Wes Anderson Meets Provence in a London Basement Kitchen
“Wes Anderson meets Provençal.” that’s how designer Chris Graves (of Clarence & Graves) describes his basement kitchen in Chiswick. The colorful kitchen was one part of a complete renovation of their West London Victorian townhouse dating back to the 1880s.
Originally there was a dark 1970s kitchen with 2 small windows but Chris has completely transformed that into a beautiful light space where a color palette of green, pink and black is combined with a vintage French look.
The kitchen is made by one of my favourite kitchen companies deVOL (their kitchens have been featured on my blog many times) and features a kitchen island with sunken Barazza hob and Statuarietto marble.
The Crittall windows have been painted in a mint green color connecting the kitchen with the sunken garden. terrace.
From the kitchen island you have a wonderful view over the sunken garden terrace and the green space beyond.
Keep everything neat and tidy with these built-in cabinets (also by deVOL). You don’t need a seperate pantry if your pantyry looks as stylish as this.
The rest of the house is very traditional. Chris wanted to keep the original layout of the Victorian terrace house in tact. With 2 rooms on each floor divided by the staircase. This way the integrity of the London townhouse has stayed in tact.
The rooms are colorful and with loads of character. A pink sitting room has a black marble fireplace and original stucco has (thankfully) survived the years. The library room has bookshelves on each side of the fireplace and makes a cozy reading room.
The bedroom is painted in soft color hues with a pink headboard. Contrasting to that is the bathroom with a dramatic black bathtub and pink walls.
Pink and black is a fabulous color combination. This bathroom is mainly black but a nice color touch has been added by painting one of the walls a soft pink.
photography by deVOL, Clarence & Graves and Inigo