Belle collaborated with Shere Kitchens to help deliver her vision for the kitchen and utility room redesign. The brief was to combine the warmth and homeliness of a traditional English kitchen with the breezy freedom of a Californian coastal retreat, bringing natural beauty into focus with handmade oak cabinetry.
The final moodboards Belle created were inspired by the natural world, which made the space feel cool, calm, light and airy. As a team, they decided to make natural oak the centrepiece of the whole project because it fits the story of the collaboration between homeowner and cabinet maker, reflecting the family’s heritage and also the extensive ancient woodlands in the surrounding area. They decided on simple light oak-panelled cabinetry that, once finished with Osmo wood oil, celebrates the organic character of the wood in all its natural beauty. The oak units are combined with cabinetry hand-painted in Shaded White by Farrow & Ball, to create a calming tranquillity that wouldn’t look out of place on the west coast of America.