A British-Inspired Kitchen Renovation by Laura Pankonien Takes Texas

Although the ratio of cowboy boots to brogues might suggest otherwise, the allure of true British cuisine in Texas holds strong. When Laura Pankonien, chief designer at Austin-based design-build firm Pankonien Group, was commissioned to design a traditional kitchen in a Mediterranean home in the city’s hilly surroundings, she looked across the pond for inspiration: Dorset’s Inchyra Blue – based in Farrow & Ball (natch) for the cabinets and heavy hardware from Armac Martin’s factory in Birmingham, UK.

“Customers have really made the choice marble and unpainted ends recently,” Pankonia says. “There are fewer maintenance worries; It’s about living the way you want to.” Stool: four hands espresso machine: miele Wine fridge: Zephyr.

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“Small things tend to be overlooked in a renovation budget, but we made a concerted effort not to. The cupboard handles are the adornment of the room,” says Pankonien.

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A Venetian plaster extractor hood and an ILVE Majestic II offer combine the Mediterranean architecture of the house with the British ambitions of the kitchen. Chandelier: About lighting. cutting boards: Blue from TPG Home.

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Other design priorities were closer to home: the builders’ four teenagers ensure the kitchen is a whirlwind: “We had to create separate zones for cooking, making coffee and snacking, otherwise people would be everywhere.” A central island and the strategically placed one Windows over the sink keep the kids out of the way – but not too far out of sight.

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Olivia Hosken is the Style & Interiors writer for Town & Country, covering all things design, architecture, fashion and jewelry.

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