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 Plain English’s new imagery of their ‘Spitalfields’ kitchen painted in a new paint collection developed in collaboration with Interior Decorator Adam Bray. With names like ‘Rice Pudding’, ‘Dripping Tap’, ‘Boiled Dishcloth’, ‘Pretty Pickle’, ‘Draughty Passage’, ‘Inky Nib’, ‘Scullery Latch’ and their new colours [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.
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.