|EKBB Magazine|||||written on: 01-11-2021 16:40pm|
When you love your home but its configuration isn’t quite right for your lifestyle, ‘don’t move, improve’ is often the best solution. And so, it was for Jane Joyce and husband Anthony when they began considering a move from their early Victorian listed rectory in Lincolnshire, now that their children were all grown up. “We decided that we would rather stay put and get this house just as we wanted it,” says Jane.
- Owners/residents: Jane and Anthony Joyce
- Designer: Martin Holliday, founder and design director of Chiselwood
- Style: Traditional
- Kitchen feature: Bespoke furniture is painted in French Grey 113 with Dark Lead Colour 118, both by Little Greene, and also used on the island to provide gentle contrast
Chief amongst their concerns with the house was the conservatory. “It was a beautiful room overlooking the garden, but not used enough – too cold in winter and attempting to heat it was like ripping up pound notes because the underfloor heating was so inefficient,” explains Jane. The kitchen was another issue; the north-facing space was cramped and dominated by a large chimney breast, making it far from ideal for their love of cooking and entertaining.
Their solution? Replace the glass roof and one wall of the conservatory with solid structures, add new super-efficient underfloor heating and move the kitchen into the new space. “It is still full of natural light, but much more comfortable, with lots of space for socialising,” says Jane. The couple also converted an adjacent gym into a scullery with a large pantry, crockery cupboard, fridge-freezer and two dishwashers. This was done so that messy pots and pans can be stashed out of sight when guests are expected.
Following up recommendations, they commissioned Chiselwood to create the new kitchen. To accentuate the light feel of the room, grey-painted cabinetry with classic elegance was chosen and designed to sit with the proportions of the room and age of the house. “I love the quirky striping veneer of the furniture,” says Jane, who also commissioned Chiselwood to create a bespoke dining table and consoles with the same detailing. While the couple enjoy the cooking options on the new Wolf range, Jane says it’s the island that they enthuse about the most. “To be able to talk to friends and family while cooking is a joy and the sense of space makes for the kind of relaxed, easy form of entertaining which we love.”
Q & A – Martin Holliday, founder and design director of Chiselwood
- What was your starting point?
The layout came first. It made sense to use the new solid wall at the far end of the room for the range cooker, extraction and main storage, with a large island creating a bridge between the cooking and dining zones. The scullery is adjacent, so the dry and chilled food storage is in easy reach, as are the two sinks and dishwashers.
- Can you tell us about the design of the furniture?
All our cabinetry is traditionally made to order in our workshop, so it is genuinely bespoke and designed to fit the space perfectly. Here, the emphasis is on symmetry, to suit the shape and proportions of the room, with a classic in-frame style and gently rounded bead detailing to give a softness to the overall look. The motif above the extractor hood is designed to reflect the round window, also echoed in the chopping block and rounded island end.
- And the materials and finishes?
The furniture is painted in two shades of grey, to create gentle interest, finished with a Tabo stripey veneer detailing. Not only does this conceal LED strip lighting on the island, which adds subtle glamour in the evening, it also adds an individual flourish to the design and a touch of impact which is important in a room of this scale. Finally, a splashback reflects light back into the room, its vintage finish softening the glow. Mirror can be harsh, but this antiqued finish here softens the effect beautifully.
Credit: Darren Chung (Images), Amelia Thorpe (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 251, March 2017
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