Sculleries, Pantries and Draughty Passages

Plain English New Paint

I read a lot of historical fiction, especially atmospheric books set in 18th and 19th century England. Tales of lonely Gothic Manors in the English countryside and their curious inhabitants, or imposing London townhouses with their cast of secretive bustling characters. For me, it’s always the descriptions of the interior of the homes that fascinate me, more so the basic and utilitarian downstairs rooms, the sculleries and pantries and staff quarters – be they cosy or dismal.

Resonating with my gothic obsessions is British kitchen company [seen here] ‘Tea Break’. ‘Airing Line’, ‘Time for Tea’ and ‘Wash Day’, they conjure up narratives just as delicious as any one of my books [especially Scullery Latch!]. The image below is of their new colour chart in the brand’s Marylebone showroom.

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The brand’s Spitalfield’s kitchen has always been my favourite because it was inspired by 18th century middle class merchant houses of Spitalfields in East London located very near to my home. I love the styling of the rooms – practical but oh so pretty – with washing lines of utilitarian garments strung up in indigo and linen hues – vintage crockery that populates the beautifully bare cornflour blue dressers and industrial fixtures that quietly gleam on the walls and ceilings. Perfect kitchens for daydreaming of the past.

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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

2 Comments on Sculleries, Pantries and Draughty Passages

  1. laura
    Monday, February 17th, 2014 16:54 at 4:54 pm (3 years ago)

    I love how it’s a variety of different shades of blue… very Mediterranean looking

  2. InteriorsPL
    Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 23:57 at 11:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the way kitchen units and walls are the same colour. Would love to do it in my kitchen 🙂 Oh, I’ll better stop reading your blog. I’m getting too many ideas in my head . My hubby will kill me ha ha
    Keep up a great job!
    xox, Wioleta

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