Oval English Kitchen

Kit Kemp's oval kitchen with white limed-oak cabinets and a bottle green Aga cookerAt home, British designer Kit Kemp transformed an unusual space into a new kitchen.

At first glace, I though ‘typical English kitchen’ with the built in niche for the bottle green Aga cooker and a handsome beam to set off the hood area. Then I realized that there was no distortion in the photo – the sides of the room were round! That’s because hotel designer Kit Kemp, transformed what she calls “the best room in the house” – the 1920s oval drawing room facing her London garden – into a kitchen that she and her husband use just for themselves now that their nest is empty.

Earlier this week we review Ms. Kemp’s new book  A Living Space (Hardie Grant, $49.95). As a designer well known for bold color in her Firmdale Hotel designs, she went the other way at home, deciding to keep things light, white and oh so traditional in her own kitchen. Here, limed-oak cabinets and vertical wood planking follow the contours of the vintage curved walls.  In typical English style, the island boasts sturdy legs and a pot shelf. To the right of the stove, open storage allows for easy access to certain frequently used items. So homey and informal. There’s also armoire/pantry cupboard and built-in oven to supplement the Aga. And what a wing chair, upholstered in vintage style tea towels with the stripes Kemp loves to use kept surprisingly slim and discreet. With such a high ceiling, the room boasts important crown molding to help frame the kitchen.  And, hanging over the island, a Holly Hunt light fixture powered by pillar candles which to cast a romantic glow in this private space.

(Source: Elle Décor)

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