Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

So I’ve been wanting to share this with you for a while, I’m sorry it’s taken so long, but we’ve been snowed under trying to complete the rest of the house, finish a flat in London and keep on top of other work!

So finally here is the first room tour of the house in Dorset. For those new to the blog, my husband Patrick and I started renovating a Victorian carriage house in February 2016 (see previous post). It’s been a labour of love, but we are almost there and the kitchen is one of the first rooms to be completed.

The room that we decided to house the kitchen in is HUGE – originally this was the space where the horses were stabled and is 16 meters by 8 meters by 4.5 meters high. We fell in love with this space when we first viewed the house and had wanted to make it our kitchen, living and dining room – a space we would use most of the day, every day.

When we started on the designs I started to feel nervous that the space was actually too large for a kitchen and that all the furniture would be lost, but I’m so pleased we stuck to our guns, as the result is a wonderful family space.

Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

Being such a large space, I decided to paint the kitchen a darker colour than I would usually choose to really make it pop. After much deliberation we chose Railings by Farrow & Ball and matched it with a super chunky marble worktop. Because the ceilings are so high, a standard worktop would have been lost in the space – so we were brave and went big!

We also chose to not have any wall units as I wanted the space to feel different to a traditional kitchen. I wanted it to almost feel like the kitchen just happened to be in the elegant living room, rather than the other way round.

We were lucky to stumble across the perfect dining table in the very early stages of designing the space. It was in one of my favourite shops in Sherborne, Circus – we didn’t even own the house when we bought the table!

We just knew that if we didn’t snap it up, it would be impossible to find something similar in the future. Luckily it did all work out – a bit of a risk, but there’s always eBay!

Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

I’ve dreamed about having an Aga in our kitchen for years – as a child we always had one and it is something that I am so pleased to have back in my life again. I chose a bright white colour to contrast with the dark units. We commissioned the gorgeous and talented Kristin Gaudio Endsley to paint a piece to go above the Aga – it is central to the room and so we wanted to make a statement. She did an amazing job, we love the painting and I get lots of comments about it on Instagram too.

Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

Patrick designed these amazing shelves to go above the sink. We’ve had them in a few houses now and they are genuinely amazing – we never need to dry anything with a tea towel – it all just drips dry into the sink and it also leaves glasses totally smear free!

We chose warm brass for the taps and cupboard handles, it contrasts beautifully with the dark paint and I love the overall feel that it gives – elegant and slightly decadent.

LBM x

Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden

I have arrived back from a blissful two weeks in Pollensa with a bit of a thud…we are moving house next week and there is just so much to do! 

I can’t wait to share my holiday posts with you, but as I won’t have time to sort and edit the pictures until after the move, so in the meantime I wanted to share these pictures of a kitchen I designed for a family home in South-West London last year. 

The house was extended by four meters to the rear to create a lovely open plan kitchen, dining and living space – the perfect room for all the family, with fantastic views to the garden. I designed the bi-folding doors so that they were a feature in the room, rather than the simple glass and metal combination – I took inspiration from lots of New England designs that I found on Pinterest.

The kitchen was designed to be elegant as well as functional and the colour scheme for the space was fresh and clean to maximise the lovely natural light. I used furniture and artwork to add pops of colour. I hope you like it – if you’re keen to create a similar look then click on the links below.

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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}


This week I want to share some pictures of a kitchen I designed in a South-West London home last year. The Victorian Terrace property had a side return extension to maximise the space to the rear as these houses are quite narrow and it can be a bit of a squeeze to fit in the kitchen/dining room that modern living aspires to without extending to the side or the rear. In terms of layout, we wanted a large island, so designed that to include various units as well as a wine rack and fridge. I kept the colour scheme neutral and fresh, using an off white marble for the kitchen tops, which complemented the Carrara on the table perfectly.

I hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous weather we are having at the moment!


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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Since I first stumbled across one of her beautiful teapots in a small interiors shop in the charming West Dorset town of Beaminster, I have become slighly obsessed with her work! Miranda Berrow has had a fascinating life, spending time in childhood between Canada, Spain and England, she then studied Ancient Civilizations in Paris at the Ecole du Louvre {something I wish I had done too, much more romantic and glamorous than Ancient History in Cardiff!}. She then travelled extensively in the Far East and Africa, before studying at St Martins School of Art in London and then settling in Dorset 14 years ago. The reason for this full explanation of her past is that all these experiences can be seen in her ceramic collection…Indian vegetable dyed cloth and weaving, Byzantine decoration and textiles, Persian lustre work…

She is so talented and I am dreaming of owning a full collection of her work one day – tea and cakes would seem so much more decadent and glamorous if the tea was sipped from one of her beautiful creations! I am hoping to get down to her workshop in Dorset for a visit later this summer, but in the meantime will be heading to a stockist that’s closer to London, The Burford Garden Company, I can’t wait! It’s also one of the only places I’ve discovered that sells Miranda’s work online…that dusty blue teapot is mine!

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{Images via Miranda Berrow)

This week’s product of the week is from one my favourite places….Anthropologie. I love nothing more than a potter around their London store uncovering their latest finds; the buyers really do have amazing taste in both fashion and homes & interiors. These plates from the Natural World collection are this week’s product of the week because they are so original and colourful. Which one would you choose? I’ve got my eye on the hummingbird or the bumble bee!

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