Little Wood {The Kitchen}


Thinking back, our kitchen was one of the first rooms that we had really planned out when we thought about designing our own home.  We had an open plan kitchen/ conservatory space that we had renovated in our last home, and we had just got used to having an area for cooking and entertaining, as well as space where our young family could play too.

We designed this room on the principle that it would be split level, offering a divide between the cooking and dining area and the sitting room, whilst still keeping a natural flow.  Practically the wide steps work well as a break in flooring too, with travertine tiles in our kitchen, and solid wood flooring in the sunroom section. (We also trained Ernie when he was little to not come down the steps, saving the floor yet again!)



Our kitchen was made by a local company, based on our design, and I’d always really recommend going down this route if you have some vision about the style and layout you are after.  Handmade kitchen companies will show you stunning designs, but they very often come at a premium price, and you can definitely achieve the bespoke look on more of a budget as long as you’re prepared to think that little bit more about planning it yourself.  Our units are all factory doors, but combined with mix-matched worktops, handles and dove-tailed inserts, it really gives the feel of a hand crafted one.  I loved having the control over the design too, and asked for more of a free-standing feel incorporating huge larder cupboards to hide away all the clutter!

We opted for an Aga cooker, but an electric one instead of the traditional oil-fired ones.  This was primarily a budgeting decision but, in retrospect, actually worked out far better for our busy family lifestyle.  I’ll still dream of owning the proper version one day, when I have the time to make casseroles and slow-cooked dishes but, for now this serves us very well indeed.

Because of its free standing look and feel, we only have a small area tiled in here, just behind our cooker.  We went for a Fired Earth National Trust designed tile and I still love them to this day.  I think that’s the thing with incorporating traditional aspects into your home though, isn’t it?  They’re less likely to date and drive you nuts in a few years! 😉


All our other furniture in here is from Laura Ashley.




I treat the dresser a little bit like our hall mantelpiece and love to dress it seasonally too.  At Christmas I fill it with fairylights and glass baubles, and incorporate fresh flowers and plants into it as the seasons change.




It really is a space for us all, and we’ve been so thrilled with how it all turned out.  It is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing and not too difficult to keep clean and tidy too! 🙂


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  1. January 31, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    Stunning kitchen that just invites you to cook and socialise (with a little vino in hand!). Roll on your scone recipe 🙂 x

  2. January 31, 2014 / 11:59 pm

    Yes Nicola, there is generally vino in hand!! 😉 Scone recipe is easy peasy, honestly – i fear i may have built this up too much now -eek! E x

  3. March 19, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    Wow, your kitchen is absolutely stunning! I love those cutie radiators too, and yes I agree, I think homes in magazines have a spare room where the throw all the junk! Thanks for linking up #LoveYourHome

    • March 19, 2014 / 10:18 pm

      Thankyou Jen, so kind of you to say! And what a great linky – I haven’t found an interiors based one until now, so I’m delighted! E x

  4. March 19, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    omigosh it’s gorgeous, I hope mine looks half as good when we finally get to it (again!). My DH made a kitchen for us once, was lovely, he got offers of employment from so many people but it was a hobby 🙂 #loveyourhome

    • March 19, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      Oh it must be amazing to have that sort of expertise on hand though! Good luck with your project – it’s all-consuming, isn’t it?! E x

  5. March 19, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Oh. My. God. I have Aga envy. And I have an Aga. #loveyourhome

    • March 19, 2014 / 10:14 pm

      Tee hee! I actually snorted with laughter at your wee comment! Bet yours is much nicer – I wanted the real deal but the kids still needed fed apparently. Damn them! :). E x

  6. March 20, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    Absolutely stunning! My kitchen is a complete contrast to yours in style but I would happily while the way the hours in yours. It would even convince me that baking is a good idea.

    • March 20, 2014 / 9:25 pm

      Haha! Yes we are all Cath Kiston pinnies and floury work tops over here – I don’t think! ;). I really love modern style kitchens too – it’s so hard making decisions! Thanks for popping in! E x

  7. March 23, 2014 / 10:36 am

    Really, really love your kitchen. I love the different levels too, as you go down to your sitting room. Mismatched is my favourite kind of kitchen, it works REALLY well!

    • March 25, 2014 / 11:46 pm

      Oh, thankyou so much! We have been delighted with how it all turned out! xx

  8. March 28, 2014 / 10:02 am

    Totally love this room too! And it’s exactly the kind of thing I’ll do to our next kitchen. I was trying to explain to the hubby the other day that I wanted different, mismatched units and he looked at me like I was mad! x

    dear beautiful

  9. March 28, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    I am so jealous of this kitchen as I have said before it’s my dream kitchen for sure. WOW so jealous I didn’t realize you did room tours too. We really are kindred spirits lovely. lol Congrats on the mention on BritMums that’s amazing. Your home definitely is worth a mention.

  10. March 28, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    DREAM, seen peeks of the kitchen on some of your instagrams but this is something else. Just stunning xxx

  11. April 1, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Wow! This is how I’d like our kitchen to look but sadly we don’t have that much space, you’ve done a fab job and it looks amazing! I’m very jealous 🙂 xx

  12. November 19, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    I’m about to start designing our new kitchen, I can’t wait, picking up lots of ideas as I go along 🙂

  13. December 30, 2014 / 10:34 am

    A bit late to the party.. but I have to say your kitchen is a dream! Congratulations, especially on the larder! I have the same plan to hide my appliances in my future kitchen but your larder is pure genius and it looks so stylish! Bravo!

  14. Loreen
    February 2, 2018 / 3:49 am

    Hi Emma I love your home particulary the kitchen space. Can I ask about your floor tiles please? Also where did you research ideas for decor when planning your kitchen? Xx

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