Pip McCormac made the decision to move back into his flat after renting it out for seven years, he knew it would take more than a lick of paint to make it feel like home again. “I remember walking through the door and just feeling so deflated and uninspired. I loved my flat but couldn’t imagine how it would now be the space to get my creative juices flowing!” As well as being a renowned journalist, Pip is also the author of a cookbook, The Herb and Flower, born from his love of window box fayre, growing a whole host of plants and flowers – all for eating. With this in mind, the flat’s kitchen no longer suited Pip’s needs. Small and separate from the living room, it wasn’t conducive to social evenings cooking for friends. Jordan and Russell completely changed the layout of the flat, removing walls and creating a much lighter, brighter space. Importantly for Pip, the kitchen is now part of the main living area, meaning Pip can enjoy cooking while catching up with guests. “They really have worked wonders – my flat is unrecognisable, but in a good way! I know everyone says this, but I wanted a kitchen that was ‘Instagrammable’, with plenty of worktop space and a big island. It had to be functional but it also had to have the wow factor in terms of style. I love the colour combination Jordan and Russell suggested of gold, marble and sage green. It’s homely but with a striking edge to it.” It was only after staying with friends who had a Zip HydroTap that Pip realised his new kitchen wouldn’t be complete without one. “I’d never really considered that a boiling tap could have such an impact on daily life, but after using one for a weekend I was hooked! My filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling HydroTap is used all the time. The chilled water encourages me to drink more water and the instant boiling water makes cooking processes so quick, especially when combined with my induction hob. Of course, I had to have a gold one to go with my colour scheme, and I also went with a matching mixer tap to complete the look. For me, food and interiors go hand in hand. There’s no point in having a kitchen appliance that works well but looks hideous. These days, people don’t want their worktops cluttered with gadgets that are only used once in a blue moon.”
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