We bought our house in Norwich four years ago and it was a ‘not very well cared for’ ex-rental.
Fortunately the damage was just cosmetic but because it was then home to my two sons and we only visited at weekends we didn’t worry too much. The black, light-sucking, carpet in the lounge (!!) made a swift exit and was replaced with wood flooring and we gave the whole house the cleanest of spring cleans but that was it for a while.
In 2018 we decided we couldn’t live with the two dark, damp bathrooms any longer (no natural light or ventilation in either of them) and as there was a conspicuous looking bath-shaped stain appearing on the lounge ceiling they were ripped out and replaced.
Still the kitchen remained untouched. Despite crap lighting, hideously scorched worktops, an extractor that Ian regularly bumped his head on and a knife vs veg incident involving my youngest son (23!) that left the ceiling splattered with blood for several months (or maybe because of *that*) we just couldn't justify spending a huge amount on a kitchen while we weren't living here full time.
However, come 2020, come retirement and our permanent move back to Norwich so the kitchen had to go. The paint was literally still drying as we went into lockdown. Finished not a moment too soon, I think I would have gone insane looking at the old kitchen every day.
The inspiration for the kitchen design sprang from the Loaf table that we bought back in 2016 ~ a vast 10 seater faux-concrete top with oak legs, with matching benches. I wanted everything as light as I could have it, so we chose white gloss doors with a faux concrete worktop, complementing the table. Under cupboard lighting was an absolute must. A pale grey floor pulled it together.
But it was the light fittings we found in John Lewis that inspired the styling. The brushed nickel shades have a copper accents and lining, which cast a lovely warm light over the dining table so we chose copper accessories for the room which have lifted the grey and white perfectly.
We finally 'finished' the kitchen today with the addition of a copper mirror that I've had my eye on for a while. I'd originally wanted a larger one but actually I'm glad I went with the smaller one as I think it would have over-powered everything else. I will resist the urge to add anything else to this room now because I don't want it to become cluttered, that's the opposite of what we were trying to achieve.
I'm really pleased that lockdown forced me to finish the kitchen slowly, I may have gone in a completely different direction otherwise.
Whilst we know this won't be our forever home (it has too many stairs for one thing!) we intend to be here for a while, until we find the land or property that will be perfect for us, so a well designed kitchen was a must for us, we are both keen cooks. I love the clean lines that come with having no door handles on the cupboards (fridge excluded) and the elegant edge that the copper has added is the perfect foil.
Can't wait to have everyone round for a family meal as soon as we can!
Kitchen: Kitchens By Design (Norwich)
Lighting: John Lewis
Table with bench seats: Conker by Loaf Furniture
Bookcase: Zipcode Design from Wayfair
Kettle and Toaster: Morphy Richards (nb: we did not pay as much for them in March as they appear to be selling for now!)
Bowls: The Just Slate Co at John Lewis (a birthday present from a friend)
Mirror: Olive and Sage
(the mirror weighs 15kg, we got a professional in to hang it for us!)