The country house is a peculiarly English phenomenon and reflects the particularly unique English character and way of life. It was a privilege to work with the homeowner of this Georgian farmhouse in Hampshire and give this beautiful family home a kitchen it really deserved.
The expertly crafted Nickleby cabinetry which has symmetry, simplicity, proportion and restraint at its heart, together with the antique brass accents throughout, really reflect the heritage of this wonderful Georgian home. As with all our projects, it’s always about the look and the feel of the space and when you walk through the hallway into the kitchen your attention is drawn across the island towards the main cooking area.
A false chimney houses the Lacanche Savigny range cooker – a stunning bespoke range with black enamel and antique brass trim. Either side of the Lacanche are extra tall niche cupboards to house a selection of oils and condiments. The false chimney really helped the kitchen to feel as though it had always been there, when in fact, this space was previously used as a children’s play room.
Along from the Lacanche is the banquette seating which is set in front of a large Georgian sash window. This is a such a great spot for a cup of tea, reading or catching up on emails, and also has shelving to the right hand side of the marble fireplace for the home audio system and cookery books.
The island acts as the main prep area with the double under-mounted ceramic sink flanked by the Miele dishwasher to the left and the eurocargo pull out bin to the right. The Ionian tap by Perrin & Rowe has the rinse option to the left, and a Quooker boiling hot water tap to the right. There is seating by Vincent Sheppard at the island for three with plenty of worktop space either end for food prep.
The dresser run along the wall has two countertop glazed cupboards with glass shelving and integrated lighting which are used for storing glassware and an impressive gin collection, with plenty of pull out drawers below for storage of crockery and serving dishes. Towards the back door is the countertop breakfast cupboard which houses the toaster and Nespresso coffee machine which shelving above for storing teas, coffee, sugar etc as well as cups and saucers.
There is a pantry at the end of the kitchen through a bespoke door made by our cabinetmakers in Felsted and has additional storage for dry goods and artisan shelving for items in daily use. The pantry is also home to a large American fridge freezer. In the dining room are two Nickleby dresser cupboards which flank the entrance to the kitchen and provide consistency across the design of this open plan living space.
Just off the main kitchen is the dining area with two large Nickleby dresser cupboards flanking the double doorway into the kitchen. Keeping the cabinetry design the same across the kitchen, dining room and pantry, as well as the simple architrave, helps to ensure a good flow through the space with a sense of consistency.
The colour palette is a blend of soft greys from the H|M paint range which paired with the Carrera-esque quartz worktops helps to give this space a really cool, calm and welcoming feel.