No matter what space in your home that you would like transforming, our team of highly skilled and dedicated design consultants are always on hand to offer guidance, advise and interior design expertise every step of the way. We are passionate about making high quality, bespoke, luxury interiors designed with the utmost precision and common sense.
Russell Sargent is the newest member of Burlanes, and has joined our team of Design Consultants, based in our Sevenoaks showroom. Russell has had a fantastic career so far in the kitchen industry, and is one of the first people you will meet at our Sevenoaks showroom, when planning your new living space.
Let's meet Russell...
Tell us a bit about yourself...
I was born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, and my family's history can be traced back hundreds of years in Kent, so it will always have a special place in my heart! I'm a huge supporter of British design and fashion, particularly British made products, and I have a real love for the original Mini Coopers and classic AGAs, which I have always loved for as long as I can remember. I have a passion for British interior design, and I truly believe that we produce the best designed kitchens in the world, with such flair, character and creativity.
My spare time is often spent on long country walks and trips to the glorious New Forest with Travis, my Battersea rescue dog, who I completely adore!
Tell us a little about your career. How did it unfold?
It all started after a day spent on the Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells one summer, back when I was studying Art and Design. My friend and I were both consumed and fascinated by the craftmanship and design of the many bespoke kitchen retailers, and something inside me knew that this was going to be the career path for me. My mother has always had an incredible flair for interior design, and my uncle used to design for a local bespoke kitchen company back in the 1970's, so I guess I can say it's in my blood!
My career progressed down other routes initially, but I was offered the opportunity of my first role within kitchen design at a large national kitchen retailer based in Greenwich back in 2010. After a couple of good years in Greenwich, I moved back home to Royal Tunbridge Wells and joined a local company, which gave me fantastic opportunities to work with the BBC for the TV show DIY SOS, designing kitchens. I was also lucky enough to work with TV interior stylist Maxine Brady on a number of projects, including her vey own kitchen in her Brighton property, and have had my designs featured in Style At Home Magazine.
My passion for truly traditional styled British kitchens reared when I was given the opportunity to launch the new Laura Ashley Kitchen collection, as a design ambassador, in 2016, and it was then that I decided to use my passion, expertise and design skills to forge my career with a British, bespoke and handmade interiors company, and I feel lucky to have found that with Burlanes. This truly is my dream design role and the pinnacle of my career- this is what I've been working so hard towards for the past seven years.
Describe your dream kitchen...
My dream kitchen would have to be designed for my dream property - a Georgian townhouse.
Kitchens have always been a real vocal point in my family, and I have many memories of cooking and baking with my grandmother as a child, so without doubt my dream kitchen would be a place to create memories with loved ones. My mother always had an AGA, so this would naturally be first on my list - with a stunning mantle and a beautiful marble splashback. I'm a big fan of Belfast sinks too, so that would be second on my list.
I really love to take the elegant features from early 20th Century style kitchens and apply these unique design features to modern day kitchens. My dream kitchen would consist of a beautiful central island with square pilasters painted in Farrow & Ball "Green Smoke", creating a truly unique freestanding piece of furniture, with French inspired industrial bar stools.
To me, a kitchen isn't really complete without a bespoke, tall working pantry. In the past, I have designed some really useful pantries and larders, and I think they add so much character to a kitchen. Mine would be filled with herbs, spices, and beautifully branded foods,with a lovely big piece of marble worktop to create the perfect place to roll pastry. Pantries are also ideal for hiding away everyday essentials (such as my Miele coffee machine!).
Name a kitchen gadget that you couldn't live without!
Without a doubt this would have to be my Miele coffee machine! I've experienced and used lots of different coffee machines over the years, but this particular one produces the most perfect cup of coffee. Essential before those early morning walks with Travis!
What do you think makes a happy home?
Family, and a dog! You can have the most perfectly designed home, full of character and soul, but there is nothing better than being greeted by a wagging tail after a long day!
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
I've recently rediscovered my passion for baking cakes and Artisan baking. I'm actually really inspired by Paul Hollywood and his knowledge of bread making, and the BBC show Bake Off Creme De La Creme. I'm fascinated with their skills as patisserie chefs, which may stem from my French ancestry!