At Burlanes, we believe it's our people that are our biggest asset, and it's down to their knowledge, passion and integrity that make us so proud of our service. Our team of experienced Design Consultants are always on hand to offer advise and guidance when designing your beautiful home interiors.
Jon Sillitoe has recently joined the Burlanes team as a Design Consultant, currently based in our Sevenoaks showroom. Jon is one of the first people you will meet when planning a new kitchen, bathroom or living space in your new home.
Let's meet Jon...
Tell us a little bit about yourself...
Born and raised in Berkshire, the son of an engineer and a very organised P.A, I am happiest in the garage with something that needs fixing, re-designing or discussing. I am a keen swimmer and motorcyclist, always managing to incorporate one or both of these when travelling.
Describe your dream kitchen...
I have always been interested to re-use and recycle with traditional craftsmanship and my kitchen would have to be designed with this in mind. My dream kitchen is sociable, functional and homely. I have spent many happy hours with friends and family around the kitchen table and have always found that a well-designed kitchen is the hub of many a household. I like rustic materials that bring warmth and function, inviting a range of users to feel at ease. With a Belfast sink, large butchers’ chopping block and rustic oak table as a basis I would like to think a good rummage in a few choice salvage yards would provide the rest of the kitchen.
Tell us a little bit about your career. How has it unfolded?
Through university I partly funded my way through working in kitchens, cooking and serving. Kitchens and cooking have seemed to feature throughout my career. Soon after finishing my degree I became a teacher of design in a state secondary school, mostly specialising in woodwork and graphic design. Starting in Reading, Berkshire I became head of department after four years in my first school. After twelve years of teaching it was time to follow my true passion of designing for real life projects and I left education. I joined a London based design and build company to learn the trade and was fortunate to work alongside an award winning designer, providing designs to meet client wants and needs. My knowledge of cabinet making and material knowledge gave me a good springboard into the industry. I became a technical designer, providing full workshop drawings for a huge variety of fully bespoke cabinetry to high end clients in and around London. Leaving education was a difficult decision but the right one as I continue on my way with Burlanes.
What do you think makes a 'happy home'?
A happy home for me has always been one that is welcoming, warm and always has a brew on!
Name a kitchen gadget that you couldn't live without!
I’m not sure if it is technically a gadget but a large, sharp knife has always been a must for me.
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
I taught textiles during my teaching years and am a dab hand at turning a hem on a set of trousers!