Room Tour: An Elegantly Connected Kitchen-diner in a 1930s House
It took a designer’s eye to rework an awkward ground floor plan into a flowing, family-friendly space in this 1930s home
Through Houzz, they contacted interior designer Josephine Lecoufle-Vinet of JLV Design, who suggested an idea that went beyond their hopes and has resulted in an elegantly connected kitchen, dining and living space.
Who lives here? A family with three teenagers
Location High Barnet, north London
Property A 1930s semi-detached house
Room dimensions Kitchen, 3.5m x 3.18m; dining room including reading area, 5.6m x 3.8m
Designer Josephine Lecoufle-Vinet of JLV Design
When the homeowners first contacted Josephine, they asked her to work a dining room into a small space off the kitchen, as the bigger, potential dining room was cut off. “I said, you know, you should open up the space and create the dining room [in the original area],” she says. “From a little idea, we ended up doing the whole ground floor.”
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The little bathroom has been shortened and turned into a much more useful utility/cloakroom, which has left a good-sized space, now with only one doorway, into which Josephine has slotted a study.
Anyone with homework – young or old – can now base themselves in the quiet study behind the kitchen and the table in the dining room can be used for proper family meals and entertaining friends.
The project had a little set-back, as the floor was uneven and there was a big crack in an internal wall, so new concrete had to be laid, which needed time to dry. However, the timeline was still relatively short, with the work from initial contact to completion taking seven months.
Oak herringbone, Wood and Beyond.
The elegant blue colour on the walls was picked to help both the features and furniture stand out. “The arch was already there, but as it was all white, you couldn’t really see it and the nice cosy nook it creates,” Josephine says.
Walls painted in De Nimes, Farrow & Ball.
Josephine also helped the owners to position the artworks. “They already had the paintings, but they weren’t really being showcased,” she says. Now, each piece has its own space and is nicely framed by the blue background.
The door frame is natural oak. “We didn’t want to bring in too many wood finishes, and we already had the oak flooring and kitchen units, plus all the teak furniture,” she says.
The wall units are small, with plenty of room above. “We wanted to keep it open, as it’s such a small kitchen. [The owner] wanted it to breathe,” she says.
Kitchen carcasses, Ikea; unit fronts, Holte.
Zellige tiles, Mandarin Stone.
Not surprisingly, Josephine says she’s happy with how the work went and her design turned out. “It was a lovely project to work on,” she says.
And she isn’t the only one – the owners are delighted, saying, “[Josephine] offered innovative ideas which prevented us from wasting money on an unnecessary extension. We just needed help in seeing how the available space could be used more effectively.”
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