In Justine Cook’s modest Welsh country cottage, the kitchen came together via reclaimed furniture, vintage lighting, and a little Ikea here and there. With lower cabinets made from military office cupboards and a Welsh dresser bottom, all pieces were painted in stark flat white to bring the look together. The cabinets were topped with wood from a felled beech tree nearby, and the modular-like segments are accented with classic, yet affordable appliances and fixtures. Here, we’ve called out a list of resources to recreate a similar look.
Above: The freestanding Smeg range is anchored with a strip of subway tile as a backsplash. The slim range hood is from Ikea, “sadly no longer made, though they did reintroduce it for a short while. I get so many questions about it!” says Justine. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House from Remodelista Greatest Hits 2020: A Designer’s Bucolic Cottage in the Welsh Countryside.
Above: The kitchen is housed in an extension that was added in the late 1970s. The ceiling lights in the kitchen are transformer casings from industrial lighting the couple had used in their house in France. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House from Remodelista Greatest Hits 2020: A Designer’s Bucolic Cottage in the Welsh Countryside. Materials
Above: For a neutral white with a subtle warmth, Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117, is a similar warm white to the color on the kitchen walls. For more on white paint, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Paint Picks.
Above: For a bright, colorless white similar to the kitchen cabinet color, consider Benjamin Moore White OC-151.
Above: The doors, trim, and baseboards are finished in Farrow & Ball Down Pipe No. 26.
Above: The countertops are made from a beech tree that felled near the property. For an off-the-shelf option, Beech Edge Grain Butcher Block Countertop can be sourced at Hardwood Lumber Company. For more on wood counters see our posts 10 Easy Pieces: All About Butcher Block Countertops.
Above: For a similar warm off-white color subway tile, the Fireclay Halite Tile comes in a range of sizes starting at $30.
Above: The MSI Montauk Black Gauged Slate Floor Tile is an option similar to the flagstone tiles on the kitchen floors; $3.49 per square foot at The Home Depot. Appliances
Above: A similar model to the UK-available Smeg Opera model of gas range, is the Smeg Sinfonia Range Mixed C30GGXU1 available in the US for $2,599.96 at Wickford Appliance.
Above: The Futuro Futuro Ellipso Series 28-Inch Wall Mount Range Hood is $2,495 at AJ Madison.
Above: The Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave is $499.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Faucets & Fixtures
Above: The stainless steel sconces from Ikea are no longer available but a similar profile can be found in the Chrome Walker Cylinder Single Sconce is $40.99 at Pottery Barn.
Above: The green Dugdill lights where sourced years ago by the owner and integrated into the kitchen. For something similar, a clamp version of the EDL Machinist Work Lamp is $716.30 at 1st Dibs.
Above: For a similar apron front ceramic sink to the one seen in this kitchen, the Fireclay Kitchen Sink is $778 at Rejuvenation. For more see our post 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks.
Above: A similar faucet to the Aston Matthews model seen in the kitchen is the Aston Matthews Tradition Kitchen Sink Mixer with China Lever Handles. Available in Chrome, Nickel, or “Astonite,” the faucet starts at £658.38 at Aston Matthews. Accessories
Above: The Brabantia Newlcon Step Can in Almond is $99 at Williams-Sonoma.
Above: The coco coir door mat is inset into the kitchen floor and edged with metal trim. For a similar basic mat, the Kempf Natural Coco Coir Door Mat is 22 by 36 inches; $37.95 at Amazon.
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