6th Feb 2020
When our client Tabitha James returned home two years ago to find her whole kitchen flooded, she was devastated. Little did she know at the time that this story would have a happy ending.
Tabitha’s busy life did not allow time to project manage a kitchen reconstruction, so she turned to interior designer, Amanda Austin, to take the reigns. They were put in touch after Tabitha had been impressed with Amanda’s bold style and brave use of colour in a friend’s kitchen.
Amanda had seen the BarrKitchens ‘Triple Shaker’, designed by Barr Group Creative Lead Rachele Bowley, at Decorex ’18. The unusual cabinetry features aligned cross cabinet geometric detailing which appealed to Amanda, who embraces a bold, unique design. Further distinctive features, such as the lit mesh fronted crockery cabinets, also peeked her interest and was incorporated into the final designs.
BarrKitchens produced the final cabinetry designs around Tabitha’s original kitchen layout, which had always worked well in terms of flow and function. The addition of a walk-in pantry, which would re-house the fridge freezer, freed up space for mesh fronted full height cabinets and integrated eye level oven.
Even the island end panels exhibit the distinctive layered panel design. The island boasts a luxurious combination bank of deep and shallow drawers, each traditionally made with dovetailed drawer boxes and finished with T-bar Plate Smoked Bronze ironmongery from Buster and punch.
Tabitha’s trusty white AGA was to stay in situ, complemented by white Carrera worktops and flanked by striking geometric tiles from Fired Earth. The cabinetry is hand-painted in 'Shop Front Green' by Papers & Paint. Solid oak shelving in the kitchen and pantry, solid oak worktops on the side runs and timber finished cupboard internals all warm the space.
In Tabitha’s words “I love everything about it… it is uncluttered, earthy and beautiful. BarrKitchens’ designer Toby was delighted to be able to take the Decorex ‘Triple Shaker’ on a design journey from exhibition to reality, with Amanda’s individual bold stamp making it a true one-off. Every BarrKitchen is different from the next. Always, we hope, a true reflection of our client's own aesthetic inclinations and lifestyle requirements.
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