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            An Affordable Kitchen Makeover With Grace And James

            Showing how first-time buyers can make their mark on a property, this affordable kitchen makeover with Grace and James details a budget-friendly renovation of the cooking space in their Victorian home. By using an integrated handle kitchen, the pair have a design that stands up to modern living and makes their compact room more practical. Meanwhile, a period, navy palette, simple brass accents, and marble-effect surfaces pay homage to interiors of the past without a premium. With help from their Howdens designer, and a trade professional, Grace and James achieved a kitchen makeover at a low cost, so they could free up funds for other areas.

            Meet Grace & James

            When first-time buyers, Grace and James, bought their terraced house in South London, they knew they could make it their own with a little TLC. New to renovation, the couple were keen to update their kitchen on a budget and were recommended Howdens by a friend, and their trade pro, to achieve a stylish setup at a reasonable price.

            Their design goals

            • Influencers Grace and James standing in their Clerkenwell matt navy kitchen, with an integrated oven, hob, and extractor.

              A practical approach 

              With a compact footprint, Grace and James wanted a practical room that improved the flow for cooking and entertaining, while creating a modern design that retained the heritage charm of their home.
            • U-shaped navy kitchen, with white marble-style laminate worktop and integrated appliances.

              Prepped for period style

              A U-shape format stripped of wall units allows the couple to maximise space without crowding, and an integrated handle kitchen in a navy hue combines their classic and contemporary aesthetics.

            The design details

            • Clutter-free Clerkenwell

              With a discreet, j-pull handle, our Clerkenwell collection reduces visual distractions, so Grace and James could streamline their cosy kitchen.
            • Bold in blue

              By stripping back their door design, the couple could also accommodate a darker hue, like navy, that offers a statement shade with plenty of heritage appeal.
            • Luxe surfaces for less

              Lifting dark units, our first-time buyers picked marble-style counters in crisp white. Made of compact laminate, it is an affordable alternative to solid stone.
            • Invest in Oake & Gray

              Using oak-effect, vinyl floorboards from our Oake & Gray collection, the pair have a hardwearing floor that will withstand high traffic when hosting guests.
            • Energy-saving induction

              When choosing tech, the couple's designer suggested a flush induction stove to clear counters. It also uses less energy to lower household bills.
            • Convenient cooking

              With a Lamona oven fitted at eye level by their trade professional, Grace and James created a setup that is easily accessible during meal prep.
            • Whisk away waste

              Integrated bins beneath the oven make it easy for the pair to dispose of food waste when cooking. This trick also frees up floor space for other features. 
            • Access all angles

              With corners crammed with extra cupboards thanks to their u-shape format, Grace and James selected pull-out storage to bring the contents within reach. 
            • Affordable antique accents

              To dial up the period appeal of their space without the price tag, Grace and James chose aged brass tap fittings to add art-deco accents at a low cost.
            • Make way for wine

              Finally, the duo's designer recommended space-saving racks instead of a dedicated wine cooler, adding valuable storage for bottles on a budget.

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