Welcome to the wonderful family kitchen of Annette and Gustavo Gutierrez, in their 100-year-old Craftsman home! They previously lived across the street, and when they moved Annette and her husband had big plans for this architectural restoration. One of the biggest feats — and a total labor of love — was their complete restoration of this kitchen to recreate the look and feel of a California dream.
Annette is the owner of Potted, a wonderful flower and garden shop in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. She brings her love of botany and landscape design home with her every day. Not only does the kitchen have an incredible view to the gorgeous backyard, they also created a folding glass door to seamlessly merge the patio to the kitchen.
Along with installing new hardware, Annette also rewired the electrical system and completely expanded the back end of the kitchen wall. Annette explains that she and her family LOVE to cook and entertain — so having ample room to do so was essential. Bright light and color are two things that were important design wise and have added the friendly ambience to this lovely kitchen.
• Visit Potted: Potted's website
10 Questions for Annette (and Her Kitchen)
1. What inspires your kitchen and your cooking?
This is so funny because in our home, I am the kitchen designer and my husband is the cook — and a passionate cook at that. We love to entertain, have parties, live in chaos, but when he cooks, he tends to get, how shall I say this...testy when too many people are underfoot. So I redesigned the kitchen. By changing the flow he got to be a part of everything but people weren't getting in his way. And by making other "stations," people could help (as they always want to do) again without being right on top of him. I have to say it has been a great marital aid.
2. What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
Hands down my husband's favorite kitchen tool is the pot filler (I thought it was silly...you can't walk to the sink?) though his Wolf range is his real love.
My favorite element is the super wide window ledge I designed over the kitchen sink so I could be happy looking at all my lovely plants while I washed the dishes (he thought that was silly but see, we compromise).
3. What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
As a present to his brother, my husband made a paella and tapas feast for 12 of his friends. The dinner went on for hours as Spanish meals do and everyone was having a wonderful time when suddenly our Jack Russell brought the night to a sudden end as he had just gotten skunked and then ran right into the middle of the living room. Talk about clearing out a room fast. After we stopped gagging, it was pretty funny.
4. The biggest challenge for cooking in your kitchen:
The only thing I wish we had was an actual pantry, but the old Indian hutch we use instead is a lot prettier so really, how can I complain?
5. Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
I wouldn't have used the same dishwasher but at some point you just run out of money.
6. What was your biggest indulgence or splurge in the kitchen?
The Caesarstone countertops and the crackled white subway tile backsplash. When our installer saw the price on the tile he thought I was crazy but I cannot tell you how happy that crazing makes me every time I see it. It looks like a million bucks (and even makes me forget the dishwasher).
7. Is there anything you hope to add or improve in your kitchen?
Have I mentioned the dishwasher?
8. How would you describe your cooking style?
I would say our eating style is very multicultural and so is our cooking (okay, it's my husband...who am I trying to kid here?). We eat fresh, even trying to grow our own produce but seem to be in a losing war with the local raccoons. Sigh. I think at the end of the day we'll leave it to the professionals at the farmers' market.
9. Best cooking advice or tip you ever received?
10. What are you cooking this week?
Okay, I am actually doing this myself for my book club meeting where we are reading a book set during the Armenian Genocide and I thought in honor of this area of the world I would do a spread of pistachios, dried apricots, hummus, pita, veggie tarts, grapes, tangerines and chocolate covered almonds. Can you say Trader Joe's?
Resources of Note• My contractor - He's does great works and was the one who did the kitchen remodel and the upstairs deck. • The tile was bought at Mortarless in Atwater (they don't have a site, but here is a Yelp link) • The stove is a Wolf Range and the fridge and dishwasher are Fridgedaire which I HATE. All the sinks and faucet are Kohler which are great and they even replaced and paid to retile a sink for me once because the sink cracked on first use so I am a total Kohler girl now. • All the cabinets are wood done by some funky local place that I can't even remember the name of and all the glass is stained glass I had laid in by some place on Highland called Sunshine Glass Co. • The floor tiles are linoleum from Linoleum City on Santa Monica and they were actually cut down to give them a little more of a custom look. • The giant bi-fold door was purchased at Taylor Brothers and I believe it's from La Cantina and my advice there is to make sure you double check when you order a door so that the orientation is correct because it cost me $2500 to have it fixed! • Countertops are Caesarstone which I love, love, love (wanted concrete but was afraid of the upkeep) which I got from The Great Indoors which is now out of business.
(Images: Bethany Nauert)