Mr & Mrs Dempster - Perthshire, Perthshire

The brief

One of our latest projects is a stunning Perthshire kitchen in a new build. Owned by Laurie and Ann Dempster, who decided to re-locate from Edinburgh recently they found an ideal rural plot in Perthshire with stunning views across the River Tay. They decided to build a very modern, 5-bedroomed home and wanted a dream kitchen that would connect well with the beautiful surroundings and woodland outside yet give them the contemporary modern kitchen they longed for.

Connecting all the various functions of the living space was ultimately the crux of our brief. The uninterrupted thoroughfare to the snug was essential and the utility room had to be immediately accessible but discreetly accessed. The Dempsters wanted an island that was positioned for the chef to get the best views and provide effortless social interaction. In turn the island also had to provide an informal ‘morning’ table that again made the most of the external views. A mass of storage was another crucial element.



As with many kitchens we made the island the centrepiece of the kitchen with its flowing, organic shape which then mirror the soft woodland outside and soften the design. Finished in book matched Zebrano veneer, the horizontal grain markings emphasise the sweeping shapes, while the warmth of the wood blends beautifully with the Olive Grey deep gloss acrylic tall Leicht cabinets along the wall. The wall cabinets beautifully reflect the light, and along with down lighters on the underside of the island a warm, glowing feel is created. In the centre of the wall units is a row of Miele ovens and a coffee machine, which links the two sides together. At one point the wall slides back to reveal the utility room behind, providing instant but hidden access.

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“It’s a very sociable space. I can be busy cooking at the island, while friends sit at the glass bar enjoying a sip of champagne and blather on, or we can sit at the breakfast table for coffee. It’s a very easy space, with everything close to hand. And best of all I can enjoy the view wherever I am in the room.”

Ann Dempster