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AN INTERIOR DESIGNER ON A QUEST TO CREATE HER DREAM KITCHEN BRINGS A TASTE OF HER HOMELAND TO SYDNEY
When British expat and interior designer Jane had moved into her home on Sydney’s north shore, she finally had the chance to create her dream kitchen. She was determined to pay homage to the era of the house, built in 1924, in doing so. “I wanted it to feel like it was from the ’20s, as a lot of the house was still original, including the cabinetry in the butler’s pantry,” says Jane, a co-founder of Sydney home renovations boutique The Classic Outfitter. While the kitchen itself was a more recent addition to the home, built some years before Jane purchased the house, her new design incorporated period-esque features such as a chimney-style rangehood, double-height cabinetry and the original servant’s bells. “That’s one of the things I miss about England – that sense of history,” says Jane. With her husband, Greg, two sons, Sam, 14, and Jack, 13, Monty the dog and cats Archie and Snowy to consider, this part of the home also had to be every bit as practical as old-worldly beautiful – and it is. “I love the combination of blues and greens, so I chose to accessorise with collected vintage and Chinoiserie pieces in dark greens and touches of yellow found in the wallpaper,” says Jane. “I think I’ve brought that English country feel to the house. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
For sensibility’s sake, homeowner Jane opted for Smartstone Carrara for the benchtops. “I prefer the gorgeous patina of honed Carrara marble but needed the practicality of the reconstituted stone,” she says. It still offers the classic aesthetic of authentic marble, but with none of the worry of staining and scratching. A pot filler fitted to the splashback above a Belling ‘Richmond’ 110cm freestanding dual fuel range cooker also serves the cause of functionality, while marble-mosaic subway tiles are just right for a period kitchen. “The bevelled edges and the mix of sizes create interest without competing too much with the bold wallpaper,” says Jane.
Elaborate Sanderson ‘Sweet Bay’ wallpaper from The Classic Outfitter directs a spring-like palette, while high ceilings and natural light also help to shape the English conservatory feel. The old kitchen floor tiles were replaced to reveal original tallowwood flooring (opposite & right), which was re-stained with a dark mix of Feast Watson in Black
Japan and Walnut and matches the flooring throughout the home.