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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

10.18.2009

A Kitchen Less Ordinary

It's funny how many of us spend time trying to create a living room or bedroom that feels personal but when it comes to kitchens, we often gravitate to a look that's been done a lot by our friends. Maybe there's something about the function of kitchens and bathrooms that makes conventional styles comforting. (Although I think Miles Redd's published kitchens and Nick Olsen's famous blooming refrigerator are exceptions to that rule.)

Teresa Ginori, on the other hand, doesn't seem to follow the crowd. If you remember this lampshade, you know she has an independent streak. Avoiding the sleek, professional chef-ready look, her blue-green kitchen in the Italian countryside has some elements that are full-tilt classic and cozy: a rustic farm table, an oversized French pharmacy cabinet that holds informal china and pretty glasses, a red-and-white-striped curtain that conceals storage shelves, and a big weathered-looking ventilation hood. But she added an eccentric touch with painted iron chairs from India and a slightly over-the-top inherited Venetian chandelier.

Images are from Italian Country Living by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, Ryland Peters & Small, 2005.

8 comments:

Mrs. Blandings said...

I love the color, but I can't get over the chairs.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Great kitchen, I love the mix and the beautiful wall color.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Love the hood...the stove...the colors. Perfect!

Terry said...

The un-kitchen kitchen per modern standards. I like the unfussy, indestructible look: A kitchen that doesn't need to pass muster as a professional kitchen. A kitchen that looks like it serves and has served it's owners well.

Karena said...

Love the feel and the color palette.

home before dark said...

The time loved look of this kitchen where the focus is on wonderful food and not a ginormous watch me! watch me! I would wager that kitchens like this one produce food that would make you weep.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

It's absolutely sublime~

The Devine Life said...

The meals one could make in that kitchen... I have always had a weakness for cabinets with curtains instead of doors. Makes me wish I would have done it in the Kinderhook kitchen.