The kitchen inspired by a handbag!

Gardiner Haskins BPL428 15 August 2019

Find out how one couple transformed their kitchen with the help of Gardiner Haskins Interiors’ kitchen design experts – and the unusual inspiration behind their colour scheme

Trisha and Phil had their kitchen renovated with the help of Gardiner Haskins Interiors’ Kitchen Designer Alec. After visiting various kitchen showrooms, they were told about Gardiner Haskins Interiors by a family friend who recommended the service after being hugely impressed with the results of their own kitchen transformation.

Trisha and Phil already knew the colour scheme they were looking for. When they met with kitchen designer Alec, they brought along a teal handbag requesting to have the same colour for the kitchen cabinetry. Trisha says: “We took my handbag to the store and asked them to match up the colour. We were extremely impressed with how close they were able to match it.”

The couple knew they wanted an integrated fridge-freezer built into the cabinetry to create a tidier and more discrete finish. With a fridge-freezer built in, the kitchen appears wider as the unit is hidden from sight. After having a standard single sink before, they also knew they wanted a double sink with a middle separator to create structure – the extra benefit of a deep fitted butler sink gives plenty of extra room.

Trisha and Phil were both very impressed with the Gardiner Haskins Interiors design process and felt Alec really understood and accommodated their kitchen requirements by suggesting features they hadn’t considered. “We thought he was brilliant, so much so that we went ahead with Alec’s very first design.”

The couple also found the installation process to be quick and organised: “One thing we were extremely pleased about was the attention to detail the kitchen fitters paid towards taking measurements and fitting units. They all made sure that all fittings had to be measured perfectly before the finalised fitting.”

Alec designed the Prentice Ingleby Kitchen and cabinets painted to match Farrow & Ball Cornforth White, and Farrow & Ball Vardo. He suggested a number of different elements to help create their desired kitchen. He recommended fitting deep-pan drawers making room for pots and pans without overcrowding.

Regarding lighting, Alec suggested fitting lights under the kitchen cabinets to create illumination while also eliminating shadows. Fitting lights under the cabinets also helped to create a striking effect with the metallic blue flecks in the marble surfaces highlighted by the light. Fitting a curved, corner cabinet unit next to the bi-fold doors at the far end adds a more streamlined finish in an amazingly bright and airy kitchen. Trisha and Phil both agree the spice drawer is one of their favourite aspects of the new kitchen, allowing the keen cooks to be able to view their collection of spices all at once.

Want to transform your kitchen? Book your free Planning and Design Consultation at Gardiner Haskins Interiors Kitchen showroom today. You can also book online at

Gardiner Haskins Interiors, Brunel Rooms, Straight Street, Bristol BS20FQ – 0117 9292288

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