An impulse buy led Deanne and Nigel Moden to plan their new kitchen, now the heart of their family home
It was the lights that did it. ‘I was walking past Heal’s one day and spotted some beautiful pendant lights in the window,’ says Deanne Moden, who shares her Edwardian home in Surrey with management consultant husband, Nigel, and their son, Josh, 18, and daughter, Eliza, 13, plus Cockapoo Bertie. ‘I could imagine a row hanging above an island and had to buy some.’
No matter that Deanne didn’t actually have an island at that point. However, it was the prompt that she and Nigel needed to set about creating a new kitchen, something they had been considering since moving into the house some 10 years before. ‘We had refurbished most of the house and it was time to think about the kitchen, which was dark and too small for our family life, and at the front of the house without a view of the garden,’ explains Deanne. They chose to replace the old and rarely used conservatory at the rear of the house with a spacious kitchen extension with French doors opening directly on to the garden, and convert the old kitchen into a utility room.
After visiting several kitchen showrooms, the couple plumped for Harvey Jones in Guildford after meeting designer Matthew Carey. ‘I liked what Matthew was wearing and his style made a great first impression,’ says Deanne. ‘He understood my ideas and I liked the timeless Shaker-style furniture I saw in the showroom.’
Top of their list of priorities for the new kitchen was an island, and not just because their new pendant lights would look so good hanging above. ‘When we go to friends’ houses, I’ve noticed how everyone congregates around the island to chat, and how it makes the sociable heart of the room,’ says Deanne, who also chose some open shelves to add to the warm feel of the room. ‘I like the Danish idea of hygge,’ she says. ‘A family home needs to be inviting, not a cold, minimalist space without any personality. This has become the room where we all spend most of our time, and I’m sure that’s because it feels so welcoming.’ So those lights were a good purchase? ‘Yes,’ says Deanne. ‘And they still give me pleasure each time I look at them.’
Kitchens from Harvey Jones start from £18,000.
Pictures by Darren Chung
Article by: Amelia Thorpe