Sometimes, it pays to work overtime. deVol Kitchens' New York City showroom was closed on the day last year when Chip and Joanna Gaines came calling, but the London-based company made an exception for the HGTV stars.
“We took a call from Chip and Joanna Gaines, who asked if we would still be [at the showroom], as they were just landing at JFK and wanted to come straight over to see our new space,” remembers Paul O'Leary, one of the co-founders of deVOL. “We had no idea who they were, no idea they were the darlings of Stateside home reno’s and no idea why they were coming to see us.”
O’Leary and partner/creative director Helen Parker met the Gaineses at the showroom for a guided tour, and they were immediately struck by deVOL's designs.
“When it comes to kitchens, deVOL is the benchmark,” Joanna says in a Magnolia Network preview. “When they talked about these kitchens, you knew they were super passionate about it. After that day I told Chip, ‘They need to have a show.’”
And just like that, deVOL will be the subject of the first-ever TV series about kitchen design. The premier season will have eight one-hour episodes, each featuring the journey of one project.
It's not hard to see why Joanna was so impressed (and if Joanna Gaines is impressed, you know it's good). So what's all the fuss about? We've rounded up 10 of deVol’s most gorgeous kitchen designs so you can see for yourself.
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1. The colorful classic English kitchen
Stark white kitchens ruled the 2010s, so this colorful install in deVol’s St. John’s Square Showroom feels like a breath of fresh air. Handmade green subway tile is paired with teal cabinetry and blush pink walls. Finally, a mix of vintage items, inspired by the historic location, and contemporary updates creates an opulent yet comfortable vibe.
2. The Victorian rectory
Fitted in a historic home, this Victorian-inspired design boasts Old World charm without feeling stuffy. Terracotta floors lend a bohemian vibe, while Carrara marble countertops and an opulent chandelier add touches of luxury. The crown jewel, perhaps, is the copper-topped kitchen table, hand finished in deVol’s workshop.
3. The haberdasher’s kitchen
Inspired by a masculine haberdashery, this kitchen in deVol’s Cotes Mill headquarters offers a window to the past — literally. Heritage glass keeps the space from feeling dark along with embossed wallpaper and espresso finished floors. The headliner, of course, is the marble-topped pantry/cupboard, a heirloom in its own right.
4. The loft kitchen
This shaker-style kitchen has a rustic, European look thanks to minimal “Lead” colored cabinetry and black granite worktops. Low windows accommodate a cozy seat, while high shelves accentuate soaring wood-beamed ceilings.
5. The yellow shaker kitchen
Mustard walls and shelving give this space a sunny warmth. Wolf appliances are fit for at-home chefs, with an understated look that doesn’t overwhelm minimal cupboards. Aged brass hardware completes the Mediterranean glow.
6. The Manhattan potting shed
It’s hard to believe it now, but this vintage space was once made up of six dark changing rooms in a clothing shop. deVOL restored its former glory, stripping plaster walls to reveal gorgeous exposed brick and opening closed-in windows and doors. To accentuate the light-strewn space, the firm chose terracotta tiles from sister company Floors of Stone and cabinetry by acclaimed carpenter Sebastian Cox.
7. The millhouse scullery
Only deVol can make a clean color palette feel rich and layered. Inspired by an old Italian villa or Spanish farmhouse, the humble layout features hardworking but beautiful fixtures. Note the solid hardwood English range, marble sink, and vintage metal chemistry cupboard.
8. The classic farmhouse kitchen
Ceiling beams wear original paint in this historic millhouse kitchen. The bespoke island features a glossy hardwood countertop for a classic Georgian feel. Marbled subway tile offers a clean backdrop while terracotta flooring creates warm tones underfoot.
9. The cattle shed kitchen
Housed in an old cattle shed in the seaside town of North Norfolk, England, this Shaker kitchen marries industrial cues with country chic. Concrete floors, brick walls and wooden countertops are paired with warm brass fixtures. A Smeg range and refrigerator feel completely at home under lofted beamed ceilings.
10. The narrow rustic kitchen
You don’t always need a huge footprint to create a luxurious kitchen. Tucked in a charming Bath, England, abode, industrial-chic touches give this space rustic charm. A wall of custom Sebastian Cox cabinetry is positioned next to a long concrete-topped island to maximize the space.