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Kitchen of the Week: An Imposing English Manor, Updated for Modern Family Life

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Kitchen of the Week: An Imposing English Manor, Updated for Modern Family Life

September 19, 2019

Pevsner’s Architectural Guide: The Buildings of England details the style and history of every building of architectural significance in the country. England doesn’t suffer for lack of old buildings—there are 51 volumes in the series—but this manor still stands out. According to the guide on Lincolnshire, a county known for its rural beauty, “Few houses in the country fill one with such delight.”

When the new owners bought the historic property, they were intent on turning it into a warm family home without losing the grand proportions—including in the kitchen. To this end, they kept the oversized Gothic windows, the weathered limestone floors, an original fireplace, and the space’s dramatic loftiness. Then they tapped deVOL to supply them with their Classic English Kitchen cabinets. The result is a large, airy space that manages to be both fit for family life and respectful of its architectural pedigree.

Have a look. (For more on the renovation of this medieval manor, follow @the.history.keeper on Instagram.)

Photography courtesy of deVOL.

While the cabinets are traditional, the lighting, all by Original BTC, is thoroughly modern. (See High/Low: The Classic English Table Lamp from Original BTC.)
Above: While the cabinets are traditional, the lighting, all by Original BTC, is thoroughly modern. (See High/Low: The Classic English Table Lamp from Original BTC.)
Forming a low backsplash are deVOL&#8
Above: Forming a low backsplash are deVOL’s Crackle Metro Tiles. The countertop is Silestone. (Love art in the kitchen? See The New Art Gallery: 12 Favorite Kitchens with Paintings on Display.)
The cabinets are painted a custom peacock blue. The wall behind it is awash in the same color.
Above: The cabinets are painted a custom peacock blue. The wall behind it is awash in the same color.
The wall of cabinets ends with high cabinet doors that conceal the refrigerator and pantry. Kitchen linens hang from the Taffrail rack by Tom Raffield.
Above: The wall of cabinets ends with high cabinet doors that conceal the refrigerator and pantry. Kitchen linens hang from the Taffrail rack by Tom Raffield.
The kitchen island, painted off-white, is topped with oak. The Bum Stools are from deVOL.
Above: The kitchen island, painted off-white, is topped with oak. The Bum Stools are from deVOL.
Across from the island is a console set up for tea-making. Whimsical wallpaper by Little Greene Paint & Paper (in &#8
Above: Across from the island is a console set up for tea-making. Whimsical wallpaper by Little Greene Paint & Paper (in “Great Ormond Street” pattern) adds a decorative note to the original fireplace.
The past (Gothic windows and original limestone floors) coexist with the new updates.
Above: The past (Gothic windows and original limestone floors) coexist with the new updates.
The glass sideboard, for storing kitchen linens, is from deVOL&#8
Above: The glass sideboard, for storing kitchen linens, is from deVOL’s Haberdasher’s Kitchen series. The Morvah Hanging Planters are by Tom Raffield.

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