Sunday, 29 December 2013

Parisien enquiry

We hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and want to wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful 2014. 

We’re really excited about the year ahead… we’ve got lots of fantastic projects lined up and as of January the Maple & Gray team will be 6!  It’s amazing what can happen in a year and we can’t wait to see where we will be in 12 months time.

We receive lots of interesting enquiries and we thought we’d share a lovely email from a lady this week.

“We're very impressed with your work and are wondering if you do projects in Paris.  Please let us know as we are remodeling an apartment we just purchased in Paris. 
Thank you in advance for your reply. “

Given I have close family living in Paris, it made me really happy to read this email. I sadly had to decline the opportunity as we’re just not set up to manage overseas projects at this stage.

I wasn’t expecting a reply but I had an equally delightful response.

“Thank you for your reply.  We look forward to following your projects for inspiration. “

Despite being a really short interaction… it really makes us smile to deal with such lovely people… I’m only sorry we are unable to make her kitchen.

Perhaps one day in the not too distant future…. We’ll be making projects on the continent! (-:

Friday, 20 December 2013

Almost there...

We've been busy fitting a stunning kitchen in Pyrford the last couple of weeks.  The exterior cabinetry is painted in The Little Greene's "Shirting" and the interior finish is in walnut.  It's not quite finished but here's a snap shot of how it's all coming together.

Initial stages with carcasses going in and units being assembled...

The doors, drawers, cornice, skirting and granite are now fitted and we've got a few more finishing touches to add including the polished chrome handles.

This is only a little glimpse of the whole kitchen.  We can't wait to show you the professional shots in the New Year!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Happy customers...

We’ve had a very busy few months fitting wardrobes and kitchens and we've got a big project to fit in the run up to Christmas.  We've also got lots of exciting things booked in next year which we can't wait to get our teeth into.  

We've had some lovely feedback recently and it’s really great to hear that all our hard work is appreciated. (-:

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Grey kitchen

We've just fitted a beautiful grey kitchen in Sunningdale.  It's a stunning family home which has been completely renovated in the last 6 weeks.  All the internal walls downstairs have been knocked through to create this incredible open light living and dining space.  There's a lovely warm feel to the home and it just works perfectly for a family with young children.

The cabinetry is painted in The Little Greene's "French Grey" and it's complemented by a brilliant white quartz worktop.

The view from the dining area through to the kitchen.  You can find the stylish pendant lights and table cloth from John Lewis.

The island has a tongue and groove back panel and a skirting.

The island includes a wine rack, book case and integrated bin.

Polished chrome cup handles on all the drawers.

Each different area is clearly defined yet the grey scheme links the whole room together.

Striking white quartz worktop with Caple Yorkshire Belfast sink and Abode Ludlow Monobloc tap with ceramic handles.

Round polished chrome handles on all the doors.

A huge thank you to Louise Bushell photography for taking all of our amazing new shots!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Pendant lighting

Pendant lights are really popular at the moment.  Whether you want them over your dining table or hanging over an island or peninsular - here are some of our favourites out there at the moment.

Just click on the image to see the whole range on our Pinterest page.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Knaphill Kitchen

We're delighted to share the photos from last weeks shoot.  We're really pleased with how it all looks and hope you like the kitchen as much as we do!  

We've tried to include a lots of details but there's so much that goes into a project like this, it's tricky to mention it all.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

This characterful cottage is set in the heart of Knaphill.  Once the village sweet shop, it’s since been extended into a beautiful family home.  The kitchen is a focal point within the house, linking the dining and TV room to create a fluid, flexible and really user friendly living area. 

The cabinetry is a traditional shaker style design with additional beading around the door and drawer frames.  It's made from solid tulip wood and painted in The Little Greene’s “Slaked Lime Mid”. 

There are 3 bespoke solid walnut cutlery trays in each of the top drawers.  

The kitchen features a mobile pastry block on casters which can be moved into the centre of the room to act as an island or set back to one side to allow more space.

The glazed dresser displays all the glassware and incorporates a stunning burr walunt tray in the bottom.

The use of walnut naturally compliments the pale cabinetry and is throughout the kitchen with a 40 mm thick solid stave worktop, a walnut kick board and a stunning wood interior.
The kitchen also boasts a double larder with wooden spice racks, shelving, baskets and a drawer.

The French style fridge, wine cooler and cooker are all Rangemaster appliances.  The sink is a Franke granite composite under mount with a Churchmans ceramic handle tap.

Stunning slate tiles have been used for the flooring and Fired Earth "Contignac Merlot" tiles provide the  striking splash back behind the range cooker. 

A huge thank you to Louise Bushell Photography for all our fab photos!

