Habitat 19 - Honouring the past
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Habitat 19 - Honouring the past
A new kitchen takes inspiration and colour
from an earlier era.
Converting a ‘rabbit warren’ of tiny rooms into one
streamlined space mightn’t be rocket science, but where
Cheryl Farthing and Jon Kirk’s recently completed kitchen and family
room stands out is in the way they have repurposed the original
design features of their 1920s bungalow… but with modern
manufacturing techniques and interesting colour combinations.
“Doing what you see here was to create a workable living space for
everybody,” explains Cheryl, “but just because the original layout
didn’t work, we didn’t want to discard everything that was good
about it at the same time.”
Honouring the past may have been central to the renovation but
so was being environmentally friendly for the future good of the
planet. The renovation limits the use of potentially harmful glues
and industrial additives, and for this reason Cheryl was happy that
kitchen-makers Opus Libero specialise in traditional cabinet-making
and joinery techniques, including using timber rather than sheet
material for their cabinets.
Pine was used for the doors and cupboard carcasses, and American
oak for countertops and drawer fronts. Opus Libero was unfazed
by Cheryl’s wish to use the sunburst motif from the original stained
glass windows as a design feature. It was copied and laser cut onto
the cupboard doors to add period interest, while the dimensions of
the concentric rings on one of the 1930s light fittings was used to
detail the cornices.
The cupboard doors and carcasses were painted (by hand, of course)
in the retro-esque tones of Resene Washed Green with small areas of
arresting contrasts inspired by the colours in Cheryl’s Art Deco vase
collection. A happy turquoise, Resene Scandal, sings in the display
alcove behind the vases, while the tongue-and-groove bookcase
that sits under part of the breakfast bar is a strong mid purple,
Resene Centaurian. Cheryl chose the colour scheme herself but also
took advice from Janette Anderson from the Resene ColorShop in
Devonport who was “amazing. I’d go in there with these bonkers
ideas and she’d come up with the answers every time.”
Janette suggested using Resene’s fly deterrent additive in the Resene
Alabaster cornices and ceilings. “It’s worked really well right through
last summer,” says Cheryl, while the warm neutral of Resene Buttery
White is used on the walls.
“When we bought the house one of the neighbours told us it
was originally built in 1922 for a music teacher and her plasterer
husband,” remembers Cheryl. “So it seems right somehow that the
beautiful ceilings are still here and so too is her music room. And by
using colours that were popular at the time we’ve managed to blend
the two eras and retain the best of both.
Minimise fly spots on ceilings with
Resene Fly Deterrent. Designed to
discourage flies from sitting on
the painted surface, it reduces the
appearance of unwanted fly spots.
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