The project in a nutshell
Who lives here? Lydia and Luke West
Property style: Renovated thrashing barn
Designer: Talinna Ellwood, Kestrel Kitchens
Decade property was originally built: 1800s
Lydia and her husband had a clear view of how they wanted their perfect kitchen and dining area to look, and when they found an old thrashing barn perfectly placed in the Norfolk countryside they didn’t waste any time. Luke runs a property renovation company and Lydia has always had a passion for interiors, so they were in a good position.
However, when the couple began renovations in 2016, all that was left of the original kitchen was one wall. “There were few original features here except one exposed brick wall and oak roof trusses so we were keen to highlight these”, Lydia explains.
“We also added an oak frame to the space and included a mullion window above the butler sink, French windows and an 8m bifold aspect that, once opened up, makes us feel like we’re cooking and dining outside.”
Bespoke cabinetry from Kestrel Kitchens, installed by Luke’s company, completes the look of modern luxury.
The island draws the eye to the center of the room, and it’s a great place for entertaining. The granite worktop chosen for the island picks up the colours used in all accents throughout the kitchen. Meanwhile the classic Aga is the heart of the space and has been framed by a mantel with an oak shelf and storage cupboards.
The Wests explain that designer Talinna was “amazing and added ideas in where she thought it could be improved, she took on our desire for symmetry and free-flowing space.”
Designer Ellwood reveals that the trickiest part of the design was ergonomics, “the fridge-freezer is very large and, due to it’s size, could have stuck out and looked out of place. We overcame this by stepping out the whole fridge area to create a focal point.”
Ellwoods top piece of advice? “I would say thinking carefully about placement and size is key. Not overcrowding the space is paramount.”
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