, unlike traditional cupboards. Inside, pegs for securing crockery and dedicated compartments keep contents free from damage as the drawers open and close. Kitchens from Nolte start at around £7500, which would include appliances and fitting. 600mm base units start from around £180. 3 Utility pull-outs put an end to unused space around the sink, fitting snugly around the bowl and waste of the sink and creating a useful nook for cleaning products and sponges. Take it one step further and transform the drawer below with recycling bins and larger bottles to create a practical utility station. This 800mm sink base unit with recycling solutions, part of the nextline and next125 collection at InHouse, costs from £961. 4 Large pan drawers below or next to your hob mean a spare saucepan, and its lid, is always at hand, while strong sides give the pull-out maximum support and allow it to extend effortlessly.These drawers are part of a bespoke Urbo matt lacquer kitchen painted in Farrow & Ball's Downpipe. Roundhouse kitchens start at £30,000. 5 Plinth storage is an excellent way to make use of otherwise wasted space. Put your plinths to work by adding a shallow drawer for baking trays or platters or absorbing the space into a larger one that can accommodate taller items, such as bottles and cartons. This drinks storage drawer creates a convenient space for surplus juice and water, while keeping bottles in place with a dedicated rack. SieMatic's in-drawer storage accessories cost from £50. 6 Corner drawers tum awkward spaces into a storage asset. This Space Corner drawer by Blum has bespoke inserts, such as a neat knife holder, and Orga-Line cutlery dividers to maximise every inch. Speak to your kitchen retailer for more details.


he first decision most people make about a kitchen is how it looks on the outside. However, an equally important choice is how it will work on the inside. A multitude of narrow cupboards that can't accommodate wide plates or a larder that makes it hard to reach objects tucked away at the back will only result in a scheme that's frustrating to prepare meals in or cluttered work surfaces. Form without function means your sleek design ends up being little more than a lot of pretty boxes.

"Living space in the average modern home is at a premium, so efficient kitchen storage is more vital than ever," says David Sanders at Blum UK. "This is particularly important in open-plan living areas, where the kitchen has become the central focus of the home. Efficient storage allows surfaces to be kept clear of clutter, which is key when the kitchen is used for entertaining as well as cooking. In addition, as we grow older, accessibility is crucial. Nobody should be selling empty boxes with a fixed shelf. Every kitchen unit should have a specific purpose in mind." ...





Case study

Designer: Andrew Hall at Woodstock


The clients: A family with two


Location: West London. The brief: To design an open-plan kitchen for a split-level extension in a new-build home. Plenty of storage was important to the family so they asked for a wall of tall units to include integrated appliances. A large island was required to provide further storage and create a seamless divide betwe:=Jn the working kitchen and other areas. '; ...-.



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he kitchen was part of a three-year build project, which included the demolition of an extension and a rebuild of one double the size," explains Andrew. "As it was an open-plan space, the family were keen to keep the kitchen feeling sleek. To accomplish this, I created a wall of bespoke storage with turquoise-painted interiors alongside the appliances and a vast, curved island in stained oak veneer with a Corian work surface. The wall of storage features shelving for crockery, internal drawers within drawers for cutlery and a tall cabinet with pocket doors to house a food mixer, coffee machine and microwave. "I also designed a larder cabinet with U-shaped shelves, so that the client could see their food easily, with spice and condiment racks on the backs of the doors to maximise storage space. Shallow drawers within deep drawers on the island have been designed to accommodate smaller and bulkier items in their own dedicated space," Woodstock Furniture kitchens cost from around £30,000,









Left: A pretty peg rail is the more classic version of a hanging rail. Hang utensils, odds and ends or dishwashing equipment from it for an efficient wet area. Shown in a Flower Room kitchen by Plain English, ntchens start from £40,000.



Take three ... Worktop solutions Sacrifice a little work space to gain some seriously smart storage.

Below: Tum your island into a cooking hub with pcp~up storage that's remote~ controlled. Built into the worktop, this storage system from Pedini London is available with Integra kitchens and is shown in a stained oak veneer. From around £16,000. Opposite page, top right: This slide~out pan drawer in Marsh Oak veneer has glass side panels for greater visibility. From Nicholas Anthony, kitchens start from £25,000. Bottom right: Use open units alongside standard storage to create a mixture of focal pcints and interest. This Kalea ntchen in Old America Oak with a stainless~steel worktop is available from NGI Design from £20,000.

Above: The tambour door is popular thanks to its simplicity. By slotting one at the end of the worktop you have an extra place to conceal small appliances and can simply roll it up and down as needed. This stainless~steel over~worktop tambour door IS from Wilson Fink where kitchens start from £10,000.

Above: For a splashback with storage, look no further than this sliding marble door in a 8eauxArts ntchen by SieMatic. Not only does it provide easy access to oils and spices, it's also handleless and opens with the push of a button. A 8eauxArts ntchen costs from £25,000.

Above: The multifunctional B3 pocket door unit by Bulthaup is a very neat storage solution. Simply open your cupboard doors and slot them out of the way in the recesses when you want to use work space inside, then close them up to conceal it afterwards. The 83 is available from Kitchen Arch~ecture. Kitchens start from £35,000.




liThe majority of 'people want a clutter-free kitchen, with lots of space for entertaining and living"

Get the inside story From flexible larders to smart corner fittings, these super solutions ensure your furniture is more functional than ever before, maximising your space and making contents accessible. 1 Pull-out units can be treated as a mini larder, storing anything from oils and spices to tea and coffee - simply site it where you need it most or use it to fill a gap in a run of standard-sized cupboards. This pullout storage unit has two wire shelves and is available in 150mm and 300mm sizes from Magnet. The 150mm pUll-out costs £356 in an Essentially Collection kitchen. 2 Racks can be sited almost anywhere - backs of doors, walls and so on - but here's an even smarter take on the idea. This sliding rail allows a larder rack to move from side to side so the contents behind are still accessible while packing more storage into the space. There's also a useful blackboard on the back of the door. 1909 kitchens start from £20,000 or a similar bespoke pantry would start from £4000.

3 Uplifting cupboards are great for galley or compact kitchens. Choose frosted glass fronts to make a space feel light without the need to keep the interiors tidy. Crown Imperial's Bi-Fold Glass Medium Wall cabinet has a soft-lift mechanism and starts from £606 based on 600mm. Also available in the Rialto high-gloss range.

4 Pull-out larders utilise the area from floor to ceiling and allow everything to be easily visible and accessible. They're also ideal for filling in slimline gaps at the end of a run of units. Shown is the Skyline pullout larder unit from the First collection by John Lewis. Kitchens start from £3000, cabinetry only.

5 The Le Mans corner unit gets its name from the shape of the famous racetrack and is perfect for storing anything from pans to bulky kitchenware. Cesar's Yara kitchen is seen here in heat-treated oak. A base unit is priced around £447, available from Espresso Design. 6 Carousels are ideal if pop-ups and pull-outs don't tick your storage boxes. Sturdy enough to take the weight of small appliances, this Revo comer carousel system features anti-slip shelves with chrome galleries, revolving, folding doors and height-adjustable shelves. From Second Nature, it has a loading capacity of 25kg per shelf and costs from £310.






Opposite page, top: If you love to have everything to hand, but also like to shut it away, this concealable kitchen could be the answer, Valcucine's Logica system is available at Forza Projects, It costs from around ÂŁ26,000 with Invitrum base units and Artematica Vitrum glass doors,

left: S-Box is a range of pop-up storage units that recess into the worl<:i:op,making use of othervvise wasted space in the base cabinet. Useful items can be hidden from view - plug sockets, spices, TV - and just appear when needed, The Knife Box is priced 2299,

Space matters It's a common misconception that a bigger kitchen means better storage, Deciding on what type of storage you require can be tricky when you're presented with several options and the temptation is often to include as much as possible for fear of not having enough, Small kitchen owners rejoice - having a compact room will make portioning your storage a much easier task, Regardless of the size of your kitchen, decide what you need at the start of the project. Divide it roughly into four areas - food prep and cookware (cooking utensils, pans, gadgets, small appliances), dry food (tins, boxes, jars), dining (crockery, glasses, cutlery) and less frequently used items, such as large platters and for special occasions, Allocate how much room you think you'll need for each, Next, pare down what you have, Do you really need five frying pans or can some of the items you only use occasionally be located elsewhere in your home or in a separate pantry? When it comes to large or bulky kitchenware, such as casserole dishes or food mixers, measure them to make sure your cupboards or drawers will be big enough to accommodate them, remembering to add on a couple of inches so it's easy to lift them in and out.

Savvy storage Cupboards were once your only option but solutions have come on leaps and bounds since then, Drawers, pull-out units and pop-ups and drop-downs have revolutionised how we store everything in our kitchens, Think about your current scheme and what you'd like to make easier, Do you find yourself on your hands and knees trying to reach pans at the back of cupboards? Or do you have corner space that's inaccessible and wasted? Deep drawers and a pull-out 'magic comer' may be the right solution for your new kitchen, Good-quality internal fittings will push the price up but pay for themselves in terms of ease of use and convenience, Similarly, in a compact kitchen, internal fittings take up a little room but will help you make the most of limited space, Jamie Dean at Betta Living says, "Lifestyle and price drives the changes in kitchen design, so storage is continually innovating with new trends, more affordable solutions and technologies, Compared to 10 years ago, the UK market is trying to cram more into their kitchens than ever before, without necessarily having a bigger overall space, "The majority of people want a clutter-free kitchen, with lots of space for entertaining and living, around six appliances (whereas 10 years ago we were happy with a cooker and fridge) and maximum storage space," Jamie continues, "Plus with the price of crockery and glassware so low, most households have more than double the items to store than decades ago, That's a lot to fit into a kitchen, which is why storage has to be smarter and [REBl more functional than ever before,"




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Your work surfaces are primarily for food prep and a well-designed kitchen should reflect that. Having everything available and organised will make cooking a breeze with minimum movement around the room. So keep your chopping boards with your knives where you slice and dice food, your cooking utensils and spices near your hob and your dishes between your cooking and serving areas. Fortunately, there's lots of ways to make sure these don't end up as clutter. Hanging rails keep utensils off the worktop, while a magnetic knife rack or knife block keep blades away from curious fingers. Wall-hung pots and pans can also be a great easy-access solution. "There are a number of things to consider when creating the perfect preparation area," says Roundhouse's Jamie Telford. "You need to allow as much work surface as you can afford, with your knives and utensils close at hand, preferably not too far from the fridge and with a sink nearby so that you can wash your vegetables. Plus, good lighting is essential so that you can see what you are doing." Right: This Udingo grey kitchen by Ikea has three tiers of hanging rails above the hob, and glass-fronted cupboards that store crockery Justa step away so meals can be served easily. It costs £2045, including cabinets, fronts, worktops, interior fittings, hinges, cover panels, plinths, legs and soft-closing drawers and doors or £3730 with appliances (oven, microwave, hob, extractor, dishwasher and fridge).

Right: The new Bulthaup B3 interior fitting system for drawers allows the user to design drawers according to their personal needs. Price upon request, depending on which programme and accessories are chosen.

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Cadiz 3 pendant, made from polystone, (H)16.5-150x (dia.)13.5cm, £129


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Right San Quentin Whitney sideboard, made from reclaimed pine, (H)88x (W)187x(D)56cm, £799


Below Titus chair, in Buffalo vintage leather, with metal legs, (H)87x(W)55x (D)63cm, £249

, SalLQuentin Tioga bed frame, made from reclaimed pine, (H)139x(W)164x (L)221cm, £799

Perfect for a weekend project. the new stencils from online retailer The Stencil Library are easy to use and great for personal ising furniture. Paint your item, then when the surface is dry, use a soft-bristled stencilling brush to paint on one of the 37 new reuseable stencil designs - including Dots, Birds, Moroccan, Chinoiserie and Gustavian - in a contrasting shade, for a unique look. The F1 Numerals stencil (above) costs £7,50 per sheet. I ~




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Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955. the Fritz Hansen Series 7 chair in white lacquer. (H)80.5x(W)50x(D)52cm, costs £430. Nest

DURABLE PAINT Simple and stylish. these chrome and bentwood Bistro chairs in white. (H)87x(W)45x(D)52cm. cost £49 per pair. Tesco Direct

White walls make a room look instantly lighter, brighter and more airy but keeping them pristine can be a challenge. Paint them with Dulux's new Ultra White paint, however, and they can be scrubbed spotless. The new paint is 20 times more hardwearing than standard paint, making it great for messy areas such as dining rooms and kitchens. Part of the Added Value range, Ultra White contains Lumitec -light-reflective particles that reflect up to twice as much light back into a room. It costs £24.99 for 2.5litres or £40.99 for five litres.

Beautiful wall tiles CLUTTER-FREE HOME OFFICE If your work space is covered with all sorts of household objects, it's time to take action and give it a fresh new look. With the latest accessories from Ikea, reorganising your space doesn't need to be expensive. First, store any loose paperwork in the Helmer drawer unit's six labelled drawers (above right). In size (H)69x(W)28x(D)43cm, it costs £25 and comes in bright yellow or silver powder-coated steel, plus its castors mean it can be moved easily. Ensure you never lose track of time with the Fnitter wall clock (top), (H)40cm, £12.50, then refresh your desk with Peppe desk legs in painted solid beech (above left), (H)70cm, £12.50 each.

Add colour to a room with designs from Winchester Tiles' gorgeous new tile collection. Be bold by using Chateaux decorative tiles (below left), which feature reactive glazes for a beautifully rich patchwork effect. or keep it neutral

with Pumice field tiles (below right) from the Cosmopolitan range. Chateaux tiles measure (W)13x (L)13cm and are priced from £4.24 per tile, while the new (W)10x (L)20cm Pumice field tiles cost £1.80 per tile or £89.95 per square metre.

ON-TREND BLINDS Add instant character to a room with eye-catching designs from The Fabric Box's latest collection of roller, Roman, roof and vertical blinds, as well as sleek sliding panels. A mix of vibrant colour, stylish ikats, painterly florals and bold geometries, the blinds are also practical, with blackouts, moisture-resistant fabrics and sunscreens available - perfect for keeping a conservatory cool during long, sunny days. Prices start from £39 for a vertical blind, £48 for a roller blind and £81 for a Roman blind, (H)61x(W)61cm. Made-to-measure, all sizes of blind are possible.

Japanese-style decor What started with selling small rolls of rice paper tape for craft projects has turned into Japanese company MT Casa, producing large rolls of colourful adhesive tape to adorn the home. Known as Washi, it comes in all kinds of designs, from plains to dots, stripes and more, and it sticks to paint, paper, wood, steel, glass or ceramics. Priced from £7.50 per roll, from Sisters Guild, it's great for getting creative -liven up an old cupboard, or redecorate a wall with multicoloured strips. If you change your mind, it peels off easily, leaving no residue.

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Enjoy a seaside stroll

as being quay-side, this Life Buoy Print cushion, £12, Next, is super realistic

in the comfort of your home with this embroidered Promenade cushion, £33.99 from Walton & Co

Edited choice cushions If you can’t have your own beach hut,

this sweet Love Shack cushion is the next best thing, £34.95, The Nautical Company

Get comfortable and add a fresh seaside feel with these laid-back coastal-themed designs

The striking hand-printed look of this fishy Marine cushion belies its bargain price of £12, Habitat

Full of seaside charm, this Cream Beach Donkey cushion by quirky illustrator Ashley Thomas costs £25 for Edition at Debenhams

Namecheck some of the southwest’s

Midnight blue combines with white for a touch of Breton chic in this Fisherman Stripe cushion, £50, Gant

prettiest places – this Glorious Cornwall cushion costs £22.95 at Coastal Home

We’ve always known that oily fish is good for

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you but it happens to be super-stylish, too. Mackerel cushion in white and navy, £26, Adventino

Sail away with this bespoke cushion in Seaside fabric, £25 from The Natural Curtain Company

coming next issue salad servers

Simply stylish, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen’s The Anchor Sea cushion cover costs £40 at Amara. Pad sold separately For stockists, see page 133

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News This month’s Design, Technology & Shopping Trends update New kitchen range prime numbers

Beautifully balanced and effortlessly stylish, the 1909 range of kitchens would be an elegant addition to any home. The painted in-frame furniture comes in three design options: the detailed Half Pencil & Scalloped; Quarter Round, a softer profile perfect for smaller rooms; or classic In-frame Shaker. Available in 24 colours, from neutral to bolder shades, you can choose your favourite hue or mix and match; and then create a bespoke look with the numerous handle, hinge and storage options. Shown is the Quarter Round kitchen in period-inspired Parchment White and Morris Blue. 1909 kitchens cost from £18,000.

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While there’s still a gap in the market for a machine that does all our ironing unassisted, technology has revolutionised the world of taps. As well as providing 99°C water, this Quatreau design can also deliver filtered, chilled and sparkling with an option for extra purification. Its sleek stainlesssteel looks and electronic touch screen mean it will be the star of your kitchen. It costs from £2,999.

Stylish sipping

The sunshine may be intermittent but the new Quench range of jugs and glasses from Dartington Crystal ooze the alfresco style you need to add a summery kick to your entertaining. Tumblers are priced at £29 per pair, while jugs cost £39 each.

For your wish list new hue aga

We could just dive right into the fresh colour of Aga’s latest cooker shade, Aqua. Perfect for twinning with both glossy pale cabinetry and pretty painted units, the blue/green tone is available on all Aga models, including the versatile iTotal Control. Prices start from £4,995 for a two-oven Classic design.

suck it up

Keep your kitchen spick and span at all times by investing in a Plinth Vac. Simply keep a broom handy and whisk debris into it. It comes in steel or pick from a RAL colour. From £250.

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Showroom update The best way to appreciate beautiful

bespoke cabinetry is in the flesh, and Chamber Furniture’s new kitchen displays in its Kent showroom are no exception. Choose between a white-and-oak kitchen with a floating island (shown), a dark-wood modern and traditional scheme or the stunning Peacock blue cabinetry. Find the showroom at London Road, Halstead. Kitchens from £40,000.

Maybe it’s the softly curved look of the Coco pendant or the smoothly turned ash timber against a spun aluminium shade but we instantly fell head over heels for this luscious lighting. Plus, while it radiates Scandi style, it actually boasts design credentials from further afield at the Coco Flip Design Studio in Melbourne. Available in two sizes with a white or black shade, the pendant costs from £750 at Holloways of Ludlow.

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lemon fresh

Zest Yellow is the latest colour option from Parapan, the hi-gloss, acrylic material. It comes in 18mm thickness –perfect for doors, drawers and panels – and 4mm for splashbacks. Parapan Zest Yellow costs from £100sq m.

animal magic

We adore these bear and fox drawings by Jimboart at Liberty. Eight-inch bone china plates, £27.95 each; coffee cups, £49.95 for a set of four.

on the surface

There’s a hint of luxe about the new colours of Hi-Macs’ acrylic worktops, from the tactile-sounding Chiffon to the rich grape tones of Carmenere. Ideal paired with a glossy white design, prices start from £300lin m.


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fridge freezers look great but can be energy-guzzlers. Enter Panasonic’s latest designs with ultra-thin insulation, energy-saving sensors and a system that closes off the cooling circuit for the fridge when it’s not needed. Available in Arctic White, NR-B53VW1, and stainless steel, NR-B53V1, the new models cost from £1,300.

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float your boat?

Want heaps of heritage and plenty of character? This beautiful Shipwood bar stool is made from trade boats that once sailed up and down China’s rivers, some dating back to the Qing dynasty. It’s priced at £369 from Fashion for Home.

Luxe looks mini trend

that’s all folk Go for an Arts and Crafts look as the latest pretty patterns and bright hues bring ceramics to life… Folklore cake stand, £27.95, Hunkydory Home; Jonathan Adler bird spoon rest, £38, John Lewis; Pasha side plate, £7.50, Oka

It can be tricky to blend kitchen cabinetry into an open-plan room. Not so with Nightfly, the new range from Lida Cucina. With its furniture feel, the collection is available in 21 glossy lacquered shades, three of which (Latte, Nero and Ebano) can be twinned with mock-croc leather accents, Nightfly costs from £35,000. Shown in Ebano.

Instant atmosphere

The right lighting can transform a kitchen at the flick of a switch. Sensio’s new Continuum Worktop Profile LEDs come in cool white or as a colour-changing option. Part of the Integrated Solutions range, Continuum Worktop Profile starts from £49m in Cool or Warm White.

going underground Having your very own wine cellar just became more affordable with the launch of the Essential Cellar from Spiral Cellars. It’s built into the ground and features concrete storage compartments, but to cut the cost it’s accessed via an aluminium ladder rather than a spiral staircase. With space for up to 1,000 bottles of wine, start collecting now. Prices from £11,615.


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For those with a zest for contemporary design

Vera kettle by Bugatti, £190, Amara


Classic design is given a splash of mouthwatering colour Accents kettle, £49.99, Morphy Richards

Did you know? 32 per cent of women believe a sparkling kitchen is the best indication of a person’s cleanliness, whereas a third of men think a tidy living room says the most*

steel appeal The bold colours of Joseph Joseph’s kitchen kit are unmistakable but if your tastes lean more towards the minimal, its new 100 collection is for you. Professional-style brushed stainless steel lets contemporary design take centre stage in pieces such as the smart Index 100 chopping boards (shown), £75, and Elevate 100 kitchen tools, £65. More items launch in July.


Showroom opening nicholas anthony Planning your kitchen? Take a trip down Wigmore Street and be inspired by the designs at the refurbished Nicholas Anthony showroom. Among the new ranges on display is this glossy-lacquer and black-truffle handleless kitchen and its Rift Oak cabinetry. Kitchens start from £30,000. pious pattern Designs from across the globe are at the heart of Original Style’s Odyssey tile collection, including this Quatrefoil pattern, inspired by the floor of a French Medieval church. Tiles are priced from £9.09 each (30 x 30cm).

win! win! win!

