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Previous pages: A furniture-like island with corner detailing and a deep stone benchtop greets family and visitors when entering this modest, inviting new kitchen – part of a whole-house renovation by Rosenthal Munckton Shields. Above: Cosy corner – a traditional window and glass roof panel bring light into what would otherwise have been a dark space. Introducing a new kitchen into a traditional home often requires a balance between relaxed, cosy warmth and contemporary functionality. This kitchen forms part of a comprehensive renovation of an 1860s Victorian terrace house by designer John Saliba of Rosenthal Munckton Shields. The front rooms and historic facade were retained but the rear has been stripped out and extended, with the new kitchen now at the heart of the home, says Saliba. “As such, the kitchen had to be sunny, warm and welcoming, and we took several steps to achieve this. An attractive corner window onto search | save | share at a light court together with a glass roof section, ensures the space is filled with light.” As the island is one of the first things visible from the hall, he gave this an approachable, furniture-like quality with decorative pilasters and a deep stone benchtop – much like a rustic freestanding butcher’s block. “A darker colour choice on the island also separates it from the white painted wall cabinetry, making it seem even more like an individual piece of furniture,” says Saliba. And for similar reason, there is no sink or any appliances installed on the island – these