Bridal designer Kate Halfpenny shows us around her beautiful kitchen, at the heart of her home in Faversham, Kent
Bridal designer Kate Halfpenny relocated from Camden to the historic market town of Faversham, Kent, with her family four years ago. Now, her newly refurbished, once crumbling Grade II listed vicarage is a warm and welcoming home filled with a treasure trove of pre-loved furniture, quirky and eclectic pieces, plush seating and a beautiful kitchen.
“The kitchen truly is the heart of our home, and the existing space wasn’t suitable, so we had to completely relocate it to another part of the house and start from scratch. James and I love to cook and entertain so we needed a kitchen that could keep up with a pair of foodies,” says Kate.
Fisher & Paykel innovative appliances were a perfect fit for the style and design of Kate’s new kitchen, complementing and enhancing the aesthetics of the dark furniture by Woodchester Cabinet Makers and the Arabescato marble worktops. Kate wanted appliances that were beautiful to use which would also give her perfect results when entertaining. Ever the hostess, Kate opted for a wine cabinet with a capacity to hold 27 bottles. With dual temperature zones, this fridge can perfectly home wines of all varieties.
For cooking, she opted for a freestanding large capacity dual fuel range cooker, complete with six powerful gas burners and the cooking flexibility of two convection ovens. Fisher & Paykel’s integrated insert cooker hood offers lighting and powerful extraction, while remaining subtly stowed away within the kitchen’s cabinetry.
Kate also chose Fisher & Paykel’s freestanding refrigerator freezer which features a water tap, ice maker and cutting-edge technology. This technology reduces temperature fluctuation from when the doors are opened, by adjusting airflow to help food stay fresher for longer.
Fisher & Paykel’s famous double DishDrawer™ expertly demonstrates where design and innovation can go hand in hand. Featuring flexible racking that can be folded down to fit bigger dishes, it also boasts six wash programs. This smart appliance integrates into the kitchen space seamlessly, with the ability for front panels and handles to be matched to the kitchen’s design.
It’s no surprise that this home is a love letter to design. With a brilliant eye for detail, Kate Halfpenny is a celebrity stylist, highly respected fashion designer and founder of Halfpenny London, one of the UK’s leading luxury bridalwear brands. Coveted by the fashion elite, Halfpenny London weaves Brit cool with a luxe sensibility, creating innovative, chic dresses and separates for the modern woman.
Kate explains her choices: “A dear friend had recommended Fisher & Paykel and I’m so pleased to have discovered their range of smart, efficient and stylish appliances. James and I are both designers and, although we’d never sacrifice form over function, it was important to us that the appliances fit the aesthetic of our space. Not only do we love how they look, they are also cleverly designed, with all the features we could ever ask for. The cooker is honestly the best range I’ve ever had. The fridge freezer holds plenty for a family of foodies and we also opted to add a wine fridge in the pantry to keep well-stocked for when we’re entertaining.
I also love that they’re kinder to the planet without compromising on performance. I’m so thrilled with how the space turned out and it’s wonderful to host our friends and family here.”
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