Friday, 20 September 2013

New heater

We've got lots going on at the moment and one of the biggest highlights for us this week was the installation of our new heater at the barn.  It will have a dual role - burning all our waste and treating it in the process so that it doesn't emit any toxic fumes.  It will also heat the entire barn (2000 sq feet) and keep the guys nice and warm through the winter!  Last year was a bit chilly in there to say the least!!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Photo Shoot

It's been a busy day taking lovely pics of one of our recent kitchen projects.  We'll share the professional photos with you next week however this is just a sneaky peak of what we've been up to today!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

The White Company

We could happily have everything from The White Company - they make such beautiful things! We've created a little montage of all our favourites.  We've definitely been inspired for our next kitchen photo shoot.

For full details please follow the link to our Pinterest page or visit The White Company.

Sunday, 11 August 2013


We're back from a lovely break in France.  We were so lucky with the weather and had a fantastic time catching up with family.  Such a gorgeous little seaside town... here is one of the many stunning views!

Friday, 26 July 2013

New kit

The guys are really chuffed with their new table saw!  It may not seem very exciting but it's a big machine that will make their lives much easier.  They've had lots of fun (!!) putting it together this week and have a lovely pile of timber waiting to be chopped up!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Our little playhouse...

As if he's not busy enough our main man still manages to come home and knock this fab house up for his little boys 4th Birthday!  Of course we smartened it up with a touch of Farrow & Ball "Mizzle".  It looks amazing and we also have a very happy birthday boy! (-:

Wimbledon Project

We've been busy up in Wimbledon fitting 2 sets of bedroom wardrobes, some under stair storage and shelving.  The pictures aren't professionally taken so they don't do the work justice but it will give you an idea of what we've been up to!

The guest room has 4 large sliding doors with inset handles, internal drawers, shelves and hanging space.  Exterior painted in Farrow & Ball "White Tie" - interior oak finish.

Master bedroom - Full length doors painted in Farrow & Ball "White Tie".

Under stair storage with pull out storage.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Some Little Greene inspiration...

We love The Little Greene Paint company and they've put a lovely little Pinterest page together with lots of inspiring summer ideas.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Boot room storage

Do you have shoes all over your hallway and coats piled up on the bannister? If you need to tidy up your boot room or hallway - why not be inspired by these lovely designs.  They instantly add character to the room and really smarten up the space.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Berkshire Life...

Our second advert is out in Berkshire Life this month!  We also got a little mention in the "We love Ascot" feature which we're delighted about.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

A new arrival at the farm...

We love the farm where we have our workshop and today one of the horses had a little foal.  It may not be the most glamorous environment to work in but the setting is gorgeous and moments like this just make you smile.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Outdoor kitchens...

Wouldn't you love to live in a gorgeous sunny country where you could have an incredible outdoor kitchen? The height of luxury!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Latest kitchen in progress...

We've been very busy lining up lots of exciting new projects.  We can't wait to share them with you over the coming months.  Here are some work in progress pics of our latest kitchen which we're fitting next month.

The kitchen will be solid frame and panel doors and drawers painted in Little Greene's Slaqed Lime Mid with a gorgeous walnut interior.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Pale primrose and gray

We thought we'd try a pale primrose and gray scheme.   It doesn't always work but just the right touch of very pale yellow with gray can look really striking and chic.  Here's our attempt at getting the balance right.

To view the full mood board on our Pinterest page, just click on the image below.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Balham Kitchen...

We've made a gorgeous kitchen in Balham recently.  It was a tricky space to design as is was a fairly small area with lots of angles - but we're really happy with the end result and thought you might like to see a before and after!



Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Maple dining table .... in the making

We've just made a beautiful solid maple and brushed steel dining table.  It's a completely bespoke piece of furniture which has a solid maple top with walnut inlay and a central steel support.  Our client wanted to be able to move around the table without having any legs in the corners.  Everything is incredibly discreet and streamlined and the base is very strong to withstand the weight of the top as well as a side leaf.

We thought we'd share some work in progress pictures and the final piece!

Work in progress...

The finished article!...

Sunday, 31 March 2013

A splash of Easter colour

We thought we'd inject a little Easter colour into the mix and get away from our usual muted shades!  We love our Pinterest mood boards so what better opportunity to put one together.  Follow the link to our Pinterest page for the full mood board and lots of other lovely inspiration and colour schemes.

Happy Easter!!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

White kitchens

We love all these white kitchens and this article gives a few handy tips on how to make a white kitchen work in your home.  Tying in neutral shades and a variety of warm materials can really help to soften an often cold look.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

A little bit of kitchen inspiration...

Finding it hard to be inspired today?  Well we thought we'd share some of our favourite kitchens on Houzz at the moment and hope they inspire you too. Grey & white and wood & white still seem to be very popular at the moment. We love both trends so that's fine with us!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Ideal Home Show...

We’re off to the Ideal Home Show today – really looking forward to seeing how it compares to last year and who’s exhibiting.  It’s always good to keep an eye on the old competition! (-;

This was the main entrance last yr!