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Kitchen Tour: A Georgian Townhouse Gets a Modern Rustic Makeover

Rustic timbers teamed with copper and marble give this reconfigured kitchen a warm and welcoming yet modern mood

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What makes a couple change their home refurbishment plans five months in? This kitchen! “We’d started working with the owners of this Georgian townhouse in December 2014,” says deVOL kitchen designer Ben Flannaghan. “We’d designed the kitchen and taken the deposit for it, but when the couple saw this range at Clerkenwell Design Week, they fell in love with the modern rustic feel and British-grown, British-designed, British-made ethos of it and changed their minds. They’re both creative and forward-thinking people and like to seek out beautiful furniture.”

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Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here A professional couple
Location Marylebone, London
Size The galley kitchen is 3.8m x 2.6m and the whole room is 12m long; part of a four-storey Georgian townhouse with 4 bedrooms
Designer Iain Chatburn of deVOL Kitchens created the initial design for a Shaker kitchen; Ben Flannaghan then converted it into a Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL

The clients have renovated the house and rearranged the rooms. The kitchen was originally on the first floor, with a study, dining area and reception room on the ground floor. The whole of the ground floor has now been opened up to create a living and kitchen space, which improves its flow, with subtle floor changes to help separate the dining area from the kitchen.

Filament lights, Urban Cottage Industries.

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The owners wanted an open-plan space for entertaining. “The couple do enjoy cooking and spending time in their kitchen, but they were also really drawn to a design that blended the dining and living spaces together,” Ben Flannaghan says.

The units are made from sustainable, band-sawn English beech. “English beech isn’t often used for furniture, because the grain is uneven and often varies in colour,” Flannaghan says. “It has a lot of darker areas here and there, knots and quirks. That’s why we love English beech, as it’s full of lovely character.”

Kitchen cabinets in Inky Blue Black and Natural, The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL.

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The window is fitted with concealed shutters, which are opened fully during the day to keep the room bright.

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The couple chose honed Carrara marble for the worktops. It was important to them to have consistency throughout the house in the materials and finishes used, and they’d gone for a similar marble already in their bathrooms.

“We wouldn’t normally recommend honed marble, as it’s even more porous than polished marble,” says Flannaghan. “However, it does look incredible and the owners were happy to make this compromise to achieve the look.”

He supplied the couple with a 30cm square sample of this marble to place on top of the units and use for a few weeks before they committed.

Honed Carrara marble worktops, deVOL Kitchens.

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Before the team got in to fit the kitchen, quite extensive structural work had already been done to the space. The couple had knocked down the internal walls and had also added this interior window.

The original plan was to install Crittall windows all the way up the stairs, opening up the whole home, but fire regulations meant they’d have had to use quite bulky glass panes, which they decided would have spoiled the look.

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“The small window onto the hallway is a great idea, even if it stops short of what the couple originally wanted,” says Flannaghan. “It brings more light in and creates a sense of space in this galley kitchen.”

Interior window, Crittall.

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The light fittings on either side of the extractor were found by the owners at London’s Portobello Road market. “We can advise on lighting, but generally we leave those choices to the client,” says Flannaghan.

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Up close, you can really see the textured grain of the English beech. Fingerholes were used in the doors, with copper pull handles on all the appliance doors.

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What do you think of this modern rustic kitchen? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.
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