Shenington, Oxfordshire

Posted by Luke Cherry, on December 12, 2019.

The brief:

Sarah and Will got in touch with Cherrywood Bespoke as they were after a handmade kitchen that would transform the existing space in their Oxfordshire home. After making an on-site visit to discuss further, we quickly understood what it was they needed – an entirely bespoke, handmade kitchen design that worked better for the entire family.

It was clear from the outset that the natural flow of Sarah and Will’s home from their kitchen into their existing social space didn’t work well at all. Functionality was disrupted by having to navigate hallways via an awkward layout from kitchen to dining space. And they were fed up with having to work around it. Therefore, we immediately recommended that some structural work be undertaken in order to allow for a more creative kitchen design, this was also coupled with new lighting, flooring and electrics that would enable the space to feel seamlessly connected.

Sarah and Will were keen on creating a warm, light and functional handmade kitchen that would fit into their Oxfordshire lifestyle and be an inclusive space for the whole family. Incorporating a natural, easy flow was key, as was their preferred choice of a blue colour palette.

The Vision

After discussing Sarah and Will’s requirements at length, our team opted for a classic Shaker style, handmade kitchen design in two colours. Once the structural work on the space was complete, we were able to get creative with a bespoke design that transformed this Oxfordshire kitchen into a social space that all the family could enjoy.

Firstly, we identified the perfect place for the refurbished Aga that allowed whoever was cooking to effortlessly interact with others, no matter where in the kitchen they were. This was then complemented by the inclusion of a false mantle so that Will could display one of his large clocks as a centrepiece above it. A favourite feature was a long seating run that we designed so that the whole family could sit beneath the windows, complete with cleverly disguised storage space underneath. The team were also able to incorporate many smart storage solutions throughout the kitchen, including a bespoke pantry cupboard with space for Sarah’s kitchen aid and other baking utensils. Plus, despite the unusual layout of the space, we were still able to achieve the ideal working triangle between the fridge, sink and oven, guarantying a kitchen that slotted in easily around a busy family.

To finish off this idyllic design, we met Sarah and Will’s preference for a blue kitchen with the perfect mix of a light and natural palette contrasted against a deep blue on the full height cabinetry opposite the window run.


Project overview

Materials used – Oak veneered ply cabinets, Tulip cabinet frames, doors and drawer fronts and solid Oak drawers with dovetails.

Colours used – The sink and Aga run were all painted using ‘Slate Lime – Dark 151’ by Little Greene and the fridge run cabinets were painted in ‘Dock Blue 252’ also by Little Greene.

Cabinets used – The ‘Ted’ range

Worktops used – 30mm ‘Stautario White’ by The Granite House

Appliances used – Samsung American style fridge freezer, A refurbished 150cm Aga in ‘Slate Grey’, Neff dishwasher.

Sink and Tap used – Villeroy and Boch Farmhouse 90 sink with an Arundel monobloc tap in chrome by Rudge & co.

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