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Kitchen of the Week: A Characterful Kitchen in Kent, England, from an Under-the-Radar Design Savant

A while back Margot toured a 1768 Georgian row house in Deal, Kent, the current undertaking of artist, illustrator, and “serial house remodeler” Russell Loughlan (see The House on Dolphin Street: A Remodeling Tale of Tenacity and High Style). The remodel seemed, at times, nearly endless, with unseemly discoveries (rot, woodworms, a decaying structure), the details of which Russell chronicles via @thehouseondolphinst on Instagram.

Happily, the end result is color-saturated and very much rot-free. Today, inspired by the boldly two-tone kitchens we’ve been spotting of late, we’re taking a look at the kitchen, awash in turquoise and blue. Russell’s knack for unexpected palettes bodes well for his next venture: his own interior design studio, The House on Dolphin Street, color consulting included.

Join us for a look at his wholly transformed cook space.

Photography courtesy of Russell Loughlan.

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Above: In the process of remodeling, the ceiling above the kitchen collapsed—a far cry from the room it is today. Russell paneled the walls in bead board and tiled one in Moroccan zellige in Transparent Pastel Turquoise from the Mosaic Factory.
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Above: The room is color-blocked to striking effect, with Hague Blue beneath Oval Room Blue, both by Farrow & Ball. The appliances—including the freezer and fridge—are hidden behind cabinet fronts.
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Above: A third color enters the mix: Farrow & Ball’s Picture Gallery Red. The glass-paneled divide was an addition to the house from the 1960s that Russell decided to rehab and salvage. After the collapse of the ceiling, the new Wickes cabinets had to be rescued from the rubble; thankfully, they’re good as new.

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