Neptune Kitchen Signature Style
David and Caroline have embraced a classic contemporary look for their bespoke kitchen scheme that’s right at home in their new build Georgian style property.
Building on David’s family farm, the couple took time to plan in advance exactly what they wanted from the layout and design of their beautiful Georgian-inspired home. ‘We consulted with our architects in early 2015; the build started August ’15 and we moved in just over a year later in October ’16,’ says David. When it came to planning the design and layout for David and Caroline’s new kitchen, the general layout had been planned ahead by their architect. ‘Our architect had designed a feature recess into the wall so the positioning of the range cooker was dictated and the rest of the room was designed around this key feature.’
With this starting point in mind, the couple set about exploring their options in terms of kitchen styles and colour schemes. ‘It was one of Caroline’s colleagues who highly recommended Deanery Furniture. Their showroom is beautiful with a real wow factor as soon as you walk in. The displays are absolutely beautiful so we got a real emotional hit seeing all these inspiring displays we loved. Getting to see the Neptune collection in situ really made up our minds – the way the displays are styled makes it easy to visualize how they’ll look in your own interior.’ Loving the Neptune look, the couple were drawn to the clean lines and pared back appeal of the timeless Chichester collection. The new colourway in Shell also really appealed and, when they saw some of Deanery’s other furniture displays painted in the dramatically dark tone of Farrow & Ball Railings, they soon decided this was the statement colour their island was crying out for. ‘We’d also admired these splashback tiles in a copy of Decor magazine and just had to have them. They tie in so well with the dark accent colour on the island and really bring contrast to the scheme.’
Dealing with designer, Mark Deane of Deanery Furniture, the couple couldn’t have had a more positive experience. ‘Mark was very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. He was great at translating our ideas into a fully functional, workable design. Mark worked with our layout and really maximised storage and other key features to get the best out of the room, working around the window positions and the doorway to the walk-in pantry. He liaised with our builder to ensure the cooker wall recess was just right for the range cooker, making sure the cooker would sit flush to give us a streamlined cooking area. We wanted a classic look yet with clean lines so the custom mantel is perfect. Mark also designed the tongue ‘n’ groove panelled finish over the mantel, which continues the classic theme we love.’
Above all, it was the quality of the Neptune kitchens and the styling of the furniture displays in the Deanery showroom that really clinched it for David and Caroline. ‘It’s the mix of classic and contemporary, just the balance we love. I love the handpainted finish of the cabinetry contrasted with the exposed stainless steel appliances – it’s such a stylish and functional kitchen, which is exactly what we were looking for.’
Location: Co Limerick
Bespoke kitchen from the Chichester collection – handpainted in Neptune Shell with island in Farrow & Ball Railings – by Neptune from Deanery Furniture. 30mm Silestone work surfaces in Lagoon polished finish
Liebherr fridge and freezer. Falcon range cooker. Neff 720 extractor. Integrated dishwasher, Neff. Wine fridge, CDA.
Fixtures & Finishes
Bespoke kitchen from the Chichester collection – handpainted in Neptune Shell with island in Farrow & Ball Railings – by Neptune from Deanery Furniture. 30mm Silestone work surfaces in Lagoon polished finish. Sinks, Villeroy & Boch. Perrin & Rowe taps, one with handrinse. Tiled splashback, Slattery Tiles. Pendant lighting, House of Fraser. Brompton wall lights, Neptune. Architects, Lourdes O’Donohue Architects.
Q&A – Mark Deane
At what stage of the build did you come on board to design the kitchen?
The block-work was up when I started on the kitchen design so the layout dictated the design to a certain degree. Having said that, the kitchen footprint was a generous, light and spacious room so it was a lovely project to work on. With the kitchen footprint in place, I kept the layout simple and pared back, working with the existing features, such as the window positioning and recess for a range cooker mantel.
Did your clients know they wanted to go for a Neptune kitchen from the get-go?
Yes, they were ‘Neptunized’ and loved the complete collection as soon as they saw the various displays in the showroom. They loved the classic contemporary feel of the Chichester collection and took inspiration from various design details they admired in situ in the showroom. The Chichester colour, originally only available in a Limestone handpainted finish, is now available in Shell so the couple went with this new colour, along with the contrasting Farrow & Ball Railings shade on the island. They’d admired some of our display furniture painted in the Railings finish so took inspiration from this and decided to make a statement with the island.
Did you make any changes to the design along the way?
I asked the builder to add a couple of inches to the depth of the recessed cooker wall to allow the range cooker to sit flush. An integrated fridge was originally specified but we changed this to a stainless steel larder fridge and freezer, which breaks up the solid run of handpainted cabinetry. The design started out with a featured curved island but Caroline preferred the clean lines of a rectangular design so this was changed, in keeping with the linear aesthetic of the custom mantel and other kitchen furniture.