rvk_loves Kitchen Tour

Over the past few weeks, we have been dropping sneak peeks and wetting your appetite in preparation for the amazing upcoming house tour of interior blogger Roses and Rolltops also know as rvk_loves on Instagram.  Well wait no more, today we are showing the first of six posts! Yes, six posts dedicated to Rebeccas incredibly beautiful house. So with bated breath, I will now let Rebecca share her story about her inspiration, sweat and tears in renovating her beautiful house, starting with the kitchen.

When we bought this house we knew immediately that we’d want to extend the kitchen. We’d just done similar in our last house before we were looking to move and knew that an open plan kitchen space opening out onto the garden was how we’d want to live. 

We wanted to bring the house up to modern living with big glass doors at the back opening onto the garden and with lots of velux roof windows to let more light in from above and knock down the existing 1970s dark unattractive kitchen. So after battling our planning department and conservation officers {our house is a listed building} we finally got the go-ahead to start our building work. The diggers and builders arrived last December, we boarded up a temporary kitchen {with no windows and I carted washing round to my mum's house every week for almost 6 months!} but we didn't really mind the destruction and builders dust that much {I only cried twice I think!} because it meant we were one step closer to creating a kitchen we kept dreaming about and finishing the house off. 

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We learned a lot from recently creating our last kitchen in terms of how we lived and cooked with it, deciding the features we wanted to carry through to the new plans and those we wanted to change. We basically lived in our last kitchen, especially in the summer with the garden, so wanted enough space to have a table and a sofa/tv area in there again. We also love to entertain and host dinner parties too so wanted enough space for this {and future Christmas lunches!}. 

Ben's uncle up in Scotland is a kitchen maker and often makes kitchens for duchesses in castles, yet very kindly agreed to make us our kitchen so we designed with him an L shape kitchen around an island with a large house maid's unit that would sit on top of the worktop to house our toaster/microwave/kettle and big pan drawers {an essential for storage!}. Colour wise we chose Farrow and Ball skimming stone for the run of units with Downpipe for the island all with antique brass hardware {our kitchen maker bought these in Edinburgh and distressed them for us using ammonia}. I fell in love with a tap for Devol from Perrin & Rowe which tied in perfectly. The walls are in Farrow & Ball wimborne white, an off white neutral. Ben made the shaker style peg shelf above the sink. My husband and I battled on worktops a little, he wanted all oak whereas I wanted all stone so we compromised. It works really well now though having an oak island top and quartz around the sink/cooker for easy wiping down and no worries about water on the wood. 

Above the island we have Laura Ashley pendant lights with brass and glass which match the wall lights we've fitted either side of the sofa. 

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Flooring wise we went for a herringbone pattern in solid oak which my husband learned to lay using YouTube videos. It was a real labour of love but definitely worth it in the end. We've finished it in Osmo Raw oil to keep the light, scandi kind of look colour. We've tried to mix the old and the new, not wanting it to look either too modern or too classic. I hope it works? We've got a farmhouse style table which Ben made with scaffold boards mixed with modern Eames Paris style chairs. The posters and hangers are from Desenio the Swedish poster brand. 

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I couldn't decide what to do with the big wall next to the kitchen. I didn't want to make it too busy with artwork I might get sick of so we collected some vintage mirrors to reflect some of the garden. The battered leather chairs were a last minute buy when the space looked like it could do with something and they were such a great eBay find we picked up from Hove, we sit in them so much. The radiators are reclaimed cast iron traditional rads from Ribble Radiators and I love the extra dimension they give to the room. 

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As for the rest of the space, we kept the sofa from our last kitchen and jazzed it up with some new cushions {mostly from cox and cox}, put up a gallery wall with differing frames and prints including feathers and a wooden ladder for blankets. I've got a thing for vintage pine chest of drawers, they make great display areas as well as being useful for extra storage. Ben made a dresser display unit which I've used to store all of our cookbooks. The grey mirror is from House of Brissi. We got limed oak curtain poles from Bunnings {which ben had to join to span the width of the sliding doors} and had ikea curtains adjusted slightly {they had a green stripe on that we had removed and joined a few pairs together} so that we can shut the dark out when the winter arrives. Since finishing the kitchen we haven't sat in our lounge once! We're really happy with the space and the way it's all turned out. The building work and dust and stress was definitely worth it in the end! 

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Next week will be sharing Rebecca's utility room, which I personally would give my right arm for!!.

Photography: Claire Graham Photography | Home: Roses and Rolltop | Paint: Farrow and Ball | Pendant Lights: Laura Ashley pendant lights | Radiators: Ribble Radiators | Cushions: cox and cox| Mirror: House of Brissi | Curtain poles: Bunnings | Curtains: Ikea  | Stools: Loaf | Herb/Vegetable Posters: Desenio

My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones. 

I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary.  Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.

I'm excited to bring you stories that promote all those moments in life that give us value and meaning; inspiring  us to live beautifully.

"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl