The Location House Kitchen in Crystal Palace

This is the home of interior and graphic designer Celine Da Silva, who upon the purchase of an Art Deco house in South East London, took on renovating her own home with the intention of creating a location house

Having lived there for a little time before building work started, Celine believed she could create a more practical and beautiful kitchen without increasing the footprint…so this is what happened! The works began with internal structural tweaks. 

Celine and her husband were not using the front living room of the house, so decided to make the room more accessible and light by opening up the wall between the kitchen. Glass doors were fitted, meaning the option to create a division between the rooms still exists. A chimney breast in the kitchen was removed, enabling the back run of cabinets to include far more storage than before and appliances too.

Our design includes a narrow island that suits the space, in Celine’s words you had to ‘shimmy around’ the previous one; the sink is here and we mooted the cooker as an option, though it was not for Celine as she loves cooking but says ‘I get a bit anxious when entertaining and prefer to have my back to everyone!’

The island includes a bookshelf on the end viewed from the living room, which softens the transitions between the spaces.

The cabinetry is London Plane and Bonnington Green and Celine explains why she opted for this rich hue having played with Pluck samples: ‘I loved how it changed throughout the day. It looked almost black at certain times, which made me feel like I was getting two colours at once.’

Celine’s design is influenced by her South East Asian roots and the places she has lived in and visited in this part of the world. The house has featured in Real Homes magazine and the Metro paper and continues to be the location of many shoots as well as a happy home!

Photographer: Chris Snook