The remodelling of my friend’s elegant Rutland rectory continues apace and currently the kitchen is the focus of attention. Having hoiked out the central island, that had totally dominated the kitchen and left little room for any design manevres, the family now sit at a central table leaving lots of expanse to flow around the room. Crucially is also frees up valuable wall space for an antique oak dresser- bought from a local auction house.
My friend absolutey loves the designer Ben Pentreath’s style, a clever combination of classical English tradition with a modern twist. The plan is to paint the kitchen out in a earthy yellow colour and have the dresser decked out in classic blue and white china. The top level, and the most hard to reach, will house some lovely decorative antique plates. including the classic willow pattern, popular in 18th century England.
For the remainder I am going to suggest sticking with the blue and white theme, to keep the look slick and modern, but to incorporate modern and traditional designs. Sort of like the marriage of the house and its occupants, this mix reflects the fact that this is a period property housing a modern family.
I think as a base you need eight or so simple identical plates to stop the thing looking like a hot mess. For this I love either the canteen style from Fairmont & Main at SCP or the Cornish plates from John Lewis. Then you can add on individual extras, such as the beautiful weather plates designed by Faye Toogood from Rockett St George, the blob from Habitat and the classic Burleigh Asiatic Pheasant. I also LOVE adding the ‘fish n chip’ plate from the National Gallery.
Keeping it real with a family of four small boys, all plates below the top level are dishwasher an microwave safe.
Cornishware Dinner Plates
£56.00, set of four
Burleigh Asiatic Pheasants Plates, Blue
£9.00 – £14.50
Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Eliza Dinner Plate
Marimekko Weather Diary Plate, Dia.25cm
All above www.johnlewis.com
BURLEIGH BLUE REGAL PEACOCK EARTHENWARE PLATE 25CM £16.95, www.liberty.co.uk
Indigo Storm Collection by Faye Toogood – 10 inch Plate £15.95, www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk
Habitat Blot Blue patterned dinner plate, £10.00, www.habitat.co.uk
Fish and Chips Plate, £32.00, www.nationalgallery.co.uk
Canteen dinner plate, Fairmont & Main, £8.00, www.scp.co.uk