Kitchen Design, Kent

Food Blogger Mandy Miller Simmonds creates a stylish open-plan kitchen space in her Georgian home, complete with V4 Frozen Umber herringbone.

Food blogger Mandy Miller Simmonds recently undertook a complete kitchen renovation, turning a once separated kitchen and dining room into an open-plan space, creating a central hub of the home, the perfect setting for Mandy’s blog content, entertaining, and family dinners. This renovation was complete with Frozen Umber herringbone from our Deco Parquet collection, adding a contemporary rustic twist to Mandy’s Georgian home, as Mandy went on to explain:

“During my renovation, I wanted to turn the existing dining room and kitchen into one open space. It was really important for me to have one large island with plenty of seating as this was going to be the only dining area in the house. My cabinetry was dark and the worktops light, so I really wanted the warmth of a wood floor to bring the room together, make it flow and bring a lovely texture.”

When it came to the design, Mandy knew the direction she wanted to go down, having gained inspiration from inspiration pages she had seen online, and so with her vision set, she began working closely with the design team at Tom Howley Kitchens to create the kitchen space of her dreams, as she went on to explain…

“I had a really good idea of what I wanted and I was inspired from beautiful interior design pages on Instagram to help me make my decision. Fortunately, with a clever kitchen design team and accurate groundwork, we didn’t experience any challenges.  My house has very high ceilings and thanks to Georgian architect Decimus Burton – the bones of the property were fantastic to work with giving us plenty of scope.”

Mandy was keen to use a wood floor as she wanted to use natural materials to add warmth to the space, bringing the design together. To that end, Mandy chose Frozen Umber from our Deco Parquet collection. With varied muted oak tones, Frozen Umber offers a contemporary design, that is both timeless and versatile. Complete with a durable UV Oil, Frozen Umber is perfect for busy family kitchens like Mandy’s, whilst the herringbone style effortlessly unifies the newly opened space, as Mandy describes…

“I love Frozen Umber because it’s not too dark, not too light and looks interesting in different lights. Each piece of wood has a different tone and the overall effect is classy and stunning. I’ve wanted a herringbone-style floor for as long as I can remember. I brought 2 rooms into one and I love the way the herringbone guides you through the kitchen from one end to the other.“

The final design is a functional and spacious kitchen diner, that beautifully complements the existing Georgian features of the home. The deep green kitchen cabinets from Tom Howley Kitchens, in the shade Avodcao, perfectly contrast the White Mineral Quartz Worktops from Ceaserstone, creating an inviting design complete with depth and character.

“My Georgian home has grand proportions, so I wanted to reflect and compliment what was already there. My kitchen is classic and elegant with really modern statement lighting. I guess the thing that I love the most is that as beautiful as it is, it’s also been thought out so well making it very user-friendly.”

When asked how she has found the floor since installation, Mandy went on to say: “I couldn’t be more thrilled with the flooring. Not only is it a thing of beauty, but it’s relatively practical too. I love how each element brings out the best in each other.”. To order your free sample of Frozen Umber, or to explore the entire Deco Parquet herringbone collection, click here and start your flooring journey today.

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