b'kitchenwordsSharon NeweypicturesFrances Oliverlet there be lightThis kitchen is a deliciously contemporary space, spiced upwith a dash of tradition.When the Dentons installed their original kitchen, tearing down thefacades, nished in Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta. The panel prole chimneys of old villas was a no-no. In fact, exposing the brick andwas specially designed with bevelled edges for ease of cleaning. making the replace a featured centrepiece was the mode of theWhile the overall effect of the kitchen is light, airy and modern, moment. traditional references in keeping with the houses age can be seen Not so these days. When the couple came to renovate their kitchenin the glass-fronted overhead cupboards, the protruding wall at one and adjoining living area, we took down the chimney with greatend which mimics a chimney breast, the bevelled pelmets on the glee, says Alison Denton. Not only did it block lots of natural lightcabinets and the open shelves. but it also got in the way of a more workable layout for the area. And where scars from its removal might have been left in the board-and- Pattern is introduced in the curtains and blinds made in Sussex batten ceiling, kitchen designer Natalie Du Bois cleverly mounted afabric, colour Vanilla, from James Dunlop Textiles. stunning group of pendant lights, which hang down over the newWalls behind the open shelves are painted in Resene Triple Milestone island bench. Alison loves the lightsno-one is allowed to open ato create added interest and a further illusion of depth. Its subtle bottle of champagne in here, she warns. lavender tone is echoed in the curtain fabric and is complemented The kitchen cabinetry is a soothing mix of plain and subtly panelledby the rooms Resene Blanc walls.72'