SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 186
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WILD WOOD WALL
CLOCK IN GOLDFISH
A BESPOKE TABLE
on where they were. I wanted vertical T-bar handles on the
lower cabinets; knobs on the upper cabinets; and horizontal
T-bar/plates on the drawers. I knew the hardware would go
with the black and brass Buster + Punch pendant over the
table, and the Barber Wilsons brass tap.'
THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Emily then set about adding the colourful character she's
injected to the whole house. A built-in fridge was replaced
with a blue Smeg. 'I wanted a pink one but Euan vetoed it
- he was right, but don't tell him I said so,' she laughs.
She designed a breakfast table with storage space to
wrap around the archway between the kitchen and living
room, then it was created by Scottish furniture maker
Christopher Butler. 'This was the most expensive purchase
of the room - about £1,500 - it was made to my design in
American walnut, and it's beautiful and functional, with a
built-in cupboard,' Emily says. 'I added two Kartell Masters
chairs in rust orange, and a walnut-veneered Fritz Hansen
Dot stool, which is handy for supervising the kids' teatime.
It's the comﬁest stool ever.'
A crewel stitch rug from Anthropologie picks up on the
pops of colour in the kitchen, such as the orange Oliver
Bonas wall clock and Roberts Revival Mini retro radio.
'My mum thought the rug was doomed to end up covered
in food, but it has remained unscathed,' Emily says.
She had the underside of the archway, as well as the
door frame in the living room, painted gold to match the
brass ﬁttings, and hung a Rockett St George 'Archway
Station' sign above it - a play on words as well as a homage
to where they used to live in Archway, north London.
The boiler was hidden in a cupboard covered in Cole & Son
Woods wallpaper, with an Anthropologie brass fox handle.
LONDON FILM MAP
LE CREUSET CAST
IRON OVAL SIGNATURE
£220, LE CREUSET
The process of renovating the kitchen at The Pink House
was done in two stages. The majority of the work, including
knocking the wall through, was done shortly after moving
in. Some time later, the cupboards were painted, and the
handles and tap added. But there were challenges.
'Removing the ﬂoor tiles proved diﬃcult,' recalls Emily.
'They were stuck fast to the boards, and it took three long
days of chiselling, sweating and swearing to get them oﬀ.'
Emily says she wouldn't have done anything diﬀerently.
'I love the abundance of natural light in the kitchen, having
ﬂoorboards and a rug, and the understated luxury of the
dark cupboards. And I'm obsessed with all the brass!'
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