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Caesarstone 5112 Aterra Blanca was chosen for this understated family kitchen in a traditional South London property.

In South East London’s leafy neighbourhood of Herne Hill, a family of five embarked on a journey to transform their period home into a modern haven that respects its historical roots, guided by Sarah Limbert, founder and lead designer at Poets Corner Interiors.

The centrepiece of this transformation is a kitchen that promises to be the stage for culinary adventures, homework sessions, and family gatherings. It’s a tale of design meeting functionality, where every detail is tailored to the family’s vibrant lifestyle, including the cat, Marcelo. At the heart of the kitchen is the solid beauty of Caesarstone’s 5112 Aterra Blanca surfaces, chosen for their enduring quality and elegance.

The challenge was to design a space that could handle the hustle and bustle of a busy family while reflecting the home’s traditional charm. With high ceilings reaching 3.3 metres, Sarah saw an opportunity to maximise storage without compromising on style. Sarah turned to bespoke kitchen company West & Reid, to craft a kitchen that stands tall, both literally and aesthetically. The modern and understated look is still in keeping with the period style of the property, without being too ornate. The addition of a stylish oak ladder by CYC Living ensures that every inch of space is accessible, blending practicality with visual appeal.

Caesarstone Aterra Blanca worktops and splashback in modern kitchen

When it came to selecting the perfect surface, durability was paramount, and Aterra Blanca was the natural choice. Sarah comments, “We knew from the outset that this kitchen would be well lived in, so all of the materials needed to be robust, especially the worktop. Caesarstone was recommended to us by West & Reid due to its resistance to stains, scratches and heat. We were impressed by the range of options and quality of the surfaces, and it was also helpful that our clients could visit Caesarstone’s London studio to see the shortlist of specified finishes on a larger scale, to get a real sense of the final result.

In the end, 5112 Aterra Blanca was chosen for its fresh and inviting design, beautifully tying in with the dark green cabinets and oak finishes throughout the kitchen. Sarah adds, “5112 Aterra Blanca has lovely, soft veining and a warm and timeless look and feel. We decided to use this as a splashback and worktop, as well as in the breakfast larder for an ultra-sleek and stylish look.”

Caesarstone Aterra Blanca kitchen island and bespoke pantry cupboard

Caesarstone is at the helm of the surface industry, offering a portfolio that is as diverse in design as it is hardwearing in construction. The design team work years in advance of release to produce surfaces that suit a wide variety of styles and practical applications, meeting the unique needs of each space. Regardless of type or colour, each surface is made to the same stringent criteria, using only the highest quality natural raw materials, and then rigorously tested to ensure longevity. All surfaces are also covered by Caesarstone’s lifetime warranty for residential applications, giving homeowners the confidence that their products will remain beautiful for many years to come. 

Functionality extends to every element of this family kitchen. The owners’ desire for a large cooker and powerful extraction fan was met with a sleek Smeg freestanding cooker, ensuring that even the most ambitious culinary endeavours could be undertaken with ease. The large American-style fridge freezer by Fisher & Paykel, integrated dishwasher and microwave by Miele, and Quooker tap over the large Shaws sink add a touch of modern convenience, aligning with the family’s dynamic lifestyle. 

Do you envision a kitchen that balances historical charm with modern functionality? It’s time to turn that vision into reality. Why not browse our catalogue or book an appointment to visit Caesarstone’s studios? You can also order a sample of your favourite surface or take the design style quiz to find out which interior style best represents your taste.

Photography by Richard Oxford