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            A Kitchen Makeover With Martin & Shirlie Kemp

            This kitchen makeover with Martin and Shirlie Kemp embodies classic charm thanks to the muted tones and period details that feature in their new cooking space. Reflecting the Victorian character of their property, the celebrity couple wanted their design to have a country aesthetic that would stand the test of time while making it fit for modern living and entertaining. Using a muted, porcelain tone and solid-wood shaker style, their room is open, inviting and filled with that rural appeal they hoped to achieve. Meanwhile, state-of-the-art equipment and an expansive island ensure family dining and hosting is made simple. Discover how Howdens helped them achieve this classic look and what products brought this kitchen makeover to life.

             

            • Experienced renovators

              Martin and Shirlie are quite the experts when it comes to remodelling a home -  their latest project is a Victorian property in Hertfordshire.
            • Classically curated

              The couple wanted to stay true to their house's period charm while capturing a rural aesthetic that offered respite from their busy work schedules. 

            The design details

            • Decorative details

              Elmbridge was the couple's first choice thanks to its 22mm-thick, solid-wood build, and the beaded detail that pays homage to classic shaker style. 
            • Island life

              Family is a big priority for Martin and Shirlie, so an island format was a must-have to bring everyone together in one space.

            • Boldly bespoke

              When it came to surfaces, the Kemps chose a made-to-measure quartz counter for a lasting feature that was one of a kind. 
            • Stately sinks

              Recreating a classic cleaning area, the couple selected a Belfast sink made from non-porous, fired clay to continue the heritage feel. 
            • Functional fizz

              With a passion for entertaining, the pair included two wine fridges placed side-by-side and a bespoke rack to store their favourite tipples in easy reach.
            • Brass embellishments

              Mixing latches, knobs, and handles from our Highborne collection, Martin and Shirlie created an eclectic look with aged brass accessories.
            • Timber accessories

              Designed from the inside out, the couple chose timber drawer inserts to keep internal areas tidy while continuing the country aesthetic. 
            • Country footing

              The wood grain detail of their laminate floor adds classic charm while offering the easy-clean benefits of manmade materials. 

            Capturing character 

            • Classic cooking

              The couple enjoys throwing dinner parties, so they selected a Rangemaster device to ensure there was plenty of room to cook up a feast.
            • Mantle masking

              The mantle above their cooking zone is a staple within classic interiors, which can also disguise integrated extraction from view for a cleaner look. 
            • Period plinths

              With an eye for detail, Martin and Shirlie chose to finish their units with decorative plinths to re-create the look of handcrafted furniture.
            • Parlour plan

               For a floorplan that was made for modern living, the couple separated the utility from their cooking space to create a dedicated zone for chores.

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