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Kitchen of the Week: Colorful and Custom—With a Tight Budget and Even Tighter Footprint

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Kitchen of the Week: Colorful and Custom—With a Tight Budget and Even Tighter Footprint

June 22, 2023

As ardent fans of Shaker-esque kitchens for their simplicity and timelessness, we’ve another favorite specialist to add to our list: Olive & Barr, UK-based makers of bespoke—and, they say, affordable—cook spaces. Today we’re stopping into a petite kitchen in an 1890s terrace house in Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire, redone with Olive & Barr fittings and playful color, a request of the homeowner, Temi.

There were practical constraints to consider, starting with the kitchen’s small footprint. But: “Temi had a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve, on a tight budget,” says Olive & Barr founder Al Bruce. “She wasn’t afraid to use a bold color when it came to her cabinetry.” Join us for a look at the finished space.

Photography courtesy of Olive & Barr.

&#8\2\20;beforehand, the kitchen was chaotic, dark, and a small and unusabl 17
Above: “Beforehand, the kitchen was chaotic, dark, and a small and unusable space,” says Al. “The layout felt disorganized and wasn’t aesthetically pleasing. The existing kitchen needed to be ripped out, and the walls needed plastering.”

For the transformation, the team worked to create a high-end, bespoke look on a minimal budget.

“Although it’s compact, Temi wanted a kitchen that had a freestanding look. She worked closely with our designers, and together they created a kitchen concentrating on space between the cabinets, giving the freestanding look she wanted with all the practicalities and storage she needed.” At Temi’s request, the handmade cabinets got a wash of bold blue-green; she also opted to tighten the usual 1000 mm (39-inch) space between island and counter to 880 millimeters (about 35 inches). Temi chronicled the process on her Instagram, @ahousemadeofbrass.

a custom plate rack and an arched backsplash, temi&#8\2\17;s idea, add to t 18
Above: A custom plate rack and an arched backsplash, Temi’s idea, add to the luxe look. (For more, see Trend Alert: Sculptural Marble Backsplashes—though, in keeping with her budget, Temi’s worktops and backsplash are actually Ventatino quartz.)
a well worn breakfast table adds to the freestanding look. 19
Above: A well-worn breakfast table adds to the freestanding look.
the range cooker—tucked into a nook—was kept in place, as was the 20
Above: The range cooker—tucked into a nook—was kept in place, as was the parquet flooring.
the team designed a custom freestanding larder to fill the corner beside the ra 21
Above: The team designed a custom freestanding larder to fill the corner beside the range.
inside, there are specially designed spaces for spices and dry goods as well as 22
Above: Inside, there are specially designed spaces for spices and dry goods as well as bulky countertop appliances.
the kitchen is also equipped with an induction cooktop. a sliding glass door le 23
Above: The kitchen is also equipped with an induction cooktop. A sliding glass door leads into the WC.
and a glimpse in the wc, with farmhouse sink and brass taps. 24
Above: And a glimpse in the WC, with farmhouse sink and brass taps.

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N.B. This story originally ran on April 21, 2022 and has been updated.

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Frequently asked questions

Where is the featured kitchen located?

The featured kitchen is located in Hertfordshire, England.

What style is the kitchen?

The kitchen featured in this article is a colorful Shaker kitchen.

What is the color of the kitchen cabinets?

The kitchen cabinets are olive in color.

What is unique about this kitchen design?

This kitchen design incorporates vibrant colors in a traditional Shaker style, giving it a unique and modern twist.

Are there any particular features worth mentioning?

Yes, some noteworthy features of this kitchen include open shelving, a large central island, and brass accents that add a touch of elegance.

Is this kitchen part of a residential or commercial space?

The featured kitchen is part of a residential space, specifically a private home in Hertfordshire.

Where can I find more information and images of this kitchen?

You can find more information and images of this kitchen by visiting the source article on Remodelista's website: [link](https://www.remodelista.com/posts/kitchen-of-the-week-colorful-shaker-kitchen-olive-and-barr-hertfordshire/)

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