Known for her style, beauty and lifestyle blog, I was pretty excited to see online content creator Lily Pebbles’ kitchen and how she’d injected her personality into her new open-plan space. And when I stepped into her home, I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
Lots of rich blues, plush furniture, parquet flooring – a fabulous bar area – Shaker-style doors and the very on-trend bespoke steel glazing windows. (Lush!)
As we sit around the dining table, a fresh frothy-coffee steaming away in my hands, Lily explains that when she and her husband Rich first moved in, the décor was “pretty intense” – including bold, colourful wallpaper and gothic features.
From day one, she knew the small kitchen, which was awkward to move around in, had to be sorted. Removing interior walls between this and the living and dining rooms, plus adding a 3m single-storey rear extension, was the solution.
Lily enlisted Herringbone Kitchens to create a classic-contemporary design. She tells me the brief was to create a welcoming hub of the home, with plenty of preparation space, using hard-wearing materials that they wouldn’t have to worry about.
She says the plan was initially to have one run of cabinets, but they eventually chose an L-shape with an island to the side of the room, as it provided as much worktop as possible. An island was key, as Lily always wanted one – especially with a marble worktop – however she chose Caesarstone’s Statuario Maximus quartz instead, as this is much more durable and not at all porous.
A double larder was another key feature. Lily laughingly tells me that she loves to show it off, and that it makes her feel ‘very grown up’. (I can relate – this is how I felt when I bought a tumble drier). But Lily’s favourite thing is the boiling-water tap: and like so many homeowners who have taken the leap, she’s called it ‘a game changer’.
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Lily spent months saving photos on Instagram, Pinterest, and tearing pages out of magazines to inspire the décor. It was actually Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue that the scheme was built around, being used on the walls in the living room, and inspired the colour of the cabinets.
A suite of black appliances, including the range cooker and extractor hood, tie in with the doors and windows. The micro concrete splashback is a perfect contrast to the more traditional Shaker cabinets. Finally, large-format parquet flooring prevents the room from looking too busy, while placing it lengthways makes the house feel longer while connecting the different zones together for a sense of flow.
My coffee nearly empty, and the shoot about to start, I ask Lily how the new space has affected her life. She explains it’s totally changed the way she feels about hosting.
And that the kitchen has encouraged her and Rich to spend more time at home – and would choose staying in over going out any day. You’ve heard it here first; staying in is the new going ‘out-out’. Pass my my slippers.
Photography: Malcolm Menzies
Feature image: Lily says her new kitchen has completely transformed how she uses her home