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The Coulson Kitchen

Wimblington, Cambridgeshire

Cabinetry Design: Georgian Shaker
Handles: Jim Lawrence Forged Ball Knob
Hardware Finish: Polished Lacquered Iron
Cabinetry Finish: Invisible Green 56 by Little Greene
Worktops: Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo
Walls: Off White No.3 by Farrow & Ball
Flooring: Willis & Stone Rustic Grey Limestone
Designer: Vicky Ashton

A striking, modern farmhouse kitchen.

In a private and secluded spot with far reaching views over the Cambridgeshire countryside, this modern farmhouse is surrounded by its arable farmland. This characterful kitchen feels connected with its location and the beautiful landscaped gardens that wrap around the property. The large south-facing corner window offers garden views from most standing points and provides an abundance of light throughout the day. The space opens through into a bright and sunny dining area that features a high ceiling and plenty of glass, that again softly filters light through to the kitchen. The previous pine Shaker kitchen suited the space well with its simple and timeless features, but it had seen better days and needed an update, this was a chance to create something special that was going to reflect this couple's personality and flair, and to be loved and admired for years to come.

This kitchen appears bold, striking and sumptuous, and yet at the same time, feels humble and earthy, taking inspiration from its views with natural tones and textures. Painted in Invisible Green, this deep and moody colour could be considered daring for this smaller kitchen, however it is a magical colour that transforms throughout the day, that glimmers and glows in the borrowed light  of the adjacent dining room and brings so much character to this well-loved space. The quartz worktops have a light creamy base that add to the warming tones and creates a lift that stops the cabinetry from feeling too dark. The Umbrian Limestone flooring extends out to most of the ground floor, connecting the rooms and bringing a rustic quality that is well suited to the farmhouse property. Just a few small elements can completely transform a kitchen into feeling right for the space, the limestone flooring, hammered pewter handles and industrial style stools, add an unrefined tactile edge that stops this space from feeling too glamorous and polished which just wouldn't feel right for a working farmhouse kitchen.

To keep this kitchen feeling light and open, we kept the walls as clear as possible and took a more freestanding approach with the key cabinetry elements. The large mantle canopy above the stainless steel Mercury range has become a strong feature of the space but also balances out the use of colour on the walls. The countertop cupboard in the corner sits within an alcove and has a removable back to access pipework that extends even further back, the cupboard looks completely intentional but succeeds in hiding the uglies while including more shelved storage. The freestanding Butler’s Pantry is an important element, the owner enjoys cooking up meals from scratch and wanted to have all ingredients and groceries easily accessible in one place. We love to see a well stocked pantry cupboard and even though this one is at a reduced depth to allow more space for the island, it still provides and abundance of storage. It even has a bespoke spice drawer, keeping things organised and ever so satisfying. The island provides a clear work surface behind the hobs for food prep and has some wider pan drawers below for larger cookware. It also houses an integrated under-counter fridge for the more used, every-day items, while the main tall fridge and freezer can be found in the utility. Reduced depth cupboards under the seating on the other side are perfect for storing the less used dinnerware and glasses.

We love to see our kitchens blend seamlessly into our customers homes, with local artwork displayed around the walls, interesting pieces brought home from travels and an eclectic mix of items arranged on the worktops and window sills, this space really feels loved and completely unique.