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6th Jul 2017

The Timeless Elegance of a Thame Quintessence

Lashlake House in Thame is a project that is a perfect example of what can happen when the whole Barr Group gets together. Whether between StuartBarr CDR and the BarrJoinery team or BarrKitchens Designer Lucy Hillier and interior designer Louise Holt, the results are finished to the highest standards, where passion meets compromise and craftsmanship meets design.

To achieve the ideal Georgian kitchen, that works both with the rest of the home but also lends itself to modern living, was no small task. Traditionally a Georgian kitchen would have been a simple basement room used mainly by servants. As such, inspiration for 'Georgian kitchen' design today comes from other rooms in the Georgian home. The elegance, symmetry, sense of light and space you find in Georgian architecture and furniture is what the team were aiming to achieve, with expert Louise at the helm. As she intuitively expressed in early kitchen discussions it must be ‘almost as if this kitchen had been here all along.’

In the words of Thame based Holland and Green architect, Craig Anderson, "The client brief was to create a contemporary open plan kitchen/ living space. This was achieved by demolishing the existing rear/side extension and building a Georgian orangery style structure, opening up the rear wall to create an open plan space whilst retaining the character of the listed house. The kitchen and dining areas are within one space but are differentiated by the ceiling heights. The kitchen being under the low, existing ceiling of the house and the dining space situated in the new extension which has a large vaulted ceiling."

The traditional in frame shaker kitchen was designed and built to fit seamlessly with the stunning period property. Grand proportions and adornments such as the large central island and warm brass door handles are a way of giving a kitchen the feeling of, richness, luxury and formality that is a signature of Georgian design, without being too overstated. Cockbead slab drawers, and fully integrated pocket doors are innovative space savers and truly made to measure. Inlayed warm white LEDS illuminate the storage space and add a modern touch in this otherwise classic design.

Using a single colour in a matt finish on the hand painted cabinets is a quintessential flag of Georgian interiors. While early Georgian schemes used strong dark colours, lighter colours became more popular later with Little Greene sighting ‘Lead Colour 117’ a "common" Georgian colour which once graced the London residence of composer George Frederick Handel. Interior designer Louise Holt opted for the soft neutral ‘Panel’ by Paint&Paper Library to sit against the cream AGA and to complement the elegant colour scheme throughout the home.

Renovated and restored by StuartBarr CDR and BarrJoinery no stone was left unturned. By taking the old and somewhat dark kitchen, with its low ceiling and small windows and extending to incorporate the stunning orangery style breakfast room, a wonderful contrast was achieved. The end result succeeded in offering both space and light to this classic ‘back of the house’ Georgian kitchen without stripping it of its essence and original period charm.

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