Sania Pell is the consummate multi-tasker: an interiors stylist, ELLE Decoration contributing editor, and art director by trade, she also writes a regular blog as well as being mum to two children and wife to graphic designer husband Mark. We asked her what she had to do to make her kitchen work as a versatile room for cooking, eating and family life.
1 Replan To make it our kitchen the heart of our home, first we had to do the classic Victorian terrace side return extension. This increased the width of the original room by a third and connected it properly to the other ground floor areas.
2 Natural daylight We wanted to create a modern white box that looked like it’d been slotted onto the back of the house. But we also wanted it to feel light and airy, so we added plenty of skylights rather than extending upwards as well.
3 Link inside and outside We installed bifold doors that lead out onto a patio area and chose a slate flooring that runs all the way through to visually link the interior and exterior.
4 Storage We repurposed a wall cavity that had originally housed pipework as a place for showcasing the childre’s drawings along with some of our own favourite things. We also have a standalone antique kitchen unit with glass drawers that we use as a cabinet for board games and art supplies.
5 Surfaces I try to keep our worktops free from clutter. The main pieces I have on display are a Stelton fruit bowl, a Dualit toaster, a Siemens kettle and a soap dispenser. Besides those I love my Stelton teapot and milk jugs, which my husband and I were given as wedding gifts, and some aluminium sieves with punched-out patterns that I brought back from a trip to Zanzibar. There’s very little that I’d add to my kitchen, though I do have my eye on some David Mellor cutlery. Once I finally get hold of it, I know it’ll last me a lifetime.
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