Transforming a kitchen – the Bluebell way

We can all agree on the importance of the kitchen, the hub in most homes, so we were delighted to join forces with Jan Mecrow, owner of Inhouse Interior Design in transforming the kitchen in her beautiful home in Wilmslow. Together with one of Bluebell’s talented kitchen designers, Darren Pincus, Jan and Darren worked together to create a stylish and bespoke space with materials, accessories and cabinetry custom-made by Bluebell in our Altrincham factory and fitted by our team of expert installers.

Darren could see great potential in this room and was keen to help Jan bring to life her vision for a contemporary and practical kitchen, giving a real ‘wow factor’ to visiting friends, guests and clients. Jan chose Bluebell for the project after collaborating with us on a number of design projects for clients. Together with our knowledge, experience and eye for detail, not to mention quality and Darren’s creative flair – Jan knew she was in good hands.
 
The Bluebell design team loves a challenge… and not only did Jan have an awkwardly shaped kitchen with little wall space for cupboards or radiators, it was also a dark, chilly room, only getting some sunshine in the evenings. 

With plenty of floor space and, of course, heaps of creativity from Jan and plenty of advice and suggestions from Bluebell – there were lots of positives and we were eager to make a start on the exciting project.
 
Following a home consultation with Jan, Darren initially started with sketches and CAD drawings to explore a number of options and ‘solutions’ to Jan’s challenges. Luckily, the only building work needed was to remove existing floor tiles to make room for the new, large grey ceramic tiles and adding in some all-important underfloor heating so the job got underway quickly.

Jan wanted feature lighting above the island, choosing to use one of her local UK suppliers to create an elegant showpiece as you enter the room. Furniture lighting was also key in setting the mood for the success of the kitchen and was carefully thought through at initial concept stage by Jan and the Bluebell team.

To colour complement the space, Jan opted for dark greys, taupes and warm, metallic finishes. Another reason Jan loves Bluebell is because our doors come in over 100 finishes and colours – no restrictions or compromises needed when you choose Bluebell! Jan visited Bluebell’s Washway Road showroom to choose her doors from the fantastic selection we have on display.

Using neutral, but rich-toned fabrics in the curtains and blinds added texture and warmth and this, together with new mood lighting helped to create distinct zoned areas. The finishing touches were all taken into consideration by the Bluebell team and all worked in harmony with the overall design of the space.
 
The worktop chosen was 60mm Infiniti Burlington Quartz with return legs down to the floor, and matching splashback behind the hob up to extractor. Renowned for its heat resistance and durability. The Bluebell team thoroughly recommend using Quartz in this way as a great alternative to granite. 

Both stylish and functional, kitchen islands can instantly create a larger kitchen area, as well as adding some stylish seating.

In Jan’s case, a bespoke round wooden table top, (made from a 350 year old yew tree), was added to the corner of the island.

As well as being visually stunning, the island improved the natural flow through to the garden room, dining room and the exterior as well as providing a great place to enjoy a light lunch or glass of wine.

The piece de resistance of the design however has to be the cleverly concealed double door ‘Gin and Coffee Station’. Hidden behind bespoke cupboard doors is a recessed shelf, drawers and fridge area which Jan has transformed into the perfect place to make an Americano or serve up a G&T depending on the occasion! The Bluebell team added an internal pullout worktop which can be extended when needed. These little extras and special touches are what make Bluebell stand out from your average kitchen company. These glorious details can be added to any design and can make such a difference for the customer. The cupboard was then finished with warm LED strips, a wine storage area and adjustable shelves so Jan can choose whether to put larger or smaller objects in the space – effectively future-proofing it!
 
Next to the coffee station is another clever detail suggested by Bluebell – a deep and spacious pullout Liebherr fridge – again making the most of the space available and perfect for reaching for the tonic or milk depending on your tipple!

On the far side, Darren designed a bespoke tall corner unit complete with round carousel – a fantastic addition and an intelligent way to maximise the practicality of what can often be a wasted space.

Adding an additional touch of glamour are the gorgeous textured brass handles and brushed brass electrical sockets – it’s these beautiful details which really set this design scheme apart and show Jan’s excellent eye for detail and knack of making everything look stunning.
 
The end result was better than even we could have imagined. Jan and the Bluebell team managed to combine a warm and inviting feel with a tasteful, stylish kitchen that has timeless appeal and has been a deeply rewarding project for all of us.

Wish List Worktop: Burlington Grey Quartz
Cupboard Handles: Buster and Punch
Wallpaper in Conservatory: Rebel Walls
Appliances: Bosch and Liebherr UK
Paint: Farrow and Ball
Chandelier: Rothschild and Bickers  
Photography by Andrew Smith SG Photography.