‘I’ve got my dream Kitchen’

Stylist at Home Pe­tra, 35, ex­tended her home to cre­ate a roomy kitchen and din­ing area with a coun­try feel

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his is our fourth home,’ says Pe­tra. ‘my hus­band Luke and i en­joy ren­o­vat­ing houses, but we get bored eas­ily, so this time we wanted a project to get our teeth into – a prop­erty we could ex­tend and ren­o­vate over time.

We had out­grown our pre­vi­ous place, par­tic­u­larly as my ex­tended fam­ily from the Czech Repub­lic of­ten come to stay for a cou­ple of weeks at a time. In this house, the kitchen was a high pri­or­ity, as I wanted a space for en­ter­tain­ing.

TGet­ting started

We had an ar­chi­tect rec­om­mended to us and she drew up a plan that would get per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment, as we weren’t go­ing be­yond the orig­i­nal foot­print of the house, just ex­tend­ing into the right-hand side re­turn. A friend’s build­ing com­pany made a bril­liant tem­po­rary kitchen with a cou­ple of our old units at the back of the liv­ing room, and boarded off the orig­i­nal kitchen where the work was tak­ing place. It meant we could carry on cook­ing meals, and dis­rup­tion was kept to a min­i­mum.

We stuck to the orig­i­nal lay­out for the units, as it worked well. We also in­vested in a range cooker to go in the fire­place area – I got one for just £900 with £500 off in the Curry’s sale. We had it in­stalled at

‘de­cide what prod­ucts you want,the n compare prices on­line – i man­aged to source our but­ler sink and tap for £275 on ama­zon’

like us on face­book.com/ styleath­omemag and see our lat­est videos, house tours and dec­o­rat­ing tips. the begin­ning of the work, boarded it up dur­ing the build and worked around it.

Choos­ing the scheme

i knew i wanted an ex­posed brick wall to cre­ate tex­ture and con­trast with the dark grey bi­fold doors. i kept the over­all pal­ette neu­tral, and cream was the ob­vi­ous choice to keep the north-fac­ing kitchen light. The room had orig­i­nal features we wanted to re­tain, so it made sense to have shak­er­style units. We thought wooden work­tops would be too much work to main­tain, so we chose a dove grey Car­rara sur­face that i matched when paint­ing the shelf over the oven, the butcher’s block and sideboard.

Bring­ing in colour was the re­ally fun part. First i found some ro­man blinds that echoed the grey of the work­tops, plus some lovely pas­tel shades to soften the look. The colours in­flu­enced my other ac­ces­sories, such as the stor­age tins and Cath Kidston china. They’ve brought the space alive and cre­ated the coun­try farm­house fin­ish i was hop­ing to achieve.’

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