The original kitchen put everyone off. Inconvenient, tiny and in a very unpleasant shade of puppy poo, a new space had to be found for Jackie's dream kitchen which is why Laurence had designs on the dark and rather unused dining room. As the house is Grade II listed, a planning submission needed detailed information on Laurence's intentions relating to the reconfiguration of any original architecture.

Rather than remove the wall between the proposed kitchen and the pretty Garden Hall he saw as a drawing room cum breakfast room, a large double door case was created with plenty of shelves on the kitchen side for storage. The existing local stone floors were lifted and kept to then be re-laid jumbled amongst newly quarried flagstones in random sizes.

Jackie wanted a centrally positioned island where she could cook and feel the social pivot of the busy heart of the home. This required an unusual solution for extracting cooking smells hence The Naked Extract system nestling in the white enamelled chandelier.

Jackie had set her heart on a green kitchen but let's face it there are greens and there are greens and Laurence's design antennae started vibrating at the idea of avocado but Jackie's childhood home boasted a particularly 'avocado' avocado bathroom suite so she would need a lot of persuading.

The finished effect is elegant but very easy to use and can be dressed up for more formal dinner parties as well as being a warming easy going family space during the day.

The units came from local supplier Howdens and then had simple routed MDF panel doors that were sprayed gloss green. Pyrolav, an extremely durable work surface made from volcanic rock French enamelled was cut to suit the largely freestanding layout.



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ROOM DETAILS

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Naked and chandelier

The 'Naked' extractor fan is a beautiful, understated solution to what is historically a really unattractive appliance and is supplied by Elica. Laurence designed the chandelier used to encase the fan and it was made as a bespoke project by a local sculptor called Jack Russell –
Details in contacts & bio's section.

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Pyrolav and unit

Pyrolav is an extremely hard and durable work surface made from volcanic rock which was shipped over from France to take pride of place in Jackie's new kitchen. The units were supplied by Howdens and the doors cut from MDF and spray painted by local car panel sprayers –
Details in contacts & bio's section.

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Oven and hob

The oven and hob as well as built in fridges and giant American fridge freezer for the utility room are all from Siemens –
Details in contacts & bio's section.

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Dining chair

The beautiful and elegant chairs that were used in the Garden Hall are produced by French furniture suppliers Maisons Du Monde –
Details in contacts & bio's section.

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LLB Products

Laurence and Jackie always use the LLB Collection of Royal Worcester mugs and tableware at home as well as the beautifully styled 'Echo' design of Laurence's cutlery range with Arthur Price – for more LLB products please see
www.llb.co.uk

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