Kitchen of the Week: A Fairy-Tale Kitchen in Somerset for Rocker Pearl Lowe

When Brit style icon Pearl Lowe and her husband, Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey, moved from London to the English countryside, they chose a circa-1825 honey-colored stone compound in Somerset “with a fairy-tale feel: turrets, round rooms, stone mullions and arched windows, endless corridors, and secret doors,” according to deVOL Kitchens creative director Helen Parker, describing the house. “It was surrounded by meadows and a rambling garden, and outbuildings and gypsy caravans dotted the grounds.”

Lowe, a former musician and longtime fashion designer, has launched a third career as an interior designer, with an “edgy style that is slightly quirky, a little rock chic, and ludicrously romantic,” says Parker. When it came time to apply her aesthetic to her new kitchen, Lowe turned to deVOL, maker of  English kitchens for nearly a quarter century. Though deVOL is known for its traditional English and Shaker sensibilities, the company collaborated with Lowe to design a backdrop of handmade cabinetry well suited to the designer’s own style: “traditional English with little eccentricities, and some modern cool thrown in.” Join us for a tour.

Photography courtesy of deVOL.

Above: The kitchen is anchored by a large central island with cabinetry from deVOL’s Shaker range, painted in the company’s own Printer’s Black. According to Parker, the grand scale of the room required “substantial, simple wall cupboards.”

Pearl Lowe runs an eponymous clothing and fabrics line and an interior design consultancy, and is author of the memoir All That Glitters. Her eldest daughter is model Daisy Lowe, with singer Gavin Rossdale.

Above: According to Parker, deVOL delivered a “classic English kitchen with a twist.” It was Lowe’s idea to add glazing to the lower cupboards and to paint only the island black—ideas that deVOL is now applying in future kitchens.
Above: Lowe chose a combination of deVOL’s Classic English and Real Shaker cabinetry, shown side-by-side above. “The simplicity of the Shaker pieces were perfect to soften the bold and busy marble on the island,” said Parker. The marble is arabescato vaglia.
Above: The floors are original to the country house, and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White.
Above: The faucet is a Brass Ionian Tap and Rinser by deVOL for Perrin & Rowe, paired with a hot water faucet. The art wall at the back of the kitchen mixes flea market finds with pieces by Zoe Grace, a contemporary artist and friend of Lowe’s.

Lowe and Goffey have three children together, and though none of the family lives at the house full-time, “they visit every weekend, just to hang out ,” said Parker.

Above: A range by Everhot is painted in a custom white shade.
Above: Lowe likes to soften the rooms in her house using flowers, “lace and vintage fabrics, old furniture, and floral wallpapers,” said Parker.
Above: A stand-alone deVOL cabinet, painted in the company’s Trinity Blue, provides extra storage space.

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