A beautiful indoor/outdoor kitchen – this “Oak & Silver” kitchen by Smallbone was part of the display awarded the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ‘Gold Award for Excellence’ for the Best Trade Stand at 2010 Chelsea Flower Show. Well, they do have a few potted plants in there:
The “alfresco” kitchen is in an Amdega orangery, with surrounding lush gardens by Stephen Woodhams (via). An orangery is supposed to be a large posh greenhouse where your citrus trees can be moved for the winter in cold climates – but putting a kitchen in one means you can enjoy it and your garden year round – the citrus trees just have to fend for themselves, I suppose. The kitchen materials are pale honey European Oak and dark Marinus granite, there’s a mirrored glass plinth under the island. I like the occasional curves, softening the whole look, and especially the conveniently placed wine storage framing the seating area.
I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve never been to the Chelsea Flower Show, even though I come from a gardening family and I was more or less a Londoner for twelve years – the perfect proof that when you live in a place you tend to take it for granted. Actually, believe it or not, I’ve never been to Harrods either, though I’m really rather proud of that.