Monday, March 9, 2009

English Kitchen Contrast

Tim wood kitchen
(Tim Wood)

Here are two bespoke English kitchens that I really find smashing!  They are quite different from one another.  Let's take a look at the two of the a bit closer. 

The first kitchen offers so many layers of interest.  Notice how many textures are involved:
-the walls 
-the wooden cabinetry
-the floors
-the furniture (the chair, in particular)
-the accessories
-the tile backsplash and counters

The second kitchen is very different from the first.  I think it's the simplicity that I find pleasing.  It's clean and straight forward, without being too utilitarian or clinical.  This kitchen has great warmth without sacrificing function.  

I wouldn't be completely honest if I didn't say that the rack/lighting over the island really bothers me.  It's just distracting.  What's going on with those chains?  Cord covers would have made such a difference.  Also, I think I would have hung pots rather than tools.  They look out of scale to me.  Can't you just see a few copper pot up there?  An amazing chandelier would have been my choice--but they didn't ask me.  

Decision time.  If you had to choose, which kitchen would it be--and why?  
I've made up my mind--I think!Italic

19 comments:

  1. While I do like lots of things about the second (love the color of the cabinets, the floor, and the farmhouse sink), the first one just calls to me in a way that most kitchens never will. I'm sure it's the glorious stone walls, the arched doorway, and the fact that I would be living in a castle if that were my kitchen. As an American, nothing beats a castle kitchen :)

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  2. It's the DOORWAY I can't get past that - I would prepare food on a cardtable if I could have that arch

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  3. I love the first kitchen too! the stone walls,gothic archway,pine cabinetry-perfection!
    PS Just discovered your blog and I'm in love with it.

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  4. The first one is incredible and would probably suit a c.17 house the second I LOVE even mroe - it has a lot of warmth. plus I adore adore adore belfats sinks, and agas of course. Oh sigh!

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  5. Is that second one really English? It looks so very American for some reason. I am going to go with the first since it has more charm. Plus, it is likely in some big, historic house and that is so for me!

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  6. *faints to the floor*

    really, all I want in a 14th century castle . . . is it truly that difficult a request?

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  7. i've always been a sucker for white/creamy kitchens. but i love the stone/brick wall of the first kitchen as well. i'll take a combo of both. i know easy way out of the decision, but that is what i would want. but if i had to choose, it would be the 2nd one.

    ***keeping my fingers crossed that p&g may be moving to our neck of the woods soon*** i'll have to get an update from what transpired over the weekend.

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  8. Beautiful - but I like number one best. Perfect for tea and scones on a rainy afternoon!

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  9. number one has bloody brilliant character.
    imagine having cereal or tea and crumpets there. ah, divine.
    think it all that stone, and the table.

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  10. Wow, I love, love, love the first kitchen. All the texture, just gorgous. I'm really enjoying all these beautiful English kitchens.

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  11. I like both but if I had my pick then...

    The kitchen from the second picture in the room from the first picture!

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  12. The first one, certainly! More is always more!

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  13. This is awful but what does Bespoke mean? And yes, optimism is the key to survival in this economy!!

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  14. ok those are stunning and making me drool. someday a huge kitchen. but it's sure fun to dream! thank you for your constant prayers, comments and encouragement. they really mean so much to me. hugs, christi

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  15. Thank very much for the very kind comments on the David Hick's kitchen we installed in 1989/1990. You seem to have a "?" where the picture should be, if you would like this or other pictures please let me know.

    Also we now have an office in California.
    Kind regards
    Tim Wood

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  16. Thrilled to hear from you, Tim Wood. Please leave me your contact information. I would really like to feature your work here. You may email me at GrannySmithGreen at Gmail dot com. I look forward to hearing from you again!

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