The homeowners, both senior executives in a multi-national company, have been good friends with designer James Herriot, Director at Callerton Kitchens, for many years, which helped the design process.
“Having purchased the property, it was in need of a major make-over and the original kitchen did not meet our requirements,” says Ms Campbell. “We wanted James to open up the house, a typical terrace property, and bring more light in. The original kitchen was small, dark and cramped with not an ounce of style. We required a complete transformation to a fully functioning cook’s kitchen but designed with entertaining in mind.”
“Their lifestyle in Australia is very out-doors and open-plan and they wished to emulate aspects of this into their London property,” says James. “Your typical London terrace with a minute kitchen and no outlook did not cut it with them hence the rear ground floor area being demolished and an extension added to both the side and rear. The small rear garden had to incorporate a Barbecue, being an Aussie must!”
The Campbells wanted a large larder fridge to house beer and wine supplies, alongside food and a large freezer, oven and separate combination oven and microwave, and a dishwasher with a proper glass cleaning facility.
“A cocktail cabinet was suggested by James and the idea was pounced upon by us,” says Ms Campbell. “He knows us only too well!”
“Cooking, eating and enjoying a tinny and some good wine with their mates featured highly in the brief,” says James. “To combine the living, kitchen, dining and garden together was important but we also needed to incorporate privacy when required, for things like conference calls. They wanted a modern but also timeless design.”
An unusual aspect of the brief related to a multi-coloured leather chair, which dictated certain elements of the colour palette. “It might sound silly but a recently purchased multi-coloured leather chair played an important part in our choices,” explains Ms Campbell. “We had to work with this.”