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EKBB Magazine explores this beautiful Porter kitchen, belonging to Laura Davies and designed by Second Nature specialists, Aristocraft Kitchens.


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Earlier in the year, we were thrilled to see EKBB Magazine feature Laura Davies’ kitchen, designed by one of our specialist Second Nature retailers in the West Midlands, Aristocraft Kitchens.

The design includes our handleless Porter doors in Graphite, with complementary Silestone Eternal Calacatta Gold worktops and a wooden breakfast bar, and continues on to a sideboard in the dining/living area, created with our Fitzroy doors in Copse Green.

In this ‘In the Kitchen With,’ we’re sharing Emily Peek’s interview from EKBB Magazine, as she delves in to the design details with Aristocraft Kitchens and talks styling inspiration with Laura.

Original text credit to Emily Peek, EKKB Magazine March 2019

Photography credit to Paul Craig

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Q & A with Laura Davies

What kick-started your dream kitchen journey?

“With our three-year-old daughter, Mary, and our second baby on the way, we wanted to design an ideal family friendly space, perfect for work, play and entertaining.”

“Having just recently moved into our new home in a small rural village in the West Midlands, there’s never been a better time to start designing our dream kitchen.

“When we moved in, we ripped out the old kitchen to make way for the renovations. We didn’t change it’s size, but the previous kitchen just had to go. It was cold and sterile with no form or texture and so many shades of cream.

“We wanted to redesign a family kitchen with maximum storage space and a relaxing seating area for visitors to gather around and socialise while we cook.”

Why did you choose Aristocraft Kitchens?

“We decided to go with Caroline based on her previous work.

“She has a creative flair and similar taste to us, so we knew we’d bounce great ideas off each other.

“I struggle to visualise things until it all comes together, so Caroline created a mood board for us with all the colours, materials and textures she thought we’d like.”

What were you searching for in terms of style?

“We really wanted a contemporary style with an industrial twist and a light space that had warmth and texture.

“We chose the sophisticated Graphite from Second Nature to accompany their Porter doors and opted for a deep Copse Green for our Fitzroy sideboard in the dining area.

“The quartz worktop and splashback provides a clean contrast to these darker shades, while the wood used for the breakfast bar, dining table and benches bring warmth to the space.

“To channel the industrial look, we incorporated a mix of metals throughout. From the copper rails on the kitchen doors, to the matt black boiling water tap and brass sideboard knobs- all of the details we chose help to add the depth we’d been hoping for.

“We added further interest with pendant lighting, metal floating shelves and bar stools that have a tactile, raw finish. To soften the look we accessorised with natural items such as wood, hessian, wicker and leafy plants, all of which combine to create a space that’s a joy to be in.”

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Q & A with Caroline Davies

Design Director at Aristocraft Kitchens & Bedrooms

What space did you have to play with?

“We were a little restricted and did contemplate moving the kitchen into the dining area, but it would have incurred too many costs. The space we had to work with was fairly narrow but tall, so a bank of units seemed the perfect solution to create that much needed storage space. I started designing the tall bank of units with a fridge, freezer, two single ovens and a tall pull-out tandem larger here.”

How did you go about choosing the colour palette finishes?

“I looked at plans for the other rooms in the house and it became quite clear that the couple were after a modern minimal vibe with a slight industrial feel. They appeared to like raw materials such as wood, wicker and concrete. They had used a mix of metals for lighting and handles, and liked warm tones such as mustard, burnt orange and charcoal in the furnishings so we used these where we could.”

What do you think works particularly well?

“I think the warmth of the wooden floor and the cool marble-effect worktops sit beautifully together. The original flooring in the property was a high gloss white tile which was dangerous for small children and very cold and bland. So, we used Amtico flooring and laid it in a chevron pattern to add interest to the room. The worktop has a bold marble effect running through the design, which we have book matched on the side panel to create a contrast flown in the design.”

Were there any challenges to overcome here?

“Laura wasn’t keen on the look of extractor hoods. So, we designed a bulk head above the hob to house a flush ceiling extractor. This was a little tricky due to the steel lintel in the ceiling but a problem we managed to overcome and it actually created quite a feature in the room, albeit an expensive one.”

PLAN YOUR DREAM KITCHEN

Searching for a Second Nature specialist in the West Midlands? Check out Aristocraft Kitchens.

Not local to you? Search for your nearest specialist via our website.  

Check out EKBB Magazine for more kitchen inspiration, and check out the March edition for the full feature on Laura’s kitchen.

Credit for this post goes to EKBB and Emily Peek.