Win one of three Whirlpool MAX Collection microwave ovens, worth £160 each eep your kitchen looking cool this summer and win one of three new Whirlpool MAX microwave ovens in Vivacious Green or Zesty Orange. These good-looking models also steam food for healthy meal options and the curved back fits neatly into a corner, while the spacious interior will accommodate an average-sized dinner plate. Find more details at

We have three ovens to give away. To enter, simply go to competitions, where you will also find the terms and conditions. For stockists, see page 133

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Make a seamless space

Folding-sliding doors mean at the first glimpse of sun you can fling them wide open, instantly making your kitchen and garden spaces work as one. This bespoke open-plan extension has two wide exits to let light flood into the dining area, brightening it up whatever the weather. Specially treated glass has the added benefit of retaining the sun’s heat in winter while minimising it in summer. ■ A similar structure from Apropos would cost around £35,000

Heighten the impression

add period charm

Make the most of tall ceilings by continuing glass upwards to mirror the shape of the roof line. This timber-framed opening contrasts well with the glossy finish of the modern kitchen.

If fully glazed doors seem too contemporary, opt for a combination of painted timber and glass for a more traditional feel. These Georgian-style leaded panes emphasise the Gothic arched double doors, while echoing the classic panelling of the cabinetry and architectural detailing inside.

■ Tripled-glazed, aluminiumclad windows and French doors with a red-wood interior by Skaala, around £2,400. Kitchen by Anglia Factors, £27,000

■ Classic painted kitchen by Martin Moore & Company, from £35,000

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Dine in style

A conveniently positioned island with a breakfast bar works just as well in this kitchen when the bi-fold glass doors are closed as when they’re open. It’s an ideal spot for relaxed alfresco-style dining without having to take everything outside. ■ Aluminium-framed bi-fold doors, from £2,950 including installation, Altex

Come into the fold

Exchanging tiles for a glass roof gives this pale painted kitchen an outdoor feel, especially when twinned with timberframed bi-fold doors. A stone patio is just a step away, acting as an extension of the dining area for summer parties. ■ Woodmans bespoke bi-fold oak doors, £5,820. Harvey Jones Shakerstyle painted kitchen, from £18,000

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Use colour cleverly

A bold hue can be an instant attentiongrabbing frame for your outdoor space, drawing the eye and enhancing even the most modest of gardens. Use your favourite shade for a personal touch – from sunny yellow to warm red or smoky deep blue – or coordinate with your kitchen cabinetry.

■ These five-leaf coloured Easifold doors from Origin cost around £6,300 including installation, and come in 150 RAL colours

How to add glass doors ■ Making a smart addition to your home, glass doors ensure your exterior space is more accessible. Include them as part of an extension or modify your existing property – they’ll increase the daylight entering the room, so it feels instantly more convivial. ■ First consider what style you’d like, making sure it’s

not too dissimilar from your kitchen. There’s a wide range of sleek steel, painted finishes and rusticlooking timbers, plus plenty of wood-look uPVC for easy maintenance. ■ Next, decide where to buy doors from – DIY stores have a good range of off-the-shelf options, or go for bespoke if your

opening is an awkward size or shape. You may be able to choose the type of glass – self-cleaning, energyefficient, solar-controlled or soundproof, for example. ■ It’s wise to dress your doors and windows – blinds, curtains, voiles or shutters will help soften the look and prevent it from turning into a black glass box at night.

Wow with walnut

Love rich, dark woods? Take a lead from your kitchen and frame your openings in the same material. These doors and sash windows perfectly complement the dark-wood furniture and black granite worktops. ■ The Walnut & Silver kitchen, Smallbone

of Devizes, costs from £37,000

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take a long view

Made from slightly tinted solarcontrolled double glazing, this structured glass extension serves to marry the interior and exterior spaces without creating pockets of low light.

Perfect for an open-plan living space, a run of folding-sliding doors can turn your indoor areas into a summer-ready retreat in a flash, without you having to move a piece of furniture outside. These aluminium doors are faceted to slide around the segmented curved opening, and have slim frames to maximise the views when closed.

■ Pureglaze doors from Trombé, from £4,000 each. A similar structure costs from £70,000 including building work

incorporate arches

If you love traditional style, keep the period feel flowing throughout your scheme with the inclusion of a trio of arched wood-and-glass doors leading off from an ornate kitchen design. Open the doors wide and let the sunshine stream in.

■ Bespoke SFK70 doors

by Sunfold Systems, from £1,550 per panel

■ This Victorian kitchen by Charles Yorke is priced from £20,000


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Rethink your walls

Sets of floor-to-ceiling glass doors and walls instantly transform this kitchen-diner into a larger area when merged with the patio. Inside, satin-lacquered white units and stainless steel reflect the modern styling of the extension, bouncing ample natural daylight around the room. ■ Glazed doors as part of extension by Barnaby Gunning Architects,

around £40,000. Neil Lerner kitchens cost from £30,000

Soften the space

Large expanses of glass that look inviting in the daytime can turn into dark featureless boxes at night. So take a style tip from continental homes with louvred shutters inside that can be opened to let the light flood in or adjusted to minimise excess heat.

find the right angles

Think you need a straight run to have glass doors? This smart extension features ones that fold up to the side yet run along an angled opening. The striking kitchen scheme inside is just as inviting, if the weather turns gloomy.

■ Extension designed by Andrew Jones Associates. The Cinqueterre kitchen by Schiffini costs from £25,000 from DesignSpaceLondon

■ Louvred shutters start from

£290sq m or bespoke designs from £320sq m, including installation, Shutterly Fabulous

tight fit

When space is at a premium, adding tall, slim double doors to your existing room will make your garden accessible. For impact, install windows above and to the side, and position your table nearby for alfresco-style dining all year round. ■ Extension by Giles Pike Architects

using Schüco’s Janisol steel double doors from L2i, £23,954 including installation

stockists ■ Altex 01702 602220,

■ Origin

■ Andrew Jones

■ Schüco

Associates 020 8643 0601,

Try natural materials

Timber doors add instant warmth to an extension and work especially well with converted or period properties. This folding design has a separate door with a handle at one end for everyday access. ■ For similar, try Oak Veneer Sliding

Folding Patio Doorset, £2,899, B&Q


Beautiful kitchens ■ Apropos 0800 328 0033, ■ B&Q 0845 609 6688, ■ Barnaby Gunning


020 7372 2424,

■ Giles Pike Architects

020 7924 6257, ■ L2i 01494 451545,

0845 894 8989, 01908 282111,

■ Shutterly Fabulous

0800 012 6615, ■ Skaala

01224 224567,

■ Sunfold SYSTEMS

01953 423423, ■ Trombe

020 7688 6670,

■ Woodmans

020 7723 4040,

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Fill unused space

When room for displaying items is limited, think outside the box. Any spare space can be given over to shelves, even the wall underneath a staircase. Make best use of it with tailored shelving, whether you DIY or choose a bespoke solution.

■ Find a local tradesperson to fit an alcove with shelves at

Coordinate your china

Dressers aren’t just for storage – they’re also great for showing off a collection of ceramics or accessories. Make sure they have grooved levels if you’re displaying plates, and mix and match colours and layer different pieces for a tiered effect. Pretty pastels suit country-style schemes, while bold shades add an eye-catching element to more modern kitchens.

add A touch of frost

Kitchen nooks and crannies can become dust traps, so conceal your favourite items within a glass-fronted unit. It has the impact of an open display without the chore of frequent cleaning.

■ Chichester 5ft Open Rack Dresser hand-

painted in Honed Slate, Neptune, from £1,995. Pottery by Susie Watson Designs, from £16 for a straight mug

■ This comprises six separate shelving units with glass doors and plinths, and costs £3,745 in total from Montana

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Paint a panel

No matter what style of kitchen you have, shelving can make it feel lighter and more open. A light blue overlay in this timber kitchen doubles up as a display area and provides a home for plug sockets without damaging the walls.

■ Panel painted in Cool Mint from the Chiselwood Paint Collection. Bespoke kitchens start from £35,000

Round things off

Sleek, modern cabinetry doesn’t have to be stark. This contoured Airsteam trailer-inspired unit boasts curves and vintage charm to add character to your kitchen, right down to classic rivets and aluminium and oak construction. ■ This open wall cupboard costs £2,360

and can be purchased separately or as part of an Air kitchen from deVOL, which starts from £25,000

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Get a furniture feel

Integrate the kitchen with the rest of the room in an open-plan scheme. Display areas are a simple way to do this, giving a relaxed living feel. Here, illuminated box shelves link a cooking area to the dining/seating space.

■ This lacquered Largo FG kitchen from Leicht costs from £15,000

install a shutter

Keep everything at hand, then hide it away when it’s not needed. In this kitchen, glass shelving houses crockery and ingredients, plus the cooker hood and power sockets. Draw down the doors and the whole lot vanishes. ■ Valcucine’s Logica system costs

from £9,840m at Forza

Clock up design points

Thematic displays – where you gather several of the same item but in different styles – make a big impact with minimal effort. Choose something that you love, from antique china to retro signs and mount on the wall or arrange on a shelf or dresser.

■ For a wide selection of wall

clocks, try Roger Lascelles

Creating a todie-for display ■ Pick a theme that matches the style

of your kitchen. For example, if your scheme has an industrial feel, make sure the items on display echo it. ■ Resist the temptation to overfill shelves – it looks fussy and prevents pieces from being properly viewed. Place bigger items in the centre, then group similar things together. ■ Ensure items tone with the main colour in your room. However, they don’t have to be the same shade. ■ Use mirrors and lights for an eyecatching display. Place mirrors behind or under shelving to reflect pieces and install lights on a separate circuit so they can be used to set a mood. 60

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Highlight with a bright hue

All-timber kitchens look great with some colour. Pick an accent shade and use it in a variety of different ways to create impact. Here, the wall paint has been continued down to the ledge to give the items displayed the appearance of floating, while coordinating and contrasting accessories stand out and recess.

■ Furniture from the Sonoma Light range, Marks & Spencer. From £199 for a wall unit with frosted glass

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dada cool

Designers love to play around with different materials, as Dada’s new Hi-Line 6 modular kitchen ably demonstrates with doors made from an aluminium composite usually reserved for building cladding. Beyond its acid- and shock-resistant cupboards, however, lies a wealth of design genius. Higher worktops make it easier for tall cooks to prepare food, while a sleek suspended overhead shelf is a modern take on a batterie de cuisine and ideal for storing oils, spices and culinary equipment. Kitchen prices start from £35,000.

t it See it, wan eco opportunities Want wood flooring with environmental credentials? Try Ecora’s collection, now with Italian Oak. Ecora sources timber products with a focus on sustainability and its new range has a low-sheen lacquer for a natural appearance. Prices for the Italian Collection start from £82.62sq m.

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We’re huge fans of both Cath Kidston and cakes, so it’s no surprise that its new baking range has found a place in our hearts. The vintage-inspired Daisy Rose Check collection includes this earthenware mixing bowl, £22 – perfect for adding some instant ‘domestic goddess’ appeal to your kitchen.

timeless style

a lot of front

Turn the sink area into an elegant focal point with the new Waterside 800 curved fireclay model from Shaws of Darwen. A modern take on a classic Belfast, it’s also deeper than the original 600mm design, so it can cope with the largest of pots and pans. The handmade single-bowl sink comes in Biscuit or White and costs £525. It measures 760 x 530 x 255mm.

For a seating design that won’t date, look no further than John Lewis of Hungerford’s new Croft chair range. Available in a variety of timbers and colours, they cost from £150 each.

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be a shade softer

Ripple effect

A recent poll* showed that 70 per cent of us have magnolia in our homes, but with so many gorgeous neutrals available, surely it’s time to branch out? Graham & Brown’s new paint collection is full of heritage-inspired shades from the elegant Haygarth (left) and Taylor’s Grey (top) to the soothing Cambridge Cream (right). The paints cost £30 for 2.5 litres.

Curved cabinetry isn’t short on wow factor but fitting it into a small space can be a struggle. Enter Metris’s latest range Ripple Curve – designed to add gorgeous waves into even the most compact room. Ideal for galley or L-shaped layouts, they can be used on a continuous run or mixed with other units. Kitchens from £20,000.

go with the grain


Whether it’s warm oak or modern timber you love, Caple has something for you this season. It’s launching two new ranges: the Glenwood design with painted and natural oak-grain Shaker-style cabinetry, from £8,000, and the pale Fargo Linen (shown). Deliciously neutral with a nod to Scandi style and subtle stainless-steel-effect handles, it costs from £6,300.

Recessed extractors, built into the ceiling above the hob, are perfect for an understated look or smaller kitchens. Pando’s E-250 design disappears almost completely into the ceiling and can be pre-finished so you can paint it in any colour. It costs from £1,799, The Lightworks.

Pure and simple A filter tap is fast becoming a kitchen essential and the new selection from Brita combines an easy way to have hot, cold and filtered water on demand with a choice of stunning new styles. Choose from the simple L-shape of Dolce (shown), neat U-shaped Marena, no-fuss Sano and the classic swan-necked Talori. The taps start from £169 and come in chrome.

Continental breakfast

For your wish list Retro stand mixer

Perhaps it’s the smoothly rounded lines or the luxe lure of muted metallics, but we just can’t get enough of DeLonghi’s new Scultura four-slice toasters and kettles. Designed with a nod to Italy’s Futurism art movement, the appliances are available exclusively from John Lewis, and cost £99 each.

Something to reflect upon

MU stainless-steel cutlery, £243 for a six-piece setting, Toyo Ito for Alessi


traditional Originally created for the Titanic Panel Reed silver-plated cutlery, £298 for a seven-piece setting, Arthur Price

spring cleaning The latest dishwashers use less water than two washingup bowls, so isn’t it time you ditched the gloves? Caple’s freestanding DF630 14-place setting model, from £478, is a great all-rounder – rated A++ for energy, it uses just 11 litres of water on the economy wash.


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One of our favourite appliances of all time, the 1970s Kenwood Chef, has been given a fab facelift. Alongside the KM350 Chef Classic’s good looks, you’ll also find a 4.6-litre bowl, 1.5-litre blender, three attachments and a 800W motor. It costs £285.

Showroom opening devol Located in a former water mill,

deVol’s new three-floor showroom is almost worth visiting for the setting alone. The grade II-listed 18th-century Cotes Mill is now home to all of the company’s designs, from its classic English kitchen to the curvy new Air range. Find it on Nottingham Road, Cotes, near Loughborough LE12 5TL. A Classic English kitchen starts from £15,000.

tile style

Want to add an eclectic look to your walls or floor? Mandarin Stone has launched these patterned Palladio porcelain tiles. Available in blue, grey, black or brown mix, the tiles are sold in sets of a variety of different designs so you can mix and match. Palladio tiles cost from £99.75sq m.

competition win! win! win! A BRITA water filter dispenser package, worth £684 hether you’re making a cup of tea, enjoying a glass of water or preparing dinner, a BRITA filter dispenser ensures fresh-tasting water. The advanced filter cartridge reduces chlorine and impurities, and eliminates limescale build up. It’s the perfect addition to a kitchen and can be retro-fitted in an existing scheme. Find more details at

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Go faux

bring your own bottle

Make sure you’re ready for summer with these retro Sustain Wilko Milk Bottles, £2.50 each, Wilkinsons. Fill with juice or water for easy alfresco dining, picnics and more…

Tactile timber is taking over the kitchen and the new barrel oak-effect door of In-toto’s Alva design is no exception. Made from low-maintenance textured laminate, it offers the beauty of wood with a minimum of fuss. Coloured shelf inserts add a bold hit, while matching worktops and plinths create a chic coordinating look. Kitchen prices start from £10,000.

Future super smart sink cool It might have a simple name, but the Elleci Washer 120 sink is a seriously hi-tech piece of kit. Made from a glass and resin composite, it features a host of impressive innovations, from an ultra-sonic LED tap and integral bin to electronic draining and a device to dispose of used cooking oil. As smart below as it is above, the unit beneath the sink boasts 180 litres of functional space that can be customised to suit. Made to order, it costs from £3,999.



top that If you love the look of composite but need a surface that’s more budget-friendly, Nolte’s new textured ceramic-effect surface, S87, could be just the ticket. Made from HPL (high-pressure laminate) for a realistic stone look, the surface costs from £100lin m for a 40mm depth and is only available when you buy a Nolte kitchen.


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Want to boost your DIY skills? B&Q has created 15 You Can Do It centres around the UK and Ireland, which host 20 different workshops. Expert instructors will take you through tasks from tiling to mending a leaky tap, with courses ranging from two to four hours and priced from £10.

Active Oxygen, the latest innovation from Hotpoint, uses tri-oxygen molecules to inhibit and slow bacteria growth in its fridge freezers. The benefit for us? Food can be preserved for longer – up to nine days more, according to Hotpoint. Active Oxygen frost-free fridge freezers are A++ rated and cost from £450 at Currys.



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Marvel at marble

Subtly elegant and with a certain crispness that makes it ideal for period properties and traditional kitchens – no wonder marble is still so popular. It’s often seen in polished form, but an aged finish gives a natural, timeless feel. Make sure it’s properly sealed and grouted and it will be low maintenance, too. ■ Crema Beige tumbled marble, Floors of Stone, from £42sq m. Kitchen by deVOL

Update a classic

Monochrome floors look smart and are practical but can be overwhelming in a large room. Consider this new twist on a chequerboard floor and use it to highlight key areas of your kitchen. Here, it sweeps around a curved cupboard, echoing and emphasising its shape, while being reflected by mirrored plinths.

Stunning ways with flooring

■ This polished-stone floor is a bespoke design by Chiselwood. Prices for a kitchen start from £35,000

Don’t overlook what’s underfoot – a well-planned floor can add plenty of wow to your kitchen design

Go for grey

Limestone’s popularity endures thanks to its muted good looks and distinct veining. For added appeal, this midgrey tile has been hand-distressed for an antique-style patina. It’s a porous organic stone, though, so select a hard grade and remember to seal it.

Play with pattern

tiles, from the Flagstones collection by Indigenous, in various sizes, from £70.80sq m


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Using two types of flooring is an easy way to delineate different areas. Here, naturally antibacterial and eco-friendly Marmoleum has been used in the working part of the room, while the original floorboards have been painted black in the dining area. ■ Marmoleum costs from £28sq m. Kitchen by Landmark

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■ Imperial tumbled-stone floor

■ Pierre de Sauge limestone by Paris Ceramics costs £198sq m

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Large areas are perfect for laying tiles in an interesting format and will help break up a space. Instead of brickwork or diamond configurations, try an opus pattern comprising a variety of sizes and mix different shades of stone to enhance the effect.

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Be bold with borders

Your can draw attention to different parts of your kitchen design, such as an island or dresser, by using borders, strips or repeated motifs within your flooring. These vinyl tiles include a decorative grout strip that frames the workstation and echoes the colour palette of the room.

■ CK25 Noir Ceramic, from the Da Vinci range by Karndean, costs from £41sq m

adding a feature floor ■ Not sure what colour or material to choose for the floor? Think of it as another ‘wall’ when you plan your colour scheme and it’ll instantly be easier to envisage what will work and what won’t.

■ Plan your floor at the beginning of a project – this is when you need to make decisions about underfloor heating and power and water supplies, so it makes sense to choose a material, pattern and colour at the same time.

■ Don’t overlook vinyl and laminate as options. Not only are they often more budget-friendly, the range of patterns and textures gives you more freedom to incorporate interesting looks into your design.

Tap a rich vein

Natural stone is full of unique features, from intricate markings to real fossils. Make the most of these appealing elements by laying large flags in random lengths and subtle shades in a slightly irregular brickwork pattern. A gentle antiquing process of flaming, tumbling and brushing will create an additional aged patina. ■ 20mm Montpellier limestone by Lapicida costs £120sq m

Take it black

Used wisely in a large space, a very dark floor will add edge and help ‘ground’ a scheme. This is made from engineered wood, which is great in the kitchen as it’s resistant to shifting and swelling.

■ Herringbone Black lacquered engineered wood flooring, £84.99sq m, Topps Tiles

Combine different styles

Give an angular modern kitchen a softer finish with a stone floor that looks as if it’s been there for years. This sandcoloured antiqued stone has been handworked over the face and edge of the slab for a weathered, muted appearance. ■ Cathedral limestone from

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Bring some Moroccan magic

When it comes to design, the sky’s the limit with mosaic tiles and they can be used to create a variety of patterns and eye-catching details. This marble mosaic injects an exotic flavour to a contemporary kitchen by combining pale stone with a Middle Eastern motif. ■ Classic Marble mosaic

by SICIS costs around £422.03 per 30 x 30cm  sheet from Surface Tiles

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Reveal hidden depths

Timber brings warmth and character to modern kitchens with knots and rings that tell its history. These wide boards have been sawn from the centre of 150-yearold oak trees to showcase the grain, with cracks knitted together by butterfly joints.

■ These HeartOak planks cost from around £315sq m by Dinesen

Try a different stripe

Fit a floor that demands your attention without being pushy to match neutral units. This multi-toned, short-staved zebrano-patterned laminate has an eye-catching effect in warm shades. ■ Zebrano Glueless laminate flooring costs £45.77 for a pack of eight planks that cover 2.13sq m, Homebase

Use random widths

The great thing about stone-lookalike materials, such as vinyl, is that you can play around with sizes without worrying too much about how you’ll go about cutting it. This pale-grey flooring even has a ceramic-style finish.

