For Lucy, owning her own Neptune kitchen had long been a dream. ‘I’ve always loved the timeless style and the fact it will last forever. Our budget couldn’t accommodate it in our last house in London, so we made do with Neptune handles on the cabinets instead,’ she explains. When the couple moved into their current home, the existing kitchen was tired and ill-suited to the space. Working closely with designer Laura at our Hove store, Lucy was finally able to realise her dream.
Settling on the Shaker-inspired simplicity of the Suffolk design in neutral Driftwood after their first visit to the store in October 2020, the couple chose the striking dark blue hue of archive colour Ink to create a contrasting central island – an area of the kitchen that has since become key to family life. ‘It’s certainly a hard-working piece,’ muses Dave. ‘Homework is always done at the island, and we eat most of our meals as a family around it, too.’
As for the kitchen’s other defining features, a spacious bi-fold cabinet with concealed countertop space and an Everhot range featuring dual ceramic and induction hobs top the list. ‘We wanted to have more control over the heat of the range – particularly in the summer – which is why we opted for the dual design, rather than a conventional always-on stove,’ Dave explains. The final indulgence, both Lucy and Dave agree, was the large dining table, which needed to be big enough to fit the plentiful proportions of the space. ‘We chose the lights to specifically suit the table, too. Until it arrived, they were above a much smaller table which just didn’t work at all, so we knew we’d made the right decision,’ adds Lucy.
Of course, renovating during the pandemic came with its own challenges: ‘The work began in mid-February this year, but took much longer to complete than anticipated. We also decided to rip up and replace the floor with limestone, which was a huge undertaking,’ recalls Lucy. ‘The kitchen installation process itself was very straightforward though. It was fantastic having fitters that really knew what they were doing and were able to tweak certain aspects in situ – working around the existing ceiling beams wasn’t easy, for example.’
Now it’s finished, we asked the couple how they would describe their kitchen. ‘Light, spacious and very calm – even in the face of chaotic family life! And when the log burner is lit, it’s a really inviting room to spend time in.’