We work on projects all shapes and sizes at H|M and all ages too: from Tudor manor houses to new build properties, every property comes with a unique set of attributes and challenges along the way. One of the most important things to us and our clients with the design of the kitchen, utility and boot room at the Willow House project was to ensure a good flow between the different zones and that the overall space suited the scale and proportion of the building. It’s hard enough for clients to visualise how a kitchen will look in an existing home, let alone in a building that doesn’t exist yet. Scale and proportion are so key to a successful kitchen design and the false chimney we designed and built in the kitchen not only houses the Lacanche range cooker but also provides a focal point that helps to ground the overall design. The antique effect mirror splashback helps to bounce the light back across the room and either side of the false chimney are wall cabinets providing additional storage space with useable countertop space below.
The island is the main prep area just opposite the Lacanche Cluny range cooker and has an under-mounted prep sink for convenience. A Miele warming drawer is discreetly located within the island in place of a drawer which is fantastic for warming plates or keeping food warm after serving. The island also serves as a convenient spot for coffee, and light meals with the breakfast bar delineated from the main food prep area with the use of a bespoke circular breakfast area finished in the dark Portobello oak. The Havisham counter stools are finished in leather for easy maintenance with a piped navy edge to quietly reflect the colour of the island.
The main sink run is positioned under the window with a smart divide under-mounted sink and flanked by a Miele integrated dishwasher to the left and pull out bin with 4 compartments to the right hand side. The Gaggenau French door fridge freezer is positioned opposite the main sink run and is integrated with Nickleby cabinetry with a butler pantry adjacent that mirrors the fridge freezer design perfectly. Designed as a standalone piece, this is such a classic H|M look leaving space and air around furniture to really let the pieces hold their own in a kitchen design. Zoning the dry and wet ingredients into one easy-to-access space makes life so easy when the clients come in through the boot room as they can put groceries onto the island counter before sorting and storing in the fridge, freezer and pantry.
Further along into the open plan space is the double breakfast / appliance cabinet providing space to prepare coffee and toast as well as use other countertop appliances as required. There is masses of storage for servingware, tableware and glassware and this piece is located just near to the dining table which is naturally super convenient.
The Nickleby design in this kitchen really captures the classic English furniture design style we love at H|M, the mix of colours – Tailored Grey on the perimeter and Brolly Blue on the island – is perfectly blended with the Portobello accent wood used on the wall cabinets either side of the chimney and the circular breakfast bar on the island. The hardware throughout this kitchen for the handles and taps is aged brass which gives this kitchen a very understated and cool feel. The Willow House project is the perfect modern country style – classic English design paired with fresh, clean lines.