29th July 2014

When I spotted this kitchen featured on Desire to Inspire, well, I had to share it. It’s simple and crisp. It has a pleasing blend of materials with warm grey oak wall cabinets and matte white base cabinets set against custom European white oak floors. It’s calm. The white glass splasback catches the light and then there’s that sculptural swirl of a pendant suspended over the island. That single fluid touch feels so right here, offsetting the linear lines elsewhere and echoing, in a sense, the curve of the original arched windows.

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And then there’s the island – make that the fourteen foot long island around which family life in this house revolves. Can an island be too big? No, it seems, and I love that bold touch. It reminds me of a similarly giant kitchen I wrote about for a kitchen feature a few years ago; an island that sounded as if it might be too big until you saw it in the space, and it worked brilliantly, as this does.


This project is the work of Catlin Stothers Design, who transformed the existing small kitchen by opening up two rooms (the kitchen and adjacent dining room) to achieve the necessary scale, and then added in lots of well planned storage. You’ll find more information on the project here.

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