■ Jura Beige is part of Amtico’s new Signature Collection and costs £70sq m

Outline your design

Get creative with grout: match it to the shade of the tiles for a continuous effect or pick a contrasting colour to really make it stand out. In this simple scheme, smoky-black slate is surrounded by pale grout. ■ Hand-finished Moleskin

Slate, Artisans of Devizes, priced from £58.80sq m


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Bright cabinets may be too brave a choice for many, so SieMatic’s new interchangeable colour system for the S3 kitchen is a stroke of genius. The grip slot channel, which runs horizontally through the base cabinets and vertically through tall cabinets comes in seven shades – Aqua Blue, Olive Green, Maize Yellow, Poppy Red, Lotus White Matt, Stainless Steel and Graphite Grey. All you have to do when you fancy a change is replace the grip slot channel with a different shade. Brilliant! The S3 kitchen with grip slot concept starts from £18,000.

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Whether you’re on a diet or just want to pack in more fruit and veg, a good juicer is a kitchen essential. Magimix now has three models: the slender Le Duo XL which has two cones for large and small fruit so can extract even more juice; Le Duo Plus XL which comes with a smoothie attachment; and Le Duo XL Salad & Juice which can also slice and grate vegetables, surely earning it a spot on your worktop. It costs from £149.99.

Cool touch Silestone had already won us over with its antibacterial composite worktops. However, its new ultra-matt suede-finish Rivers series is the cherry on top. It gives the surface a wonderful tactile quality, brings out a more intense colour, and is better at preventing stains and fingermarks. Shown here in Yukon, it costs from £400 per sq m.

t it See it, wan Mad for mosaics Take one exuberant designer, add some luscious Italian glass and a splash of retro-floral style and the result must be the latest Bloem mosaic feature wall, designed by Marcel Wanders for Bisazza. Handmade by painstakingly placing 10 x 10mm glass tiles one by one in a pattern, the mosaics come in Marrone, Blue (both shown), and Rosso. Available from Bisazza’s London store, price on application.

a fine romance

Modern linear designs look great but sometimes we all crave a softer style to our furniture design. The latest Santa Fe collection from London Comprex aims to do just that, combining slim 19mm oak-veneered doors with practical but pretty shelving, and a timeless colour palette. Shown in Rovere Gesso, a subtle chalky shade, kitchens cost from £20,000 including appliances.

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Slim pickings At first glance, there’s nothing unusual ROOM WITH A VIEW

Window treatments are great for framing a room and adding colour. The new Essence metal Venetian blinds from come in a whopping 60 colours, including Sunflower yellow. From £15.95 for a 40 x 40cm blind.

about this white kitchen. However, Slim, the new range by Elmar, conceals a couple of clever secrets. The first is the Easy Table – a pull-out surface concealed within the peninsula. Then there’s the super-slim worktops – concealed behind a flat-fronted fascia to create a minimal look. Kitchens cost from £20,000 at Laurence Pidgeon.

See the light

If you love the industrial feel of the exposed lightbulb trend but want a little more luxe with it, look no further than Heathfield & Co’s gorgeous glass pendants. The simple lines of Julipe, shown, are sure to make it the star of any modern kitchen, plus it comes in three sophisticated colours – Amber (shown), Amethyst and Olive. It costs £149.

Hot button

Boiling-water taps are at the top of many kitchen wishlists and we love the chunky chrome styling of Aquatap by Heatrae Sadia. Available in instant boiling, boiling/chilled and boiling/ ambient. With its large tank, it can dispense up to 30 cups of boiling water in one go. It costs between £1,000 and £2,100 depending on the model.

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The latest spring-inspired wallpapers…

Sunflower, £15

per roll, Next


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Zinnia in Cassis, £22

per roll, John Lewis

Flora from the Linnea range, £68 per roll, Sandberg

Looking to invest in a large fridge freezer with all mod-cons? Sub-Zero’s French-door model should fit the bill. Its features help preserve food perfectly and spill-proof shelves minimise mess. The ICBBI 36UFD costs £12,600.

WoodLAND, £48 per

roll, Clarke & Clarke

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If you’re looking to upcycle some furniture that’s a little past its best, or just want to learn some new paint techniques, this is the book for you. Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More by Annie Sloan (£14.99, Cico Books) features 40 step-by-step projects – from painting floors and walls to furniture and even a vintage chandelier. Whatever project you’re planning in your kitchen, you’ll find plenty of creative inspiration.

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Wise owls Add some instant woodland chic to your home – what a hoot! Owl wildlife plate with design by Tom Frost (left), £20 for a set of four including three other designs, Hunkydoryhome. Glass Owl vase, £10, Matalan. Sass & Belle wooden owl coasters, £15, Debenhams

A study in scarlet

Love to make an impact but scared a bold colour choice will quickly date? Why not combine two of the latest doors from Rotpunkt? Its Berry hi-gloss lacquer MDF from the Luxio range is beautifully balanced by Brown Wild Oak matt laminate from the Square collection and it won’t blow the budget either – this kitchen costs around £7,500.



Flat-screen fabulous

TVs can be flush-fitted on the wall, but what about ovens? Gaggenau’s latest collection of ovens, coffee machines, microwaves and warming drawers from the 200 series completely recess into the cabinetry. They also come in three stunning new shades: Anthracite, Metallic or Silver. For old-school Gaggenau fans, the 400 series retains the familiar protrusion, but with a hidden side handle and automatic door opening. Available from a number of independent kitchen retailers, price on application.


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A Touch of Glass Smooth, sleek worktops are perfect for modern kitchens, so if you love the look of glass but are worried about damaging it, you may want to consider the new 10mm frosted-glass worktops from John Lewis. They are particularly hard-wearing and come in 57 colour options, including Cotton, shown above, so you’re sure to find one to suit your kitchen scheme. They start at £384m for a D600mm worktop.

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We think this glass-and-elm table is an instant classic

Spyder glass-topped dining table, £2,600, Paul Case Furniture


Go for some rough-luxe with this wild-grained oak table Drift dining table, from £2,295 for a 2.2m table, Halo

Pale and interesting

If you love the white look, why not eschew a black induction hob for a snowy alternative? Amica’s new minimal model is more than just a colour choice – featuring four zones controlled by a slider sensor panel, an anti-burn setting, as well as a child lock, minute minder and pause. It costs £299.

Stylish storage While it’s rare for us to leave enough cake to warrant somewhere to store it, these Pomegranate & Red Berry tins from Holly Lasseter Designs are worth having the willpower for. Based on her pottery in the same range, the small, medium and large tins come as a set, £32, or individually from £9. There’s also a biscuit barrel, £14, and rectangular tin, £7.


Showroom opening Tom Howley Hot on the heels of its new premises in Brentwood, Essex, comes another place to view the classic kitchen designs of Tom Howley. The Neville Johnson London showroom also displays Tom Howley’s beautiful painted Hartford kitchen, shown above. At 3 Wigmore Street, W1U 1AD.

Did you know? We spend 752 hours a year in the kitchen – that’s 5.2 years over a lifetime!*

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ashing up will never be the same again with the sleek Sirex electric kitchen sink. The award-winning model empties at a staggering 60 litres per minute at a push of a button, and has no visible overflow. With a steel heat rest for hot pans, the chic Italian design will make a statement in any kitchen. For details, follow ElleciUK on Twitter or visit

We have one Elleci Sirex kitchen sink to give away. To enter, simply visit, where you’ll find the terms and conditions

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*Source: one poll/magnet

A hi-tech, composite Elleci Sirex electric kitchen sink worth £899

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Repurpose a cupboard

If you’ve no room to extend your kitchen, using an existing space can sometimes prove the easiest way to create a functional walk-in pantry. Simply fit with sturdy shelves, baskets and drawers as necessary, and don’t forget a step-stool to reach the highest places.

Keep it sleek

Recessing a larder into a wall not only preserves the clean lines of a room, it’s also an incredibly practical use of space. When the doors are closed, this Shakerstyle larder blends into the living area seamlessly, while frosted glass panels echo an adjacent entrance for a cohesive look.

■ Find a local tradesperson to fit out a cupboard with shelves at

■ Harvey Jones kitchens

start from £17,000

Be drawn by drawers

See all your dry goods at a glance with a range of shallow-fronted Blum pull-out drawers, hidden behind a door to maintain the neat look of the cabinetry. Higher sides ensure cans and boxes don’t fall out when the drawers are opened and closed. ■ For similar cabinetry, try Kiffa in Sand by Mobalpa. Kitchens cost from around £9,000. Blum offers a range of internal drawer solutions; contact your local kitchen retailer

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A well-organised food store is at the top of many kitchen wish lists. Create an elegant cupboard for your scheme with the help of these stylish solutions

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Box clever

The ultimate solution for keeping things neat and tidy, a compartmentalised pantry means you can store everyday essentials, such as herbs, spices, pasta and oil, in an accessible and organised fashion. Introduce baskets and a couple of wine racks for extra functionality.

■ An average John Lewis kitchen starts from £10,000, cabinetry only

Bring it to the fore

Forget scrabbling at the back of cupboards, this pull-out tandem larder moves its contents to the front as you open it. Choose anti-slip shelves to keep jars and packets firmly in place. ■ Available in full or mid height, this

larder has a load capacity of 70kg. It costs from around £750 at Metris

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Make it multifunctional

If there’s no room for racks on the inside of the larder, you can put the doors to good use by turning the interior into a chalkboard as seen in this bespoke butler’s pantry. ■ Part of a Chatsworth kitchen in Oak

Heritage Patina. Prentice Furniture designs start from around £20,000

Think laterally

Doors that open outwards and sideways are practical in a compact space and make accessing the contents a cinch. This larder also features a variety of sliding shelves and spice racks as well as grain hoppers.

■ Lateral Larder from Edwin Loxley, priced from around £10,000

Get in a spin

Carousel units have long been handy in base units but the concept can also work in a larder. This bespoke oak solution has two tall shelving units in the body of the cupboard that rotate through 180 degrees to reveal extra shelving behind.

■ Kitchens from the Newcastle Furniture Company start at £15,000

Personalise your pantry

Bespoke furniture means you can choose almost any combination of drawers and shelves. Here, sturdy door racks accommodate bottles and jars, while drawers and baskets provide space for fruit and vegetables or even table linen. ■ Kitchens by Tom Howley cost

from around £35,000

creating the perfect larder ■ Think about what you plan

Choose statement curves

A dramatic concave larder unit utilises an awkward corner here. Mirrors and lights inside make the interior feel larger, while a central section holds essential ingredients in handy tiered shelving. Below, walnut-fronted bread drawers match the interior of the cupboard. ■ Vermont larder by Underwood. Kitchens cost from £30,000

to store in your larder. Will it for dried and tinned goods or do you intend it to make it a home for cheese, wine and bread, or fruit and veg? By assessing what you’ll store,

you’ll know how many drawers and shelves your larder has to include and in what combination. ■ It may sound like a no-brainer, but do site your larder near to where you prepare food and to your fridge freezer. In a small

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kitchen, this may pose some design challenges but it’s worth getting it in the right place to avoid walking unnecessary distances around the room later. ■ If you’re considering

having underfloor heating make sure it doesn’t run beneath your larder unit, particularly if you are planning to keep perishable foodstuffs such as bread, cheese and vegetables in there.

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Go beyond classic cabinetry

Traditional tall furniture doesn’t need to contain conventional cabinet space. For all its cornicing and elegant panels, this cupboard conceals a variety of smart storage, from shelving to pullout drawers and a clever slide-out shelf for a small appliance, such as a microwave, with a recessing door.

■ This Chalon Original Freestanding kitchen costs from £30,000

Sidestep convention

Simple and unfussy, wire-work shelves help keep the interior of a larder bright, while side-opening lateral doors prevent natural light from being obscured. This contemporary unit is also finished in white inside and out to bounce light around the room. ■ Magnet’s Lateral Opening Larder costs £662 for the Neve kitchen range

Try a freestanding unit

As the focal point in a freestanding scheme or to supplement existing kitchen storage, a glass-fronted cupboard is ideal. A smart drawer below can swallow clutter in an instant, leaving shelves beautifully organised.

■ Shaker Glazed Upright cupboard with drawer by deVol, from £1,720

Select slide-out storage Add a whole in one

Centralise all your food storage and more with a multipurpose piece of furniture. This larder includes room for wine, butler’s trays, cutlery, crockery, bread and books, with painted willow baskets for odds and ends. It’s then all hidden behind hi-gloss doors. ■ The freestanding Mondrian Larder is part

of the Smallbone Kelly Hoppen collection. Kitchen prices start from £30,000


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The pull-out larder has become a mainstay in modern kitchens, enabling the entire contents to be viewed at a glance, with internal racks to keep things in place. It could also be supplemented with a comparable solution in a nearby base unit. ■ Kitchen design by Naomi van Moppes,

built by Sweetmans Interiors. A similar kitchen, cabinetry only, costs £17,000 For stockists, see page 127

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News This month’s Design, Technology & Shopping Trends Showroom opening bulthaup Just three weeks after opening a showroom in Exeter, kitchen specialist bulthaup has opened its 13th premises in the beautiful city of Bath. Set across two floors, its inspiring ranges include its popular b1, b2 and b3 kitchens. Find it on London Road, BA1 6AJ.

Designer looks, high-street prices If you love attention to detail, you may want to invest in the new range of small appliances by Sebastian Conran for John Lewis. Combining elegant designs that are easy to use at an affordable price, these stylish appliances are attractive enough to display proudly on your worktop. From hand mixers to toasters, each appliance mixes traditional form with a modern edge. This kettle costs £69.95.

Did you know? A recent survey* found 76 per cent of us find reds and browns the warmest colours – so instead of turning up the thermostat, reach for a paintbrush.

compiled by Laurie Davidson & Rachel Ogden *Source: E.ON energy/OnePoll


visual feast

De Ferranti has us drooling over these Artistic Tiles designs, hand-crafted out of glass tesserae. The tiles, from the Jazz Glass range, are sure to spice up your scheme, with patterns from irregular geometric pieces to squares, waves and ‘sticks’. Choose from colours that include Fats Dark Brown and Red Hot Mamma, from £324sq m.

ant it w , t i e Se Going green There’s no way you could accuse Le Creuset’s latest colour option of being shy. Fennel, a bold shade of green, is just right for introducing a fresh look to your kitchen. The range is available exclusively at John Lewis and prices start from £15 for a petite casserole dish.

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Want a shiny modern kitchen but gloss not doing it for you? Then try glass. This Frinton design by Quantum is available in nine standard colours but it can also be made in any RAL colour you desire. Kitchens start from £8,000.

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Use your Loaf

We’re already firm fans of online homeware brand Loaf and are pleased to announce that this year its range is getting even bigger. From next month you can expect to see more than 150 new pieces, from chairs to rugs. One of our favourites is this Zinc kitchen table, made from sustainable mango wood with a metal top and priced from £475. It’s shown here with a Geronimo powder-coated metal chair, £145, and Café au Lait chair in white, £115.



This contemporary tableware owes its appeal to sleek lines.

12-piece porcelain square Moda dinner set, £34, Asda


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round Simple style in classic form helps this Scandi-inspired pattern take centre stage. Nordic dinner plate, £8, Betty Jackson Black at Debenhams

A change of season is a great time for a refresh and a quick lick of paint is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your kitchen. The new Spring Summer range of Claypaint from Earthborn features soft, easy-tolive-with shades. In a toxin and odour-free formulation, they also have a quick drying time and a chalky matt finish. Choose from (from left) Lucy’s Scarf, Humpty Dumpty and Ballet Shoe, all from £29.90 for 2.5 litres.

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Country cool Add extra charm to your kitchen with the beautiful pieces from ceramicist Hannah Turner. We can’t choose a favourite between the two new collections, Birdlife, which features a quirky owl design, and Hedgerow, a sweet graphic floral. This gorgeous jug is priced at £25.99.

mellow shades

If you’re trading up to an induction hob, a new set of pans might be in order. Treat yourself to Fagor’s über-robust stainless-steel cookware, which is suitable for the oven and dishwasher. The pans also boast ‘impact technology’ – which means they can withstand the most heavy-handed cook. A nine-piece set costs £289.

Precious metals

Satisfy your inner magpie with Roundhouse’s new Silver and Bronze finishes for its Urbo and Metro kitchens. The doors are coated in powdered metal for stunning depth. Kitchens cost from £30,000

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Faking it For a less-pricey, easier-tohandle alternative to stone tiles, try the HD Origin collection from British Ceramic Tile. Available in travertine- or marble-effect for walls and floors, they’re hard-wearing and quicker to install than stone. Plus, they require no special maintenance or sealing. Shown here are the Parallel tiles. Prices start at £22sq m.

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For your wish list

As if the southeast wasn’t spoilt enough with kitchen showrooms, London Comprex has just opened its third, this time situated just off London’s Wigmore Street. It’s packed with inspiration, from the limited edition Filo, shown, complete with working appliances, to the Segno, Linea and Forma displays. Find it at 68 Welbeck Street, W1G 0AY.

TopBrewer by Scanomat

Won the lottery and fancy having your very own barista? Then the TopBrewer is an essential buy for you. Not only can it dispense a range of coffees but it also produces hot and chilled water, hot chocolate, cold milk and juices. The only thing on display is a sleek tap as it’s controlled by your iPad or iPhone. Prices start at £5,995.

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In the navy Is your pale kitchen in need of a deep-blue touch? Try a splash of navy... Shown here, from left to right, are: Magimix 5200XL Premium BlenderMix food processor in Night Blue, £369.95, John Lewis; Marine bowl, £20, and jug, £50, Habitat; Frisco oven glove, £16.96, New House Textiles

The new cool

Introducing the TRIO.BL from Baumatic, a pantry, mini bar and fridge freezer in one. Alongside sleek looks, this American-style appliance features a third drawer that can be temperature controlled for different foods. Not only that, but Baumi-RegenerLite technology means it can store delicate fresh foods for longer. It’s priced £700.

Best of luxe Taking bespoke kitchens to a whole new level, Rock & Bone has just launched its signature collection of furniture, ranging from the Ammonite kitchen island, shown, to a curved Lateral cupboard. As each piece is made to order, they’re not cheap, but for a beautiful buy that’s sure to become an heirloom, look no further. Prices on application.

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Think vertically

Narrow ventilation slots in cupboard doors not only allow air to circulate, they also serve as a decorative design device, giving the scheme a coastal feel. They’re ideal for larders and any other food storage, particularly fresh fruit and vegetables.

■ Southwold cabinetry by Plain English. Kitchens start from £40,000

Give it an added edge

Dentil cornicing, the use of repeating blocks as an ornament in architecture, is evocative of grand Georgian style. This scheme includes the decorative feature at the top of mantels and wall cabinets to create an elegant, 18th-century feel. ■ Pilaster cabinetry by Smallbone of

Spice up storage

Devizes. Kitchens start from £37,000

Open shelving is turned into an eye-catching feature with the addition of beautiful relief lettering. Display vintage bottles and crockery to enhance the furniture’s charm.

How to use carved accents If you’re looking to add a unique twist to your kitchen design, the devil’s in the detail – choose delicately sculpted cornicing or inscribed words and phrases to make an instant impact


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■ Try antique shops or reclamation yards for a similar shelving unit. Find your nearest reclamation yard at Salvo or via suppliers such as Masco Architectural Salvage

for the little things

Turn space beneath an island into useful storage with miniature drawers. These pippy oak pull-outs have chunky black walnut knobs and the names of their contents carved into the beautifully grained wood.

■ Kitchens from Matthew Marsden Furniture cost from £12,000

Make it top notch

Handleless furniture keeps a kitchen sleek and unfussy. Instead of hidden fingerpulls at the tops of drawers and cupboards, opt for keyhole-shaped notches to enhance a scheme. Not only are they attractive but they make these oak spice drawers easy to access.

■ Hand-painted cabinetry by Podesta.

From £30,000 for a kitchen

Mix different styles

A painted kitchen can be a blank canvas on which to add clever bespoke details, such as an overmantel with corbels or a sectioned oak chopping block with wording to prevent cross contamination of foods.

■ The starting price for this Evitavonni kitchen is £120,000

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Add magic with marquetry

creating carved details ■ Wherever there’s wood, you can introduce an element of carving – simple cornicing and pilasters look stunning with a little bit of detail on them, giving your kitchen the wow factor. ■ If you’re feeling braver, pick a decorative motif to feature around the room – it could be as simple as a small symbol, a floral detail or even a series of notches. ■ Carved words are an easy way of labelling

drawers or cupboards and the possibilities are almost endless. Choose from factual storage (bread, tea, coffee, spices), names (Jack’s toys, Amelia’s sweets, etc) or something more general – odds and ends, for instance. ■ Names or personal details allow you to put your stamp on the kitchen – but you may want to exercise caution if you plan to sell your house in the next few years.

Mix and match materials to allow elegantly carved details to stand out. Here, cream-painted cabinetry and natural toned flooring offset rich timber cornicing and decorative inlaid veneers. ■ Bespoke oak with burr-oak inlays teamed with hand-painted furniture from the Edwardian collection by Clive Christian, all price on request

refine a recycling hub

Splitting household waste in a kitchen doesn’t have to be a chore. Eschew plastic bins for more capacious solid-oak drawers with hand-carved lettering that will fit in perfectly with a bespoke classic scheme.

■ Cabinetry from Bryan Turner Kitchen Furniture starts at around £30,000

spell it out

Make a carved inscription stand out by using a contrasting material behind the words, as shown on this neat bar area. The painted maple wood shines through the walnut, stencil-like motto.

Design beyond the curve

Carved shapes are ideal for creating impact but they can also be used to introduce subtle elegance anywhere in a design. This sloped breakfast-table support offsets the creampainted furniture and adds a shot of style to the island.

■ Bespoke kitchens from Mark David start at £25,000

■ Edwin Loxley kitchens cost from £20,000, furniture only

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Embrace waves

Flowing shapes don’t have to result in curved cabinetry. Instead, incorporate them as striking patterns. This maple kitchen boasts layered ripple-fronted plinths, as well as curved handles that echo the ‘River Table’ at the end of a peninsula.

■ Metro kitchen by Mark Wilkinson Furniture. Cabinetry starts at £35,000

Florals look fantastic

Pillars don’t have to be plain, so bring them to life with subtle carving and motifs. This bespoke American Black walnut furniture features a delicate stem-and-petal device on the columns.

