The Bert & May Kitchen

This very cool Haberdasher's project, which featured on season two of our TV show 'For the Love of Kitchens', belongs to Lee, founder of handmade tile company, Bert & May, and his partner Philip.

The vibe Lee and Philip wanted here was LA-meets-Spain, which could have been a tall order given they are in Yorkshire!! But we do love the notion of designing your home based on the places you love, that may be holiday destinations or just somewhere you feel comfortable and relaxed. Not enough people try to achieve this and it’s a wonderful place to start when designing a room.

We are biased, but the choice of our Haberdasher's furniture was such a great one, slightly seventies and very LA, it has such a nostalgic feel to it. The warm wood, the gentle curves and the elegant slim glazed cupboards are all so chic and unfussy. The kitchen layout is perfect; a back wall of cabinetry, the sink and a really splendid big cooker and then the separation between the work and play area of the room is established with the prep table. The dimensions on paper of the prep table are ridiculously big, but once in the room it is completely at home and feels the ideal size. We can imagine it is an absolute joy to prepare meals at, whilst looking out over such spectacular views inside and out.

Carefully chosen, handmade tiles from Bert & May for the floor, walls and the fabulous statement fireplace looked so good, slightly rustic, full of texture and all of the perfect tone that really suits the mid-century deVOL kitchen, Lee and Philip's furniture and the ambience that they were hoping to achieve for this new room. The finishing touches were a deVOL Heirloom Gaselier Light over the island, a big wooden dining table facing out into the garden with beautiful views of the natural swimming pool and lots of big floor-standing pots of leafy palms and greenery to make everything feel a bit more exotic.

Well, we think Lee and Philip have done such a wonderful job of turning a brand-new extension into a room full of holiday vibes, without it feeling at odds with the rest of their old and very characterful Georgian home. We are always in awe of how our customers interpret our furniture and they are right up there with the best in our opinion.