Steal This Look: A Glamorous London Kitchen from a Designer with "Shit Loads of Talent" by

Issue 9 · The Velvet Underground · March 4, 2014

Steal This Look: A Glamorous London Kitchen from a Designer with "Shit Loads of Talent"

Issue 9 · The Velvet Underground · March 4, 2014

London designer Harriet Anstruther (her tagline is "shit loads of talent") worked with architect Alex Michaelis (a lifelong friend) on her streamlined yet luxe kitchen in an 1840s landmarked London townhouse. Marble? Check. Unlacquered brass? Check. Prouve? Yes. We've sourced the essential elements:

Photographs by Henry Bourne (husband of Harriet).

Harriet Anstruther Kitchen Steal This Look/Remodelista

Above: Unlacquered brass fixtures add warmth to the Carrara marble countertops, backsplash, and shelf.

  Harriet Anstruther Kitchen/Remodelista

Above: Anstruther used Bulthaup b1 Kitchen Units and added custom brass strips to echo the brass faucet.

Harriet Anstruther London Kitchen/Remodelista

Above: In the airy atrium-like dining area, Anstruther used a suite of powder-coated Tolix Marais Chairs ($250 each from Design Within Reach).

The Basics

  Farrow and Ball All White/Remodelista

Above: Anstruther painted the walls in All White by Farrow & Ball, which the company describes as its "cleanest and whitest white." Photo via House Beautiful. For more guidance, see 10 Easy Pieces: Architect's White Paint Picks.

  Carrara Marble Countertop/Remodelista

Above: Countertops, backsplash, and floating shelf are all Carrara marble. Agonizing over your own counters? See Remodeling 101: Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Kitchen Countertops. Wondering whether marble is for you? See My Dirty Secret: How I Learned to Live with a Marble Backsplash from Michelle's Domestic Dispatches series.

Bulthaup Linear Kitchen Detail/Remodelista

Above: A detail of the German-made Bulthaup B1 Linear Kitchen drawers with an angled recessed grip. The B1 features birch interiors and Alpine White lacquered exteriors (it's the high-end company's least expensive offering).


Prouve Potence Wall Light/Remodelista

Above: The Prouve Potence Lamp is $1,760 from Design Within Reach.

E27 Muuto Pendant Light/Remodelista

Above: Anstruther hung a trio of Muuto E27 Ceiling Light Fixtures in black ($79 each from Fitzsu) over her kitchen island.

 Sink Accessories

Wallingford Soap Dish Waterworks/Remodelista

Above: The Waterworks Wallingford Soap Dish in brass is $34.99 from Nordstrom.

Restoration Hardware Pharmacy Soap Dispenser/Remodelista

Above: The glass Pharmacy Soap Dispenser from Restoration Hardware is $39.

Vintage Wire Dish Drainer/Remodelista

Above: The metal Vintage Wire Dish Drainer from the 1930s is $28 from Barge Canal Market on Etsy.

Perigot Golden Sponge/Remodelista

Above: Spotted on L'Arco Baleno's Maison Objet report: a golden sponge from French housewares company Perigot. For something similar, consider EZ Brite Deluxe Non-Scratch Scrubbers; $7.95 for two from Amazon.

Explore more Steal This Look posts, including A Low-Cost Kitchen for Serious Cooks. And, over at Gardenista, learn how to recreate A Romantic Outdoor Kitchen in Puglia.

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