■ For similar cabinetry, try Finewood Interiors. A small kitchen starts at £12,000

Include everyone

Don’t overlook the family pet when it comes to designing your kitchen. This dog-feeding station features a hand-carved name to add a highly personal touch to a bespoke island unit.

try period style

If you love traditional looks, introduce Victorian influences throughout your design, such as turned pilasters, detailed cornicing and flowing corbels.

■ Charles Yorke kitchens start at £20,000


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■ Cotteswood kitchens start from £20,000

Use textural timbers

Contemporary kitchens can easily carry off some carved touches, but keep it tasteful by choosing a mixture of woods to emphasise the design. This bespoke scheme features cabinetry in maple, masur birch, walnut and Tabo veneer, accentuated by soft curves and intricate details. ■ Chiselwood bespoke kitchens start at £35,000

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Mottled granite, stone flooring and painted cabinetry give Denise and Barry Wilson’s open-plan space a timeless look Feature Rachel Ogden • PHOTOGRAPHY Clive Doyle

THE OWNERS Denise Wilson, an administrator for a trust, and her husband Barry, a retired accountant THE HOME A converted fourbedroom Victorian schoolhouse in Nottinghamshire THE PROJECT Building work including an open-plan extension



for a similar Chiselwood kitchen, cabinetry only

fter 23 years of living in their converted schoolhouse, Denise and Barry Wilson decided it was time to give the beautiful period building the kitchen it deserved. ‘The scheme we first put in had become tired and dated,’ explains Denise. ‘The furniture was limed oak with dark-green worktops but, from the day it was done, I wasn’t happy with it. It was cold, as there was only a plinth heater, and quite dark. In fact, there were lots of problems with the design, which we didn’t want to repeat.’ Having learnt some valuable lessons, Denise spent years researching her next kitchen, focusing on how to make a warm and bright space. Eventually, after seeing some examples in magazines, she settled on the idea of an orangery-style extension with roof lanterns to flood the kitchen with daylight. That decided upon, she started searching for a kitchen company to design it for her. ‘I looked at friends’ houses, and viewed nearby showhomes to see the kind of things that were being put in,’ she recalls. ‘Plus, I visited about 20 kitchen showrooms!’


The Wilsons’ bespoke tulipwood furniture has been hand-painted in Arborio by Chiselwood with an island finished in French Grey by Little Greene. These soft hues help bring light to this formerly dark kitchen


Dry goods are kept in this unit, which has a walnut interior and a doormounted rack for condiments

the right designer

breakfast bar

A walnut-topped table slots neatly into one end of the island to provide a place for casual dining and is paired with comfortable chairs by Lloyd Loom


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However, it was only when a local shop owner recommended Chiselwood that Denise and Barry paid the company a visit and they decided that they’d found the perfect people for them. ‘We knew straight away it was where we wanted to buy our kitchen,’ says Denise. ‘Designer Martin Holliday was so helpful and patient. He showed us Chiselwood’s workshop and we were impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship. I think we’d looked for so long that although I thought I knew what I wanted, I was frightened to make the wrong choice. Martin’s patience was invaluable.’ After seeing a feature in Beautiful Kitchens showing three different takes on a classic look, Denise realised that it was exactly what she

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Our kitchen secrets was trying to achieve. ‘One of the kitchens had a timeless feel, which was ideal because it meant it would fit in with the age of the house – something neither too traditional nor modern,’ she recalls. ‘I was thinking of having an island in walnut and the rest of the units painted, but we decided it would have looked too fussy. However, I still wanted to feature some wood to bring in a bit of softness and warmth, so we asked Martin to design a leaf-shaped walnut top on the breakfast table.’

Utensil drawer

Cutlery is kept in neat compartments with dovetailed joints on the island. The pull out extends fully for ease of access and has a soft-close mechanism

cooking zone

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3.6 m

The Falcon range combines a traditional look with a modern induction hob

4.8 m

Corner storage

matching detail

Slots for walnut trays fill a space at the end of a run of units and have the same handles as the cabinetry


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A slide-out unit ensures small appliances and occasional crockery are easy to get to

‘We love the walnut top of the breakfast table. It’s very tactile and adds warmth’

DO everything you can to increase the light in your space. Our orangery means that even on a day that’s not so nice, you still feel as if you’re outside in the garden. DOn’t start on building work before you have the kitchen planned. Roof beams stopped us from ducting our extractor outside. If we’d known where our cooker was going at the start we could have had it restructured.

SHOP THE LOOK Cabinetry ■ Bespoke hand-painted tulipwood

DO analyse what it is you want and decide on your style before you settle on a kitchen company.

As maximising the light in the kitchen was a key issue, choosing what worktops to have in the rest of the room was tricky. ‘I’d been considering a composite worktop but it was quite expensive,’ says Denise ‘Then I saw a another feature, again in Beautiful Kitchens, that showed a painted kitchen with light granite worktops. So I took a copy of the issue with me to one or two stone merchants and then came across the granite we then opted for. It’s fabulous because its colour and pattern pulled the whole design together.’ Pale flooring that continues from the kitchen into the open-plan seating area of the orangery also helps to keep the room light, but it was a final inspired touch from Martin that turned it into the bright space the Wilsons love. As the kitchen was situated at the rear of the room, in the original part of the property, it meant that Denise would have her back to the orangery when she was cooking. To resolve this, Martin added mirrors above the granite splashback and upstands, which increased both the light in the room further and Denise’s enjoyment of the countryside views. ‘That was such a fantastic idea because when I’m standing at the cooker I can see right back into the garden,’ she adds. ‘There are horses in the field beyond us and I can watch them running about – it’s almost as if I was looking through a window.’

furniture by Chiselwood. A similar kitchen, cabinetry only, costs £20,400

WORKSURFACES AND SPLASHBACK ■ Juperano Pearl granite. Total cost £4,800 ■ Walnut-topped table. Total cost £1,140 ■ Mirrors. Total cost £200 FLOORING ■ Ramon Beige limestone. Price per sq m, around £80.80


By replacing the worn-out conservatory with a light-filled orangery, the Wilsons have created a welcoming space to relax and unwind. A pair of sofas and a footstool from Laura Ashley bring a subtle shade of blue to the scheme

SINK and TAPS ■ Undermounted single-bowl sink in stainless steel, Falcon £192 ■ Gosford monobloc mixer tap in chrome, Abode £123 ■ Design boiling-water tap in chrome, Quooker £870 Finishing touches ■ Orangery and skylight, Abbey Garden Rooms POA ■ 2 x Naturals Sereno dining chairs by Lloyd Loom, each £245 ■ Gloucester large two-seater sofa in Dalton Duck Egg, Laura Ashley £1,190 ■ Gloucester two-seater sofa in Keynes Natural, Laura Ashley £910 ■ Kensall footstool in Dalton Duck Egg, Laura Ashley £450 ■ 2 x Nebula chandeliers, John Lewis, each £490 ■ White crockery, for similar, try

The wow factor Where once cooking in the kitchen was a job to be performed as quickly as possible before moving into the dining room, now Denise and Barry find that they spend nearly all their time in the new space. ‘It’s very warm in here when it’s cold outside but on a bright sunny day it’s a cool and comfortable place to be in,’ explains Denise. ‘Now we tend to use it as a day-to-day living room. Our family and friends couldn’t quite believe how much it had changed – in fact, they were speechless. I don’t think they were prepared for the impact that it has when you first see it. Our previous kitchen let the house down, whereas now, it’s the star of the show.’

APPLIANCES ■ Deluxe 110cm range cooker in black, Falcon £3,700 ■ 110cm Super Extract chimney extractor hood in black, Falcon £1,245 ■ Built-in coffee machine, Miele £1,880 ■ Fully integrated fridge, Miele £1,109 ■ Fully integrated freezer, Miele £885 ■ Fully integrated dishwasher, Miele £1,145 ■ Freestanding washing machine, Miele £900 ■ Freestanding tumble dryer, Miele £494

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At the far end of the kitchen, tall cabinetry painted in French Grey by Little Greene cleverly hides a utility area

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Anmut, Villeroy & Boch. Price for a breakfast cup, from £18.95 ■ Arborio oil eggshell, Chiselwood. Price per 2.5 litres £45 ■ French Grey eggshell, Little Greene. Price per 2.5 litres £41 ■ Skimming Stone emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Price per 2.5 litres £32.50 ■ Strong White emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Price per 2.5 litres £32.50 For stockists, see page 134

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Go classic

Dresser-style storage adjoining the kitchen creates a neat place to stow recipe books away from the grease and steam of cooking. Mix it up with a host of pretty accessories and photos on other shelves to keep the aesthetic light and fresh. ■ Hand Painted kitchen by Smallbone of Devizes, from £35,000

Design a practical pull-out

Sectioned compartments in a deep drawer make a neat slide-out home for recipe books or magazines. Incorporate into an island below the prep area so they’re at hand when you’re cooking, or situate beside a breakfast bar so they can be leafed through at leisure. ■ Argento range from Underwood

Furniture. Kitchens cost from £30,000

create a home office

Even in a tight galley layout you may be able to squeeze a desk in for perusing recipes and planning meals. Install shelves to store your books and a laptop to research meals online.

■ Prices for Chiselwood’s bespoke kitchens start from £35,000

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Tuck recipe-book storage into the space below a breakfast bar for a discreet solution that’s easily accessible. Finish shelves in simple shades to avoid competing visually with other areas of the kitchen.

■ Sweet Gum Tree gloss-veneer units with White and Cream lacquer furniture by Warendorf at Abingdon Furniture Gallery. Kitchens start from £25,000

Turn seats into stores

When storage is tight, look for any spare space available – books don’t need to be housed on shelves. This bespoke integral bench has lift-up under-seat storage. Keep rows of cookery books spine up so they can be identified at a glance. ■ Bespoke Cat’s Paw Oak seating by

Edwin Loxley. Kitchen commissions start from £20,000, furniture only

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Storing your cookery books needn’t be an elaborate affair. A pair of simple shelves as part of a freestanding island will still add a country-style feel to a pretty painted kitchen, while keeping them open from all sides means you can view your books in an instant. Use one level for books and another for an elegant collection of vases to add extra charm. ■ A kitchen similar to this would cost from £4,000 at Abbey Kitchens

displaying recipe books Leslie Geddes-Brown, author of A Book For Cooks: 101 Classic Cookbooks (£30, Merrell): ■ It’s a good idea to protect books from the steam and grease of cooking. You could put them in a cupboard with glazed doors so that you can still see them, and intersperse with decorative items for an attractive display. ■ Displaying cookbooks is very personal but I treat mine as supermarkets treat their stock, with my most-used books at eye-level.

■ Think about arranging books by author or by types of cuisine, and try to remember to put them back where they came from so that you can find them easily next time. ■ In more relaxed, country-style kitchens, don’t stick to cookbooks alone; place novels or biographies beside a chair for those moments when you’re waiting for the potatoes to boil.

Make a focal point

Islands can have many functions – prep work, cook zone, informal dining and even recipe-book storage. Here, books have been housed in the main part of the unit, giving it an elevated look next to the seating area and highlighting it as a feature of the design.

■ Astral Crème from Magnet costs around £10,000 for an average layout

Showcase your favourites

Transform a peninsula

Treat your best-loved books to their own stand so you can both display them and keep them on the right page and mess-free when you’re cooking.

Utilise one side of an island or peninsula for low-level recipe-book storage. Different shelf heights will add interest to the design, while the storage below can be given over to accessories to balance the area and add extra visual interest.

■ Pantry from Second Nature’s Broadoak Natural range. A similar pantry costs from £2,000

Create a cookery hub

Recipe books are often stored on wall shelves, but in a busy kitchen, keep them close at hand with a ledge below the worktop. There’s no need to stick to just books either – make some space for CDs and ceramics for a homely setting.

■ Part of the Valencia design by Charles Yorke. Kitchen furniture starts from £20,000

■ The Cook’s Kitchen by Mark Wilkinson Furniture starts from £35,000


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Try a bespoke solution

Off-the-peg cabinetry doesn’t mean you can’t make your room as functional as possible. These simple bookshelves, made from the same wood as the worktop, have been built to fit snugly into leftover space.

■ Units by Howdens, trade only, ask your builder for prices, painted in Perfectly Taupe Tailor Made Colour by Dulux at Homebase, from £11.19 for 500ml

Work your worktop space

When surface room is limited and standard swing-out doors aren’t an option, a roller tambour design will hide your books away when they’re not in use and open up in a flash when needed. It’s also ideal for concealing any worktop clutter. ■ For a similar tambour door, try Häfele,

£169 for a h720 x w500mm cabinet

Incorporate a rail

Show off your books on the end of an island by slipping them into a dedicated recess supported by a rail at the top. Also great for magazines, a lip at the bottom of the shelf will keep them from falling down and ensure they’re easy to retrieve.

■ Handmade Newport kitchen from Sola Kitchens. Prices start from £25,000

Be narrow minded

If you don’t have the wall space for open shelving, your cookbooks will be equally at home slotted in at the end of a run of tall units. This slim set of chunky shelves is made from white gloss, echoing the cabinetry.

■ White gloss laminate units by Neil Lerner Solutions. Kitchens start at £13,000


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Shopping Christmas gifts

This pretty parcel

containing a Rose Prince Christmas pudding, £24.95, Harrods, has our mouths watering

Budding Heston Blumenthals can

experiment to their heart’s content with the R-Evolution Cuisine Kit, £44.99, Lakeland

Indulge a sweet tooth with this classic Nutcracker tin of iced biscuits, including a hand-made ballerina, mouse king and tin soldiers. £30 plus p&p, Biscuiteers

A little truffle

goes a long way in this Carluccio’s gift box, £22.95, with its truffle butter, truffle honey, truffle salt and black summer truffle selection

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foodies From luxury delicacies to savoury snacks, these ideas are full of festive flavour

Complete with couscous, the festive design

of this tagine, £18, Debenhams, will spice up your table

With 140 recipes to

try out, Tom Parker Bowles has collated a host of family favourites mixed with more exotic offerings. It costs £25, Pavilion

Spell out which cheese you prefer with this set of three engraved, stainless-steel cheese knives, £29.95, The Handpicked Collection

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Served up in a pretty hat box, this

festive fare from Bettys includes Seville orange marmalade, Christmas cake and pudding, £75

Spoil a friend with

mince pie -flavoured popcorn, presented in a smart gift jar. It costs £24.99 from Joe & Seph’s

Tickle your fancy with Jme’s A Little Bit on

the Side – £10 for 3 x 120g jars of hot yellow pepper jelly, red onion pickle and fig jam, John Lewis

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Gallery Ideas Keep it compact

A small kitchen requires smart solutions, such as a freestanding butcher’s block that can squeeze into corners or be set against an island. This chopping block is just 55cm deep, has an end-grain oak top and features a storage drawer and shelf.

■ Chichester chopping block by Neptune, from £775

Use practical pull-outs

A drawer below a butcher’s block can be used for a variety of storage. This slim end-of-island piece of furniture also features a solid worktop and shelf.

■ Part of a Redmond Antique Oak scheme from the Mereway Complete Kitchen Collection. Prices start at £15,000

Wow with wood

Match a grand kitchen with an elegant prep area. Choose a classic circle of lightly chequered end-grain timber on an island to contrast with intricately veined stone and raised and fielded painted cabinetry.

■ Windsor & Kensington kitchen by Prentice, from £30,000

Include hidden extras

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Perfect prep areas

Save yourself multiple trips to the compost heap with a nifty chute built directly into your chopping block. This end-grain maple worktop has a hole located above a bin for natural waste that can then be transferred in one go. ■ Shown in a Smallbone of Devizes’ Macassar scheme with a hand-painted finish. Kitchens cost from £35,000

curve to fit

Stand at the helm of your prep area as you slice and dice with a wrap-around butcher’s block. This arcing 40mm oiled maple design also makes a stunning feature against lacquered walnut furniture and a pale-painted island.

■ Newlyn kitchens by Mark Wilkinson start from £35,000

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Do it all

Turn a generously sized butcher’s block into a multifunctional prep area by adding a sink and tap that’s perfect for washing fruit and vegetables as well as hands. For a seamless look in a wooden kitchen, echo the cabinetry material, such as the walnut shown here, in the worktop itself.

■ Grosvenor design by Davonport. Kitchens start from £35,000

Make it mobile

A butcher’s block on castors is great in smaller rooms or where the space functions as both a family kitchen and for elegant entertaining. This oak-topped design also boasts a drawer and handy shelves. ■ Fired Earth Bastide

freestanding kitchen painted in Oak Apple. The butcher’s block costs £1,790

Have fun with materials

Warm solid wood isn’t just for traditional kitchens. In this über-contemporary design, the oak block is given an industrial twist with a carpenter’s vice and is sited beside a contrasting copper-coated island. ■ Designed by Alfredo Häberli,

Schiffini’s Mesa kitchen is available from DesignSpaceLondon. Kitchens start at £25,000

Add a freestanding unit

Invest in a piece of furniture that can be placed at the end of a run of cabinetry or an island. This lower-level design can be moved around if necessary and its full-stave solid-oak top with an Ebony Osmo stain complements the other timber features in the room. ■ Bespoke Higham Furniture

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Position it anywhere

If you often run out of prep space, consider adding a simple wooden butcher’s block to your scheme. A great boost to the worktop space in an existing kitchen, this solid-oak design has been oiled and is topped with 60mm end-grain oak. ■ This butcher’s block costs around £2,900 from Sola Kitchens

Buying & aftercare ■ End-grain timber is beautiful and durable, and, as it’s knife friendly, means blades need sharpening less often than with other materials. ■ There’s no need to stick to round and square blocks. Try triangles, long strips and boomerang shapes to add interest. ■ To keep your butcher’s block in tip-top condition, wipe after use with antibacterial washing-up liquid and warm water. Add a little vinegar for extra disinfectant power or rub with half a lemon. Dry thoroughly and treat regularly with butcher’s block oil, raw linseed oil or mineral oil to prevent water ingress. Or, if you can’t bear to chop directly on it, use boards to protect the surface. ■ If you do mark it, deep cuts can be sanded out but it’s best to work on different areas of the block to prevent uneven wear.

Build below

Locate everything you need for prepping food in one area with a hidden waste unit underneath an integral end-grain chopping board. This slide-out bin even has a built-in lid to prevent odours escaping. ■ Bespoke American Black Walnut kitchen with Zebrano wood by Mowlem & Co. Prices start from around £30,000

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Bold-coloured furniture looks great with the honey tones of this end-grain oak block, especially as the wood is used elsewhere in the scheme for a coherent look. ■ Kitchens from Matthew Marsden Furniture cost from £10,000, cabinetry only

mix it up

A combination of woods will form a point of interest in your kitchen. This block is a stylish pairing of end-grain birch and maple, set over a base of glossy granite for a tactile contrast.

■ 60mm end-grain birch costs from £420lin m, while 27mm maple is around £155lin m, Second Nature

Choose exotic woods

Unusual hardwoods work well on a butcher’s block for a striking touch. Here, a rich circle of durable iroko lends its dark tones to this bespoke oak and burr elm kitchen, and as it has a high oil content, it’s more resistant to moisture.

■ A kitchen from Quails starts from around £28,000

Maximise impact

In a large space with lots of cabinetry, it’s important to make your prep area stand out. This maple chopping block has a generous depth, rivet-style detailing at the sides and also incorporates a handy bin. Its pale colour is in perfect contrast to the rich tones of the cabinetry. ■ From the Henley range by Charles

Yorke. Kitchens start from £20,000


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Real inspiration Ash veneer and acrylic


The handleless olive ash bookmatched veneered units by Koop are protected with a durable polyurethane satin lacquer. Pale composite Hi-Macs worktops add a contemporary twist to the warm wood doors

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A recessed, double-fronted cupboard hides the washing machine and boiler in one side, while the remaining space serves as a dry-goods larder

Ash-veneer cabinetry is teamed with a blue-green glass splashback in Tara Borissow and Ben Johnson’s penthouse flat FEATURE Rachel Ogden PHOTOGRAPHY james underton

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wo years after moving into their apartment on the south coast, Tara Borissow and Ben Johnson could no longer bear the existing kitchen. ‘The rest of the flat is stunning and this area needed something just as dramatic,’ Tara explains. ‘There was a lack of storage space and not enough room to cook properly.’ Keen to have a handmade scheme from a local company, the couple asked friends for recommendations and were soon pointed in the direction of Koop, where Tara and Ben explained their requirements to designer


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Jeremy Long. After some discussion, the couple decided to change the original layout, as well as installing new cabinetry, moving the prep zone to the back of the room and creating a dining area by the front windows. While this meant relocating all the utilities, such as water and gas supplies, it enabled the design to have a peninsula at its heart. The unit could then house a hob, so that Tara and Ben would be able to cook while looking out over the dining area. Distinctive olive ash wood forms the cabinetry’s base units and open shelving,

The family Tara Borissow, a financial services director, lives with her partner Ben Johnson, a partner in a creative agency, and their one-year-old son Felix The home A two-bedroom, penthouse apartment within a converted Regency townhouse in West Sussex The project Creating a new layout in an existing room



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The chunky timber shelves are perfect for storing the couple’s Kilner jars, which contain dry ingredients

sink area

A one-and-a-halfbowl sink is paired with a mixer tap, both by Franke

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as well as a recessed cupboard that provides extra storage in the dining zone. ‘I’m really happy with how easy the timber is to maintain,’ says Tara. ‘I just wipe it down with a damp cloth and it looks like it was fitted yesterday.’

how a wooden scheme doesn’t have to be traditional in style. Flat modern doors and sleek composite worktops help the distinctive grain of the olive ash to shine.


the matching recessed cupboard in the dining zone, as it helps link this area to the kitchen, turning the whole room into a cohesive space.

