Ashling and Aidan’s house was about three or four years old when they bought it eleven years ago, so the decor was easy to live with over the years. ‘The kitchen we inherited was oak with a black worktop and terracotta tiles. It served its purpose but recently we felt the time was right to give the kitchen a makeover,’ says Ashling.
The kitchen was separate from the dining and living rooms, which was practical when the couple’s children were younger. ‘Where we now have the dining furniture was actually a separate room that was used as a playroom. As the children grew older, I often thought how lovely it would be to have one spacious open plan area for a new kitchen with dining and living areas. We briefly considered adding an extension to accommodate this, however it was going to blow our budget so we decided to work with the existing space.’ Knocking down the dividing walls between kitchen and dining room and likewise between dining and living room, the couple have achieved an open plan ‘L’shaped room, with kitchen and dining areas overlooking the countryside at the back of the house, leading to the living space at the front. ‘After having an oak kitchen with dark worktops for eleven years, I was keen to go for a light and bright scheme to open up the room as much as possible. A friend had recommended
Doran’s some time before we even considered getting a new kitchen. In fact, on her recommendation we had Doran’s design our bedroom furniture and were so happy with their designs that we went straight back to the showroom to see what they would come up with for our new kitchen.’
Originally considering a grey tone, Ashling decided on the lighter tone of Egyptian Cotton to keep the room looking bright and airy. ‘I love the easy going New England inspired style and wanted a fresh look for the kitchen that would age well. Working with Doran’s, I must say, the entire experience was enjoyable and hassle free. The guys are so easy to deal with and knew what look I wanted to achieve so the design came together quite naturally.’
Adding texture and contrast to the painted cabinetry, Eamon suggested introducing walnut to the curved breakfast bar. ‘I love this feature and really like the rich colour of the walnut. The window seat was another of Eamon’s suggestions. The original radiator is positioned here so Eamon made this as a radiator cover with the dual purpose of a handy seat with storage beneath. The kids have claimed this seat as their territory!’ Chamfered pilasters, glazed wall units and a combination of chrome cup handles display Eamon’s attention to detail. ‘I love every aspect of this design, from the combination of cabinet knobs and classic chrome cup handles to the window seat and the detail in the bespoke double larder. Every time I look at my kitchen, I notice something new that I love!’
This design is a very clean and classic with inspiration taken form the ‘New England’ style. The door is a timeless Bevelled Shaker finished in Egyptian Cotton. Complimented with simple features like the plain Georgian frames and chamfered pilasters. The Olympos Quartz worktops have all the beauty of Carrera Marble but with the practicality and durability of Quartz. The 100cm pantry larder beside the American style fridge freezer means all food storage is conveniently located together.