concrete cool in Balham

28th July 2015

By Helen Parker


A quirky deVOL Shaker kitchen in a beautiful Victorian Terrace on a leafy street in the very lovely Balham, South West London.

This Kitchen was full of sunshine and charm, an eclectic mix of interesting things collected by this couple just added to the authenticity of the room. Beautiful pieces of antique furniture and a superb concrete worktop and floor, made this kitchen seemed very settled in its space and not ordinary in any way.


There were three pets, the sibling cats, Baby and Monty and the crazy Kings Charles Cavalier called Trouble!! This all added to the friendly vibe in this house, there was even a secret door behind the orange penguin paperback books, a little downstairs cloakroom.


The kitchen and utility are both painted in Pantry Blue with Bella Brass door furniture and our new antique brass taps. The couple who owned the house sourced the concrete worktops locally and they worked perfectly with our Shaker furniture. The back of this end terrace has been completely opened up to reveal a huge bright and very light room with a really cute little utility just popped on the corner, behind glass doors but very much on view.


The room seemed very green, and in the garden there were tall living bamboo screens that had been shipped in from China to hide the flats opposite and the beautiful succulents and bulbs all growing healthily inside. The grass may have been astro turf but what a great astro turf it was, even the animals rolled around on it like it was real.


The design was a combination of their ideas that had been dreamt about for years and the use of our standard Shaker cupboards. The range cooker was the classic Smeg, this range always looks good, simple and well-made and not excruciatingly expensive.


The couple wanted a sociable comfortable kitchen that wouldn’t go out of style and would stand a good deal of use, they loved the finished result and although they had only just moved into the fully renovated house a month before the photoshoot it looked like they had lived there for years.