I knew exactly what I wanted right from the beginning, so I’m not sure if I was a dream client or a nightmare one,’ jokes Victoria MacNeill, who lives in the Brighton property with her husband David and two daughters; five-year-old Connie and Etta, aged one. ‘I like minimalist colours and a lot of our house is black, grey and white. I’m also influenced by Instagram and what I see on there, and the Scandi look is so popular at the moment, it’s definitely a style I’m drawn to.’
The space hasn’t always been so light and bright though. Before the renovation the kitchen was ‘literally tiny’, comprising of an oven, sink, small table and larder. ‘It was like it had only ever been designed for a couple, not a family,’ explains Victoria. ‘We had to extend out and then dig away all the land to level off the outside because we had steps in the garden. It was a huge job and stressful as we had two children – and one of these being a newborn.’

The family lived in the house through the project and, although Victoria concedes it was a challenge, she says the finished result has been life-changing. ‘We’re in the kitchen all the time now. It’s the heart of the home and we didn’t realise what we were missing until we had it. Our daughters love to play in here now and it’s a really sociable space.’
With its mixture of old and new features – the butler sink alongside subway tiles for example, and Shaker-style cabinetry with a sleek marble effect stone worktop – the space is light, airy and oozing with style. Victoria’s history as an art student shines through in the details of this room, seen in her clever accessorising and gift for mixing colour and interiors pieces of different eras. The result is an inviting space which has taken the house from the 1930s straight into the now.

Kitchens from Windmill kitchens start at £7,000.
Photos by: Paul Craig

Article by: Molly Forbes