Kitchen of the Week: An Imposing English Manor, Updated for Modern Family Life

Pevsner’s Architectural Guide: The Buildings of England details the style and history of every building of architectural significance in the country. England doesn’t suffer for lack of old buildings—there are 51 volumes in the series—but this manor still stands out. According to the guide on Lincolnshire, a county known for its rural beauty, “Few houses in the country fill one with such delight.”

When the new owners bought the historic property, they were intent on turning it into a warm family home without losing the grand proportions—including in the kitchen. To this end, they kept the oversized Gothic windows, the weathered limestone floors, an original fireplace, and the space’s dramatic loftiness. Then they tapped deVOL to supply them with their Classic English Kitchen cabinets. The result is a large, airy space that manages to be both fit for family life and respectful of its architectural pedigree.

Have a look. (For more on the renovation of this medieval manor, follow @the.history.keeper on Instagram.)

Photography courtesy of deVOL.

Lincolshire Hall Kitchen by DeVOL Above: While the cabinets are traditional, the lighting, all by Original BTC, is thoroughly modern. (See High/Low: The Classic English Table Lamp from Original BTC.)
Lincolshire Hall Kitchen by DeVOL Above: Forming a low backsplash are deVOL’s Crackle Metro Tiles. The countertop is Silestone. (Love art in the kitchen? See The New Art Gallery: 12 Favorite Kitchens with Paintings on Display.)
Lincolshire Hall Kitchen by DeVOL Above: The cabinets are painted a custom peacock blue. The wall behind it is awash in the same color.
Lincolshire Hall Kitchen by DeVOL Above: The wall of cabinets ends with high cabinet doors that conceal the refrigerator and pantry. Kitchen linens hang from the Taffrail rack by Tom Raffield.
Lincolshire Hall Kitchen by DeVOL Above: The kitchen island, painted off-white, is topped with oak. The Bum Stools are from deVOL.
Lincolshire Hall Kitchen by DeVOL Above: Across from the island is a console set up for tea-making. Whimsical wallpaper by Little Greene Paint & Paper (in “Great Ormond Street” pattern) adds a decorative note to the original fireplace.
Lincolshire Hall Kitchen by DeVOL Above: The past (Gothic windows and original limestone floors) coexist with the new updates.
Lincolshire Hall Kitchen by DeVOL Above: The glass sideboard, for storing kitchen linens, is from deVOL’s Haberdasher’s Kitchen series. The Morvah Hanging Planters are by Tom Raffield.

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