APRIL 30TH 2018

Scotland’s East Coast offers glorious open countryside and some exceptionally fine buildings, including this early Victorian stone house on the Firth of Forth.

The only downside to such a northerly situation can be a lack of light, especially in winter. To counteract this, the owners of this house have opened it up at ground level to build a large kitchen extension, with tall windows, French doors, a high internal roofline and rooflights maximising every bit of daylight.  The result is a remarkable, airy, multi-purpose living space… with a handmade 
Martin Moore kitchen at its heart.  

The only downside to such a northerly situation can be a lack of light, especially in winter. To counteract this, the owners of this house have opened it up at ground level to build a large kitchen extension, with tall windows, French doors, a high internal roofline and rooflights maximising every bit of daylight. The architectural approach to managing a large open space is to create zones and this kitchen has several, running through from the large sitting room/home cinema into a semi-formal dining area.  This then gives onto the kitchen’s work zones, with informal dining, and then finally into the food storage and bar area - which ultimately links through to the original house. 

Wooden flooring throughout the sitting and dining zones gives way to limestone flagstones in the kitchen, creating yet another subtle marker.  Plans for the new extension were revised several times to ensure that each zone had enough circulating space - to keep it visually linked to, but spatially distinct from, neighbouring zones.   

Throughout the kitchen, the colours are organic, with a warm neutral base including the limestone floor and natural Bianco Eclipsia worktops.  Handpainted in bright blue, the island provides a dramatic pop of colour. 

This careful planning allowed Martin Moore’s William Rudgard to design a kitchen with excellent flow and furniture and appliances on a grand scale serving every kitchen function, from cooking to storage. The owners are busy professionals, but love entertaining friends and family at weekends, whether seated at the large dining table or perched around the island mixing it with the cook.  A traditional dresser holds china, glass and cutlery to serve both areas.

The Aga, with an integrated ceramic hob as backup, takes centre-stage in the cooking zone, housed in a grand chimneypiece which is part of the overall kitchen design.  Directly opposite, a Wolf oven is built into the island, which also has a prepping sink.

A broad corridor forms the link between the new kitchen and the original house.

The walls are flanked with purpose- designed cabinetry.  Shown here (left) is a multi-purpose run of low storage cupboards with a marble top.  It works as a bar at parties, a laying- out area or even a buffet for family gatherings. Glasses and jugs are stored above. 

Facing it across the corridor, the tall cupboards conceal an enormous double larder for dry foods together with a tall fridge, a small freezer and yet more storage for less used china and glass. 

APRIL 26TH 2018

Drummonds’ new Locky is a compact vanity basin, perfectly scaled to bring classic splendour to smaller bathrooms. 

Bringing together three of Drummonds’ craft manufacturing processes, the beautiful Arabescato marble top is supported on elegant legs cast in brass using the lost-wax process and available in nine finishes from polished brass to nickel and antique bronze.  The undermounted white china basins are handmade from china clay in the traditional way.

With a width of just 570mm, the 
Single Locky is a brilliantly compact embodiment of Drummonds’ signature style, re-proportioned to fit in even the smallest spaces. The Double Locky too, gives a perfectly scaled-down rendition of the sheer splendour of a double vanity. 

The Single Locky in Antique Bronze finish
570 x 750 x 970mm high
Also shown are 
Old Faro porcelain tiles from Lapicida
The Double Locky in Antique Nickel finish
570 x 1500 x 970mm high
Also shown are green Bejmat tiles from Bert & May

APRIL 25TH 2018

Inspired by a love of Bali, the Bryony from London Basin Company is a strikingly simple, modern basin. The delicate white scalloped pattern against the glossy black of the porcelain creates depth and texture, achieving a rich, masculine tone. 

London Basin Company’s porcelain basins make perfect accent pieces for bathrooms and cloakrooms. Interior designer Anna Callis, founder of the company, draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns.  

Available to buy online London Basin Company offers basins in a wide variety of designs. Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height.

The Bryony basin measures 15.5cm high x 40.5cm diameter.  Shown here on the Felix vanity stand. 

Tap from 
The Watermark Collection:
Urbane wall mounted basin set in Charcoal finish. 

APRIL 23RD 2018

Exclusive to Lapicida, the new ‘Misto’ ceramic wall tiles are handmade in the Azulejo tin-glaze tradition, which originates in the 13th century and is often seen in Spain and Portugal.  Today, a new look at this ancient art form is rediscovering its decorative appeal for modern interiors.

In tune with tradition, 
Misto tiles are hand moulded and hand glazed, giving all the characteristic irregularities and variations typical of artisan production.  The blue and white design is a contemporary take on classical themes, mixing together patterned ‘fragments’ to make each wall a completely unique installation.

Sustainable production processes make Misto an environmentally friendly product.  Suitable for all interior wall tiling including showers, the tiles are made to order and measure 14 x 14 x 1cm.  Sold as individual tiles or as a random mix.

APRIL 17TH 2018

Interior designer Melissa Jenkinson of Heirloom Studio designed this characterful modern kitchen for her own London home.  The lines are simple and rectilinear, but the materials she has chosen are rich in both tone and texture, with an emphasis on their innate individuality.  Melissa originally sourced many of these elements for client projects, but kept them in mind for her own home when the time came. 

Used in both her kitchen and her two bathrooms, 
The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn taps, showers and accessories in Tarnished Brass finish were, she says, “Love at first sight. They bridge the look between vintage and contemporary and I especially appreciate how the brass evolves as you use it.” 

A perfect match to Melissa’s confidently eclectic style, Brooklyn’s industrial design was inspired by gate valves in New York’s mid-century apartment blocks.

The Watermark Collection products shown: 

Brooklyn Deck Mounted 3 Hole Kitchen Set in Aged Brass 
APRIL 11TH 2018

Salone del Mobile, Milan 17 - 22 April 

The Watermark Collection’s uniquely customisable ‘Elements’ bathroom and kitchen taps have been chosen by both Arlexitalia and Doca Cucina for their stands at Salone 2018. 

‘Elements’ gives designers the opportunity to play with colour, form and texture, creating a one-off statement from over 175,000 potential tap configurations. 

See Elements at:

Arlexitalia, Pavilion 22, Stand B29
and at
Doca, Eurocucina, Pavilion 15, Stand A15/A19

APRIL 10TH 2018

This sophisticated bedroom brings together new and classic fabrics and hand-blocked wallpapers from George Spencer Designs’ exclusive collections.  A modern masterclass in harmonising warm pinks and textured neutrals, it layers wools, linens, and silk to create a feel of tranquil luxury.

Headboard Upholstery: NEW ‘Amadea’ in powder pink 
Throw: NEW ‘Kea’ in sunstone
Cushion: NEW ‘Jewel’ in agate
Bolster: ‘Chemise’ in peony
Wallpaper: Block printed ‘Persian Rose’ in pink
Footstool upholstery: ‘Makeba’ in vanilla
Curtains: ‘Capalbio’ in neutral



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