Modern Country Kitchen

Rebecca’s Kitchen

Author: Lauren Coleman

We think we’ve made you wait long enough and now it’s finally time to share Rebecca’s jaw dropping kitchen. This kitchen, my friends, is epic. Adam has taken a LOT of images so prepare to get scrolling.

If you’re a long term Rock My Style reader you might remember the kitchen we fitted in our old house? We really loved that kitchen and we were sad to leave it behind… So we actually took our island with us! Ben’s uncle had made it for us and so it had sentimental value attached. (Don’t worry we told the buyers from the start and replaced it with a similar one for them).

Our new house needed the existing 1970s ugly dark kitchen knocking down and extending out the back to create a space that we’d dreamed of. We wanted to bring the house up to modern living with big glass doors at the back opening onto the garden and with lots of velux roof windows to let more light in from above. Our house is a listed building, so after battling our planning department and conservation officers we finally got the go ahead at the end of last year to start our building work and the diggers and builders arrived in December. We boarded up a temporary windowless kitchen and I carted washing round to my mum’s house every week for almost 6 months! We didn’t really mind the destruction and builders dust that much {I only cried twice I think!} because it meant we were one step closer to creating a kitchen we kept dreaming about and finishing the house off.

We learned a lot from recently creating our last kitchen in terms of how we lived and cooked with it, deciding the features we wanted to carry through to the new plans and those we wanted to change. We basically lived in our last kitchen, especially in the summer with the garden, so wanted enough space to have a table and a sofa/TV area in there again. We also love to entertain and host dinner parties too so wanted enough space for this and future Christmas lunches!

Ben’s uncle very kindly agreed to make us another kitchen {we promised that we’d stay in this house this time!} so we designed with him an L shape kitchen around the island with a large house maid’s unit that would sit on top of the worktop to house our toaster/microwave/kettle and big pan drawers, an essential for storage! Colour wise we wanted something a bit different this time so chose Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone for the run of units with Down Pipe for the island all with antique brass hardware {our kitchen maker bought these in Edinburgh and distressed them for us using ammonia}. I fell in love with a tap from Devol for Perrin & Rowe which tied in perfectly. The walls are in Farrow & Ball Wimborne White, an off-white neutral. Ben made the shaker style peg shelf above the sink. My husband and I battled on worktops a little, he wanted all oak whereas I wanted all stone so we compromised. It works really well now though having an oak island top and quartz around the sink/cooker for easy wiping down and no worries about water on the wood.

Above the island we’ve chosen Laura Ashley pendant lights with brass and glass which match the wall lights we’ve fitted either side of the sofa.

Flooring wise we went for a herringbone pattern in solid oak which my husband learned to lay using YouTube videos. More details can be found on my blog, Roses and Rolltops. It was a real labour of love but definitely worth it in the end. We’ve finished it in Osmo Raw Oil to keep the light, scandi kind of look colour. We’ve tried to mix the old and the new, not wanting it to look either too modern or too classic. I hope it works? We’ve got a farmhouse style table which Ben made with scaffold boards mixed with modern Eames Paris style chairs. The posters and hangers are from Desenio, the Swedish poster brand.

I couldn’t decide what to do with the big wall next to the kitchen. I didn’t want to make it too busy with artwork I might get sick of so we collected some vintage mirrors to reflect some of the garden. The battered leather chairs were a last minute buy when the space looked like it could do with something and they were such a great eBay find we picked up from Hove. We sit in them so much. The radiators are reclaimed cast iron traditional rads from Ribble Radiators and I love the extra dimension they give to the room.

As for the rest of the space, we kept the sofa from our last kitchen and jazzed it up with some new cushions, mostly from Cox and Cox. We also put up a gallery wall with differing frames and prints including feathers and a wooden ladder for blankets. I’ve got a thing for vintage pine chest of drawers, they make great display areas as well as being useful for extra storage. Ben made a dresser display unit which I’ve used to store all of our cookbooks. We got limed oak curtain poles from Bunnings {which Ben had to join to span the width of the sliding doors} and had Ikea curtains adjusted slightly {they had a green stripe on that we had removed and joined a few pairs together} so that we can shut the dark out when the winter arrives. Since finishing the kitchen we haven’t sat in our lounge once! We’re really happy with the space and the way it’s all turned out. The building work and dust and stress was definitely worth it in the end.

