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Real home: the most laid-back luxury kitchen in Wandsworth

Panelling is used for a Bahamian effect
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 18-07-2019 10:00am

The project in a nutshell


Who lives here? Ellie and James Deal, their three sons and dog

Location: Wandsworth

Designer: James Blake, Blakes London

Decade property was originally built: Edwardian period

It was a labour of love to fix up the Edwardian property Ellie and James bought in 2016. They were lucky that the previous owner and her daughter had already drawn up plans to renovate the property – although sadly the owners hadn’t been able to make the changes – seeing the previous plans inspired the couple.

“It was seeing their plans that really inspired us to go ahead and buy. We just had to modify them slightly as we have quite a large family.”


A love of the East Coast informed the design. Panelling plays a central part, covering the island and the ground-level counters spanning the kitchen. “I adore the shiplap panelling of American homes”, explains Ellie, “I knew I wanted to bring it back to London and Jem was the man to do it.” Jem Clarke was the couple’s design consultant.

Adding to the ‘laid-back’ vibe of the room is a roomy American-style fridge-freezer and double pantry larder. Perfect for a large family who enjoy entertaining.


To designer Jamie, the thing he valued most about the project was the “great rapport developed between myself and the client. Ellie was fantastic, and the more we met the more we had faith in each other’s abilities. We delivered the brief with absolute certainty.”


A central aspect to achieving the traditional yet youthful style of this kitchen was the entrance according the Jamie – “We considered lowering floor levels in the lounge area to create interest, but we ended up using three equally spaced Crittal door openings in the zone to create a dramatic entrance.”

An expanse of white marble makes a luxurious worktop choice and offers refreshing collaboration with the natural woodgrain that is bought out in the bespoke oak cabinets.


This design has the space to incorporate three main aspects which create a flowing feel to the aesthetic of the room: a luxurious island, open plan setting and an eight-seater wooden dining table.

If chilled luxury out was the aim, it has most certainly been reached.

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Hannah Caton


Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.