The Kitchen in This Basement Apartment Is Basically a Greenhouse

<div class="caption"> Rosie intended to install austere slate-gray cabinetry, but she was taken with the Ruskin Blossom hue when she visited Pluck’s studio. “If you’re able to take it away from its current cultural associations, it’s just a nice color,” she explains. “It looks really lovely against the greenery.” </div>

Rosie intended to install austere slate-gray cabinetry, but she was taken with the Ruskin Blossom hue when she visited Pluck’s studio. “If you’re able to take it away from its current cultural associations, it’s just a nice color,” she explains. “It looks really lovely against the greenery.”

Though television producer Rosie Rockel was a first-time homeowner when she renovated her South London apartment, she was able to approach the project with some useful background experience. Rosie’s entertainment industry job has her working on the show Grand Designs, a British home improvement series that highlights impressive, elaborate architecture. Perhaps that’s why she was so confident in her ability to design the kitchen remodel on her own. “I had a very clear picture of exactly what I wanted it to look like,” Rosie says.

The main aims were to bring light into this room of her flat, which is situated in the semisubterranean basement of a massive Victorian mansion, and connect it with the private garden. To achieve this, Rosie submitted multiple rounds of inventive blueprints to the local planning authority, but strict conservation laws only permitted her to construct a standard, conservatory-like extension with a glass roof. Though this building style was not her first choice, it actually allowed her to accomplish both her goals. Sunshine flows in amply, illuminating the once-dingy area and offering an ideal environment to grow Rosie’s bevy of potted plants. The indoor and outdoor foliage live together harmoniously, fusing the spaces to create a lush, verdant haven in the middle of a buzzing neighborhood.

<div class="caption"> The cramped old kitchen. </div>

The cramped old kitchen.

Location: Though the address is technically on the bustling Brixton Road, the house is set back as a refuge from the action. “When you come off the street, which is really busy and hectic and polluted, and there’s this very quiet, high-walled, green garden out the back, it really does feel like a little oasis,” Rosie says.

The before: Prior to the renovation, the kitchen and living room were combined in a cramped, gloomy box. With just a single barred window, the area was so dark that Rosie needed to keep all the lights on during the day. The finishes were also rather cheap.

The inspiration: “The building itself is Victorian, but because it’s a basement flat, there are no original features—no cornicing, no historical fireplaces. If I had had those things, I probably would’ve gone for a more classical look, but I thought it would be quite nice to go for something that had echoes of modernism. I wanted it to have a slight midcentury feel, but also be quite contemporary.”

Square footage: 4 square meters (approximately 43 square feet)

Budget: £70,000 (approximately $89,700)

<div class="caption"> A smattering of artwork hangs above Rosie’s dining table. She isn’t embarrassed to confess that the California image is just the picture that came in the IKEA frame. </div>

A smattering of artwork hangs above Rosie’s dining table. She isn’t embarrassed to confess that the California image is just the picture that came in the IKEA frame.

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Cabinetry: Pluck Custom Birch Plywood Cabinets with Ruskin Blossom Laminate and London Plane Veneer Fronts and Pill-Shaped Recessed

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Rochelle Humes’ home bathroom is basically a palace



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Rochelle Humes has shared a never-before-seen look inside the stunning bathroom at her new home with husband Marvin. The This Morning host took to Instagram with a mirror selfie in the space, and inadvertently revealed more of the room than ever before.

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Rochelle shared a selfie in her bathroom

It features mirrored tiles on the walls, where Rochelle took her snap, and a white wooden dresser with silver metallic knobs for handles. On the dresser, Rochelle and Marvin have positioned two silver trays with rolled up white hand towels, a diffuser, a large candle, two soap bars and a vase of pink flowers.

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Above the sink, there is a glass Rococo style oval mirror, and two silver lights with light pink lamp shades mounted on the wall.



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Rochelle previously unveiled another bathroom angle

Rochelle previously shared a photo of the space on Instagram, but it looks as though she has switched out a single marble unit for the larger dresser she now has. The past snap showed that one wall is split with mirrored tiles on the bottom half, and white paint above, and there is a photo of a pink shell with a glass frame hanging.

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Rochelle credited her mirrored tiles to Fired Earth, as she wrote, “Never fallen out of love with our @firedearthuk tiles… [thought bubble emoji].”



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Rochelle has a free-standing bathtub

She also revealed a glimpse inside another bathroom, featuring a free-standing bathtub with a television mounted on the wall in front, as well as a grey armchair positioned in one corner next to a metallic silver side table.

Rochelle and Marvin share the home in London with their two daughters Alaia-Mai and Valentina Raine, after moving in July.

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Rochelle announced the family’s move during an appearance on This Morning, admitting she had left the majority of the work to Marvin and her family, as she had been busy with work and is heavily pregnant with their third child, due in October. 

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