The Old Bake House
Paula’s kitchen in Norfolk, was designed with symmetry in mind and revolved around keeping the authenticity and history of the kitchen alive. The bakehouse ovens are the centrepiece of the kitchen and the symmetry revolves around these to ensure they are a prominent feature of the room. The kitchen still boasts its original beams, stable doors and bread ovens which were built in 1850 when the home served as a bakehouse. Now, the kitchen features bespoke Shaker cabinets which are all freestanding and were colour matched to the bakehouse doors which closely resembled Farrow & Ball’s ‘Cornforth White’; they have bespoke flat fronted drawers to match with the kitchen’s original drawers. With an antique brass bridge tap and hinges, as well as living brass handles, this kitchen brings out the best features of this period kitchen.
Painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Hague Blue’, the island is a beautiful centre point with the function of serving and being a space to sit with family at the end of a working day. The design of the island itself was created with storage in mind as it stores and conceals the kitchen’s cutlery and crockery. Pot holder drawers sit beside the oven for saucepans and baking trays for those who are keen cooks and bakers in the family. To further maximise the space, the utility area is hidden around a corner with its appliances hidden which is similar to the kitchens’ wine fridge and microwave which are disguised either side of the oven.
A coffee station was designed for the coffee lovers in the family who wanted a space for roasting, grinding and making coffee, as well as an area to show off their array of teas and coffees from around the world. Finally, the Limestone flooring beautifully ties everything together and complements both the modern and period features beautifully.