Name two colours that are popping up all over the interiors world right now. I’ve seen pink and green in every room of the house and the pink and green kitchen details in this space are proof that this once unlikely pairing really, really works.
Homeowners Katie Walker and Stuart Thorner share their story @reviving_no37 and were kind enough to let team These Three Rooms and @kbbmagazine into their house for a nosy around (and a photoshoot of course – the cats were excellent models, as were the family – just scroll down to see).
Katie and Stuart took on this three-bedroom house in Shropshire when it needed quite a bit of TLC. Journalist Ifeoluwa Adedeji spoke to Katie and got the inside story on how they transformed a once-dated property into this pink and green kitchen that’s got us all pink and green with envy.
The 90-year-old property had the high ceilings and period features they were looking for when house hunting, even if it meant ripping out the gas fireplaces to uncover hidden treasures.
The family lived in the property while work to modernise the rooms was carried out in order to save money that would be put towards the build of a ‘game-changing’ double-storey extension, complete with pink and green kitchen and more space for bedrooms upstairs.
Tell us about the pink and green kitchen…
It was important for us to have an open-plan kitchen that would be a great social space for entertaining family and friends.
We have busy lives and want to spend as much time as possible together when we can, so figured a bigger space would allow one of us to cook and have the children playing in the same room. That’s the main reason we chose to create an extension.
Stuart and I envisaged a large island, a freestanding range cooker, and a mantle so these were our starting points.
We wanted enough work surface for food preparation as our last kitchen had virtually none and we chose to use solid wood cabinet doors and brass fittings as they have a timeless look.
I found it really exciting to use colours which some people may think are a little daring, but I love the contrast of the dark green island against the neutral wall units – plus, with accents of pink, it looks fun and modern.
What sort of look did you want to create?
As the house is more than 90 years old, we wanted to create a period-style look, so have used classic design ideas like wall panelling throughout the house, including in the bathroom and bedrooms.
In the kitchen, the cabinetry is more on the traditional side. Stuart owns Summer House Interiors so he designed the layout and worked out what would work best in the open-plan space.
Where did you find decoration inspiration?
We used Instagram and Pinterest to help gather our ideas and then scoured sites such as Ebay and Gumtree for original finds that would suit the era of the house.
I found a cast iron fireplace and surround in Bristol for £140, which is a 180-mile round trip from where we live. I convinced Stuart that we would have a fun little road trip and I would even treat him to lunch.
I found creating moodboards on Pinterest really helped create colour schemes and helped me piece together the pink and green kitchen details. I also came across the idea for the wooden panelling, online.
What other work did you do to the house?
As part of the renovation, we created a boot room which is accessed from the garage, so muddy shoes won’t track
through the house. And we redecorated every room, including our master bedroom and ensuite.
Another idea I found online and one I loved was loud wallpaper, so I included a bold print in the new downstairs cloakroom.
And now it’s finished?
Looking around the house, we have a lot more space compared to our old place, which feels like such a luxury. And it looks totally different to when we first moved in.
With busy family life, there’s room for us all to cook, eat, play, relax and spend time together.
In an unexpected way, we find that we now spend a lot more time at home as we are not living on top of each other. And of course, everyone loves the pink and green kitchen.
Originally told to: Ifeoluwa Adedeji. Photography: Adam Carter.
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