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Steal This Look: A Verdant London Kitchen with Vintage Inspiration

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Steal This Look: A Verdant London Kitchen with Vintage Inspiration

July 18, 2023

When creative director Charlotte Simpson and her partner, Gavin, tackled the renovation of their first house, a Victorian terrace in southeast London, they began with the kitchen. With a manhole in the center of the floor, a corrugated plastic roof, and waste plumbing directly through the middle of the room, the kitchen was the obvious starting point. Working with Darren Oldfield Architects, they integrated vintage inspiration from hotel interiors, antique potting sheds, and Victorian butcher shops. Here is a look at the key elements, lime-colored paint included, that make up the final result.

the backsplash is made up of zellige tiles: “the ‘forest’  17
Above: The backsplash is made up of zellige tiles: “The ‘Forest’ tile stripe was inspired by images of Victorian butchers,” says Charlotte. Photograph by Belle Daughtry from Kitchen of the Week: A Zesty Combination of Old and New by an Aspiring Interior Designer.
the core kitchen cabinetry is from british standard with a custom brass rail th 18
Above: The core kitchen cabinetry is from British Standard with a custom brass rail that runs the length of one side for hanging copper pots and kitchen implements. Photograph by Belle Daughtry from Kitchen of the Week: A Zesty Combination of Old and New by an Aspiring Interior Designer.

Materials

the kitchen cabinets are from british standard, painted in citrine (7\1) from l 19
Above: The kitchen cabinets are from British Standard, painted in Citrine (71) from Little Greene.
the kitchen worktops are made from reclaimed iroko sourced from retrouvius. sho 20
Above: The kitchen worktops are made from reclaimed Iroko sourced from Retrouvius. Shown here is Iroko wood; read more about the wood as a countertop material in our post Remodeling 101: All About Butcher Block Countertops.
\10 inch square zellige tiles in \10\18 (white) from mosaic factory are £\ 21
Above: 10 Inch Square Zellige Tiles in 1018 (white) from Mosaic Factory are £114 per square meter.
\10 inch square zellige tiles in \1003 (green) from mosaic factory are £\1 22
Above: 10 Inch Square Zellige Tiles in 1003 (green) from Mosaic Factory are £114 per square meter.
the floor tiles are terracotta hexagon tiles from handmade terracotta tile comp 23
Above: The floor tiles are Terracotta Hexagon Tiles from Handmade Terracotta Tile Company; £42.95 per square meter.

Faucets & Fixtures

a similar faucet is the devol aged brass mayan taps , a collaboration between d 24
Above: A similar faucet is the deVol Aged Brass Mayan Taps , a collaboration between deVol and Perrin & Rowe; $800 from deVol. For more options see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Traditional English Kitchen Taps.
the rejuvenation fireclay kitchen sink is \$8\17. for more options see our 25
Above: The Rejuvenation Fireclay Kitchen Sink is $817. For more options see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Apron Front Sinks.

Lighting & Hardware

the the antique cafe lamps seen in the kitchen were sourced from vinterior. for 26
Above: The the antique cafe lamps seen in the kitchen were sourced from Vinterior. For something similar, the Schoolhouse Nova L Sconce in brass is $349.
the british standard brass cupboard turn catch is £75. 27
Above: The British Standard Brass Cupboard Turn Catch is £75.
the british standard medium brass knob is £\20. 28
Above: The British Standard Medium Brass Knob is £20.

Accessories

the le creuset \2.5 quart tradition tea kettle in black is \$\140 at shop decor. 29
Above: The Le Creuset 2.5 Quart Tradition Tea Kettle in black is $140 at Shop Decor.
the blue on cream splatterware chamberstick candleholder is \$50 from march. 30
Above: The Blue on Cream Splatterware Chamberstick Candleholder is $50 from March.
the olli ella onion basket duo (it comes as a set with a large and small size)  31
Above: The Olli Ella Onion Basket Duo (it comes as a set with a large and small size) is $53 at Bella Boo.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the source of the vintage green cabinet?

The vintage green cabinet is sourced from a salvage yard in Kent, England.

Is the cabinet custom-made or pre-built?

The cabinet is pre-built and repurposed with a fresh coat of green paint for a vintage look.

What color of paint is used for the green cabinet?

The green cabinet is painted with Farrow & Ball's 'Calke Green' color.

Where can I find the pendant light fixture?

The pendant light fixture is from a lighting shop called 'Retrouvius' in London.

Are the countertops made of marble?

Yes, the countertops are made of Carrara marble.

Can you provide the dimensions of the kitchen island?

The dimensions of the kitchen island are 6 feet long by 3 feet wide.

What type of flooring is used in the kitchen?

The kitchen floor is covered with reclaimed wooden floorboards.

Where can I purchase the brass kitchen hardware?

The brass kitchen hardware is sourced from a company called 'Rejuvenation'.

What is the paint color used for the walls?

The walls are painted with Farrow & Ball's 'All White' color.

Is there a specific design style for this kitchen remodel?

The kitchen remodel follows a vintage and eclectic design style.

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