Could This Be Your Perfect Kitchen?

Lonny

It's mine. Hands down. I even have those barstools already. What makes this kitchen so ideal? The contrast of dark cabinets (loving navy right now) with white counters, modern stools with an antique rug, all that light, and classic subway tiles. Oh, and there's an animal on the island. That looks familiar.

I'll go on. This kitchen embraces the no-upper-cabinets design without looking too austere or modern; plus, the owners didn't replace cabinets with shelves, as so many people do, where piles of dishes just look ripe for frequent dusting.

There are some beautiful un-kitchen-like accessories here—the rug, the artwork, the lamp, the Buddha head, the owl. Some of these might have been placed by a stylist for the photo shoot, sure, but I like them. They make the space feel a little old and a lot sophisticated. It works for me.

And here's the big thing: This kitchen isn't huge. Yes, it's a nice, open space with a very substantial island. But the counter space doesn't run for miles, and the cabinets are few. There's no dramatic, look-at-me pendant lighting. This looks somewhat attainable.

What do you think? What does your perfect kitchen look like?

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(Image: Patrick Cline/Lonny)