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Kitchens Bespoke: A perfect fit


by Ruth Lawrence K


A good kitchen should be the soul of a home: nurturing, practical and pleasing in equal measure. It should fit your personality and lifestyle perfectly.


itchens Bespoke, based in East Grinstead, is the brainchild of Rachael Workman (pictured right), a veteran kitchen designer with 17 years of experience behind her. Three years ago, she decided to set up a ‘one stop shop’ to help


clients create their perfect kitchen, and she hasn’t looked back. The Sussex showroom gives an idea of different kitchen styles, materials and colour schemes available. But I was keen to see Rachael’s latest project, a stunning open plan kitchen in a handsome Victorian mansion in Richmond, SW London, and I was delighted to be invited to take a peek. She wisely kept the design simple and classic in line with the grand proportions of the room: chalk painted solid ash units create a striking contrast to the dark granite worktops, walnut table and steel appliances. The large Wolf range and industrial size fridge freezer do not dominate the space but slot in unobtrusively due to clever positioning.


Rachael has found that being a female designer


gives her an edge. “I design from a practical viewpoint. Most people who use kitchens are women and I can relate to the need to balance aesthetics with function.” Because of her extensive experience, she can “get the design right first time,” avoiding costly mistakes that can happen when people fall in love with a scheme that does not ultimately fit their lifestyle. She works to her client’s budget and is always testing new products and materials to see what works, saving time and money for her customers. Being acutely ecologically responsible, Rachael only uses timber from sustainable sources.


Rachel has an ear to the ground for new ideas that can bring a kitchen to life: back-lit glass can be used for a striking look and there are 50 colours to choose from. Rachael has links to products and materials that may provide the solution to a tired or outdated kitchen; she will then select what works for each individual household.


“Most people who use kitchens are women and I can relate to the need to balance aesthetics with function.”


Kitchens Bespoke can also attend to lighting, decoration, flooring and building works if necessary. The word ‘bespoke’ refers to the design process itself and Rachael says that her kitchens are “more affordable than you may think. An expensive look doesn’t have to cost a fortune.” While much of Rachael’s work is local to the East Grinstead area, her client base extends from London to Kent and even Hampshire. Her people centred philosophy has earned her a reputation for creating kitchens that match her clients perfectly: the owner of the Richmond kitchen was delighted with the way her new kitchen complemented her house and worked around her family. Rachael can design a kitchen that


fits you. With your needs and her expertise, the kitchen you have only imagined can become reality. ■


KITCHENS BESPOKE 88 London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1EP Tel. 01342 313133 | www.kitchensbespoke.co.uk


SUSSEX LIVING October 2011


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