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Real home: A blue and bright Victorian kitchen extension

This Shaker kitchen gets a strikingly look from its Victorian Dusk paint job and metallic accents
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 05-01-2018 18:40pm

Upon moving in to their Victorian semi-detached home in 2011, owners Polly and Christian, knew there would be a period of refurbishment before they could call their new house a home. Over the next 10 months essential building and renovating work took place to add a kitchen extension and utility room and other features.

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- Owners/residents: Polly and Christian and their three children; Charlie, Oscar and Felicity

- Designer: Jamie Blake, director at Blakes London

- Style: Traditional

- Kitchen feature: This bespoke Shaker kitchen is painted in Victorian Dusk by Blakes London. The handmade cabinetry is made from oak with solid oak dove-tailed drawers and antique brass handles

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Combining the charm of old and new features sums up the look and feel Polly wanted to achieve, so when it came to finding inspiration she referenced a variety of magazines as well as Pinterest boards. Understandably they wanted to retain some of the original features including coving, ceiling roses and mosaic flooring in the hallway, so it was more a matter of considering how to make sure contemporary updates to the interior wouldn’t look out of place. When the time came to sit down and think about their kitchen, friends of Polly and Christian’s pointed them towards Blakes London.

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With large Crittall windows the extension had already made the room light and bright, so when they met with Jamie the talk turned to the kitchen design and practical features. Polly says, “My brief was for a dark Shaker kitchen including an island packed with lots of storage. I didn’t want wall cupboards so we went for fitted floor-standing cabinetry and Jamie suggested two larder cupboards to house food and appliances.”

Polly and Christian and their three children can all enjoy this large space which combines cooking, living and dining areas. “There’s even plenty of room for the abundance of toys and arts and crafts which keeps the kids entertained while I’m busy preparing dinner. I enjoy cooking, particularly Sunday lunch, so I’m in my element in the kitchen,” says Polly.

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Her favourite thing about the new kitchen is the fact that she has two dishwashers, meaning that after making a meal for the whole family or a group of friends, she doesn’t need to worry about a stack of washing up. Contemplating how everything has come together, Polly explains how they couldn’t be happier, “This room works perfectly for our family – so much so that we no longer use any other room in the house.”

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Q & A – Jamie Blake, director at Blakes London

- How did you fulfil the brief from the owners and plan the layout?
We worked closely with Polly and Christian in the initial design phase of the extension re-build. We had perimeters from the council but the couple wanted to create as much space and light as possible, hence the Crittall doors. Once the space was realised Polly and Christian wanted three separate zones that could be used for living, dining and cooking and asked for a statement island.

- How did you choose the style of cabinetry for this space?
This was one of the easiest decisions to make and there’s no real science behind the choice. Polly and Christian wanted a Shaker kitchen, however they knew they didn’t want it to look too traditional. We achieved the look by using interesting handles, no traditional cornicing and details and by choosing dark paint colours.

- Can you tell us about the long island and what storage is incorporated?
The island is 5.5 meters in length and is made from two book-matched pieces of Carrara marble. It houses two dishwashers, a wine cooler, two large integrated bins, a drawer stack, a 100cm wide butler sink, tray space, preparation sink and a cabinet. On the back, the side facing out onto the rest of the room is additional storage for ‘Christmas’ crockery, the things you don’t need or use everyday. The breakfast bar for all the family to sit around and socialise at, houses five stools comfortably and six at a push.

Credit: Malcolm Menzies (Images), Emma Foale (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 243

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