Step Inside an Autumnal Country Kitchen
Nestled within a rural hamlet just south of the market town of Dunmow, is home to Sam and his family. After being brought up on a farm as a child, and then spending 10 years working in London, Sam was ready to relocate back to the countryside, embracing its peaceful surroundings and simpler lifestyle. On a crisp Autumnal morning, we had the opportunity to see their beautiful, finished kitchen, featuring the Hambleton Ivory stone effect tiles.
The property was built in the 1960s with a blend of styles including mock Tudor and mock Arts & Crafts and has been carefully renovated to create a cohesive feel from one room to the next. The kitchen takes inspiration from the classic New England style - known for its charming, and traditional design, inspired by the colonial and coastal influences of the New England region in the northeastern United States.
A light and airy colour palette was embraced with the walls painted in Little Greene ‘Portland Stone’ and kitchen cabinets painted in Little Greene ‘Portland Stone Pale’. As well as a white marble worktop, all contrasting with the solid European oak island in a dark oak stain. When choosing the kitchen floor tiles, Sam wanted a tile that would reflect the light and wouldn’t look too cold or grey. The Hambleton Ivory stone effect porcelain is a favourite for its neutral tone, tumbled effect edge and ability to work in all interior styles. In Sam’s own words, “It’s exceptionally hardwearing, requires much less maintenance than the real deal and looks just as good! The tiles also work brilliantly with underfloor heating”.
The kitchen space has a warm and inviting feel, particularly beautiful during Autumnal months, with views out to the rich orange and golden colours of the garden through the traditional French doors. Pooky antiqued brass pendant lights hang from a solid oak beam, paired with antique brass kitchen handles by Armac Martin to finish off the space, all nodding towards the traditional New England style.