When Barnaby Dawe and his partner Steven moved into their five bedroom Victorian terrace in Battersea, they knew the kitchen would be the focus of the renovation of their new home. ‘There was nothing really wrong with it,’ explains Barnaby, ‘but I hadn’t designed it myself and didn’t feel it used space effectively. So we’ve given more focus to the view of the garden.’

With their house sitting in a valley of streets near to plentiful bars, restaurants, artisan shops and stalls, the couple wanted a modern kitchen to reflect the location, as well as their sociable London lifestyle. ‘I love clean spaces and light colours,’ says Barnaby. ‘However, I didn’t just want a totally white kitchen. The selection of applewood along the wall softens the whiteness of the rest, and gives it a beautiful texture and depth. The leathered marble worktops also add texture with its rich seams of greys and whites.’

Crittall doors looking out onto the garden draw the eye to the outside space and give the kitchen an air of New York style while providing an interesting feature looking back from the garden. It’s not just the aesthetics of the space that work, though. As well as being stylish it’s also a highly practical kitchen, suiting the couple’s busy lifestyle and love of entertaining. The larder cupboard with a slab of marble as a counter top doubles as an extra workspace area as well as a place to hide everything away and keep appliances out of sight. ‘My side of the cupboard is the one with everything in order which my friends take the mickey out of me for,’ laughs Barnaby. ‘Steven’s on the other hand is slightly messier and isn’t featured in any of the photos.’

Completing the styling of the space is the couple’s personal art collection, featuring pieces by Barnaby’s late niece Hannah, as well as a copy of their wedding invitation which they’ve had framed. ‘It’s a very welcoming space now,’ says Barnaby. ‘I love coming home and being in here, and with our two dogs too. Steven used to work upstairs in his study but I’ve noticed he’s spending a lot more time working in the kitchen now.’

Kitchen prices from Roundhouse start from £35,000.

Photos by: Paul Craig

Article by: Molly Forbes