The Courtyard HouseContemporary Kitchen, London
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The wraparound window in the kitchen as seen from the inside shows just how special the effect is. “It really extends your view. When you’re cooking, it feels as if you’re in the garden,” she says.The island contains storage on both sides and a small space to sit, rather than an area for dining. “The clients have a wonderful big Danish dining table so close, so this is more a spot to sit and have a coffee.” Fraher says, adding that one half of the couple is from Denmark and a lot of their furniture is sourced from there.The kitchen fronts are a mix of white spray-painted MDF and ash timber, while the worktops are Cararra marble.
Connect with nature“Have you ever wondered why the flicker of leaves or the sparkle of water is so engaging or relaxing, and why many choose to invest more in homes that offer beautiful views?” Edelstein asks.An explanation can be given by the biophilia hypothesis, which was defined by Edward O Wilson in the 1980s as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”. Itai highlights this and points to a seminal study in Pennsylvania, USA, by Roger S Ulrich, which showed recovery rates of hospital patients were better for those who had a view of a natural scene.In our homes, we can translate this by ensuring we have a connection with living things. Incorporate glazing to provide a view of greenery outside, and include natural materials in the design of your interior.