  • Loaf Stool
    Loaf Bumble Stools
  • Laura Ashley Pendant
  • Eames Style Chairs
  • Cox and Cox Frame
    Cox and Cox Black Frames
  • Cox & Cox Cushion
    Cox & Cox Pom-Pom Cushion
  • Hammam & Home Throw
  • Cox and Cox Hooks
  • Gorenje Freestanding Fridge Freezer

Photography by Adam Crohill

Lauren likes Paris, Prosecco and Paint Charts
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36 thoughts on “Rebecca’s Kitchen

  1. “We’re really happy with the space”… Surely the understatement of the century! I’ve loved watching your kitchen progress Rebecca and just look at it – absolute dream.

    Every last detail is perfect. I’m veering wildly between huge admiration and seething envy right now… It’s so so beautiful. x

  2. What Karen said! Ha ha.

    I would never have thought to use different paint colours for the units and different surfaces for the worktops but it completely works! Just gorgeous. X

    1. I’m having a little imaginary scenario in my head where Rebecca’s kitchen is actually mine and I’ve invited some friends round. ‘oh yes, this is my kitchen… I live here. Drinks anyone?’ …as I just wander round touching things 😂

  3. I love this kitchen! Such a light, bright space that also looks to have that cosy feel – works so well. Gorgeous.

    We took a bit of inspiration from following Rebecca’s instagram feed and also went for different colour cabinets on the island vs the main units and I love it – downpipe for the island and lamp room grey for the main units.

  4. All this does is serve to remind me how useless my family and friends are. Husband can tell you whether you’ll need a beam and has a few architect friends we can call on for design inspiration but otherwise, zero skills.

    Do any plumbers, plasterers or electricians want to be my friend? Decorators also welcome to apply. Joiners and carpenters most highly sought after and may even be open to marriage. Anyone? No.

  5. You already know how much I flipping adore this space, Rebecca. It’s just so beautiful, and every element has been thought out and executed to perfection. I’m dreaming of creating a similar open kitchen/living space xxx

  6. Absolutely love everything about this space.
    Rebecca, we are looking at having this exact flooring in our new extension. Can you provide the link to the exact product you used? Had a look via your blog but it was just taking me to the main flooring website
    Thank you! X

  7. Love this kitchen! It’s so strange how different F&B colours can look depending on the light- I thought the units were painted in Vardo until I saw it was downpipe, yet it looks completely different to your utility room cupboards!

  8. Such a beautiful kitchen! I really like the contrast of the oak island with the stone, can you tell me which quartz specifically you used? I’ve been looking and there are so many, but the most expensive are most similar to marble/realistic. I wondered if you found a goodie! Looks perfect.

  9. Such a beautiful kitchen! I really like the contrast of the oak island with the stone, can you tell me which quartz specifically you used? I’ve been looking and there are so many, but the most expensive are most similar to marble/realistic. I wondered if you found a goodie! Looks perfect

  10. Hi Rebecca
    Kitchen kiihd fab! I particularly like the brass accents and the flooring.
    Please can you let me know where the radiators are from?

  11. What a beautiful kitchen! I’m also in love with that DeVOL Perrin & Rowe tap, but wondering if you could say where exactly your kitchen maker got the cabinet knobs and handles which match them so perfectly?? Thank you!

  12. Hi Lauren,

    We were greatly inspired by Rebecca’s beautiful kitchen – so inspired that we are trying desparately to find the exact color of the wooden island for our own kitchen – its a tricky blend of green and blue and we’ve been trying to grasp the exact blend for a while. Is it possible to share the color with us?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ailon, Rebecca mentions in the post that it’s F&B Down Pipe. I think the huge amount of light in the room shows off a hint of green which you don’t often see when using Down Pipe in low light spaces.
      Hope this helps.

  13. Hi Lauren – wow, thats a surprise. we didnt think its grey! since our kitchen will not have as much light I guess we will go for something in the area of no. 93. thanks again for your reply

  14. Hello …what do you call the shelf/hood above your hob? I am looking to buy or make sometging similar as I cannot stand metal hoods, the problem is I am struggling to know what they are called!

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