Designing The Aubergine Kitchen

Designing a kitchen for a foodie is always a challenge that we relish...

Whether it’s cooking a Sunday roast, baking a cake or experimenting with new cuisines people who are interested in food love spending time in the kitchen. So with this in mind, it’s vital that the kitchen they choose fits exactly with their high standards and cooking requirements.

Emma Gardner, who writes the food blog The Aubergine Kitchen, was in the midst of renovating her home in Boston Spa, Yorkshire when she and her husband Jake commissioned Country Kitchens to design the kitchen of their dreams.

Our designer, Ben Clark, consulted Emma and her husband Jake to find out exactly what they wanted from their kitchen and used computer aided design (CAD) to create a plan that filled the space. At the time, the room resembled a building site, so Ben had to use his skill and imagination to design the plan.

The building site before the new kitchen was installed

Emma and Jake opted for a handmade made-to-measure kitchen that was hand painted by us in Farrow & Ball’s Manor House Grey. This contrasts beautifully with Farrow & Ball’s Pelt that was chosen for the wall colour. Incidentally, it’s this deep purple colour that gave Emma the inspiration for the name of her food blog, The Aubergine Kitchen.

The finished product with hard granite work surfaces

As advised by us, Emma and Jake chose granite worktops and upstands as well as a sunken drainer as this material is the most hardwearing, and beautiful, that you can find. Emma commented: “I love my granite worktops so much. I can chop straight onto them, put hot pans on them, do anything I want to them and they never scratch or show wear and tear. As someone who spends as much time in the kitchen as I do, having worktops that are so durable was a must for me. But they also look absolutely stunning!”

Another aspect of the kitchen that Emma and Jake are proud of is the solid wood handmade wine rack that was built into the units. Ben Clark advised the couple to include this not only so that there was enough room for them to open the fridge, but also so they had somewhere to store all of their wine. This demonstrates the beauty of having a handmade kitchen; if you want a solid wood wine rack, we can create a kitchen that has one included.

View of the wine rack in the Aubergine kitchen

Emma and Jake said: “From the outset, we were thoroughly impressed with how professional Country Kitchens’ approach was. Ben Clark’s meticulous design skills were second to none – it felt like absolutely anything was possible and it was so exciting to be able to create the kitchen of our dreams with absolutely no boundaries.

“When it came to the fitting of the kitchen, Ben and Steve Clark worked tirelessly to fit the units perfectly as well as paint them to an extremely high standard. They also oversaw the installation of the granite, so we felt like we were being looked after every step of the way.

“If you’re looking for a handmade luxury kitchen that will stand the test of time, look no further.”

For a no-obligation quote for either a handmade or a Neptune Kitchens get in touch with Country Kitchens.