The owners of this new home approached Harris House Kitchens with very strict instructions — they wanted a kitchen that was more akin to the English-style kitchens from the UK. They felt that Harris House was the only company that could achieve the look they were aspiring to. The original kitchen was modern and the clients wanted to redesign their kitchen in a manner that reflected their personal style, with quality details and finishes. The kitchen, as designed by Linda Harris, was able to successfully meet the clients’ brief, creating a feeling of warmth and charm in the open-plan space.
The style was created through the use of a Country Classic door with Bolection beading, including handcrafted fluting on the columns either side of the oven. The overall look is completed with a beautiful hand-painted finish that is the signature of all Harris House kitchens. The kitchen and island benchtops were finished in Victorian ash with a special feature built-in chopping block in the island bench as part of the client’s brief. The stunning handcrafted dining table and chairs were also custom designed by Harris House Kitchens. The cooking area has an Ilve upright cooker with stainless-steel splashback positioned behind the oven area, which has been offset with beautiful display cabinets either side of the rangehood. To soften the modern aspect of the appliances and to create a feature in itself, the display cabinets have halogen lighting to highlight displayed items. In keeping with the classic look, the Perrin & Rowe Provence tapware with levers and Shaw’s Ribchester 800mm ceramic sink are certainly fitting.
One of the main design considerations that designer Linda Harris had to take into account when planning the design was the owners’ request that the appliances weren’t to be the focal point of the area. Linda fulfilled that requirement well, as all appliances except the oven were fully integrated or out of sight. When it came to selecting the appliances, quality was essential. The clients chose an Ilve Majestic M120 electric double oven, Ilve canopy with Ilve splashback, a Miele fully integrated dishwasher, Liebherr side-by-side fridge/ freezer, a Miele microwave and a Liebherr wine fridge to keep bottles chilled at the perfect temperature. Now the owners can enjoy their beautiful new kitchen and dining area for its classic detailing, warm colours and finishes, and appreciate that it still retains all the necessary modern appliances and fittings within their English-style vision.