Central to the kitchen’s design is a compact peninsula that features a built-under oven plus a gas hob. A sleek glass-andstainless-steel extractor whisks away odours without obscuring the view into the dining area

how the mini wine rack in the peninsula makes good use of an otherwise redundant nook.

designer’S tip

‘Using open shelves rather than wall units gives the room a light, airy feel’ Façade

Georgian architecture is symmetrical in style

dining area

The couple’s original Vitra furniture is now joined by Felix’s Tripp Trapp chair

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durable worktops On top of and surrounding the wood, Hi-Macs surfaces, made up of minerals, acrylic resin and natural pigments, help keep the scheme light. ‘Ben is a big fan of wood but I wanted composite worktops,’ says Tara. ‘I’ve had timber surfaces in the past, which I’ve found difficult to maintain as you need to keep oiling them, so an acrylic alternative really appealed. I’d also seen some wood open shelves in a magazine feature and always liked the idea of having them running around the room.’ Along the back wall, a glass splashback adds a vibrant pop of colour to the look. ‘One of the most impressive things that Koop did

was to set up a trial run in getting the splashback into place,’ Tara recalls. ‘Using a cardboard template, they discovered that we would have to ask our neighbour downstairs to open their door by two inches to bring the glass to the top of the building. It saved a lot of time and effort by doing that in advance.’ In similar fashion, Tara researched extensively before buying her appliances. ‘I read reviews online, so I knew what each of the designs would do and how they’d look,’ she says. ‘For example, our fridge freezer fits in perfectly. It’s not overly branded so it doesn’t detract from the rest of the kitchen.’ The new scheme has made the couple’s home feel complete, particularly since the arrival of their son, Felix. ‘We enjoy cooking and socialising more and it’s brought warmth to the flat,’ says Tara. ‘Ben and I put our heart and souls into making sure this kitchen was everything that we wanted – and it is.’


The Hi-Macs surface is scratch resistant and seamless

SHOP THE LOOK CABINETRY ■ Bespoke lacquered bookmatched olive

ash-veneer units by Koop. Price for a similar kitchen, cabinetry and worktops only £14,000

WORKSURFACES ■ Arctic White Hi-Macs. Price per

linear m £350

Splashback ■ Back-painted glass. Total cost £800 FLOORING ■ Floor tiles, for similar, try Uncalibrated Rustic

Black slate, Topps Tiles. Price per sq m £32 APPLIANCES ■ Built-in single oven, for similar,

try AEG £395

■ Four-burner gas hob, for similar,

try AEG £299

■ Chimney extractor hood in glass and

Wine store

stainless steel, for similar, try Belling £179

The peninsula features a built-in bottle rack. ‘Sometimes it’s empty, sometimes it’s full!’ laughs Tara

■ Freestanding fridge freezer in stainless

steel, for similar, try AEG £799

■ Fully integrated dishwasher, Bosch £429 ■ Freestanding washing machine,

Bosch £359

SINK and TAP ■ Ariane undermounted one-and-a-half-bowl

4.3 m

sink in stainless steel, Franke £409

■ Olympus monobloc mixer tap in Silk Steel,

Franke £199

Finishing touches ■ Hyannis Port table in gloss-white lacquer

by Ligne Roset, Chaplins £2,614

■ Chairs, for similar, try Vitra DSR Eames

Plastic side chair in Ocean, Nest, each £217

■ Pendant light, for similar, try the Extra

Large Metal Kitchen, The Contemporary Home £54.99

5.3 m


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How to do... stunning splashbacks

Add extra functionality

If space is at a premium, you’ll want to make the most of every inch without intruding on work areas. Don’t let your splashback go unused – this wall system in natural aluminium features horizontal grooves into which storage shelves can be fitted.

■ Cinqueterre Black by Schiffini. Kitchens from DesignSpaceLondon start at £25,000

Use wallpaper

Want to give your kitchen walls the wow factor? Be inspired by our ideas gallery featuring classic tiling, gorgeous glass and on-trend composites

Where it was once impractical to have wallpaper in the kitchen, now it can serve as an attractive splashback when protected with a layer of clear glass. Choose low-iron glass (such as Optiwhite) to prevent a greenish tinge. ■ For a similar wallpaper design, try Brocante, £26.25 per 10m roll, Tektura

include Secret storage

Why have a flat splashback when you can turn it into additional cupboard space? When closed, these opaque white glassfronted function boxes act as a splashback but conceal practical elements, such as a fold-down chopping board with integral knife-block and power sockets. A herb and spice-jar unit sits above another hidden store holding oils and vinegars.

Paint a picture

This splashback has been decorated in silver leaf and magnolias for an Oriental effect and sealed with a clear lacquer. However, any pattern, picture or motif can be used. ■ Shown in a Shan Gara scheme by Mark Wilkinson Furniture, kitchens from £35,000

go classic

Simple brick-style tiles are a timeless way to shield your kitchen walls from water and food splashes. As well as being an ideal companion for everything from painted furniture to this rich Black Walnut scheme, they’ll also look great with grey grout and a hanging rail above.

■ The Williamsburg Kitchen by Plain English, from £45,000


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■ Bulthaup’s b3 design in graphite laminate and smoked oak from Kitchen Architecture. Priced from £35,000

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Incorporate traditional elements

A combination of glossy brick tiles and tongue-and-groove detailing is evocative of a bygone age and works just as well in modern schemes as it does in classic period properties. ■ Bespoke solid-ash kitchen from the Newport range by Sola Kitchens. From £25,000

Be creative with curves

Splashbacks don’t have to be rectangular – if you choose a composite material that’s mouldable (such as Okite), it can be almost any shape you like. Here, gently sloping curves frame the cooking area, flowing below the wall cabinets to form a striking oversized upstand. ■ Okite starts at £300lin m

Make a space look bigger

Mirrored panels not only reflect light but also ensure a kitchen feels more spacious. If silver tones are too harsh, add warmth with a bronze mirror, as shown below.

■ Matt lacquer and wenge Urbo cabinetry with stainless-steel worktops. Roundhouse kitchens start from £30,000

making a statement ■ Think carefully about colour.

A splashback that looks great in a showroom may not appear the same under the lights you have at home, so ask for samples to compare. ■ Try to balance practicality with aesthetics in a hard-working scheme. Wipe-clean glass is great for busy family kitchens and can add a shot of colour, while stainless steel will provide a professional look with unbeatable durability. ■ Remember, you don’t need to refit your kitchen in order to have a new splashback. Changing it is simple and some can even be installed directly over your existing solution. 70

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Play with texture

If you love the look of glass but want to make a bigger impression, then cracked glass may be for you. Sandwiched between two panes, it’s an easy way of adding texture to a simply styled scheme without sacrificing the easycleaning aspect. Introduce LEDs behind or above to make the most of the effect. ■ Backlit crackled glazed glass, shown in a white satin sprayed bespoke kitchen by Chamber Furniture. Kitchens from £40,000

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Introduce pattern

make it original

Motif tiles add layers of texture and interest – especially effective against painted cabinetry, preventing the overall look from becoming too uniform. Mix patterns up for an eclectic style or combine with plain tiles for a subtle finish. This Moroccaninspired collection brings an exotic touch to deep-blue painted furniture.

Experiment with different shapes and forms to create a focal point. Here,a half-moon splashback matches the Sienna Brown worktops and echoes the shape of the curved Clam Shell Corian cabinets above.

■ Handmade, h and-decorated tiles in Mabrouka, Menara and El Hara from Fired Earth’s Marrakech range, £9.95 each

■ Wall cladding/splashbacks,

from £250sq m, Corian

get personal

Bespoke glass can transform a kitchen scheme. This design was inspired by a nearby river and adds drama to the classic-painted scheme. It looks very impressive when illuminated by under-cabinetry or extractor lighting.

■ Bespoke glass splashback by The House of Ugly Fish, from £500

Copy your cabinetry

Introduce visual trickery by choosing the same material for your splashback as your kitchen units. However, it’s best to protect the area around the sink and hob with a layer of glass. ■ Minty Zebrano splashback

starts at £550 from Metris


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Shopping Trends

One kitchen

three looks Glamour


Colour Pop

This is the month that the autumn/winter collections hit the stores and although they all have their own style, feel and stand-out pieces, there are some key looks that run through many of the ranges. For those who are tired of make-do-and-mend, there’s the chance to throw caution to the wind with a decadent, theatrical look that’s full of rich, dark tones and sensual textures. Home baking and cooking is still popular, with granny-inspired floral china and traditional-style accessories adding to our love affair with all things vintage. Finally, colour is everywhere, from brightly hued glassware to zingy toasters, kettles and coffee makers. In fact, there’s so much to choose from, we thought we’d give you a helping hand. With a fresh, white Alno Star Highline kitchen as our blank canvas, we’ve given our three favourite trends – Glamour, Homespun and Colour Pop – a Beautiful Kitchens’ spin to create a trio of very different looks for your scheme.

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Shopping Trends

Add a touch of Glamour

Hints of Art Deco and Hollywood style are just perfect for those who love to entertain. Key to this look are iridescents, metallics and anything that sparkles


Cordial bottle, £3.99, Lakeland

Celeste tea plates, £32 for four, LSA International. Julien Macdonald placemats, £20 for four, coasters, £15 for four, and martini glass, £9; Tealight holders, £4 each, all Debenhams. Glass stirring rods, £8.99 for six, Drinkstuff. Gold-dipped cutlery set, £32, Anthropologie. Reusable ice cubes, £4.99 for a pack of 24, Lakeland. Ufficio Tecnico cocktail shaker, £69, Alessi. Cocktail Bible, £17.80, Amazon

Stainlesssteel Octagon champagne bucket from Nick Munro’s Octagon Bar range, £94.95, Divertimenti


Shabby Chic petal measuring spoons, £7, House of Fraser. Grip It wooden spoon, £3.99, Typhoon. Large Traditional Paisley Rose jug, £23.95; Paisley Rose Milk jug, £11.95; Pink Roses paper napkins, £2.50 for 20, Dotcomgiftshop. Oxo steel balloon whisk, £9.99, Lakeland. Glass tumblers, part of a set of four, £4, Asda. Brown plate, £8, Habitat

Handmixer in Canvas White, £58.50, Dualit

Get baking with homespun

Take inspiration from granny’s house and opt for pretty patterns and delicate designs. Embroidery and flowers make a cook’s delight Linea Homespun ribbed storage jars, from £6, House of Fraser

Hand-decorated Chinoise glass platter, £20, Next

Deco Mesh soda siphon, £90, Heal’s

Embroidered tea towels, £13.50 for a pack of two, Susie Watson Designs

Celeste dinner plate, £52 for four, Celeste bowl, £46 for four, and Savoy Champagne flute, £30 for two, LSA International

Gold bowl, £5, Matalan

Honeycomb Peacock votive, from £5, John Lewis

Blender in black and chrome, £149, Dualit

Ysanne brooks, editor beautiful kitchens

Set of four Gold Lacquer placemats and coasters, £9.85, Tesco Direct

Graham Robinson, Showroom Manager, Alno


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‘Pretty vintagestyle accessories help to soften the lines of a modern white kitchen. They’re great when joining in with The Great British Bake Off, too’

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All other items, stylist’s own

‘I love the way these glamorous accessories reflect the light – it’s a look that combines depth and luxury. The chrome elements work well with tap and oven finishes, too’

Mason Cash Heritage mixing bowl, £22.99, Lakeland

Cream Rose and Leaf cookbook stand, £18.50, Roman at Home

Paisley Rose cake stand, £34.95, Dotcomgiftshop



Paisley Rose teacup and saucer, £9.95, Dotcomgiftshop

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Shopping Trends

Inject zing with colour pop Employ the whole rainbow to enliven your scheme. Create an upbeat, quirky feel with bright utensils, bold appliances and striking storage

Silicone spatulas (in bowls), from £2.99, Lakeland

Nest utensils, £25, Joseph Joseph

Luxury Regent toaster in Traffic Yellow, £184, Rowlett Rutland


Coloured mixing bowls, £5 for a set of four, and measuring spoons, £2, Asda

Stamp Collection Multi tea towel, £10.95, Dwell

Single Grandy bread bin in Lime Green by Wesco, £71.95, Limited-edition Revival DAB radio in Gloss Red, £200, Roberts Radio

Brit Pop Collection 16-piece cutlery set in Purple, £12.99, Dunelm Mill

‘A white kitchen is the perfect backdrop for bright hues. Follow the colour-blocking trend with accessories in two contrasting tones, such as yellow and red’ Zoe Brewer, owner of My Interior Stylist


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FEATURE Laurie Davidson and rachel ogden photography David Still styling Bronwyn dell

Bright food canisters (teal, purple, pink) £3 each, Asda

Alno Star Highline cabinetry in White Lacquer, from £14,000. Halcyon Interiors at the Alno Store, Wigmore Street, London

Limited Edition Purple Rainbow cafetière, £22, La Cafetière. Marimekko platter/tray £42, Heal’s. Egg holder, £12, Anthropologie. Glass tumblers, £4 for a set of four, Asda. Evora earthenware dinner plate, £8; side plate, £6.50; pasta plate, £7; and coffee cup, £6, all Habitat

Real inspiration Painted Shaker

range cooker

Rather than installing a bank of built-in ovens, Kate opted for this smart, Rangemaster cooker

implicity was the inspiration behind the design of Kate and Mark Usborne’s new kitchen. While a host of built-in appliances and statement extractors are the focal points of many schemes, for the Usbornes, a pared-back look was the aim. However, the kitchen that the couple inherited when they bought their Surrey home was a world away from the immaculate space the pair enjoy today. ‘It was too small and we were put off cooking because it was an awkward shape,’ Kate recalls. ‘The kitchen needed ripping out but we weren’t sure what to put in its place. At one stage, we thought about simply updating the cabinetry, but then we started considering how to improve the whole room and it turned into a major project.’ After much thought, the couple decided the answer was to build an extension at the back of the Edwardian property to house a

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Elegant hand-painted furniture fills the Usbornes’ kitchen and is finished in contrasting tones of stone and cream. Designed in a simple Shaker-style, the units are paired with white Silestone worktops, a circular butcher’s block and flooring made of oak


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perfect Kate and Mark Usborne’s new extension has allowed them to create an open-plan scheme, ideally suited to the needs of a young family FEATURE Rachel Ogden • PHOTOGRAPHY Iain Kemp

THE FAMILY Kate Usborne, a careers counsellor, and her husband Mark, who works in finance, live with their three sons, Jonathan, 11, Luke, four, and Patrick, who is three THE HOME Five-bedroom Edwardian house in Surrey THE PROJECT Extending the back of the property to include a reconfigured kitchen-diner



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Advice from the owners

kitchen-diner, opening out to a family room on one side and the garden on the other. While the plans were still taking shape, Kate and Mark began to research kitchen companies in their local area. On the recommendation of a friend, the couple visited Adaptations, and they knew instantly that they’d found the right designer. ‘Jillian Knowlton was great, as she helped us configure the space better than we could ever have imagined,’ says Kate. ‘She was inspirational – even before we chose the kitchen itself.’

Do lots of research. I spent hundreds of pounds on magazines and ripped out everything I liked to build up a file of pictures. Don’t go with your first choice of cabinetry – what looks nice in a showroom isn’t necessarily going to suit your own space. Do find a kitchen company you trust. I think we were really lucky with Adaptations because we told them our budget and that’s what they worked towards.

bright scheme After several proposed designs, Kate and Mark settled on classic Shaker-style cabinetry with a long island as the main feature of the room. Behind this, a range cooker, one of the few appliances on show, nestles between base units with reduced-depth wall cupboards above. Around the corner, a west-facing bay window lets much-needed sunshine flood into the kitchen. ‘As the room is mostly north-facing, it’s quite dark, so we wanted to keep it feeling light,’ reveals Kate. ‘That’s the reason for choosing the white worksurfaces – to keep it as reflective as possible – while the colour of the cabinetry was also something we spent a long time on. At one stage, we thought about painting the units green before opting for a grey. But when the painter put it on I didn’t really like it. It was a bit too dark, so he repainted it in a specially mixed shade.’ Before the cabinets were finished in these contrasting stone and cream hues, Kate had another misgiving, this time about the Silestone worktops she had chosen. ‘When

main sink AREA

Sited below a bay window that floods the kitchen with light, a one-and-a-half-bowl Franke design has been undermounted and twinned with a monobloc tap with a pull-out spray by Caple

designer’s tip ‘The curved units and the drum cupboard at the end of the island draw the eye away from the floor-toceiling bank, allowing you to enjoy the architectural details of the furniture’ jillian knowlton


Topped with American oak, the rounded unit on the island is ideal for storing bulky bakeware and crockery. It also echoes the shape of a curved cupboard opposite, bringing cohesion to the design


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wine cooler

The Caple Slimline design fits snugly into this space

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prep SINK

The couple opted for a small round-bowl sink for the island workstation

flexible storage

Adjustable shelves can accommodate everything from wine bottles to condiments

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Real inspiration Painted Shaker

they were placed on the primed cabinets, I wasn’t keen on the effect at all,’ she admits, ‘as it seemed icy and stark. However, as soon as they painted the units, it brought out the flecks of brown and warmth in the material.’

family friendly To add contrast to the composite worktops, the island features a round American oak butcher’s block. ‘I think if it had been a large expanse of the pale worksurface, it might have looked bland but the wood warms it up,’ says

Kate. ‘I adore having the island. The boys can do their homework here and if we have friends for supper, they can sit beside me as I’m cooking. It’s a really sociable spot.’ After a year of building work, the Usbornes finally have their dream kitchen. ‘We can see out into the garden now,’ Kate enthuses, ‘and the children enjoy shooting in and out of the house on their trikes and scooters. It’s quite a good racetrack around the island! Primarily it’s our family space, though, and there’s nothing I would change. I love it all.’

SHOP THE LOOK CABINETRY ■ Bespoke hand-painted Shaker-style

furniture by Adaptations. Price for a similar kitchen, cabinetry only £13,333

WORKSURFACES ■ 30mm Blanco Norte Silestone. Total cost £4,866 ■ Solid end-grain American oak. Total cost £750 Splashback ■ 6mm colour-coated glass panel. Total cost £200 FLOORING ■ Engineered oak. For similar, try Price per sq m £30

APPLIANCES ■ Professional+ 100cm dual-fuel range cooker in stainless steel, Rangemaster £1,503 ■ SPC 900 canopy extractor hood, WS Westin £587 ■ Fully integrated fridge freezer, for similar try Liebherr £1,230 ■ Slimline wine cooler, Caple £292 ■ Fully integrated dishwasher, for similar, try Neff £563 SINKS and TAPS ■ Ariane undermounted one-and-a-halfbowl sink in stainless steel, Franke £371 ■ Rotondo undermounted round-bowl sink in stainless steel, Franke £162 ■ Aspen single-lever monobloc mixer tap

with pull-out spray in polished chrome, Caple £112 ■ Aspen single-lever monobloc mixer tap in polished chrome, Caple £73 ■ Waste disposal unit, In-Sink-Erator £262


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Kate wanted a seamless look between the new extension and the rest of the house ‘The range is hidden behind the island, so you can’t really see it from the other side of the room,’ she explains. ‘The period style of the cabinetry fits in beautifully with the house’s original features, too’

similar, try Slipper Satin, Farrow & Ball. Price per 2.5 litres £48.50 ■ Eggshell paint (used on cabinetry), for similar, try Stony Ground, Farrow & Ball. Price per 2.5 litres £48.50



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Finishing touches ■ Farmhouse-style dining suite, for similar, try the Corona, Pine Solutions £325 ■ Retro Circles bar stools, Dwell, each £129 ■ ARF68 halogen spotlights in stainless steel, Hera. Price for a set of three £134 ■ H1 handles in stainless steel, Herbert Direct. Total cost £290 ■ Size 2 Hector pendants, Original BTC, each £118 ■ Greenwich Stone wall clock, Thomas Kent at Amazon £49.99 ■ Teapot, for similar, try the Queensbury Hunt, John Lewis £25 ■ Eggshell paint (used on wall units), for

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Double the appeal

Move a matching wine store into the areas beyond the working part of your kitchen. A dining space is a great place to site bespoke racks and can be built to flank a glass cabinet.

Create a focal point

■ This unit is made from olive ash. A bespoke kitchen designer will be able to create a similar piece of furniture

Use storage to bring life to a run of furniture. The bottle tops in this neat rack add colour to a pale scheme.

■ Painted tulipwood storage cabinets by Podesta. Bespoke kitchens start at £30,000

Make it multifunctional

Spare room at the top of a freestanding dresser can be put to good use with a double-tiered wine rack. Add grooves for hanging glasses below and it becomes a versatile drinks cabinet, too.

Inspirational wine stores

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■ This painted dresser is part of Kitchen Architecture’s Teddy Edwards range and features a bleached oak interior. Prices for a similar design start at around £8,300

utilise every inch

As well as being a neat decorative touch, wine racks are ideal for filling a gap in, or at the end of, a run of units. Pair with another handy space solution, such as the tray storage here.

■ Suffolk solid-birch units in Dove Grey by Neptune. Prices from £425 for a 350mm base unit

Conceal your collection

Ensure an uninterrupted look for your kitchen cabinetry by hiding   the wine rack behind a door. This will allow other features of  your room to shine. ■ Built-in bespoke wine storage cabinet, around £800, as part of a scheme by Holloways of Ludlow. Kitchens start from £25,000

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Go underground

The space below your kitchen can work just as hard as the cabinetry above ground. Consider installing a ventilated subterranean cellar to store not only wine, but also to house food items, such as tins, preserves and vegetables, and even some dairy products at the correct temperature and humidity level.

