Georgina takes us on a tour of her new fabulous Habitat Fitted Kitchen! She explains her inspiration behind her design choices, how to survive the stress of renovation and why it was all worth it. House envy? You will have soon!
Can you tell me a little bit about your property?
I have a one-bedroomed flat on the ground floor of a Victorian conversion in Streatham Common, London. I rented it out for a year before completely gutting it and renovating it for me to live in. The previous kitchen was from the 1970’s, the layout was awful and it just didn’t work at all.
What were you looking for in a new kitchen?
The kitchen space was actually a pretty reasonable size for a one bedroom flat. I wanted space to be able to sit in there, to cook and for it to be contemporary and cool within the limitations of my budget.
What lead you to Habitat?
Builders had directed me to a couple of suppliers but a friend of my mum’s, who’s quite into interiors, asked if I’d looked at Habitat. So I popped along and the combination of design and the option to finance made it really appealing. The staff were just fantastic. Robert, the guy who worked with me, had really good ideas and a really fresh way of thinking.
Yes the design does look very unique…
Yes, I would never have thought to put the combination of gloss white with matte grey units together but it really works. He also had great ideas for the worktop: I couldn’t afford granite and he directed me to a sample that looked quite like concrete – a look I also really love – so we went with that. It’s actually a laminate which is great as I’ve heard actual concrete can chip really easily. The laminate fools everyone!
Did you feel your own ideas were supported?
I had some tiles left over to use as my splashback so Robert worked out what would look good with that. I also really wanted a breakfast bar and Robert agreed that could really work and had the idea to move the sink under the window and the location of the boiler to free up space for it. Other suppliers had been reluctant to pursue that. Robert had a really good vision regarding how to use the space and was much more flexible to my needs.
What’s your favourite feature?
I’m so pleased I went with the 2 tone units and I love the breakfast bar, which I use every day. Looking out the window doing the washing up is really nice.
The amount of accessible storage really makes this kitchen work. The drawers and pull-outs mean I can get right to the back of cupboards. I also have a broom cupboard, which is really great in a one-bedroomed flat. I can keep my ironing boards, mops and plastic bags in there, hidden from view.