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

March 04, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

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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).

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

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

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


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.

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.

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).


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

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

 Sink Accessories

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

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

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

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.