■ This Original Spiral Cellar starts at around £13,230 from Spiral Cellars

site in an island

Pack useful storage into an elegant island. This walnut workstation with its blue-glass top looks great and is practical, too, with a bespoke wine rack breaking up the rich wood. ■ Kitchens from Underwood

cost from £30,000

Top wine storage tips ■ Think about where you place your rack. If it’s next to the fridge, popping a bottle in to cool is easy or, for convenience in an openplan kitchen, have it facing the dining area so it’s accessible when you’re entertaining. Avoid siting near sources of heat or steam. ■ Use wine storage to fill up space at the end of a run of cabinetry or on an island. ■ There’s no need to be modest – make it

into a real feature of your scheme with coloured glass or LED lighting behind. ■ Opt for pull-out racks, which ensure you can view your collection at a glance. ■ Upright storage is fine for synthetic stoppers or screwtops, but for natural cork, keep bottles at an angle or horizontally. ■ Incorporate a built-in rack into unused space at the top of a larder or cupboard.

Try modern materials

Even very contemporary kitchens can be home to a smart wine showcase. Here, glossy black Parapan surrounds a stainless-steel fridge freezer and has been thermoformed into a flowing series of bottle-shaped cubbyholes. ■ Parapan is priced from £250sq m

Add pull-out racks

See your collection at a glance with bespoke wine ‘drawers’. Provide contrast to painted furniture by picking them out in pale wood for an authentic cellar feel and finish with leather handles.

echo other features

If   your kitchen has distinctive design details, make the most of them by using a wine rack to mirror their shape. In this scheme, the wine storage was constructed to match the oak-clad pillars. ■ Bespoke kitchens

by Simon Benjamin Furniture & Interiors start from £10,000

■ Metropolitan kitchen in a maple and hand-painted finish by Smallbone of Devizes. Kitchens cost from £35,000


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Experiment with shapes

Don’t just stick to a conventional design. This modern take above the fridge freezer looks stunning against the more traditional maple cabinetry, forming a focal point.

■ Bespoke furniture by Quails. Starting price for a kitchen is £28,000

Adapt a dresser

Featuring wine storage within a dresser is an elegant way to display your best bottles. This pair of angled pull-out shelves still has space below, keeping the look open and airy.

Be patriotic

Ideal for the Jubilee year and beyond, this quirky Union Jack-shaped wine store turns an already dramatic island into a real talking point.

■ Painted dresser from the Stretton

range at Charles Yorke. Bespoke kitchens start from £20,000

■ The custom-made Britannia rack is made

from oiled oak in a solid-wood frame. Prices for a similar design start from £825 as part of a Dorset Kitchens scheme

Utilise a corner space

A walk-in wine room is a real indulgence and a great option if you don’t have a cellar. This sophisticated design ensures finding the right bottle is a doddle. ■ The painted-maple and walnut cellar from Edwin Loxley would cost around £3,200 as an individual piece. Kitchen commissions start from £20,000

Build a case

Don’t hide your prized collection away – display them in a glass-fronted, wall-hung unit in the same wood-veneer finish as the rest of the cabinetry.

■ Bespoke zebrano-veneer

unit by Scott Lawrence Designs. Around £9,000 for a small kitchen

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Shopping Accessories

Country classic Lightly distressed for a shabby-chic look, this 1-litre Rustic Ribbed Pitcher will make a great addition to an alfresco feast. It costs £18.95 at Graham and Green

Ditsy print Underglazed in Burleigh’s delicate Felicity pattern, which dates back to the 1930s, the curvy Etruscan jug has a timeless elegance. The jug holds 1.1 litres and costs £44.25

Simply Scandi With its deep-blue

stripes, this Cobalt 1-litre jug offers a fresh take on Nordic style. By Catharina Kippel for Design House Stockholm, it costs £49 at David Mellor

Turquoise tones Linda Bloomfield’s Pouring Bottle has a satin-matt glaze and a blue-green interior that we just can’t resist. It holds 300ml and costs £34 at Seek & Adore

pitcher perfect

of Royal Doulton’s Blue 1815 range, which commemorates the company’s founding. The jug holds 1.8-litres and costs £40 at Debenhams

On the dot Handmade and hand-painted, this ceramic pale Blue and White Spot Medium Round jug holds a generous 2.25 litres. Designed by Susie Watson, it costs £54 90

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Lustre for life Simple lines and a glossy finish ensure this Ruby Fluted jug in cream will always find a place in your kitchen. With a capacity of 0.75 litres, it costs £7.99 at Dunelm Mill

Natural selection Reproduction Victorian prints are the signature motifs on Big Tomato Company’s Modern Botanicals 1.4-litre Honeysuckle jug, £29.50 at Not on the High Street

Flora and fauna An 18th-century pattern gets a new twist on this 1-litre Blue Butterfly jug by Jasper Conran for Wedgwood. Made from fine bone china, it costs £60 at John Lewis

Scale up Inspired by antique Vietnamese patterned ceramics, Jersey Pottery’s 2-litre Sardine Run Pitcher has a striking layered fish design. It costs £36 at Rigby & Mac For stockists, see page 134

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Blue mood This Pitcher forms part

Ideal for pouring out glasses of summer punch, these pretty jugs are a great addition to any garden party table

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Wow with wood

Bring a timber worktop into your scheme as a chunky breakfast bar. The deeply grained saw-cut oak shields the prep area from view.

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■ The Baro kitchen in Natural Oak with Brick Red panels by Schüller starts from £8,640

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create a prep area

A wooden butcher’s block makes a handy addition to an island and its knife-friendly surface is ideal for preparing food on. Install alongside contrasting stone to create a focal point, then oil regularly to keep it water-resistant and looking its best. ■ Worktops in Belgian fossil stone and solid oak. The Osea Kitchen by Plain English starts from around £40,000

Top worktop tips ■ Remember to consider practicality as well as aesthetics. If you don’t have the time to maintain materials such as timber or slate, laminate or granite are more user-friendly options. ■ If the surface that you like is too expensive, simply

have a small run of it and then contrast with a cheaper worktop. ■ Edge profiles add to the cost of a worktop but look great on islands or peninsulas. ■ Try before you buy – ask for a sample of the worktop you’re considering,

then see how easily it scratches and stains. ■ Choosing granite? Don’t forget to go and select your slabs direct from the supplier, especially if you’re opting for one with a distinctive pattern. Natural variation means no two lengths will be the same.

Get the point

A shark-nose edge profile looks great in a modern kitchen and has even more impact when a mix of black and white composite is used. Inset a strip of stainless steel and an integral prep sink for a professional feel. ■ Urbo kitchen by Roundhouse, from £30,000

Love layers

Emphasise chunky worktops by fitting them alongside slimmer styles. Here, banded bamboo contrasts against a pale composite to create interest.

■ Second Nature bamboo, from £130lin m for 40mm, with Silestone quartz, from £400lin m for 30mm

try a streamlined look

Sleek and seamless is the order of the day in a contemporary kitchen. Here, the sink and hob are integrated into a stainless-steel surface, while the timber-effect cabinetry prevents the look from being too clinical.

define a breakfast bar

Use character woods to highlight spaces such as breakfast bars and seating areas. This full-stave timber in varying tones of honey and chocolate complements richly coloured walnut cabinetry while providing contrast. ■ Bespoke full-stave solid

walnut from Christiano’s costs £305sq m

■ 60mm Rigo Matt White laminate worktop with an ABS timber-effect front edge, from £197lin m, Maistri at Cococucine

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Add tone with texture

For a complete departure from glossy, smooth surfaces, why not try a profile with a more natural look? A rough-hewn edge gives stone worktops a tactile quality and distinctive appearance.

■ Italian Basalt with a honed finish

and sawn edges, from £127 for l400 x w400 x d20mm at Stone Age

Go for granite

Classic pale-painted cabinetry calls for a statement worktop, such as this unusual granite. A beautiful waterfall edge profile shows off the stone to great effect and gives it more definition.

■ Mark Wilkinson’s Cook’s Kitchen starts from around £30,000. Rosso Marinace granite, from £285sq m, Cargo Granite

Make it mobile

Short on space? Pull-out worktops are a handy solution, giving you extra surface space when required, then sliding back into a cupboard behind closed doors. Pick an ultrapractical material such as stainless steel for easy-clean functionality.

■ Dada’s Tivali kitchen from £18,000

Coordinate with cabinetry

By matching worktops with units you can create a neat, uninterrupted look. Prevent the scheme from being too blocky by adding steel handles. ■ 50mm Chalet Oak AirMaxx

worktop by Nolte costs from £165m (as part of cabinetry)

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Shopping Finishing touches

Dish of the day

for two, Heal’s. Encore worktop in Caramel Sparkle, from £178lin m, Bushboard

Compiled by rachel ogden photography glen wilkins styling kelly flood Studio William Mulberry salad serving set spoons, £31

Perfect for gratins, party food and more, oven-to-tableware has earned its place in our cupboards. Here’s our pick of the best…

Clockwise from top right Jewel in the crown

Given that purple is a regal colour, this aubergine Maison baking dish is ideal for a Jubilee street party. It costs £20 by Linea at House of Fraser


An oval of pure white porcelain with slim handles, this gratin dish from Stellar, £11, is oven, freezer and dishwasher-safe

Fired up

Pyrex may be known for its glassware, but its Wave stoneware dishes are a rival for our affections. As well as this Fire For stockists, see page 142

red, it’s available in Stone grey and Ice white, from £5.99 at Amazon, Tesco Direct, Bentalls and Fenwicks

Super size me

Ergonomically designed dipped handles and a generous depth are just part of the charm of this Scoop stoneware oven dish by BIA at, £19.95

Cherry picked

Gently sloping sides allow food to be scooped out of this gratin dish with ease. It’s also scratch-resistant and available in Blanc or Cerise. From £13.50 for a 22cm dish, Emile Henry

True blue

Finished in aquamarine, this small Azure dish brings a touch of summer to any table. Available in Cherry Red, Jet Black and Imperial Blue, £12.50 by Denby

Retro choice

It’s the instantly recognisable print that ensures this Orla Kiely-designed gratin dish will be one of your favourites. Available in Linea dark grey or Poppy Meadow brown (shown), £41 at Heal’s

Pile them up

This vibrant blue Playnation oven dish is a great kitchen space saver as it’s

stackable. It’s also available in shades of green and red, £15 at John Lewis

The new classic

Soft and earthy, Le Creuset’s latest shade, Nutmeg, has us smitten. This rectangular stoneware dish, from £17, is found exclusively at John Lewis

Spot the difference

Whether you use this Polka Dot Blue medium-sized dish to cook with or simply display it as part of a collection, its multicoloured interior is sure to delight, £49.95 at Emma Bridgewater

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How to do... spice stores From discreet drawers to lovely larders, the devil’s in the detail when it comes to secreting away spices. Be inspired by these clever solutions

where to keep your spices ■ While it’s convenient

to position your spices near the cooking area, beware of storing them too close to the hob as heat will damage them. Site them at the front of a cupboard or drawer and make sure they’re clearly labelled for easy access. ■ Spices generally won’t take up much space and

so are ideal for filling small gaps around the kitchen – shallow cupboards, mantels and apothecary-style drawers are all suitable options. ■ While having your spices on show makes a colourful display, unless you use them every day, they should ideally be stored

display case in a cool, dark place, away from humidity and in tightly closed containers. ■ If you keep your spices in drawers, opt for raised rows or customised sections so that you can see them all at a glance. It will also prevent containers from moving around as you open and shut the drawer.

Why hang pictures in your kitchen when you can create a visual impact with kitchenalia? This wall-hung spice rack comprises Kilner jars nestled in a walnut shelving unit, flanked by a knife store and chopping boards for a stunning triptych. ■ An Urbo kitchen by

Roundhouse starts from £30,000

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Opt for raised rows

Add angled inserts to stop jars rolling around and so you can see what’s stored easily, as in this handleless drawer.

■ Oak and matt lacquer kitchen by Mowlem & Co. Prices start from £30,000

Choose cubbyholes

For the true spice lover, a purposebuilt drawer is a must. This version, with its neat glass-jar holders, helps keep the spices out of direct light as much as possible for optimum freshness. Plus, it also stops the jars from clanking together as the drawer is opened and closed. ■ Kitchens by Plain

English start from £40,000

Utilise doors

A larder is a great place to store your spices. One of the simplest options is interior door-mounted shelving, with a guard to keep it all in place.

Roll with it

Hide small herb and spice drawers away in an island unit with a tambour roller shutter. The door can be pulled up when the drawers are not in use or if you have guests round, to provide an instant clutter-free finish.

■ Hand-painted kitchen,

with bespoke pantry, Podesta. Designs start from £35,000

■ From the Madison range by Mark Wilkinson Furniture. Kitchens start at £35,000

Save space with scoops

Decanting spices into scoop-style storage will free up room in your larder. This Norwegian-influenced unit can be mounted on the wall or left freestanding on the worktop.

■ Large Painted Cabinet, shown in Charcoal, by Ella’s Kitchen Company, £595

Keep it compact

Plump for pull-outs

Flexible storage is an essential component for an uncluttered look. Labelled jars and ceramic containers ensure you can quickly find what you need, while full-extension drawers make the most of available space. ■ This Schüller NX500

kitchen from InHouse costs around £7,895

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Even the shallowest of spaces can be transformed into a handy spice nook. Simply fit a couple of slim, adjustable shelves to turn a previously unused cranny into an invaluable mini seasoning larder next to your cooking area.

■ Harvey Jones’ Shaker kitchen in natural and hand-painted oak is similar to this scheme. Prices start from £17,000

Integrate pop-ups

Space at the back of a base cabinet or in the centre of an island is often left unused. Reclaim it with a pop-up solution – this S-Box can be retro-fitted to your kitchen and rises up at the touch of a finger. ■ The Spice Box from S-Box costs £299, including 10 spice jars

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Hang a door rack

A decorative shelving unit attached to the front of a cupboard door creates a relaxed countrystyle feel when filled with jars of spices. Add ribbon, material and a variety of containers to personalise the look.

Combine key kit

If you have limited storage space, make room for your spices in a frequently used drawer alongside kitchen tools.

■ Spices shown here in a teak kitchen scheme by Neil Lerner. Prices start from £190 for a 600mm base unit

■ Coeur de Pays Kitchen Wall Shelf, £62 from Dibor, has a similar look

Incorporate narrow shelves

Almost any interior door can be fitted with slim spice racks – whether that’s a worktop-mounted larder or a crockery cupboard. In this bespoke unit, spice shelves are paired with drawers for storing other dried goods.

■ Kitchens by Matthew Marsden Furniture start from £12,000, cabinetry only

use corners

One larder doesn’t have to hold all of your food. Try squeezing a supplementary unit into a corner space and using it for spices and other ingredients you require on a less regular basis, while keeping items you need daily in a more central location. ■ Kitchens from

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Add class with glass

Choose stunning materials for your spice storage to create an eye-catching display.

■ Part of Fired Earth’s Moderne range by Charlie Smallbone, this cupboard is made from specially commissioned bubbled glass, beech and oak. It costs around £5,000

coming next month worktops

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Real inspiration Glass and lacquer

winning combination

Rich-coloured glass cabinetry teamed with white lacquer proved to be a smart choice for Julie Thom and Simon Watts – and the design won a prize as a result FEATURE Rachel Ogden • PHOTOGRAPHY Bruce Hemming

Kitchen Fact File THE FAMILY Julie Thom, a makeup artist in the film industry, her husband Simon Watts, who is a surgeon, and their son Taylor, plus Thea the Border Collie THE HOME A five-bedroom, 1930s house in East Sussex THE PROJECT Knocking together a kitchen and dining room to create an open-plan scheme



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open-plan layout

The new kitchen is a great entertaining space. ‘It’s a sociable design and fabulous for parties,’ says Julie. The Blackberry glass doors and lacquered units by Colliers have recessed stainless-steel plinths to give the scheme a ‘floating’ appearance

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dining area

‘Simon adores the Vernon Panton dining chairs,’ says Julie. ‘We bought them in a closing-down sale and they were a bargain. The design is so comfortable, and they look great in the kitchen’

Advice from the owners

Pull-out larder

Two larders sit either side of the fridge freezer. They extend fully so that their contents can be seen at a glance

Do think about what you want to get out of the kitchen and how the scheme will suit your lifestyle. Don’t skimp on storage. I don’t think you can ever have enough. We haven’t quite filled all of ours up but I know we will. Do consider underfloor heating. It keeps the room at a constant temperature and we’d really recommend it. It runs off our heating system and works brilliantly – plus it means we don’t use up wall space with a radiator.

cooking zone

A gas-on-glass hob by Neff features a wok burner for fast cooking, and the sink area is conveniently positioned along the same run

hen Julie Thom and her husband Simon Watts bought a 1930s house in Brighton, the couple knew they had a major renovation on their hands. ‘It hadn’t been modernised since the 1980s, so we needed to rewire and replumb the whole place,’ Julie explains. The property’s layout also left a lot to be desired. ‘It was a warren of small rooms and the kitchen, especially, was tiny and dark,’ she says. Nevertheless, the house’s attractions were obvious. ‘It’s located on a hill, and has stunning views over the local marina and the sea but we couldn’t see any of it from the kitchen because there was a dining room in the way,’ says Julie. ‘We decided to knock the kitchen, the dining room and an adjoining utility room into an open-plan space, which would have access to the garden, as well.’ Keen to give their new scheme a modern feel, the couple began to visit local kitchen companies that offered sleek, contemporary


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Glass-fronted cupboard

Bought as an ex-display piece, this unit houses glassware and works perfectly with the rest of the kitchen. Its illuminated shelves cast extra light into the room

cabinetry. However, it was only when they walked into a showroom in a nearby coastal town that they found their dream design. ‘We went to Colliers for two reasons,’ Julie recalls. ‘Firstly, a couple of friends had recommended the company and second, the firm was listed as a supplier of the German kitchens we like. As it turned out, we didn’t buy the burgundy scheme we’d gone in to view, because once we’d seen these Blackberry units, we just adored them.’

down to a t Together with designer Jason Collier, Julie and Simon set about planning the layout. ‘We wanted a large island along with a table and a breakfast bar,’ says Julie. ‘We had no fixed ideas of how this should look, so Jason came up with an interesting T shape.’ As well as the raised breakfast bar, the island includes a walnut-topped table, which slots neatly into a corner, although it can be pulled out to seat extra people. ‘Jason also

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Real inspiration Glass and lacquer

A raised walnut tiered shelf has been crafted from the same timber as the dining table for a sense of cohesion. Below the island’s Corian worktop, the Blackberry glass doors sparkle in the sunlight. ‘We actually chose the glass doors before I fell pregnant, then all of sudden we were expecting a child and I started to wonder how practical they were,’ says Julie. ‘They’re actually fine – I just use glass wipes’

DESIGNer’s tip


‘If you have a large room, try cabinetry and worktops at different heights to create plenty of interest’

CABINETRY ■ Handleless Blackberry glass and White

satinised lacquer units with frosted glass doors from the Colliers’ System range. Price for a similar kitchen, cabinetry only, £25,000


breakfast bar

Splashback ■ Coarse Silver glass. Price per sq m £400 FLOORING ■ 60 x 60cm porcelain tiles, Tile Depot. Price per sq m £33 SINK and TAPS ■ BlancoZerox undermounted single-bowl sink in stainless steel, Blanco £377 ■ BlancoZerox undermounted third-bowl sink in stainless steel, Blanco £275 ■ Fliq monobloc mixer tap in chrome, Abode £246 ■ Mini Filter tap in chrome, Franke £197

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incorporated loads of storage underneath, so I can open all the sides to get into cupboards,’ says Julie. ‘The Blackberry glass doors are not only unusual,’ Jason points out, ‘but they work beautifully with the white lacquer units and Corian worktops, which in turn emphasise the Neff stainless-steel appliances.’

added extras The latest kit was at the top of the couple’s must-have list, since they’d previously been making do with dated appliances. ‘Simon’s the cook, so I gave him carte blanche to choose the Neff ovens and hob,’ says Julie. ‘We wanted a steam oven as we’d heard they’re ideal for preparing vegetables and fish, both of which we eat frequently. Plus, we felt it would be an easier and healthier

way to cook. We wanted two single ovens, as well, because we do a lot of entertaining.’ Julie also had her eye on an Americanstyle fridge freezer. ‘Apart from anything else, I think these appliances look stylish and the ice and water dispenser is a nice bonus. The freezer isn’t great for storage as it has awkward shelves, but we have another one in the utility room, so we don’t struggle. I’d still have it again, though, because it fits in so neatly with the rest of the kitchen,’ she confirms. It’s not only Julie and Simon who think their new scheme is fantastic. It recently won a prize in the Best Kitchen Designs Over £20,000 category in the Neff MasterPartner awards. ‘This kitchen has definitely changed the way we live,’ Julie enthuses. ‘We love its colour, the space, the light – and the view.’

worktop unit

The glazed cabinet keeps coffee cups and cafetières close to hand

Cutlery drawer

This wide drawer also stores utensils and knives in a dedicated rack


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WORKSURFACES ■ Glacier White Corian. Price per linear m £450 ■ Walnut breakfast bar £900

APPLIANCES       ■ 2 x built-in single ovens, Neff, each £793 ■ Built-in steam oven, Neff £743 ■ Built-in combination microwave, Neff £690 ■ Five-burner gas-on-glass hob, Neff £818 ■ Chimney extractor hood, Neff £823 ■ Built-in warming drawer, Neff £388 ■ Integrated American-style fridge freezer, for similar, try MSS 20 FISI4, Maytag £1,149 ■ Integrated wine cooler, Caple £395          ■ Fully integrated dishwasher, Neff £674 Finishing touches ■ Walnut table, Colliers £1,550 ■ Verner Panton chairs in white, for similar, try The Conran Shop, each £201 ■ Verdi white leather and chrome high stools, Habitat, each £150 ■ Pop-up socket, Evoline £206 ■ 3 x Tone 1 light modern pendant lights

in white and polished chrome, Dar at Ocean Lighting, each £75 ■ Quad clock, Newgate £105 ■ Original ‘Cow’ artwork, Graham Bruce Richards at Rowan Gallery £600 ■ New York City roller blind, Digitex, from £115 ■ Quartet oblong plate, Pillivuyt at Trevor Mottram, each £10 ■ Quartet square bowls, Pillivuyt at Trevor Mottram, each £10 ■ Mezzaluna set, Scanpan at Trevor Mottram £30 ■ Pebble black granite mortar and pestle, John Julian Design at Trevor Mottram £79 ■ Rookie Stix chopsticks, Typhoon at Trevor Mottram, each £1.65 ■ Tasting spoons, Trevor Mottram, each £3.25 ■ Dip bowls, Chomette at Trevor Mottram, each £3.90 ■ Universal teapot, ZeroJapan at Trevor Mottram £43 ■ Mr & Mrs Chin salt and pepper set, Alessi at Trevor Mottram £31 For stockists, see page 142

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Gallery Ideas

make a frame

How to do... open SHELVING

Transform an ordinary crockery unit into a quirky display case by giving it a pretty border. Simply paint to match your scheme, position on a worktop or wall and fill with your favourite pieces for instant impact.

