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Setting the “British Standard”

When we were redoing our kitchen 4 years ago I got rather obsessed with having a Plain English  two tone kitchen.

I had pulled out so many pictures from magazines in my ideas book and under scrutiny each one ended up being Plain English.

But what was to be done? The cabinetry alone was bound to be north of £30-£50k.

At the time I investigated and found The Old Creamery . Cue a long drive to Devon. By tweaking some cabinet dimensions, having one colour for the wall cupboards and another for base cabinets, we got a mickey mouse version of the Plain English kitchen for £6000, and splashed out on the granite worktop etc. Job done.

Were we to try to recreate the Plain English look again now, there would be more choice.

Neptune Kitchens are stunning and reasonably priced.

A couple of friends have gone for the Wickes Heritage Grey which looks super slick.

But who would have thought that Plain English themselves would launch a budget range? Prince Charles did. At the Ideal Home show, he noted the quality of the Plain English Kitchen on display and queried “How can we get this to the People?”


The owners rose to Chuckles’ challenge and came up with British Standard Cupboards. The strapline for which is ” sensible cupboards at sensible prices for discerning folk of modest means”

Still stunning but not indulgent, not the price of a terraced house in my home town. There is no measuring service, delivery or fitting - but that’s fine. It only comes in one colour “broken white” but white is perfect and a quick paint job would not cost the earth.

Despite the no frills nature it does not look like a Ryanair kitchen. It looks dreamy. I love the monochrome pared- back look. Spend extra on a super range cooker, statement worktop and decent spec sockets and lighting and no-one will know the difference.

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Oh for a pantry

A walk-in pantry is something I would love when I get my “big house” (whenever that might be). Until then I will settle for: our lovely larder, a chiconomic version of the Harvey Jones £5000 jobby, for a tenth of the price (; and the original Edwardian built in dresser still intact in our kitchen. 

Larders tend to hide away your guilty secrets (Oreo cookies here). Although some of my favourites are beautifully stocked despite being behind closed doors. Dressers by their very nature are more showy and allow us to put our beloved collections out there.

For some larder lust and dresser envy take a look at these:

This is a combo of both, so a “drarder”? Certainly not a “lesser”. Lesser is more though.

The best examples of larders, in my humble opinion, are the ones which have all of the store cupboard items decanted into lovely jars and bottles. Who has time for that?!

Pasta and Lentils and Flour get that treatment in our place but life is too short to decant a caper.

Another hybrid Pantry/Larder/Dresser. Lovely.

This one has been doing the rounds on Pinterest, repinned to death so we are clearly loving. There is a fabulous tutorial on how to achieve this look here

I like the idea that with a pantry comes a lifestyle change, in that once you have one, you have to buy your groceries with one eye on how they will look in said pantry. I would quite like a Carluccios style pantry but then all I would eat would be gnochhi, dried mushrooms in a truffle sauce and the like, which although delicious is just not real life.

If a regular reader (ha you have to laugh - I mean Mum, husband and some best friends) you will know that I have a slight obsession with Annabel’s House. This is a lesson in how to dress your Dresser for success. Linens, nice cook books and then lots of vintage crockery. I heart this, and clearly so do the magazine editors. Annabel’s House features in the vintage kitchen feature on p76 of this month’s Country Homes and Interiors. See more of this stunning house here

This image is very pleasing too. From the bluey grey paint finish to the greige crockery.


If space is a premium you can still have the dresser look by having glass in your wall units. It means that you have to be a bit more disciplined with your cupboard management but is a trend I like to label Downton Abbey style.

I think this works especially well if you have a period property and do not want the fitted kitchen look. Ikea have some great cabinets which would help you achieve this look economically. Check out

If I give my larder tidy up I may even share a shot. Until then here is our platter display in our original welsh dresser. 

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