Like many, Rebecca and Martin had timelessness and longevity in mind when they started to think about designs for their new kitchen. As luck would have it, while looking locally for companies that might fit the brief, the couple came across Neptune in a kitchen showroom in nearby Chesterfield. ‘As soon as we saw the collection, we knew Neptune was the one,’ muses Rebecca. ‘And the option to repaint the cabinetry was also appealing if we fancied a change later down the line.’
The design they settled on – after consulting our kitchen inspiration book from cover to cover – was Suffolk, painted in warm neutral Dove Grey, and finished with locally crafted, leathered granite work surfaces. Synonymous with simplicity, the Shaker-inspired cabinetry pairs perfectly with walls painted in Farrow & Ball’s muted Elephant’s Breath, as well as the original terracotta floor tiles the couple were keen to keep in situ.
Although their previous kitchen was also a fairly understated affair, Rebecca and Martin wanted to ensure that, this time around, the layout would be much more practical. ‘We had cabinets with doors along one full wall before, some of which were quite awkward to access. But we also wanted to avoid having cabinets just running around the edges of the space. Although it’s not the largest room, it’s big enough that everything would have felt too far apart. A U-shaped layout, incorporating a peninsula, has given us more work surfaces, storage, and space for seating. It also creates a nice divide between the working part of the kitchen and the entertaining side. There’s even a built-in wine cooler tucked away in the peninsula for guests to easily access!’
Once they’d designed the layout, the project moved swiftly, and structural changes were limited to the installation of French doors leading between the kitchen and conservatory (replacing a narrow single door), and raising the chimney breast to accommodate their Lacanche range. ‘Other than that, we just had to find a solution for a small gap between the range and cabinetry on one side. Luckily, the slim chopping block and tray cabinet was just the thing to fill the space. And it’s practical and looks great,’ says Rebecca, smiling.
Looking back on the project, we ask the couple if they’d do anything differently given the chance. The answer is resoundingly positive: ‘Very little. The kitchen triangle we designed so carefully works brilliantly – everything is always within easy reach when I’m cooking. The only thing I’d change in hindsight is the sink. I’d opt for a double Belfast sink rather than the single design we chose.’