■ Try Seletti’s white-framed CD shelf, £170, at Heal’s

create a Niche

If your alcoves can’t accommodate a cabinet, shelves are a practical way to fill the void. Match them to the wall colour for a seamless, unobtrusive look or create a feature with a contrasting material.

Let your kitchen walls breathe with stunning display ideas – we’ve found some great solutions to make a statement

■ For a similar worktop and sink, try London Marble, price on application

box it in take your time

A freestanding unit allows you to adjust storage as your needs change, plus you can take it with you if you move house. They’re ideal for dining areas, too. Look for dressers of different widths, shelving units or more quirky solutions. ■ PS Pendel floor clock, £129, Ikea

double up

Use two rows of shelves instead of cupboards to maximise storage while allowing light to flood into a small space. Keep shelf depths shallow if headroom is at a premium and add carved supports below for an extra layer of detail.

■ The Spitalfields Kitchen by Plain

English starts from £40,000


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Modern shelving can be used for a variety of storage. Position stacked wine bottles on lower levels and less frequently used items higher up. Why not use it in place of a dresser? ■ For a similar glass-topped table

and shelving solution, try Ikea

Gallery Ideas

Sliding doors

link Little and large

Use colour to unite spaces and pieces of furniture. If you have a favourite large item in your kitchen, paint the wall shelving to match and hang at a similar height for a balanced look.

■ For a similar dresser and wall storage, try The Dormy House. Kris table, from £1,695, and benches, from £795 each, all Heal’s

reuse and reclaim

Shelves that will hold crockery need sturdy supports, but they don’t have to be dull. Wooden brackets can be carved and stained to match. For character, try using recycled or reclaimed materials.

■ These shelves are made from reclaimed

elm and oak. Try to find your nearest reclamation yard

Change the look of your shelves in an instant by adding these. If you entertain frequently, why not make one side home to sparkling glassware and china, while keeping the other for relaxed everyday living?

■ Living Space concept shelving

system. Schmidt kitchens start at £6,500 incl uding standard appliances

Top styling tips

■ Plan what you’ll put on your shelves first. Choose items with similar colours or themes for cohesion, but opt for a variety of pieces for an eclectic look. ■ Remember to leave enough room between each tier for display. ■ Make sure your shelves don’t jut out too far and interrupt your workspace. ■ Introducing a different material to your cabinetry via rustic wood or chic metal creates a focal point. ■ If you don’t have much time to clean, minimise long runs of open shelving in favour of short ones away from the grease of the cooking area. ■ Any spare space can be used – add shelves around an integrated fridge freezer, the curved end of a run of cabinetry or in an alcove.


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use above and below

Open shelving is suited to both classic and contemporary schemes – it can look fantastic in modern kitchens. Make it work hard by including accessories, such as a hanging rail, task lighting and utensil holders. Continue a shelf from another part of the kitchen to achieve a linear look. ■ Kitchen by SieMatic. Prices start from £20,000

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Spice it up

Add shelves that serve several purposes for extra storage. The underside can easily be adapted to have more than one function. Install task lighting, a slim display shelf or dedicated cubbyholes with glass containers for dry herbs and spices.

■ Bespoke shelves from Sola Kitchen’s Frillen range start from £550


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Slim down

Even narrow shelves can make a big difference in a small kitchen, especially if you have reduced-depth base cabinetry and want to avoid creating a ‘corridor’ effect. Reflective materials, such as hi-gloss, metal and glass, help to bounce light around a compact space.

display a collection

Create impact with a long continuous shelf if you don’t need wall cabinets. Display similar items, such as a crockery collection. It also works in a dining area.

■ Lack shelves, £10, Ikea. For similar wallpaper, try Brocante, £22 per roll, Tektura Wallcoverings. Avant Cappuccino at Second Nature has the look of these units. A kitchen costs from £8,000

■ Kitchen by Harvey Jones, prices start from £17,000. Bo chairs by Philippe Starck, £111 each, Mac & Mac

Decorate and design

Painting or wallpapering behind open shelving will help to highlight the display and the shelves themselves. If you’re using reclaimed materials, leaving brackets and fixtures on will give a sense of their industrial past.

■ Reclaimed timber shelves from Wessex Reclamation, prices vary

go old school

Antique shelving will add a sense of heritage to a country-style kitchen, so scour eBay and antiques fairs for unusual solutions. Mount near a tea point for easy storage of frequently used crockery – just make sure it’s strong enough before loading it up. ■ Try antiques stores for similar

pigeonhole shelves

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Real inspiration Wood and lacquer

Kitchen Fact File


THE FAMILY Vanessa Walters, a recruitment consultant, and her husband Donald, who is a lawyer. The couple live with their four children and two dogs THE HOME Five-bedroom Victorian villa in west London THE PROJECT Updating an existing extension to house a new bespoke kitchen

Vanessa and Donald Walters’ sleek, modern scheme combines striking olive ash veneer with understated lacquered cabinetry



for a similar Holloways of Ludlow kitchen, cabinetry only

FEATURE rachel ogden PHOTOGRAPHY James underton

victorian-style conservatory

The sliding glass doors flanking the structure lead into the kitchen and the dining area


The handleless olive ash veneer bookmatched furniture by Holloways of Ludlow has a distinctive grain that is shown off beautifully on the L-shaped island. It has been paired with lacquered taupe units, while burgundy furniture and accents add colour and contrast


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anessa and Donald Walters had lived in their west London home for eight years before they decided they couldn’t suffer the kitchen any longer. ‘It was falling apart and the unit doors were hanging off,’ recalls Vanessa. ‘It had been well built but had obviously seen better days.’ Situated at the back of the house, adjacent to a period-style conservatory, the room was dark and cramped. As a first step, the couple turned to interior designer and friend Chrysoula Sofitsi to work out how to make the space lighter and more welcoming. Chrysoula suggested replacing a small window opening onto the patio with a sliding glass door to match one on the opposite side. The transformation was instant, flooding the kitchen space with daylight and providing convenient access to the garden.

cooking zone

Vanessa and Donald replaced their old Aga with this new gas-fired model. Its Pewter finish contrasts with the muted shades of the cabinetry and burgundy glass splashback. Next to it, an induction hob comes into its own when the Aga is switched off during the summer

CHOOSING the CABINETRY Chrysoula also recommended a company that could collaborate with her on revamping the kitchen, Holloways of Ludlow. Vanessa and Donald were keen to replicate some features of the previous scheme, such as an island and an Aga, but wanted a more contemporary look. They instantly clicked with designer Robert Burnett and shared his vision for the room. ‘We had a few consultation sessions where Robert showed us what sort of materials were available,’ says Vanessa. ‘He mentioned that there was a wood he was excited about and gave us a sample of the olive ash. We thought it was absolutely fantastic, so we went for it.’ The timber cabinetry, with its strong grain and bookmatched veneers, then dictated the rest of the theme. ‘We worked through a lot of different palettes in search of colours to go with the wood,’ says Vanessa. ‘The look we were aiming for was uncluttered and

sink AREA

A chrome Dornbracht tap and double-bowl Suter sink form a flexible place that is ideal for rinsing dishes


A sliding door conceals a walk-in storage area that boasts a wine cooler, freezer and recycling bins

Advice from the OWNERS Do consult with your kitchen designers. We chose Holloways of Ludlow and I’d recommend the company because its designers were very open to our ideas. You might think you could draw up the plans yourself, but experts have lots of practical experience of what works and what doesn’t. They’re called ‘specialists’ for a reason. Don’t assume that just because there’s a project manager in charge that everything gets done thoroughly. It’s worth checking in regularly to make sure there are no misunderstandings about what’s required. I was quite hands-on and I think that’s important. Do choose drawers with softclosing mechanisms – I wouldn’t have any other type now.


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Vanessa admits to making a mistake in installing a prep sink on the central unit. ‘We don’t use it as much as we thought we would,’ she says. ‘But apart from that, it’s all worked out really well. This is a proper, practical kitchen, plus it’s lovely to look at, so we’re delighted with the result’

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Real inspiration Wood and lacquer

‘The wood was our best buy because it’s so lovely. It set the tone for the room because it has such a distinctive grain’

SHOP THE LOOK CABINETRY ■ Bespoke, bookmatched and lacquered

olive ash veneer units with lacquered cabinetry by Holloways of Ludlow. A similar kitchen, cabinetry only, costs from £37,000

WORKSURFACES ■ 20mm Ivory CaesarStone with 60mm mitred edge. Price per sq m, approx £320 calm but distinctive, so we thought everything else needed to be muted, apart from some burgundy glass splashbacks and lacquered cabinetry.’ The couple settled on pale taupe units to frame the main run of olive ash cabinetry and echo the ivory shade of the CaesarStone worktops.

home comforts

Beautiful conservatory windows make a stunning feature and the island is positioned to take advantage of the views outside. The limestone floor tiles from Stone Age have been laid in an opus pattern and continue into the living area for a seamless feel

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Splashback ■ Colourmatched burgundy

Opticlear (low-iron) toughened glass. Price per sq m £450 FLOORING ■ Porta D French limestone tiles, Stone Age. Price per sq m, from £96 SINKS and TAPS ■ Stark undermounted double-bowl sink in stainless steel, Suter £371 ■ Icerock undermounted round-bowl sink in stainless steel, Kohler £223 ■ Elio single-lever monobloc mixer tap in chrome, Dornbracht £550 ■ Zip filtered-water tap in chrome, Zip Heaters £2,000 APPLIANCES   ■ Three-oven, gas-fired Aga in Pewter, from £7,195 ■ Built-in single oven, Miele £2,870 ■ Built-in steam oven, Miele £1,722 ■ Four-zone induction hob, Miele £750 ■ Canopy extractor hood, De Dietrich £405 ■ Existing integrated American-style fridge freezer, for similar, try Sub Zero £11,950 ■ Fully integrated freezer, Miele £1,279 ■ Integrated wine cooler, Miele £1,259 ■ Fully integrated dishwasher, Miele £1,031

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Another feature they were keen to have as a focal point was the Aga. ‘It might be an unusual choice for a modern kitchen but I love the mix of old and new and I think it works really well,’ says Vanessa. Two built-in ovens supplement the range cooker – essential for a large family. ‘We have four boys and they eat us out of house and home,’ says Vanessa. ‘That’s one reason why we have a pair of freezers – one in the kitchen and one in the larder – in order to store plenty of precooked food.’ The walk-in larder is also home to a wine rack and a wine cooler, one of Donald’s favourite appliances. ‘It was quite important that we had space for a rack in the larder area, and a wine cooler, which means we always have wine at the right temperature,’ explains Vanessa. With the kitchen finally finished, the couple say that they couldn’t be more pleased. ‘It’s the heart of our house,’ Vanessa enthuses. ‘Before, we tended to gravitate towards the conservatory, but now we sit around the island, talking and eating. It’s where we are, all the time.’

View to the garden

Finishing touches ■ Modular sofa from the Voyage Immobile Sectional range, Roche Bobois £1,570 ■ Existing antique dining table, for similar, try reclaimed walnut, The French House £2,000 ■ Existing antique dining bench, for similar, try bespoke Refectory Style, Rustic Oak POA ■ Existing antique armchair, for similar, try Louis XIV Revival, AD & PS Antiques £1,275 ■ Flower Power chandelier, Brand Van Egmon at Chaplins, around £7,000 For stockists, see page 136


breakfast club Our selection of stylish eggs cups will give your day a cracking start




4 6 8



1 Hop to it

These cute handmade cups by ceramicist Julia Davey feature a bunny and bee motif. £12 each, Sujiivana

2 Egg head

John Lewis’s Beardy cup by Donna Wilson, £15, is a cut above the rest

3 Pure and simple

This Pausa Ripple cup from Dunelm


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Mill costs a mere £1.49 for two, so there’s no need to scrimp on the eggs

4 Flower power

Premier Housewares’ Meadow Breeze cup costs £5.99 for two, at Amazon

5 Soft touch

These thrown porcelain cups by Linda Bloomfield have a tactile, satin finish. £12 each, Not On The High Street

6 A little love

A heart decoration is the pretty finishing touch to these Gisela Graham cream ceramic cups. A gift-boxed pair costs £8.95 at Gifts From Handpicked

7 Pretty pastels

With either pink or blue letters or spots, the ceramic cups from Sorbet Living are ideal for adding a quirky, country touch to your table, £8 each

8 Dish of the day

If you like your egg with soldiers, you’ll love this cup and plate. £25, Ball & Byrne

9 Nature trail

Priced at £8 for four, this tree-lined cup from Joules is well worth tracking down

10 Quite a buzz

Sophie Allport’s Busy Bee cup, £4.99 at Lakeland, also has a matching cosy For stockists, see page 128

Coffee spoons, from £21 for a set of four, Alessi


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Poggenpohl units, including Teak Decor Lava and Polar White gloss lacquer, are paired with white Corian worktops for a stylish modern look. Aluminium plinths give the central island a floating effect, which contributes to the room’s clean, linear look

Kitchen Fact File THE FAMILY Paula Green, an interior designer, and her husband Paul, a doctor, live with their children, Oliver, 18, Joseph, 13, and Amelia, five THE HOME 1930s four-bedroom detached house in Cheshire THE PROJECT A sleek openplan kitchen with adjacent snug and dining area


sleek & UNIQUE Wood-effect cabinetry warms up white hi-gloss units and worktops in Paula and Paul Green’s characterful, modern scheme FEATURE Rachel Ogden PHOTOGRAPHY Lu Jeffery


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Paula and Paul Green knew the first thing that had to be changed in their new home was the kitchen. ‘It hadn’t been touched since the 1970s, and was all brown,’ laughs Paula. ‘We’d planned to redo the whole house anyway and asked an architect to reconfigure the layout, making it an open-plan space with a cosy snug off to one side and colourful dining room to the other. With this in mind, I wanted a sleek kitchen that wouldn’t clash with any other style I put with it.’ Once Paula had settled on an idea of how she wanted the space to look, she began to visit kitchen showrooms and read an assortment of interiors magazines. It was while at the Poggenpohl showroom in Manchester that she found what she was looking for. ‘I just clicked with designer Gill Pritchard, who was incredibly professional and understood exactly what I wanted,’ recalls Paula. ‘When she designed the layout, it looked almost identical to the plan I’d already drawn up on a piece of paper.’ Although the couple were initially worried that Poggenpohl would be too expensive, Gill put their minds at rest and tailored a scheme to suit their budget.

Built-in appliances

Two Neff ovens are housed within a bank of units. Paula loves her warming drawer, and says, ‘I use it for plates, but it also keeps food at the right temperature’

‘I saved by not hiring a decorator and painting the kitchen walls myself‘

social area

Extra-thick Cameo White Corian extends from the island to form a breakfast bar, with bar stools from Atlantic Shopping. Comfortable armchairs and Shiruku in Moss wallpaper from Designers Guild provide welcome colour and warmth

aesthetic decisions With the finances all sorted, Paula began to plan her colour scheme. ‘I knew that I wanted grey floor tiles and white Corian worktops, so the cabinetry had to have some warmth and

window dressing

A Roman blind in Tosca fabric by Designers Guild perfectly complements the neutral tones in the room

Advice from the owners Do gather lots of samples and try to visit as many showrooms as possible – you can find great bargains if you root around. Don’t neglect to do your research. Have a look at lots of magazines and tear out anything you like. Then gradually narrow down your choices.

island hob

A complete convert to induction cooking, Paula now says she wouldn’t go back to gas. This flush-fitted design, by Miele, is both unobtrusive and easy to use


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Do have a clear idea in your mind of what you want, so that when you request a quote you can be very specific about your requirements. Don’t be afraid to haggle either, as it often works.


SHOP THE LOOK CABINETRY ■ Teak Decor Lava laminate units with

Polar White gloss lacquer cabinetry from the +Segmento range. Total cost for a similar Poggenpohl design, cabinetry only £12,000

WORKSURFACES ■ 30mm and 60mm Cameo White Corian. Price per linear m £370 FLOORING ■ Grey Italian porcelain tiles, CTC Tiles. Price per sq m £38.50 ■ Existing wooden floorboards, for similar,

try Elegance Oak, Broadleaf Timber. Price per sq m £56

SINK and TAP ■ Cameo White Corian single-bowl sink, as integral part of worksurface £800 ■ Quadro single-lever monobloc swivelling mixer tap in chrome, Gessi £350 APPLIANCES ■ Built-in single oven, Neff £840 ■ Built-in multifunction oven, Neff £965 ■ Induction hob, for similar, try three-zone induction hob, Miele £1,645 ■ Island extractor hood in glass and stainless steel, Neff £600 ■ Built-in warming drawer, Neff £336 ■ Fully integrated larder fridge, Neff £758 ■ Fully integrated fridge, Neff £355 ■ Fully integrated dishwasher, Neff £572 Finishing touches ■ Roman blind made from Tosca fabric in Natural, Designers Guild. Price per m £175 ■ Shiruku wallpaper in Moss, Designers Guild. Price per roll £47 ■ Cattleya wallpaper by Lorca at Osborne & Little. Price per roll £52 ■ Eames Rocker RAR Chair in Lime Green, Vertigo Interiors £65 ■ Existing brown armchairs, for similar,

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texture,’ she explains. ‘As well as white hi-gloss units, the teak-effect furniture range I chose is almost the colour of ash, which picks out the grey tones in the floor tiles,’ she says. A large island runs the length of the room and is the main worksurface – it also boasts a breakfast bar. ‘I wanted it to appear as though it was floating,’ Paula remarks. ‘It’s really long because we do lots of entertaining, although I was keen for it not to look like an airport runway.’ To avoid that effect, the Corian worktop steps up slightly to form the breakfast bar. The subtle design also helps distinguish the working zone from the social area.

designed for living Gill came up with plenty of suggestions to make the kitchen more functional. ‘She recommended buying an oven with a slide-under door,’ says Paula. ‘Even though it’s a really big space, a standard door would have caused problems with the flow of traffic between the island and oven bank. Gill also


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included a pop-up socket in the middle of the island.’ At the top of Paula’s wish list, however, was a flush-fitting cook top. ‘I had to go for an induction model,’ she explains. ‘My first choice would have been a gas hob but we don’t have a mains supply here, and it would have required canisters. People told me induction was better and, having cooked on it, I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else again.’ Despite problems with the builders working elsewhere in the property, the kitchen was finished on time, mainly thanks to Poggenpohl. ‘The company really shone because everyone simply worked round the issues we were having with the builders,’ says Paula. ‘Now we struggle to go anywhere else in the house because the kitchen is so spacious and easy to be in. The children love it, too, and tend to do their homework in here even though we have a study. It’s a great space for entertaining and when we have friends round, there’s lots of room for everyone. It’s made life so much easier for us.’

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This colourful and eclectic scheme is in stark contrast to the cool, contemporary style of the kitchen. It’s a fun place to entertain and the 10ft antique table easily accommodates all the Greens’ guests. The Cattleya wallpaper by Lorca was bought from Designers Guild

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try Parker Knoll Oberon by Vialli, John Lewis, each £899 ■ Dining table, for similar, try Elisabeth James Antiques, from £2,800 ■ Dining chairs, for similar, try set of six Victorian mahogany dining chairs, £995 ■ Armchair re-covered in Solo fabric in Berry, Designers Guild. Price per m £62 ■ Deluxe Crescent bar stools, Atlantic Shopping, each £37.50 ■ Malmo pendant light, John Lewis £180 ■ Candelabra, for similar, try Brissi, John Lewis £145 ■ Existing clock, for similar, try 30cm Traditional Oak Wood, Simply Clocks £30 ■ Wood-burning stove, for similar, try The Milan, Chesney’s £1,434 ■ Lamp Room Gray estate emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Price per 2.5 litres £32.50 ■ Cornforth White estate emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Price per 2.5 litres £32.50 For stockists, see page 128


Bowled over

Clockwise from top left Sweet stalk

A steal at just £9, this F&F Ceramic Leaf bowl from Tesco is ideal is a delicate addition to your kitchen

Beautifully beaten

This shimmering TU Silver Hammered large bowl taps into the enduring trend for metallics and makes a striking accessory. It costs £15 at Sainsbury’s


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Splash of colour

Part of Svaja’s Boutique Empire collection, this purple Togo bowl, £29, is also available in bronze, green and teal

Heavenly handmade

The Large Blue Celadon dish by Emma Clegg at Miratis, £65, is made from porcelain with an aqua glazed interior

New wave

Subtle oyster tones and a rippled edge

feature on this Timeless glass bowl in Mercury, £12.99 at Dunelm Mill

Mint swirl

With ribbons of green, blue and white, the Lime Contrast glass bowl by Anna Ehrner at Kosta Boda is £55 from iapetus

A clear choice

Strikingly contemporary, this Oslo bowl by LSA is shown in clear glass. It costs £45 and also comes in white

Oriental influences

Teal is a key colour for this year – try the Geisha platter, Marks & Spencer, £29.50

Tribal trend

Go natural with a Red bamboo bowl by Rocha. John Rocha, £18, Debenhams


The brown and blue Baby citrus basket by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas at Alessi is made from porcelain, £109 For stockists, see page 136

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Set off your new worktops with a beautiful, eye-catching bowl, overflowing with fruit. Here’s our pick of the best




Freshen up your kitchen cabinets with a lick of paint in the latest pretty pastel colours










1 French Blue

natural-oil eggshell, Pots of Paint, £31.50 for 750ml

2 Sunrise Solo Satin, Crown at B&Q, £15.98 for 750ml

3 Duck Egg waterbased eggshell, Laura Ashley, £13.99 for 750ml 4 Calluna Estate

eggshell, Farrow & Ball, £43.50 for 2.5 litres


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5 Panacotta by Chiselwood, £37.50 for 2.5 litres Intelligent eggshell, or £41 for 2.5 litres oil eggshell

mixed in store as part of Dulux Tailor Made Colour range at Homebase, £11.19 for 500ml

6 Provence satin, Malabar Paintworks, £17.50 for 750ml

9 Cupboard Green

7 Oak Leaf non-drip gloss or one-coat satin, Wilkinson, £9.47 for 750ml 8 Butter Dish

Satinwood or eggshell,

coming next month dressers

by Little Greene, £37.50 for 2.5 litres Intelligent eggshell, or £41 for 2.5 litres traditional oil eggshell

10 Parlour Rose

acrylic eggshell, National Trust range by Fired Earth, £17.50 for 750ml

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light fantastic The right pendant can transform your kitchen and give it instant wow factor. Here’s our pick of the best


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From left to right: Bubble ball, £310, Heal’s

This quirky copper pendant by Innermost is based on the design of an earring. Great for projecting a spot of light directly downwards. Why not group a few together to make an eye-catching feature?

