I recently received a kitchen remodel alert on Instagram from an avid Remodelista reader. “Ferren Gipson is an art star in the UK,” she wrote. “I love what she’s done.” We did, too, and, in turn, direct messaged Ferren. “I plan our designs myself and I have so much self-doubt along the way, so it’s so nice to have you get in touch,” she responded.
An American art historian in London and host of the podcast Art Matters, Ferren and her husband, Tom Lloyd, a tech marketing specialist, and their five-year-old son, Winter, live in a Victorian row house in Peckham, which, she explained, they bought in 2020 with plans to right several wrongs. Years ago, the structure had been divided in two and stripped of its original detailing, “but it wasn’t in terrible shape.”
They tackled the bathroom first, so it could accommodate the boiler and washing machine that were hogging space in the kitchen. Then Ferren sketched a plan for the latter: streamlined, sunny, textural, and composed, what she had in mind was the opposite of the existing 1990s kitchen with its blocky wood-veneer cabinets and fridge planted in the dining room: scroll to the end for a Before shot, then join us for a look at what the kitchen has become.
Photography by Ferren Gipson (@ferrengipson).
To open up the space, Ferren had a partial wall removed and opted for below-counter-only cabinets from Ikea upgraded with painted wood fronts by Naked Doors: “saved us a lot rather than getting fully bespoke cabinets.” With the boiler and washer gone, there was room to add a dishwasher and microwave, gain back some wall space, and “not have to look at a boiler.”
Ferren says, “I went looking for a similar 3-D style in the usual tile stores and people had never heard of what I was describing. I like the verticality of them—they help emphasize the height of the room. Before, things felt very squat.”
Tackling your own kitchen? Here’s some more Ikea upgrade inspiration: