Surrey Homes | SH56 | June 2019 | Kitchen & Bathroom supplement inside

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Every kitchen created by British

interiors brand Neptune is an

individual. There’s nothing offthe-shelf

about their approach to

kitchen design. They have four,

traditionally-made, timeless timber kitchen

collections, but how you choose to put your

own stamp on them is entirely up to you.

To help you picture how a Neptune kitchen

might fit into your home, each month on

their online journal, they feature the real

homes that have welcomed one in. It’s a

way to see how other people have designed,

styled and made a Neptune kitchen their

own. Including this one, that proves the

Chichester collection can carry off polished,

contemporary style as much as classic country…

Home profile

This Chichester kitchen is living amongst a

very famous face in the world of house music.

Nathan Duvall is one of the three members

of the band Disciples (he had just returned

home from a world tour when Neptune arrived

for their photoshoot). While Nathan is busy

making music, his wife, Leoni runs her own

hamper business called Lou’s of London where

she brings together personal shopping and

hamper gifting. And then there’s their 12-

year old, football-obsessed son, Casey. This

creative household moved from Surrey to

their 17th Century listed barn in Kent, which

was a working farm until only four years ago.

It had already been converted into a home

when they bought the property, but they’ve

since completely reconfigured the layout and

redesigned the interior. And it all started with

their Neptune kitchen.

The project

Leoni knew all about Neptune well before she

started designing her dream kitchen; she would

often pop into Neptune on trips to London.

When it came to deciding on her own kitchen,

they pinged to mind and into Neptune she

went. “Before we’d even moved in, I knew I’d

want to start by sorting out the kitchen. Nathan

took some persuading, surprise surprise, but I

dragged him along and took him to Neptune so

he could see why I was obsessed!” Leoni told us.

They started by buying Neptune’s Seaton

flagstone flooring. “That’s where it all began,”

she laughed. “Then we nipped back a few more

times. I thought I’d wear him down gradually.

We had our complimentary design consultation

and quote with the designers. We were wowed

with it when we went. It’s huge!” By this point,

Leoni and Nathan had almost settled on the

Chichester kitchen and they decided to stick

with the collection they had loved from the

start. “Chichester definitely stood out to me

the most. I loved the light and bright colour.

It made the space seem bigger but wasn’t

too clinical and I liked that it had a bit of a

traditional character to it.”

With the Chichester collection decided, the

design of their new kitchen really got underway.

Like most people, Leoni had more than one

or two things on her wishlist. “I wanted an

island with a big Belfast sink in the middle

and I loved the Everhot cookers I’d seen in the

Neptune stores. Nathan wanted an American

fridge with one of those water dispensers and

we both wanted a wine fridge and lots and lots

of storage. We have all of that – it’s hard to say

it without smiling – and more storage than I

could’ve ever imagined. We’ve got a larder, huge

drawers, little drawers, corner carousel cabinets.

I know where everything is and I can get to it all

so easily,” Leoni continued.

Leoni found the design process smooth and

bump-free and gave high praise to the kitchen

designer, especially for how they were able to

develop their ideas further and add things to the

design that they might not have otherwise done.

“The designer suggested a breakfast pantry area

a bit like what Neptune’s Suffolk and Henley

kitchen collections can have with their bi-fold

doors. This was made in Chichester for us.

Nathan wanted to add a cooker hood too but

it wasn’t easy to do. I honestly couldn’t fault

Neptune in any way. The communication was

excellent and the whole process was incredibly

smooth. Even down to the tiniest detail, like

how they gave us extra touch-up pots of paint

because they knew how, with Casey around,

there would always be a ball in sight threatening

my lovely Shell-coloured cabinets! I thought that

was a really considerate touch that just summed

up the whole experience for us.”

Life in their new kitchen

What’s your favourite thing to do in your new

kitchen?

“Nathan says my favourite thing to do is clean.

That’s partly true, but only because I love it so

much! In all seriousness, I love Nathan making

breakfast in it. He’s the breakfast king. It’s all he

can do though if I’m honest. We also just love

standing together and looking at our kitchen too

– I’m not even joking!”

What’s your favourite part?

“The hot Quooker tap. It’s seriously a wow

factor for our guests – it’s become part of our

act. Everyone finds it amazing.”

What could you now not live without?

“The wine fridge. Let’s just say it gets very good

use. That, and everything really. It’s all used and

appreciated. Having the double sink is a huge

help too. I literally can’t pick one thing, it’s too

hard.”

In each one of Neptune’s stores – including

their Tonbridge and Weybridge home – are

their expert kitchen designers, there to listen

to all your wants and wishes, and help you

create a kitchen that feels most like you. To find

out more about their approach to design, visit

their website, order your free kitchen brochure,

or pop into store to book your free design

appointment.

Neptune Tonbridge, 1 Tannery Road, TN9 1RF | Neptune Weybridge, 10 Church Street, KT13 8DX | neptune.com

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