Reproduction Frisbi, £95, Iconic Lights

Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1978, this pendant lamp is a real classic. The hole in the centre allows light to be focused directly downwards onto a tabletop, as well as reflected upwards to subtly illuminate the rest of the room

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Zalo, £100, John Lewis

This rise-and-fall, retro-influenced pendant is shown here in a pretty shade of blue. It’s dimmable and comes in a wide range of colours

Harrow, £65, Garden Trading Made from powder-coated steel, this design comes in Shutter Blue, shown, Clay and White. Perfect for giving a warm glow to a dining area

Drop 1 Grouping of 6, £584, Original BTC

Crafted from bone china, this sleek light fitting offers a simple yet elegantly effective way of adding impact to your scheme. It is also available in white and

you can buy it in different groupings, including nine and eleven

Opaline Globe, £90, Skinflint Design

This 1930s French-style pendant will bestow a period look on your kitchen and comes supplied with a new chrome-plated fitting and cable

Industry, £80, Habitat

This aluminium design is ideal if you’re after a utilitarian feel with a stylish twist. It’s available in two metallic finishes: copper, shown, and silver

Indian, £78, Lemonlu London

A great choice for adding colour to

your kitchen without overwhelming it, this light has a bright purple interior with a pale, off-white exterior. It’s made from hammered metal and also comes in turquoise, lime/khaki green, red, yellow and orange

Jasmine, £180, Bhs

Introduce a Moroccan feel with this ball-shape pendant, which is made from handcrafted steel. Look closely and you’ll see it features a delicate design of leaves and flowers to give it a softer look

Soho, £80, House of Fraser

With a crimson interior to add a splash of colour, this gloss design by Kenneth Cole will give you a slice of city chic

coming next month paints for country kitchens

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Advice from the owners Do integrate your appliances where you can. Ours are totally camouflaged, and the doors help to reduce the noise levels in our open-plan room. Don’t rush into decisions. We had several designers draw up plans before we found a layout that we liked. Planning our kitchen this time around was a pleasant experience as we knew more about what we wanted and were more proactive.

open-plan space

A large hi-gloss, handleless island from the AlnoStar Highline range by Alno is the centrepiece of the Berrys’ kitchen. Beyond is a stunning feature wall covered in Vogue wallpaper by Kandola that’s embellished with hand-placed Swarovski crystals

Do ensure your pans will work on an induction hob before buying one. None of my old ones did even though they were stainless steel. The general rule is, if a fridge magnet doesn’t stick to the bottom of them, they won’t work.

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Cool glossy furniture has been teamed with swathes of jet black and a hint of crystal, creating a glamorous kitchen space for Jackie and Doug Berry FEATURE Rachel Ogden • PHOTOGRAPHY David Still


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Kitchen Fact File THE OWNERS Jackie and Doug Berry, who are both retired, live with their son Daniel, 27, daughter Leah, 22 (left), and their 14-year-old black toy poodle, Arny THE HOME A three-bedroom chalet bungalow in Essex THE CABINETRY Handleless hi-gloss lacquered units from the AlnoStar Highline range



For a similar Alno kitchen at Halcyon Interiors, cabinetry only

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Dining area

Around the integral Corian-topped table are black leather Anita dining chairs from John Lewis. The windows have been dressed with Swarovski crystal-studded black velvet lambrequins made by BB Originals

hile the oak farmhousestyle kitchen in Jackie and Doug Berry’s chalet bungalow had lasted well for 24 years, they realised it was time for a change on a grand scale. Along with updating their scheme, the couple wanted to create space for a dining area, which meant removing the wall between the kitchen and a family room. ‘Initially, we didn’t know exactly what we wanted, except that it had to be modern – something that in 10 years wouldn’t look dated,’ recalls Jackie. ‘So we visited lots of showrooms, bought magazines such as Beautiful Kitchens, and did plenty of research on the internet.’ Eventually, some white glass units by Alno caught the couple’s eye,

corner unit

cooking area

A combination microwave and warming drawer, both by Miele, have been mounted within a three-quarterheight cabinet. Slim shelves along the side display Jackie’s decorative mugs

The extractor hood above the induction hob can be raised or lowered to suit the couple’s different heights. Both the hob and hood are by Miele

but as there were only a few on display in the store they were in, it was suggested that they visit nearby Halcyon Interiors, a larger supplier of Alno kitchens. While there, Jackie and Doug spotted a sleek hi-gloss kitchen with white Corian worktops that made them immediately change their minds about the original cabinetry they had liked. ‘As soon as we saw it, we knew straight away that it was just what we wanted,’ says Jackie.

DESIGN INSPIRATION With the building work complete, the only thing that remained was to plan the perfect layout and choose the cabinetry. ‘We said all along that we wanted an island, which was now possible as we’d knocked through. So

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Jackie and Doug’s three-bedroom chalet bungalow in Essex


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‘Remember that in single-colour schemes the emphasis is moved to the lines of the units, so ensuring they’re clean is absolutely essential’ ✺ Visit for more ideas ✺

built-in appliances

Opposite the hob, a unit housing a steam oven, single oven and warming drawer, all by Miele, has lots of worktop space beside it for resting hot dishes

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‘Take your time to research as much as you can. Then plan very carefully and don’t be afraid to ask the experts for their help’

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Jackie’s a new convert to induction cooking and highly recommends it. ‘It’s so efficient,’ she says

SHOP THE LOOK Cabinetry ■ Handleless hi-gloss lacquered units from

6m the entire design was based around that,’ says Jackie. Halcyon Interior’s designer Louise Richardson came up with a scheme featuring a large island with integral dining table, mid-height units and banks of base and wall cabinets.

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Doors conceal washing appliances and also help keep noise to a minimum


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good idea A moulded Corian sink not only looks great, it ensures there are no joins in which dirt can gather

A moulded Corian sink is paired with a Minta tap by Grohe and a Zip hot and filtered chilled-water tap. ‘We wanted that minimal look, which meant getting rid of the kettle,’ says Jackie

island storage

The Berrys were equally diligent in researching appliances, visiting the Miele Experience Centre in Abingdon for a cookery day. ‘We had some idea of the type of appliances we were after and our time at Miele helped us cement that,’ says Jackie. ‘I’m really impressed with the steam oven and induction hob, which I’m still getting used to. I had gas before, but induction’s so quick and efficient, and it’s so easy to clean.’ Another idea that came out of the day was to mount the extractor motor

composite worktops

Deep drawers are ideal for housing crockery and cutlery, with the slimmer utensil compartment secreted inside a larger one to maintain the kitchen’s linear style

Corian surfaces top the cabinetry, frame the units and continue into a splashback. ‘The more you clean them, the nicer the sheen,’ adds Jackie

power sockets

Evoline sockets are discreetly hidden – this one drops down from a cupboard

boiling water tap

‘It was quite expensive and an extravagance, but I was keen to have one,’ says Jackie

on an exterior wall. ‘It means that even when we have it on at full speed, you can’t hear a thing,’ says Doug. ‘For the extractor itself, we chose a model where the hood can be moved up and down because I was fed up of banging my head on extractors in showrooms,’ he laughs. The pair even spent time finding floor tiles with a slip rating, so they’d not only be beautiful to look at but also safe to walk on when they are wet. The final touches were splashes of black and crystal accents for added glamour, starting with an eye-catching feature wall and extending through to bespoke velvet window dressings and elegant glassware. ‘Everybody loves the new design,’ beams Jackie. ‘We’ve always been a family that likes to gather in the kitchen but now we have more room, we’re in here all the time.’

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Hidden inside a drawer in the plinth of a base unit is a set of handy fold-away steps

the AlnoStar Highline range. Price for a similar Alno kitchen at Halcyon Interiors, cabinetry only, around £17,000

WORKSURFACES AND SPLASHBACK ■ 40mm Glacier White Corian. Price per linear m £380 FLOORING ■ Crossover porcelain tiles in Grey by

Villeroy & Boch at Bodywash Bathrooms. Price per 1.08 sq m £42

APPLIANCES ■ Built-in pyrolytic single oven, Miele £1,478 ■ Built-in combination microwave, Miele £1,315 ■ Built-in steam oven, Miele £1,579 ■ Five-zone induction hob, Miele £2,100 ■ Island extractor hood in stainless steel, Miele £1,631 ■ 2 x built-in warming drawers, Miele, each £733 ■ 2 x fully integrated larder fridges, Miele, each £795 ■ 2 x fully integrated freezers, Liebherr, each £733 ■ Integrated wine cooler, Miele £1,131 ■ Fully integrated dishwasher, Miele £917 ■ Integrated washer dryer, Siemens £866 SINK and TAPS ■ Single-bowl Glacier White Corian sink,

as integral part of worktop

■ Minta single-lever monobloc U-spout mixer tap in supersteel, Grohe £339 ■ Hydrotap boiling, chilled filtered water tap in stainless steel, Zip £1,983 FINISHING TOUCHES ■ AlnoStar wall-mounted Fly TV cabinet, Halcyon Interiors, from £850 ■ Pop-up socket, Evoline £255 ■ Vogue wallpaper in black/silver by Kandola, BB Originals. Price per roll £120 ■ 2 x bespoke black velvet and Swarovski

crystal-edged lambrequins, BB Originals. Total cost £1,900 ■ Black leather Anita chairs, John Lewis, each £89 ■ 30-litre Touch bin in matt steel, Brabantia £90 ■ Artisan stand mixer, KitchenAid £377 For stockists, see page 134

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culture Toast the New Year with our pick of elegant glasses, just right for filling with fizz – cheers!

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1 Modern magic

3 Designer style

The non-lead crystal ‘O’ Champagne tumbler by Riedel at Heal’s is stemless and costs £8.25

Part of the more affordable Country collection, the handmade Fanny glass flute by William Yeoward has a practical, sturdy stem and costs £34

2 Metallic twist

A fluid Champagne saucer with a hand-painted spiral of gold or platinum, shown, the Malika Grand by LSA costs £35 per pair

4 Shining example

5 Deeply delicious

Made from Tritan crystal, this Schott Zwiesel Bar Special Champagne Saucer at Wineware is a classic coupe that’s ideal for sweeter Champagnes. It costs £60 for a box of six

Timeless and elegant, this Venezia flute by Brissi at John Lewis features a platinum rim and measures 28cm tall. It costs £7




6 Pearly queen Marks & Spencer’s Lustre Champagne flute comes in four iridescent colours – blue, shown, pink, green and white. £19.50 for the set

7 In bloom

The Lotus flute from Betty Jackson.Black features a


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subtle flower design. It costs £6 at Debenhams

8 Classic choice

This slender flute is from the new Elegant Living range by Asda. £10 for four

9 Let’s get fizz-ical

With ‘Fizz’ etched on the

rim, this Emma Bridgewater Black Toast flute costs £24.95

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10 Fine print

The Fabulous Flutes range by Laurence LlewelynBowen at Dartington Crystal includes Florissima, shown. £15 each, Dotmaison

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galley kitchens A long, narrow room doesn’t have to mean a boring layout. Choose from the latest galley kitchens that have clever features galore

Copious drawer storage means this galley configuration works hard, allowing the walls to be free from units to prevent a ‘corridor effect’. Chunky marble worktops create a luxe look, while open shelving provides an attractive display area. The John Pawson Kitchen System for Obumex, price on application


hether you’re opting for a single or a double run of cabinetry, there are a few rules to observe when designing a galley kitchen. First, only have as many units as you need to avoid a corridor effect, then you’ll still need a working triangle to ensure people don’t clash as they prepare meals. ‘Keep counter space uncluttered by choosing strong, deep drawers to hold pans

and smaller appliances,’ advises Jason McNulty from Wren Kitchens. ‘Adjustable drawer dividers are a great way of keeping large utensils organised, while inserts offer a dedicated place for smaller items of cutlery.’ If you have two facing runs of units, make sure you allow enough room for doors to open on each side. For very narrow spaces, you may want to consider reduced depth worktops and cabinets. In wider rooms, take

advantage of the space by adding a small peninsula, breakfast table or desk area. The right lighting is also important in a narrow room, as it’s prone to shadows. Keep task lighting on one circuit and overhead or mood lighting – in plinths, glazed cupboards etc – on another. ‘Use colour to brighten up smaller spaces, and under-cabinet LEDs for preparation areas. This will also help create mood and ambience,’ adds Jason.

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If ultra modern isn’t for you, this fresh Steamer Bay design is ideal for a galley. Complete with tongue-and-groove panelling, a Butler-style sink and wooden worktops, it will make your room feel warm and homely. John Lewis of Hungerford kitchens start from £17,000

1 A galley kitchen can be arranged to emphasise a particular feature, such as this Urbo kitchen by Roundhouse, which frames a beautiful sash window. To save space, the table and chairs can be moved against the wall or pulled out for entertaining. Roundhouse Design kitchens start from £30,000

of the ivory cabinetry, an oven housing has been positioned near the door to stop it blocking light. Glazed wall units prevent a ‘corridor effect’ and allow for internal lighting, while integrated appliances keep the design sleek and uncluttered. This Keats scheme from Wren Kitchens costs from £1,167

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4 Extending a worksurface to create

the preserve of modern design, here’s proof that the principle also works with traditional-style cabinetry. Push-open doors are ideal in a galley as there are no handles taking up valuable space. This bespoke cabinetry by Higham Furniture costs £15,000

3 Several design tricks have been used here. As well as the simple clean lines

a breakfast bar at the end of a run of units is a clever solution when you have limited space in a galley. This Rimini kitchen in Natural Oak also has glass-fronted cupboards that reflect light, and wall units hung just below the ceiling also help to keep the room feeling open and airy. John Lewis kitchens start from £10,000, cabinetry only


Including a peninsula is a great way of achieving a dining area in a galley. As well as providing extra workspace, this design has a curved edge to echo the S-shaped cabinetry – a detail that stops the look from being too linear. The Second Nature Avant White range starts from £8,000


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freestanding units means the kitchen can be added to if you need more storage, or taken with you when you move. To preserve space, open shelving and a shallow wall cupboard have been used. This Udden kitchen from Ikea costs around £1,300, excluding tap

Here, shelving is used in place of base units for a more open feel while adding variety. Slim Titanium granite worktops and a veined splashback provide texture and contrast to the Stratified White Glow units. Porcelanosa kitchens cost from £12,400, cabinetry only

2 Dark wenge handleless

cabinetry with honed granite worktops and built-in appliances run along the back wall of this side extension. A mirrored splashback and stainless-steel elements make up for the lack of reflective surfaces, keeping the room light. Mowlem & Co kitchens start from £30,000

3 A galley kitchen doesn’t have to be straight, it can be

any shape as this modern, hi-gloss monochrome scheme demonstrates. The cabinetry follows the angles of the room in this compact apartment while the chunky Glacier White Corian worktops provide a dramatic effect. Corian costs from £310lin m

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for making a small space feel larger, don’t feel you have to stick to it rigidly. This Strato kitchen from Alternative Plans combines stainless-steel worktops with inlaid marble sections and matt white lacquered doors. All cooking appliances are fitted along one side with the sink area opposite for a clutter-free, asymmetrical look. Kitchens start at £25,000 from Alternative Plans

2 ‘Use long drawers and wall units in your design where possible to give the illusion of length and make accessing storage simpler’ Jim Gettings, MD of AFG Kitchens, UK distributor of Warendorf


With an integral sink and hob area that extends out beyond the rest of the cabinetry, this linear structure also boasts built-in shelves that can be concealed behind tambour doors when guests arrive. The minimalist design also appears as if it’s floating. Dada Trim kitchens start from £35,000

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‘If the galley is a single run, fit cooking at one end and sink at the other, with plenty of worktop space in between’ Jude Keenan, Kitchen Planner, Fitted Kitchens Department at John Lewis


1 Breaking a galley up with a seating or dining area at one end is a great way to use up extra space. This white gloss lacquer Schiffini Soviore kitchen also incorporates a reflective black glass splashback and grey composite worktops, which contrasts well with the pale cabinetry. Veined stone flooring adds texture to the design. Schiffini kitchens start at £25,000 from DesignSpaceLondon 2 In this classic oak galley scheme, break-fronting around the range cooker allows the appliance to shine and provides additional worksurface either side for hot pans. Curved corner cupboards, a simple tiled splashback and mood lighting complement the kitchen’s cosy

look. The Knightsbridge Classic range from K Kitchens costs from £219 for a 600mm base unit

3 Leaving a wall free of cabinetry has

made space for a small dining area in this Fjellen painted ash design. Appliances and the sink are housed within a single unit supported on legs, making the room feel spacious and uncluttered. Complete designs by Sola Kitchens start at £26,000

4 Round-edged worktops open up the

space, creating a welcoming entrance into this galley design. Riven slate flooring mimics the patio area for an uninterrupted and unified feel. Leicht Costello range by Vogue Kitchens is similar. Prices from £20,000

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Compiled by Rachel Ogden Photography Glen Wilkins Styling Kelly Flood hamper fortnum & Mason mince pies waitrose ribbon boots

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Whether you’re buying for the keen cook in the house or just treating yourself, we’ve found some fantastic kitchen-inspired presents

Fill their stockings with

rich reds & gilts This New Johnston Type double oven glove, £12.99, London Transport Museum, is a great stocking filler. File away your favourites in an Olives recipe binder, £13.75, Paperchase. This Red

Noel decoration, £5, and Keep Calm, It’s Only Christmas candle, £5, both Tesco, are signs of the time. Keep everyone posted with a Teapot memo board, £6.99, The Range. Treat

someone to this Acacia seasoning box, £14.69, Raymond Blanc by Anolon. Chill out with a wine cooler sleeve (shown in Silver Croc), £15, Le Creuset. Celia Birtwell kitchen drawer kit, £19.95, Wild

& Wolf, has true flower power. Make puddings like your mother made with a ceramic mixing jug, £9, Sainsbury’s. Serve the mince pies on a plate with this gold-and-white cake stand, £14, Next.


Make a kitchen cosy with

Special presents in

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l tuned wherever you are in the house with this Mini Dolmen bamboo radio by Lexon, £48, Heal’s. This plastic fantastic baking set includes a rolling pin, spatula, kitchen timer and pastry brush, £40, Joseph Joseph. Whistle while you work

with a Joy pudding basin, £49.95, Emma Bridgewater. A seasonal snowflake cafetiere, £25, Marks & Spencer, is ideal for breakfast. Count down the minutes till Christmas with a cutlery wall clock, £45, Laura Ashley.

Walnuts, San Leo Prosecco & Sauvignon Blanc All Waitrose

Linea Curve round casserole in Aubergine, £30, House of Fraser. This Hot Chilli heart wreath, £22.50, Pollyfields, will warm up guests. Send a message to loved ones with a Love Heart pan stand, £35, Plum & Ivory. Stay

A snowflake platter, £54.99, Aston Pottery, is perfect for serving small bites. Plain and simple it may be, but this Puritan terracotta tagine, £60, John Lewis, definitely passes muster. A dinner table must-have, this Christmas For stockists, see page 134

tablecloth is part of an eight-person table linen set, £68, Roman At Home. Have a retro Christmas with a SodaStream 60-litre drinks maker, £59.99, Argos. Whip up a treat with this five-speed hand mixer, £58.50, Dualit.

Anyone for champagne on ice? 1920s-style, stainless-steel bottle cooler, £75, Divertimenti. Choose a wine bottle coaster (inset with a Prince of Wales crest), £60, Highgrove Shop, that’s fit for a king. Don’t squirrel away your

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This Stuck On You magnetic oak knife block (knives sold separately), £45, is designed by Morph for Jamie At Home. Vintage cutlery crackers, £40 for six, Cox & Cox, are ideal for well-dressed tables. Spice up cookware with a 24cm


pure white & sparkling silvers



warm woods & regal purples

nuts, use the Scoiattolo nutcracker, £61, Alessi, instead. We’re deeply impressed by this honey-coloured Terence Conran bowl, £65, Marks & Spencer. Let’s drink to this wacky design – white Cups and Saucers table lamp, £70, Bhs.

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