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Kitchen of the Week: A Waste-Conscious Remodel Inspired by the Colors at Burning Man

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Kitchen of the Week: A Waste-Conscious Remodel Inspired by the Colors at Burning Man

February 10, 2022

“If I can’t make it, I will buy vintage or reclaimed,” designer Francesca Gaskin told The Modern House, where we first spotted her personality-filled home in Bristol, England. True to her word, her kitchen is an artful amalgam of DIY, secondhand, and re-use.

Sustainability was the motivating force behind her design decisions. “The only way to ensure the longevity of the space and the objects you bring into it is to invest in timeless design, and products that have been manufactured in a sustainable way,” she said. “More than ever, when you are designing a house you need to consider its impact on the environment.”

Another inspiration? The Burning Man festival. “The kitchen is based on a photograph I took at Burning Man festival, which I’ve been going to for 10 years,” she said. “I matched the color of the floorboards to the color of the white playa dust that I brought back from the desert. The kitchen units are made from steel and are the same pinky-orange as a shipping container in the photograph. I left the walls as bare plaster to represents the mountains that surround the playa, but the corners of the room and the cornicing I painted blue to evoke the sky.”

We recently asked Francesca, who not long ago launched environmentally conscious interior design company Jetsam Made, to share the other secrets behind her striking kitchen remodel.

Photography courtesy of The Modern House.

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Above: “I designed and did the joinery and had the steel frame fabricated,” Francesca says of the unique kitchen cabinets. “I now have a workshop where I design and make them for clients. We do steel and wood fabrications, mostly kitchens and furniture.” (Go to Jetsam Made for more info.)
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Above: The cabinet fronts are made of birch plywood; the handles are from Ikea. “I painted the original floor with emulsion paint (color matched to a sample of Playa sand brought back from Burning Man) and varnished with Bona Mega,” she shares.
there are three rice paper pendant lights by hay, in various sizes, in the spac 11
Above: There are three rice paper pendant lights by Hay, in various sizes, in the space.
the plastered walls were painted with limewash. the blue is little green paint  12
Above: The plastered walls were painted with limewash. The blue is Little Green Paint Company’s Brighton 203. The orange paint is RAL 3022.
francesca lived in the house for six months before she committed to a remodel,  13
Above: Francesca lived in the house for six months before she committed to a remodel, which started and finished all during the pandemic. The picture window behind her is one of the few structural changes she made.
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Above: “I built the banquette myself,” she tells us. “The bricks were sourced from eBay and are vintage, and it’s a Birch plywood surround.” The kitchen table was also a DIY project.
the palette in the kitchen is inspired by the drive through the desert to burni 15
Above: The palette in the kitchen is inspired by the drive through the desert to Burning Man: the cactuses, the green horizon, the yellow road markings. “I go for the community, the culture, and the positive it brings to the world year-round,” she says of the annual festival.

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