House Inspiration – DEVOL KITCHEN
I should have been writing this earlier, but I was too entrenched in the debates to write a proper sentence. So now it’s midnight and all I can think is what is going to happen to us??? With the backup thought being how am I going to design/renovate and install 1 kitchen and 3 bathrooms in our new house in 2 months??
Thank God for and other design companies that I can stare at and admire. is a British kitchen company that does insanely beautiful English-style work that is really inspiring me right now, design-wise. I’ve pinned the heck out of their site, but why keep it a secret?
I’m trying to figure out what is it about these that are so beautiful, and I think it’s because they are inset cabinets (flush with the frames), and the thinner frame is so so simple and delicate, while not necessarily being too shaker (I love a shaker, but I want more traditional style cabinets in our new/old cottage). Plus they often add this secret detailing (see how the the top and bottom have this little piece of wood?).
The reason I’m looking to them so much is that they are all about English-style kitchens, but modern and updated, obviously.
It’s understated, warm, and yet thoroughly high-end. Also are we doing painted knobs?? Maybe.
This green is insane, in all the right ways. We are doing two green kitchens right now (one of which is ours) which makes me worried that it’s such a trend, but I can’t do blue again and our floors are wood so I can’t do a wood tone … and of course I could do white but even Brian was requesting a color. It’s still up in the air (check my FB Live to see me pitch the kitchen design to Brian and his reactions to everything).
Sometimes they do go a bit more modern than we want the house to feel, which is why I need to bring in vintage and things that will patina well.
This kitchen was just in Canadian House and Home and it’s absolutely stunning. Please note the large scale simple drawers, the small frames of the upper shelving and the bead board in the back of the shelves (we are doing that, by the way).
The biggest decision yesterday was polished nickel or unpolished brass. Both are in my opinion the most beautiful of all the metals, both age and patina, but if not cared for both can corrode and look gross. I’m seriously considering polished nickel….
This picture (below) is seriously making me reconsider painting our window frames and doors black (they are dark brown right now). Stay tuned for a big post on that soon …
But then this photo, below, is convincing me of the opposite.
We start demo today (Tuesday) and have to have all the rough-in plumbing on site by the end of the week. The speed at our decision making is olympic and our confidence level not exactly Trump-like. Plus we go on vacation next week (which I’m really just using as a sabbatical to pull together the furniture/accessory plan while the grandparents play with the kids).
We are scrambling but my new executive assistant, Sarah, started yesterday, YAY, so things are already looking up!!! Meanwhile do you love these kitchens as much as I do? I think our’s will lean a bit more country/playful/warm but our cabinets are certainly inspired by this company (and another called , which I LOVE). I’m hoping that it will inspire cabinet makers in the states to start carrying profiles like this because man, they are special. Thanks, . xx
Oh, on Facebook after our live (where I pitched the kitchen design to Brian) many of you were anti the brass cabinet grills (instead of glass). I think they are so pretty but I am not 100% sold on it either. If any of you have experience with this (people complained of grease/dust) then do share. Cabinet decisions have to be in by the end of this week and I would love to hear your opinions below.