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Jamie’s comes true by Nicola Hobbs


Sleek, stylish and effortlessly cool are words you might associate with TV’s Top Gear. But it’s not only cars that can combine the wow factor with ingenious gadgetry and outstanding performance.


t is difficult not to fall in love with Jamie Mitchell’s kitchen in Hassocks the moment you walk in. Its glossy black cupboards, sparkling quartz worktops and glorious red splashbacks make it feel as if you’re a professional chef. And the floating island, the


sleek handleless design with touch sensitive feature cabinets, along with an amazing array of modern gadgets, could tempt even the most reluctant of cooks to try it out.


“I always wanted a kitchen like those you see in magazines. Now I have one that is stunning but still


contemporary design ‘Sarah’s anniversary kitchen’, praising her for her creative talents. “You can train someone in kitchen design but you can’t train a good eye or original ideas,” Paul says.


Paul set up The Kitchen People seven years ago, and the design studio on Lindfield High Street has been proudly displaying kitchens for the past four years. From the sleek, glossy finish of Jamie’s kitchen and clean contemporary styles, to traditional, wooden, hand finished designs and country classics, Paul wants to show that a kitchen can be as individual as


Sarah makes the process of choosing a kitchen pleasurable and exciting. “The journey has been thoroughly enjoyable thanks to Sarah’s marvellous drawings and Paul’s technical skills,” Jamie agrees.


The journey starts with a survey of the clients’ existing space or use of architect plans to produce a photograph-like design of the proposed kitchen.


“We can step outside the box in our designs and create amazing kitchens with personalised products.”


practical – the perfect place to party and for the family to enjoy,” says Jamie as he stands proudly in his new kitchen, designed by The Kitchen People.


Jamie’s contemporary, functional kitchen is the result of his own ideas coupled with the expertise and imagination of the team at The Kitchen People. Sarah Lee, who is celebrating her first year at the company, was the primary designer for Jamie’s kitchen. “The prospect of designing an ultra- modern kitchen was very exciting and it really gave me the chance to take my design skills to the extreme,” says Sarah. “I don’t know who was more excited, the client or me!” Paul Edwards, owner of The Kitchen People, has named this


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the people who cook in it. “Kitchens are very personal spaces and we aim to bring people’s dreams to reality,” Paul says. “We provide a very personal service where our designers are involved from the moment a client enters our showroom to completion of the project.”


Kitchens are the heart of the home. They are a place for creativity and are the hub of family life, so the thought of commissioning and creating a bespoke kitchen can be a daunting experience. How much worktop space will I need? Lots of kitchen storage or a separate larder? Should my utensils be on display or in cupboards? Floating island or breakfast bar? What style – traditional or modern? The personal service and experience of Paul and


Computer Aided Design allows Sarah and Paul to produce a 3D impression of the final product, giving the client the opportunity to play


around with colours and styles to see what would suit the room best. “We were doubling the size of our kitchen with an extension so we wanted a way to bring the old and new rooms together. As soon as we saw the marvellous graphics and drawings we knew that this was what we were looking for,” says Jamie.


Once the design stage is complete Sarah, Paul and a specialist local kitchen fitter (Keith Lewry in the case of Jamie’s kitchen) visit the property to ensure it is achievable. “It is critical


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