The Author’s Kitchen

This kitchen is the vision of a very creative homeowner, Huma Qureshi, author of the acclaimed Things We Do Not Tell The People We Love. Huma and her partner worked with Astrain Scheldt Architects to playfully renovate their 1960s family home in Barnet, North London.

The terrazzo floor, arched doorways, checkerboard tiles and colour palette make this kitchen feel like a holiday. Huma says of the design ‘the colours were picked intentionally to look as if faded by the sun’. At the start of the project, when starting to muse inspiration, a Hotel in France caught her eye ‘kind of mellow; but functional; lots of that earthy brick tone, but also sky blue, two colours which are everywhere in our house. It’s nothing super extravagant but is actually quite simple and just lived in and loved’ – only a writer could pen a description of this quality!

The main ‘action area’ of this kitchen has cabinets in a u-shape incorporating the hob, oven, sink and dishwasher. The fridge freezer and larder sit slightly separated from this area behind delicious Market Mustard doors meaning the different colours of the cabinetry help zone the areas.

The Bora hob has internal extraction meaning it can be incorporated into the section of cabinetry facing the table area, thus whoever is whipping up a feast for family and friends, can face the rest of the room.

Our design includes fluted glass cabinetry and Spoke shelves, tailored to fit a slightly lower part of the ceiling height due to a structural beam.

Though this kitchen involves many colours and textures, Huma’s attention to detail makes the combination feel casually seamless, note the Edward Bulmer Red Ochre woodwork echoing the Ritzy skirting and shelving, the Perugia Otto Tiles with the yellow floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and the varying shades of green used on different doors and their frames. The story of this kitchen and Huma’s ‘brilliant’ vision for her home featured in the Observer.

Photographer: Richard Chivers