The Antique Dealer’s Kitchen

This soulful kitchen is the vision of a creative couple who have spent years collecting antiques, curiosities and other furniture from flea markets, online auction sites and even the odd skip. Their Edwardian home had been a beautiful place for their children to grow-up, but now the well worn glossy grey kitchen was in need of an update.  

And so Kate Benton, make-up designer for film and TV, and her husband Jim, founder of Graticule Antiques, asked us to create a kitchen that didn’t feel too fitted or kitchen-y.

Thus we designed a room where our cabinetry does not dominate, leaving space for other furniture, with soft materials and colours that harmonise with the whole scheme. Working with the shape and flow of the room, we used an L-shaped layout, says Kate ‘The pluck kitchen is so well crafted and so simple and their plan was by far the best one that I was instantly sold.’ 

The different door finishes – Elm wood and Brockwell Moss – add to the sense of this not feeling like a traditional fitted kitchen, visually separating the two planes (even though they meet), whilst the green brings an earthy warmth to the darkest corner of the room.⁠

Elsewhere Kate introduced warm textures with a Corian worktop and splashback that has hazelnut swirls running through it. The walls are a chalk wash from Craig and Rose and have a delicious raw plaster look. A vintage typesetting table serves as an island.

This kitchen is a real celebration of old and new, uniting antiques with modern design and materials. When interviewed by Livingetc magazine Kate explained “Old pieces can complement current styles…It’s easy to mix the wonderful products made in the past with the new, tipping our hat to our history while sustaining the future” – a mantra we adore.

Photographer: Rachael Smith