Real home: a dramatic green kitchen makeover

Hayley and Keith Williams chose green walls and units to bring the garden into their new kitchen

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Dramatic green kitchen makeover

Hayley had the walls and Devol units painted in Carriage Green, from Farrow & Ball;. Keith bought the antique mahogany dresser after seeing it in Lassco on his way to work


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Arabescato marble was chosen for the worktops, splashback and display shelf. For a similar brass tap, try Perrin & Rowe. The antique wall lights are from Retrouvius and illuminate some of Hayley’s collection of oil paintings

When Hayley and husband Keith viewed their elegant detached house in south London, they knew instantly that it was the family home they’d been searching for. The only thing letting the it down was its kitchen, and for a house of its size, the space felt cramped and enclosed thanks to low ceilings.

Project notes

The owners: Hayley Williams, a photographer, lives here with husband Keith, who works in commercial property, and children Oliver, 19, Jemima, 16, Harper, six, and Bear, four

The property : A five-bedroom Victorian detached house in Peckham, London

Total project cost:£125,800

When it came to the space itself, Hayley had a clear goal. ‘I thought a rich, green colour on the units and walls would make it almost feel like we were out in the garden, rather than in our kitchen,’ she says. ‘I knew we would need something to brighten the dark space up,’ she explains.‘The marble has this gold veining that complements the brass perfectly.’


Hand-aged Antique Tudor engineered oak flooring, from Bert & May, runs through to the entrance hall

Kitchen costs

  • Building work (incl windows): £74,400
  • Kitchen cabinets: £24,000
  • Marble: £9,000
  • Appliances: £8,800
  • Flooring (for ground floor): £8,000
  • Ceiling cladding: £1,600
  • TOTAL £125,800

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Laura Crombie

Laura Crombie is a journalist and TV presenter. She has written about homes and interiors for the last 17 years and was Editor of Real Homes before taking on her current position as Content Director for Country Homes & Interiors, 25 Beautiful Homes Period Living and Style at Home. She's an experienced home renovator and is currently DIY-renovating a 1960s house in Worcestershire. She's been quoted on home design and renovating in The Times, The Guardian, The Metro and more. She's also a TV presenter for QVC and has been a commentator for Channel 4 at Crufts dog show.