A French gray island kitchen with English cabinets is a large kitchen of uncommon character and charm.
In a spacious English style kitchen with French gray cabinets in Allison’s elegant Alabama stone cottage kitchen, a copper and reclaimed pine hood (Vent-a-Hood liner) sets the tone for the cooking space. The kitchen also opens into the family room and two adjacent pantry areas. An antique iron seal from a New York bridge that Allison found handsomely decorates the tiled range guard (Frosted Soda 4” from Status Tiles), creating a focal point behind the GE Monogram dual-fuel stove.
The kitchen takes its theme from the paint color on the English-style island. Inspired by the British bespoke firm, Chalon, the island has an open pot-shelf on each end. The cabinets were custom made in England, painted with Farrow & Ball’s French Gray, and glazed. Natural pine base cabinets flanking the range are also glazed, and topped by honed Golden Leaf granite. Panels on the 48” GE Monogram fridge are painted with Farrow’s Cream and glazed as well.
Antique pine gives the top of the island the mellow quality of a farm table though the the Rohl faucet is a big clue to its true function. Adjacent to the double-bowl Villeroy & Boch fireclay apron sink is a set of Fisher & Paykel dish drawers which look like regular storage. The floor is travertine.
The ends of the island have great English detail often found in Victorian kitchens: slatted pot shelves, drawers with contrasting wooden knobs, and table legs with tapered block feet. In contrast, note the bracket feet on range-wall cabinets.
This pine hutch has ample storage and heaps of charm.Next to the refrigerator, it visually relates to the cabinets flanking the stove: the same granite counter (making it durable as a buffet) and a copper midriff that matches the hood. The center of the top has a two-tier plate rack. Upper cabinet doors are inset with chicken wire.
Lurking in the side pantry is a dramatic, pine-backed Farrow & Ball black hutch that serves as a “coffee station.” A bar sink, installed under the pine counter top, has a Newform faucet. Glass-front upper doors are piggy-backed on a pair of horizontal cabinets with chicken wire fronts — home to the mugs and other crockery.
Be sure to see the rest of Allison’s home in the Alabama Stone Cottage house tour, and don’t miss the walk-in pantry.
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