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or drawer faces with roomy storage behind. I also specified space-efficient drawer dividers and corner storage units.” In addition, the designer added two cabinets outside the kitchen – a bar and a tall hutch, both facing the dining area. “I gave these pieces the look of freestanding furniture, complete with crown cornices. This detailing works well in the slightly more formal space.” The original beam ceiling was retained as it suited both the house and the work space. The kitchen’s pale blue and white colour scheme was also appropriate and catered to the tastes of the owners Although the floor looks like traditional wood, it features contemporary textured tiles. These are laid randomly, in three lengths, to resemble a wide-plank timber floor. The Italian pendants over the dining table offer another modern accent. “The kitchen also fulfils a special request,” says Templer. “One of the owners is a surgeon and his love of detail is reflected in the design. He wanted all the straight lines to meet. For example, the decorative ledge that the scullery sink appears to rest on is exactly in line with the cabinetry.” Above: He wanted blue, she wanted white – together they achieved a two-tone colour scheme that ideally suits the traditional kitchen and dining area. While loosely following the original cabinetry layout, Templer added a small peninsula to house the oven and to provide a small breakfast nook, with bar stool seating on the far side. Grey grouting was chosen for the crisp white subway tiles to make them “pop”, the designer says. search | save | share at