Light, white classic kitchen

Traditional kitchen with white subway tiles, wood-look tile floor and adjacent scullery

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A new bar and hutch were added to the dining room as part of this major kitchen renovation by designer Susan Templer. The two cabinets finish short of the ceiling and walls, and were designed with crown cornices to give them the look of furniture. The pale blue colour complements the white New England cottage-style kitchen behind. Italian pendant lights chosen by the owners add a contemporary touch to the old-world design.

It's a common problem for kitchen designers what's the best way to improve presence and functionality when limited by the size of the space?

This project by designer Susan Templer resolved just such an issue in several ways. The new kitchen was created in a classic New England cottage style, ideally suited to the 1930s villa. A subway tile splashback, panelled cabinet doors, butler's sinks and a custom hood designed by Templer all add to the look, requested by the owners one of whom is American. The couple also wanted the design to offer plenty of storage and display space.

"However, the kitchen had to sit within the same footprint as the existing design, which was itself a refit," the designer says. "To gain a little more space, we repurposed the laundry as a walk-in scullery. This light, spacious room continues the look of the main kitchen, except the cabinets here have simple flat doors."

Templer also added corner cabinets in the kitchen proper and maximised internal space within all the new cabinetry.

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The ventilation unit in this kitchen was custom designed by Susan Templer to achieve the American aesthetic requested. Floors are in a tile designed to mimic the look of a wide-plank floor.

"To conform to a classic look, some cupboards and drawers have double doors or drawer faces with roomy storage behind. I also specified space-efficient drawer dividers and corner storage units."

In addition, the designer added two cabinets outside the kitchen a bar and a tall hutch, both facing the dining area.

"I gave these pieces the look of freestanding furniture, complete with crown cornices. This detailing works well in the slightly more formal space."

The original beam ceiling was retained as it suited both the house and the work space. The kitchen's pale blue and white colour scheme was also appropriate and catered to the tastes of the owners

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While loosely following the original cabinetry layout for this project, the designer added a small peninsula to house the oven and provide a small breakfast nook, with bar stool seating on the far side.

Although the floor looks like traditional wood, it features contemporary textured tiles. These are laid randomly, in three lengths, to resemble a wide-plank timber floor. The Italian pendants over the dining table offer another modern accent.

"The kitchen also fulfils a special request," says Templer. "One of the owners is a surgeon and his love of detail is reflected in the design. He wanted all the straight lines to meet. For example, the decorative ledge that the scullery sink appears to rest on is exactly in line with the cabinetry."

Credit list

Kitchen and interior designer
Susan Templer NKBA, Templer Interiors (Auckland)
MDF with 5-part recessed panel door; Resene Quarter Black White in kitchen; Resene Half Robin’s Egg Blue in dining area
Tile from SpazioCasa
Kitchen sink
Acquello from In Residence, single fireclay butler’s sink
Fisher & Paykel
Award 86 power pack with custom stainless steel hood by SJ Crosbie
Fisher & Paykel
Kitchen manufacturer
DL Cabinetmaking
Fantasy Brown Granite in leathered finish from SCE Stone and Design
Murano glass from Italy; LED recessed and cabinet lighting from The Lighting Centre
Perrin & Rowe from In Residence; Provence in Nickel
Fisher & Paykel French Door
Waste disposal
InSinkErator Evolution

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