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.