handpainted provincial kitchen with stained glass window, butlers sink and timber benchtop

This traditional English kitchen simply glows.

The goal was to create a traditional English heritage-style kitchen and David Martin of The Kitchen Place has succeeded magnificently. Not only is this gorgeous room functional and ergonomically designed, David has included a number of features to give the kitchen a real sense of another time and place.

Solid French oak benchtops glow beautifully in the light and are a fantastic contrast to the traditional white cabinetry. “The clients wanted the room to function well but also be visually pleasing,” says David.

Wicker baskets and the tiled splashback evoke a soft country feel while the butler sink is a classic addition. “The bearer follows the contour of the butler sink,” adds David. “A more modern undermount sink has been installed in the island for meal preparation.”

The dishwasher and refrigerator have been integrated to keep the more modern aspects of the kitchen to the background. A traditional mantel stands above the stove, which is flanked by glass-fronted display cabinets. The combination of drawers and cupboards provides the owners with much needed storage space while simple additions, such as a space for recipe books above the refrigerator, shows the care with which this kitchen was designed.

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Design: The Kitchen Place
Text: Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Vol.15 No.4