Maura and Gerry’s kitchen has undergone a show-stopping transformation, from a poor design with pine doors, to a classic custom crafted creation they couldn’t be more proud of!
“We’d been living in the house for twenty one years and kept threatening to get a new kitchen,” says Maura. “It was one of my husband’s colleagues who recommended Doran Kitchens & Home; once we visited the showroom, we knew there was no need to go anywhere else. We loved the displays and were so impressed with the expert advice and wonderful customer service.”
“Michael Browne was our kitchen designer and I’m delighted to say our experience simply couldn’t have been any better. Michael is an absolute gentleman, really lovely to work with and such a fantastic designer. We knew we were in the right place from that very first visit.”
Maura and Gerry knew they wanted a contemporary classic style, rather than anything too stark or contemporary. “Michael talked us through every aspect to get a feel of how we wanted the room to work. We live in the kitchen, so it was important that it works as a really inviting and sociable family area, with casual spaces for dining and relaxing as well as cooking.”
Taking inspiration from design details in our display room, the couple were drawn to subtle curved features, such as quadrant posts and curved seating, which has the effect of softening the scheme and enhancing and enduring timeless appeal.”
Tall cabinetry to full ceiling height was another design detail the couple loved. “Michael built the full wall of tall cabinetry, right to the ceiling with coving detail giving a completely built-in finish.” This beautiful stretch of furniture extends the full length of the wall, maximising storage and giving the room a really luxurious finished feel.
Stepped plinths have been designed with recessed lighting enhancing the detail, with Georgian bars adding a decorative touch to the wall cabinets, painted inside in Farrow & Ball Down Pipe to complement the island.
Aware of the areas of wasted space in their previous kitchen, Maura and Gerry were keen to incorporate a long island to maximise the room’s generous proportions. “Our last kitchen didn’t have an island, just a table and chairs so I really wanted an island with a dining area. We’d decided on walnut for the breakfast bar so Michael suggested incorporating a bespoke walnut table with curved booth seating to continue the theme.
“The island was the area we had most deliberation and Michael was brilliant, so determined to get it exactly how we wanted. My son suggested the shape for the single pedestal table, which Michael developed to suit perfectly. It was Michael’s idea to introduce the bulkhead over the island, which is so eye-catching. It ties in with the coving and takes the room to another level.
“I’m absolutely delighted with our amazing kitchen, it definitely has the wow factor – every time I walk in here I feel like I’m living in a magazine! I can’t sing Michael and the whole team at Dorans praises highly enough. The project was excellently managed; the team kept on course the whole time and gave us a timetable for the kitchen and utility room.
“The Dorans team is amazing, so proud of their work – true perfectionists. I didn’t think people like this existed anymore – it did my heart good.”
If you would like to get a closer insight into this project from our designer’s perspective, check out Michael's interview on our blog.