The English Home



Barnes of Ashburton head designer Debbie Harradence knew as soon as she walked into her client’s home how she could completely transform her kitchen. “When I first met our client, her question to me was, ‘what would you do in this space?’. The previous kitchen was compressed into the smaller end of the room, with a very spacious dining area next to the stone chimney breast. The easy option was to replace the cabinets like for like. But considering the size of the property and how they wanted to use their kitchen, it was obvious to me that flipping the two areas around would create a stunning layout that complements this large farmhouse,” Harradence says.

The top priority was to create a social hub where generations of the family could gather together. The client is a keen cook and loves cooking Sunday roasts for her parents, children and grandchildren.

The main cooking run was placed on an external wall, which left ample space for a large island. “A connection between the kitchen and dining area was important, so we placed a window seat and sideboard running the length of the room, which not only creates a comfortable space to sit, but acts as additional storage,” says Harradence.

The bespoke, hand-crafted cabinets are painted in contrasting blue tones that create a fresh and uplifting feel. The end result is a classic and timeless kitchen that will stand the test of time.

The client is thrilled, saying: “The team from Barnes of Ashburton showed great attention to detail and are obviously very skilled and proud of what they do. Everyone went the extra mile and the service was fabulous from start to finish.”

DESIGN DETAILS Barnes of Ashburton kitchen painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue and Little Greene’s Bone China Blue, featuring: Barnes Classic framed-style cabinet work; Silestone Eternal Marfil quartz composite work surfaces; appliances by Miele; sink by Villeroy & Boch; refurbished original oak flooring; curtains, blinds and seat pads made using La Moulade fabric by Nina Campbell; and pendant lights by Amos Lighting.