All change

“The look we were going for was very modern and almost clinical, which is the polar opposite of my old house”

Turning her back on the traditional style of her previous property, Karen Nestola wanted a thoroughly contemporary kitchen design for her new-build family home, which was bought off-plan. Karen said “we wanted a ornate wooden painted kitchen, black granite worktops and a range oven. I just wanted something completely different. This house has glass along its whole back and has so much space and light; it’s much more liveable.”

Having gained inspiration by looking at various Italian interiors magazines while on holiday and been given a budget by the builder of their property, Karen and her husband Justin visited London’s Wigmore Street to select a kitchen company. “There are lots of modern kitchen shops there so you can glean a really good idea of what’s available,” she says. “We asked three showrooms to produce designs, but we liked the guy in Nicholas Anthony and his ideas the best. He seemed very knowledgeable and suggested things we hadn’t thought of. Adam did a few different mock-ups and we pulled some bits that we liked out of each.”

The handle-less door fronts were selected that day in the showroom. “We didn’t want gloss white because we thought it had been overdone,” Karen explains. “We fancied matt white but Adam showed us a brand-new wooden finish, in a Truffle colour. The grain made a nice combination with the white: they really set each other off. We liked the fact the wood was almost black, it made it very modern looking.”

As keen entertainers of large groups of friends, a top-spec oven, separate combination steam oven and huge fridge were on the couple’s wishlist, along with two dishwashers so that the worktops could always be kept clear of plates. The coffee machine and induction hob were chosen after experiencing what they had to offer on a cookery afternoon at the Gaggenau showroom. “We’re coffee addicts and this machine really does make the best coffee!” says Karen.

Karen wanted the new room to be easy to use and clean, as well as to have space for seating and a breakfast bar where her son and guests could sit and chat while she worked. “My previous kitchen was half the size but I was always having to walk around it or those sat at the island to get things,” she explains. “I also wanted it to be more of a family area, a versatile, all-in-one room.”

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