7 April 202325 BEAUTIFUL HOMES, MAY 2023


With its chandeliers, brass and antique-mirror detailing, and even a champagne sink – this kitchen has an alluring and timeless grandeur.

Since buying her home, Paula Wraith wondered what to do about the small kitchen. As the house is listed, she was unable to alter or extend the existing space. ‘Then I realised I could convert an outbuilding, with a hallway to link it to the house’ she says. Jessica Sroga at Krantz Designs was asked to create a new kitchen.



Keen to create an environment designed for family life and frequent entertaining, Paula wanted a layout that was both practical for cooking for a crowd and designed for relaxed socialising. ‘I also felt that the large size of the room and the amount of natural light allowed me to be bolder with my design choices, so I wanted a look with plenty of impact and a touch of glamour,’ she says.

“Marble-effect quartz worktops are luxurious but also practical”



Jessica’s design began with a statement island to form the focal point of the space, complete with built-in ovens, hob and prep surface, next to a circular breakfast bar with concealed champagne sink and room to pull up four stools. A ceiling feature conceals the ducting for the flush mounted extractor and helps to zone the area, distinct from the adjacent dining and living spaces. ‘The back wall is incredibly useful with lots of storage,’ says Paula, who opted for a pantry cupboard, breakfast and drinks dresser, integrated fridge and freezer, and a large sink zone.



Classic Shaker-style cabinetry is given a contemporary soft black painted finish, while double quirked door frame detailing and grand pilasters add a sense of timeless grandeur. ‘I felt the brass details and rich walnut breakfast bar elevated the look and added a little luxury,’ says Paula. The antique-effect mirror splash back, framed in antique brass, adds warmth, contrasting with the cool marble-effect quartz worktops and grey-white porcelain floor tiles.



‘Jessica’s guidance on every detail was so helpful,’ says Paula, who selected statement brass and glass rod chandeliers, echoing the fluted finish of the cabinet handles, ribbed fireclay sink and reeded glass of the cupboard in the drinks dresser. ‘Whether it’s just breakfast for the three of us or a party of twelve, the space works incredibly well – filled with sunshine during the day, and softly glamorous at night,’ she says.


“The shaker style units are elevated by the double quirked door frame detailing, while the breakfast and drinks dresser has bi-fold doors for easy access and houses appliances, glassware and a wine fridge.”

“The circular breakfast bar has a sophisticated bistro look and chimes with the chandeliers.”


See more of our Stamford Project here.


Design by Jessica Sroga, Senior Designer

Article by Amelia Thorpe 


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