Jo Whiley has been a mainstay on BBC Radio for almost 25 years. She started on Radio 1 in September 1993 and moved over to Radio 2 in March 2011. Along the way, she has interviewed some of the most iconic musicians around and presented a number of shows – including Top of The Pops, Panorama and the BBC’s Glastonbury festival coverage. A few years ago, she left the bustling North London streets and moved out to the Northamptonshire countryside. We have taken a look at Jo Whiley’s kitchen to show you how you can get the look for less.
Stainless Steel Worktop
Her cook space has a few modern elements blended with the more traditional aspects – like the vintage-inspired fridge and the stainless-steel worktop. The finish of the worktops matches the range cooker and hood, whilst the surface offers a shimmering quality that is complemented by the white gloss subway tiles. Stainless steel worktops often need to be created as bespoke pieces for every installation – our stainless-steel laminate worktops, offer an affordable and durable option for a similar look. Whilst Jo admits her kitchen is less about cooking and more about entertaining, she has the perfect hardwearing worktop for both uses.
The kitchen is monochrome, with a mix of off-white colours and greys, creating a fresh, contemporary aesthetic. This neutral base creates a harmonious effect that ties the more modern influences with the architectural and older features of the property. If you love these cabinets, we sell a huge range of oak cabinets, frontals, handles and accessories, all for a low cost and available in many different Farrow & Ball paint colours.
Jo is clearly very proud of her career, as a number of mementos can be seen throughout her home. This Radio 1 Live Lounge sign takes pride of place in her living room, whilst the kitchen features three statues of the band Gorillaz – she interviewed the band’s creators, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, during her time at Radio 1. A splash of colour is an excellent way to make a neutral colour scheme feel more vibrant so, if you do not have any similar prized possessions, you could use bright accessories – curtains or blinds, cooking utensils and tea towels are all great options.
Heart of the Home
Like many people, Jo Whiley’s kitchen is at the very heart of her home. Having both a kitchen island and large dining table means it is truly a multifunctional space that can be enjoyed by the whole family at the same time. The sheer size of this kitchen clearly helps, but you can achieve a similar feel by opening up your kitchen and living area for a more flowing, inclusive space. Lighter paint shades and large windows will make the space feel airier, too.