Creating a Scandi Kitchen in Wilmslow

After helping transform her own kitchen, we were delighted to again team up with Jan Mecrow of Inhouse Interior Design, to work on an exciting kitchen project in Wilmslow. From experience, Jan knew that Karen was in good hands. The beauty of choosing Bluebell is that even the pull-out drawers are designed to the client’s exact specifications. Add to this the extensive advice about products, lighting and space-saving tips, and of course the expert fitting by our in-house installers and you get a sense of why Jan picked Bluebell for Karen’s kitchen transformation and why she has no hesitation in recommending us to her clients.

Some of the challenges Jan and the Bluebell team faced included a restricted space by a corridor leading to the utility room, poor access to the garden and a lack of storage. All of these considerations needed some careful planning, re-imagining of the space and some clever suggestions from Jan and our design team with the help of some CAD drawings by the guys at our Washway Road showroom.
The original kitchen was also blocking the outlook onto the garden and the sink faced a solid wall. The dining table and sitting area was at the back of the room, where it was dark and there was no view of Karen’s lovely garden.

The building plan began with completely removing the corridor, which immediately opened up the room and the addition of Velux windows meant the natural light was now streaming through. A small extension at the garden-end of the room made a big difference, with double doors leading onto the terrace, giving a great connection to the outdoors.

With the help of initial sketches, plus Bluebell’s CAD designs and lots of creative inspiration from Jan and the Bluebell team, the proposal for the kitchen included moving it to the rear of the room, leaving the garden end for living space. The sink was moved to the back wall, and a large mirror was added to give the feeling of space as well as that all-important view of the garden.

Bluebell also created a large island in the kitchen area with cupboards in a contrasting darker colour to the others to make a real focal point for the room and adding much-needed extra worksurface. Combined with elegant lighting techniques in the island itself (including under counter mood lighting – a clever touch we often employ at Bluebell) to open up the space even further and of course the new Velux windows – the transformation was really incredible.

On many of Bluebell clients’ must-have lists is an all-in-one Quooker hot tap, for normal hot and cold water and boiling water for hot drinks. Not only is this practical, it also eliminates the need for a bulky kettle. Practical suggestions like these and other storage hacks are what our Bluebell team is renowned for – we love to create beautiful spaces but also functional ones built to be used as much as admired! Another top tip which we employed for Karen was to advise on a Bosch combination microwave oven so there’s no need for a separate microwave elsewhere. Great if storage space is at a premium.

Darren also recommended a tall integrated built-in fridge and dishwasher placed in the correct areas to complete the functionality of the kitchen. As Karen loves to cook, making sure all these little details were taken care of was imperative throughout the design process.

For the splashback, Karen chose a beautiful 30mm thick ‘Infiniti Drift’ Quartz. It was used for the work surface and, for added wow-factor, was also ‘wrapped’ around the sides of the island and all the way down to the floor. 100mm upstands in Quartz were also used at the back of the sink run while the cupboards were finished with satin brushed contemporary handles.

Improved task lighting and muted mood lighting created zoned areas and a wood look floor and an eclectic mix of furniture gave it a wonderfully natural feel. The use of wool upholstery – as well as some velvets and cottons meanwhile added real warmth to the scheme.

A cosy, wood burning stove completed the transformation – a simple column design in the corner of the room that added bags of warmth and character – a lovely place to sit and relax.

Both Jan and the Bluebell team see the kitchen as being the heart of the home and previously, Karen didn’t have enough work surface for baking – now she bakes practically every day as the kitchen is very much her happy place!

For us, hearing this makes us happy too and we can’t wait to embark on our next project with Jan and the team.

A cosy, wood burning stove completed the transformation – a simple column design in the corner of the room that added bags of warmth and character – a lovely place to sit and relax.

Both Jan and the Bluebell team see the kitchen as being the heart of the home and previously, Karen didn’t have enough work surface for baking – now she bakes practically every day as the kitchen is very much her happy place!

For us, hearing this makes us happy too and we can’t wait to embark on our next project with Jan and the team.

Wish List

Worktop: Infiniti Drift Quartz


Wall Unit Colour: Cashmere


Appliances: Bosch


Flooring: Karndean Van Gogh ‘Country Oak’


Paint: Farrow and Ball Cornforth White and Ammonite


Lamps: Heathfield Lighting


Dining Chairs: Bontempi Casa ‘Nata’ in grey leather


Sofa: Bespoke design by Inhouse Interior Design


Accessories/Art: Client’s Own
 


Other Suppliers/Tradespeople: Eric Jackson Design and Build


Flooring Supply and Fit: Terry Cragg – Cheshire Carpets

Photography by Andrew Smith SG Photography.