Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Real Home #1 - Kathryn's Kitchen

One of my favorite places for coffee on the planet is not a fancy eatery, it is instead my friend Kathryn's kitchen.  Apart from the fact she is one of the smartest and funniest people I know, which means that coffee chat is always fun, her classic kitchen is one of those places that come rain or shine I could stay in for hours. 

While I enjoy perusing through design magazines, I love wandering through the homes of "real people" even more.  I think you can tell a lot by the way someone lives, and Kathryn's home, which she designed a few years ago, is without a doubt a reflection of her.   Kathryn is pragmatic, stylish and practical and so is her kitchen.  I saw a great design show the other day where the stylist designed a room based on your clothes, and Kathryn's wardrobe, a combination of grey and muted tones punctuated with modern streamlined accessories, are the exact words you could use to describe her kitchen.  

The walls are painted a pale grey offset by the bright white of the cabinet surfaces and  bead board ceiling, ensuring the room has a light and airy feeling. The statement piece of the kitchen is the enormous white center island, topped by a piece of honed black granite. The island, which looks like it could have come from a house built 100 years ago,  hides the modern conveniences of a built-in microwave at one end and a warming drawer at the other.   

Kathryn's use of stainless steel adds a slightly industrial feel to this family kitchen. Steel is repeated all over the kitchen, from the massive Wolf stove, modern Crate & Barrel stainless bar stools, nautical pendant lighting and as a practical and stylish surface on the breakfast table.  The mood of the kitchen is softened by the white washed floors and Dash & Albert rugs in classic, contemporary stripes and geometrics that are dotted around the place.  The soft down floral pillows strewn across the slip covered banquet seating in the breakfast nook, add a feminine touch to what could have been a very masculine kitchen.  

I've added a few pictures from the inside and outside Kathryn's house.  As you can see her sense of style runs through the the house, from the crisp white iceberg roses that line the flower beds in the front of the house, to the enormous black lacquered barn door that serves as the entryway to her home. 

Much thanks to Kathryn for letting me talk about her house!  

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