b'kitchenIts fun seeing visitors jaws drop when they see the renovation for the first time. ReseneAnemone GreenReseneSanguine BrownReseneQuarter Parchment words Sharon Stephensonpictures Nicola Edmondsbreaking the colour mouldNo white kitchen for these homeowners. Its colour all the way. AskSueandBevandeBerrytodescribethemselvesandtheyllYet it wasnt until the couples two children had left homeone now probablysayconservative.Whichiswhythenewkitchen/dininglives in England, the other in Canadathat Sue finally decided it was space of their Wellington villa comes as such a surprise. time for a change.Its fun seeing visitors jaws drop when they see the renovation forEnter Wellington architect John Mills who says he pushed the couples the first time, laughs Sue. Theyre struck by this colourful andcreative boundaries further than they ever thought possible.innovative space thats quite out of the box for people like us,They were the perfect clients in that they gave us a lot of creative because wed normally go for a plain, white kitchen. licence and were willing to take on such a strong, bold look. Its Which is exactly what Sue and her dentist husband had in mind whencontemporary, but still maintains the classic ambience of a 1914 they first started casting about for ideas. Weve owned the housevilla, says John.for 34 years and although we did things like repiling, replumbing andThe 60m2 footprint of the downstairs area hasnt been increased, landscaping the garden, for a long time we made do with a pokeybut reconfiguring the space has created a light-filled, open-plan area kitchen that had very little light and horrible chipboard cupboards.which looks out onto the garden.Located along the southern side of their Kelburn home, the kitchenThe central focus is the 5m-long kitchen island, which is a favourite was also draughty, had no outlook and was separated from the diningspot for guests to perch while Sue whips up one of her legendary and living spaces by a clumsy arrangement of internal walls.meals.DesignedbyartistJohnCalvert,thebenchtopismade86'