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.
Despite having a relatively small space to work with, Sam and Judy have been entertaining and cranking out effortlessly delicious meals from this kitchen for years. The couple, both avid home cooks, moved into their cozy, two-bedroom Cape Cod style house in Northern Virginia in 1981. Though the bones of the kitchen are original to the house, a few features, such as a new kitchen sink and faucet, light fixtures, hardware, and wallpaper, were updated just over a year ago.
Sarah and Frank planned to remodel the small, eat-in kitchen
when they bought their 1920s Dutch Colonial on Seattle's Queen Anne Hill. It
was their contractor’s idea, however, to take over an attached back deck. This
allowed them to add a lounge area, with couches and shelves for cookbooks, and
French doors leading to the backyard. "Now we pretty much live in here," says
Sarah. The well-equipped kitchen has become the focal point of their home and a
favorite hangout for guests.
Although Rubén wasn’t born or raised in the generally warm and
sunny Mediterranean city of Valencia, his years as a college student in this
region decisively influenced his cooking style. During that time he managed to learn
and prepare almost to perfection what is considered by many to be the quintessential Spanish dish: paella. (His friends even gave him the noble title of The King of Paella!)
Brian Solem and Cyndi Fecher are the co-editors of Graze magazine, "a food-oriented lit mag dedicated to the food on your mind and the thoughts on your plate." The two met in college and lived in the same building in Logan Square for several years. Over time the kitchen has seen many dinner parties between the first and second floor. Cyndi now lives right down the street, but that hasn’t put a stop to their kitchen collaborations.
Architect Arjen lives with his family in a picturesque little corner of Amsterdam, in an imposing 18th
century building originally designed as military barracks. Their kitchen is typical Dutch style, with two walls
of parallel kitchen units, divided by a narrow passage,
which opens out into a wider dining and social area. This
kitchen is a cosy, yet open space that combines the old and
the new, the wild and the domesticated.
As soon as I walk
in I'm struck by the antique stuffed dear head mounted on the wall just above the KitchenAid, a piece of kitchen
equipment that Arjen admits these days he wouldn't be
without! This wonderful Dutch kitchen is full of curiosities
and otherworldly finds, each one representing a personal
story, memorable meal or exotic location.