A Schoolhouse in Northern Germany

Our most prolific renovation customers have been at it again. This time Laura and Nora from the always beautiful ‘Food Stories’ Instagram have completely renovated an old schoolhouse in the Brandenburg region of Germany, about an hour from Berlin.

This is Laura and Nora’s third deVOL kitchen and is particularly interesting as it contains certain pieces of Shaker furniture that were originally made for their first countryside kitchen (see the Shaker project ‘A countryside kitchen outside Berlin’). Their original home was rented, so they were able to save and reuse many of the cupboards in their new, bigger kitchen as the owners of the property were changing the layout. With the help of our designers and carpenters, they seamlessly added new cupboards to old and created a flawless transformation.

As with their other Shaker kitchen, Laura and Nora chose deVOL’s Mushroom paint colour for their cupboards and our Crackle Metro Tiles for the splashback. These two starting points set the tone for lots of brass accessories, which, alongside the copper worktop on the island, gave the room a little twinkle. The kitchens Laura and Nora design are always completely original, and they are most often used as the backdrop for their impeccably styled and considered images, which usually contain food and drink.

The mix of materials and colours is what really makes this kitchen and all Laura and Nora’s renovations so memorable, they have an ease of style and tend to create rooms that have a simplicity and natural feel, yet they infuse them with a little glam. In this case, they chose Arabescato marble for their worktops and sink, a bold and dramatic choice but in contrast to the soft muted colours and incredible original features of the room, it just ups the wow factor without being too showy.

We take so much inspiration from these two and are truly grateful for the way they have embraced deVOL and all our accessories in such a confident and clever way.

As you would imagine, these photographs are taken by Laura and Nora and although we would love to visit them in Germany, we are always struck by the beauty of their images and so it seems almost unnecessary.

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