My husband and I bought our first home in West Seattle about a year ago. It's a sweet Craftsman from 1919 with great energy. Being almost a century old it no doubt needed some love, and the outdated kitchen was very high up on the to-do list.
When I visited the Greek island of Kea last month I was lucky enough to have Aglaia Kremezi as my guide. Aglaia knows everyone on the island and knows what it means when someone like me asks to see "real home kitchens." When we weren't cooking in her kitchen, she took me to a different person's, a new one every single day.
One of my favorites belonged to a Cretan-born woman named Eva Green who spends half the year on Kea in her hill-top stone home, and the other half of the year in Australia.
Bo and Lindsey are right at home in the Old Cloverdale historic district of Montgomery, Alabama, but that doesn't mean they don't enjoy seeing the world! Ten years ago Lindsey moved to Montgomery as part of the city's historic preservation team and met lifetime resident Bo at a neighborhood house party. Since then, this travel-loving couple have enjoyed many trips around the world together, always bringing back flavor and recipe ideas they can't wait to try out in their historic home's remodeled kitchen.
After dating for three years, Caitlin is moving into Jed's two-story Highlands home just west of downtown Denver, Colorado. I happened to catch them as they were combining their belongings and officially meshing their lives together. The couple's focus is readily apparent by the fact that although there were boxes and clutter around the house, the kitchen was already organized!
Erin Bennett-Jenkins, a prop stylist, and her husband, Matt, an animation director, moved into their 1926 Craftsman home in August of 2012 with their son and immediately tore into the renovation of their kitchen — or rather what had been a kitchen.
Sophie and Michael live in an eclectically decorated brownstone in Brooklyn. Their kitchen, like much of their home, is full of a lot of "great deals." They have a keen eye and seem to be, often, in the right place at the right time. Almost everything in their kitchen was found on sale — often in the 'discontinued' pile!
her husband Mark live about a block from the beach in Venice,
California. The proximity to the ocean and access to bountiful fresh
produce year round also informs her cooking style, which she explains as
"simple, healthy and interesting." Her 250-square-foot kitchen space fits this
description as well — come take a tour of this modern, cozy space!
Lauren Scott has no trouble telling you how to find her Petaluma, California home. "It's the only one on the block that looks like a giant Easter egg," she says. She and her husband live in a big, pink Victorian-style house that can’t be missed. When I arrived she welcomed me inside and showed me her kitchen. Little did I know I'd also get the chance to adore her beautiful, four-month-old baby girl and eat a delicious lunch she whipped up fresh from her garden. It was a good day.
Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus didn't just build their modern hillside home in Durham, North Carolina; they designed it from the ground up. And the kitchen is a piece of art in itself: bright orange tile accents two types of granite, and the lines of the ceiling combined with the curve of the staircase make the kitchen the center of the home.
The first thing you notice when you walk into Cheyenne's loft in the SOMA District of San Francisco is the light. It floods through skylights and a bank of west-facing windows in this 1920s industrial building turned condo. The ceilings are high, the palate is white with lots of wood and pops of color, and the style is spare and modern, but the overall effect is welcoming and warm. It feels like the sort of place you want to be.