Working initially with Tsiantar Architects, it soon became apparent that our kitchen space was going to be the centre of the house. The place where most of the socialising, family events and action was going to take place. With this in mind, and with the knowledge that a flexible, contemporary kitchen with clean lines was the aesthetic I was looking for, Suzanne Tsiantar recommended ArtHouse Creative Interiors.
This started an interesting journey of ideas, expectations, choices and more choices! There were some setbacks, all of which were underwritten by the determination to get it right by Julie and her dedicated team.
The ArtHouse team considered and covered all aspects of the project and they worked endlessly with the builders, with a ‘hands on’ approach from the very start. Initially, several options were considered, visuals were made which were then presented with photorealistic images of my kitchen, to visualise the space and design clearly. Things were constantly tweaked and changed as things developed. With open dialogue continuing throughout the job, the project became a proactive journey. The inevitable changes and issues which occur with a total refurbishment were seen early in the project and the design was adapted accordingly. Everything was resolved in a practical and design lead way.
One of the unusual features of the kitchen is a very high ceiling for which Julie created a design that would highlight and exaggerate this space with the extra tall oven housing furniture. The layout of the kitchen design works perfectly with our ‘L’ shaped island which features a herb garden and small breakfast bar for entertaining. We needed a downdraft cooktop extractor system and we were invited to the BORA showroom in London for a demonstration to show how the system worked to draw vapours and odours downwards directly from the hob. All of our other cooking requirements have been met and co-ordinated by Miele, including the vacuuming Sous Vide drawer which is perfect for food preparation.
Other elements of the design also needed to be carefully considered for the open space, which includes the exposed pantry area which is great for storage and clearing things away. The drinks area is neatly situated on the dining side and is perfect for our daily morning coffees and as an evening entertaining bar. Finally, as we have collected a lot of art and ornaments over the years, Julie created a floating spaces wall which links the kitchen and dining area together where we can display our memorable pieces.
We are thrilled with our kitchen and the space that has been created. It has been a real pleasure to work with Julie and her team. We had some laughs and some lows (as the whole of the back wall had to be taken down- this wasn’t part of the plan!) The end result for us is just fabulous.