My Home: Kitchen Tour

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.


Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

Kitchen Designed by Laura Butler-Madden in Dorset

Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden



  1. Amanda Dinsmore June 1, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    A clever and well considered approach to tackling a huge space. The proportions look perfect and I love your choice of materials and colours. The space looks elegant, stylish and spacious while still remaining a comfortable home! You must be thrilled!

    • Laura Butler-Madden June 3, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much Amanda, I’m so pleased you like it! It was a challenging space, but we are really happy with the result.
      Laura x

  2. Amanda Start June 8, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Ah Laura – I truly love your kitchen!! All that light, space and marble…its pure heaven!
    So great to see it here showcased so beautifully on the blog!
    Amanda xx

  3. As June 8, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Hi Laura,

    Beautiful space.. Can I ask where you bought your sofa?

    Many thanks,

  4. Hannah C June 26, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Love this space!! I’ve just bought the bar stools you have and love the sheepskin seat pads – would you mind letting me know where did you got these? x

    • Laura Butler-Madden June 26, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Hi Hannah, the stools are fab aren’t they! The sheepskins are actually from Ikea – they have some smaller ones, which fit the stools really well!
      Laura x

    • Sinéad July 3, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Would love to know where the bar stools are from?? Finding it very difficult to source them and these look fab! Thanks

        • Janine August 9, 2017 / 4:59 pm

          Hi Laura, I’ve just bought these barstools also, they arrived today and I’m so pleased with them, except I’m worried about the legs scratching my floor. Where did you get the leg covers? Thanks!!

          • Laura Butler-Madden August 10, 2017 / 7:53 am

            Hi Janine,
            So pleased you like the stools – the only design fault is the lack of coveres on the legs. My husband ordered ours online from Sinclair & Rush.
            Enjoy the stools!
            Laura x

  5. Mary Carney July 13, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    What a truly stunning kitchen and family space! Can I ask what colour you put on the walls and where you sourced your down lighters and pendants? Many thanks.

    • Laura Butler-Madden July 14, 2017 / 7:48 am

      Hi Mary, I’m so pleased you like it! The walls are Pearl Ashes by Fired Earth and the pendants are from Fritz Fryer.
      Have a lovely weekend!
      Laura x

  6. helene July 19, 2017 / 9:53 am

    love the floor! are they wood effect tiles if so can you please advise where they’re from – desperately seeking this look for my new extension
    thanks x

    • Laura Butler-Madden July 21, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Hi Helene, I’m so pleased you like it! It is wood rather than wood effect. It’s engineered oak boards that have been treated.
      Have a lovely weekend!
      Laura x

      • Martine August 2, 2017 / 7:52 am

        Love the floor also may I ask where it is from?? X

        • Laura Butler-Madden August 4, 2017 / 9:21 am

          Hi Martine,
          Of course it’s from Marmorea London in Battersea.
          Kind regards

        • Laura Butler-Madden August 4, 2017 / 9:21 am

          Hi Martine,
          Of course it’s from Marmorea London in Battersea.
          Thanks so much
          Laura x

  7. Anna W August 11, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Hello! What a wonderful space – I am working with a similar colour palette on a rather smaller scale! I woundered if you would mind letting me know where you sourced your brass handles / knobs and tap from please?

    I hope you are enjoying your lovely home.

    Many thanks, Anna x

    • Laura Butler-Madden August 15, 2017 / 6:44 am

      Hi Anna,
      Thank you so much for your lovely message – the brass handles I can’t remember off the top of my head – will try to look up.
      The tap is from Perrin and Rowe.
      Laura x

      • Anna W August 17, 2017 / 7:49 pm

        Thank you Laura – all your advice is much appreciated x

  8. Elizabeth August 18, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Hi Laura , I wondered if the bar stools are comfy please? I really like them but they need to be comfy ? Do they need the sheepskin? Your kitchen is stunning!

  9. Elizabeth August 18, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Hi Laura – your kitchen is stunning! Please could you tell me if the bar stools are comfy? Do they need the sheepskin for comfort? Thanks very much. Elizabeth

    • Laura Butler-Madden August 19, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Hi Elizabeth, thank you! They are comfy, but I think better with the sheepskin!
      Laura x

  10. Tom Bennett August 21, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Hi. You’re worktops look so good with the colour and style of the units. May I ask what the island top is made from and where you acquired it? Many thanks! Tom

    • Laura Butler-Madden August 22, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Hi Tom,
      It’s a marble called Calacatta Oro.
      So pleased you like it!

  11. Francisca September 4, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Hi Laura,
    the kitchen island/ table looks stunning! May I ask what is the size and height?

    Thank you.

    • Laura Butler-Madden September 7, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Hi Francisca
      Thank you! The island is about 1m high and roughly 2.2m square.
      Laura x

  12. Lorna September 13, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Stunning! Do you mind if I ask where the glass lights are from?

    • Laura Butler-Madden September 19, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Hi Lorna, I’m so pleased you like it! The lights are from Fritz Fryer. Laura x

  13. sona September 22, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Dare I ask your budget for the kitchen? I’m highly inspired. 🙂

    • Laura Butler-Madden September 25, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Hi Sona,
      These are classic shaker kitchen units, which are available from most kitchen companies and in a range of budgets.
      Good luck with your design!
      Laura x

  14. Penny Westberry October 11, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    I am in love with your kitchen! I am currently reworking mine (doing most of the work myself – it’s a chore) I really love that you have high end pieces mixed with pieces from IKEA and they blend seamlessly. Well done – it’s a great space!

    • Laura Butler-Madden October 15, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you so much Penny, I’m so pleased you like it!
      Good luck with yours.
      Laura x

  15. Mary October 18, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Hi there, I love this! What colour is the paint on your walls? Such a beautiful space.

  16. Robin December 11, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Your island is our inspiration! We are doing a smaller version but trying to obtain some of the same charm. We have a beautiful quartzite and are deciding on the edge size today. Would you be willing to let us know the size of your countertop edges?

    • Laura Butler-Madden December 12, 2017 / 9:01 am

      Hi Robin,
      I’m so pleased you like our island! The edge of ours is 80mm.
      Laura x

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