It was in 2013 when Scarlett and her husband bought their house, built back in the 1970s. Their family had been living there for six years and were working on extending their home when things took a dramatic turn – they decided to demolish the existing structure for a new build.
It was a difficult decision, but, the couple shares, it was “worth every minute and every tear.” Their labour of love led them to build The Rosewood – a stylish, modern abode with a subtle nod to the glamour of the Art Deco era.
Fit with Paul Alexander Kitchen units, this space is a timeless and updated take on the traditional in-frame shaker kitchen. Scarlett’s favourite feature is the curved island with storage, which acts as the centrepiece. Painted in Paean Black by Farrow and Ball, it instantly draws the eye to the symmetry of the design and the whole area.
Elevating the kitchen is the addition of Armac Martin hardware in gold tones. Ridged details on the worktops, mirrored by the knurls of the Merrick Cabinet Handle, Merrick Cabinet Knob, and the Costwold Cup Pull, all in a polished brass, un-lacquered finish, make the modern luxury aesthetic more fluid.
Scarlett knew from the start that she wanted gold hardware in their kitchen. “I’ve always loved a beehive style knob, and so when I saw the resemblance in the Merrick collection, I instantly fell in love.”
The social media star advises those planning a renovation: “When renovating, make a list of your must-haves and try and tick off as many as possible – think about what would be most practical for you and your family.” For her and her husband, it was to ensure that there was ample storage throughout the kitchen since it was a must for their family.
The Utility room
Scarlett extended storage options to the utility room as it was so essential to the family. She also opted for a neutral but sophisticated scheme to ensure a seamless design. Pale grey cabinetry with sleek quartz surfaces was accented by industrial-inspired brass hardware from Armac Martin’s Digbeth collection.
The Laundry room
The splash of contemporary pink in the laundry room is an interesting break from the darker hue of the kitchen. The shade Calamine, by Farrow & Ball, plus the gold details, makes the area feel fresh, feminine, and with a modern appeal.
The Boot Room
Not one to shy from colour, Scarlett chose an interesting shade of Preference Red by Farrow and Ball for their boot room. Thanks to the deep tone, the area takes on an elegant and traditional look, quite a contrast from the laundry room.
This functional room is beautifully decorated, featuring antique-looking Traditional Coat Hooks and Leebank Cabinet Handles in a satin antique satin lacquered finish by Armac Martin.
Meanwhile, the addition of natural textures like wicker and linen softens the design.
An old home may be easily updated with a fresh coat of paint and some minor renovations here and there, but demolishing and rebuilding is another feat altogether, and Scarlett has done a splendid job with The Rosewood. If you’re looking for more design ideas, check out A Dreamy Yorkshire Home, The Old Rectory, and Elegant Georgian Home with a Colourful Twist.
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