Shabby-Chic Kitchen

My client first contacted me having just re-located a frail turn-of-the-century villa from the city all the way to a remote location in the countryside. Determined to re-invent the heart of this once beautiful home, my client wanted a kitchen that would be sympathetic to the villa’s nostalgic past, whilst benefitting from the convenience and functional advantages of today’s technology.

The focus of the kitchen is a deep central island affording generous views out to the rolling landscape. Free of appliances, its main purpose is the preparation of food – but also doubles as a large communal area for up to 5 people to sit at.

A ‘shabby-chic’ look was adopted by blending together an eclectic mix of materials, finishes and furniture, creating a room with warmth and charm. The sink area splash back is framed with art-nouveau pressed tin panels, with a plate rack above to showcase my client’s beautiful crockery. Vintage patterned-clay tiles decorate the cooking alcove alongside additional features like a hanging utensil rack and chalk board to give the space interest and character.

Heavily weathered multi-layer paintwork gives the cabinetry and entire kitchen a strong sense of history and continual use. However, these knocks and bumps of daily life fade away to reveal a kitchen ready to take on whatever challenges a day-in-the-life of a modern young family can throw at it.