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Real home: Exposed brick and reclaimed oak give this space a homely feel

Rough-hewn meets Edwardian in this impressive kitchen refurbishment
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 19-01-2022 14:45pm

“The kitchen was one of the most exciting and challenging parts of the redesign,” says Macfarlane’s Harrogate homeowner Paula Macfarlane, who along with husband Adrian and twin boys Jake and Archie, started their Edwardian five-bedroom townhouse refurbishment in 2012.

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- Owners/residents: Paula Macfarlane, her husband Adrian and twin boys Jake and Archie

- Designer: Alex Main, director, The Main Furniture & Kitchen Company

- Style: Rustic, industrial

- Kitchen feature: Bespoke painted tulipwood units with solid oak interiors from the Industrial range have been teamed with a mix of stainless steel and reclaimed oak worktops to create a vintage industrial look

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“We wanted the kitchen to be open-plan and airy,” says Paula. “As it is in the centre of the house, we were also aware that we needed to bring as much natural light into it as possible, which is why we went for the large skylight above the main body of the kitchen.”

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A big fan of the industrial look, Paula says she didn’t want her home to seem too much like a cliché, so she’s mixed it up with more traditional hand painted units and ultra-contemporary touches. “Throughout the house I have created a very eclectic mix of styles and I wanted the kitchen to reflect this,” she says. “It wasn’t easy trying to explain what I wanted, but working with designer Alex Main, between us we were able to bring my wishes to life.” To channel Paula’s industrial vibe, the brick walls have been left exposed and they’ve been teamed with shiny stainless steel worktops, splashback and original factory lights.

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The reclaimed oak worktops and chunky hand-painted units soften the scheme and give it a warm, inviting feel. As the kitchen is quite large, the couple deliberated a lot over the size of the island unit too. “I must have changed the design over a hundred times,” exclaims Paula. “We felt that a smaller unit would push the kitchen into one part of the room and it’s a large space so we decided to utilise it. When the island arrived, however, I was horrified. Funnily enough it now feels quite normal, although everyone jokingly refers to it as ‘the continent’ rather than an island!” The family are delighted with the result as their lives do centre around this inviting cooking, eating and living space.

Q & A – Alex Main, director, The Main Furniture & Kitchen Company

- What was your original brief?
The homeowners wanted us to create a kitchen that really showed off the raw materials that we used and, at the same time, to create the wow factor that you can only achieve with an individual design.

- Why did you decide on the layout that you did?
The layout was partially dictated by the impressive appliance choices that the client had made. We needed them to work with the kitchen, but yet not be the kitchen.

- How did you come up with the colour scheme?
The raw materials of the stainless steel and oak wood spoke for themselves. The clean lines of the stainless steel gave the wood even better character. I think the Little Greene paint colours, the lighter one of Inox 224 and the darker Lamp Black, which Paula chose, give added depth within the particular areas we have created within the kitchen.

- How did you ensure that the kitchen linked to the architecture of the house?
As the kitchen was installed within a new extension, we relied on the raw materials of the build taking centre stage over the existing architecture. The raw materials were so contrasting and different together, the units subtly complement the style of house.

Credit: Rachael Smith (Images), Anna Tobin (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 242

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