San Francisco potter Diana Fayt has everything I want and love in a kitchen. First and most importantly, she clearly really uses it! No trophy appliances here — just a wall of well-used pots and pans, and a lovely collection of handmade cups and plates and bowls. It's simple without being too sleek, with touches of whimsy and surprise like the Caribbean blue ceiling and window box poppies.
There's a lot of texture, too: the worn surface of a cutting board, a softly wrinkled old tablecloth, the old sink's satin-smooth curves. Her collection of pottery is mostly white, so form and texture really stand out with the color providing cohesion.
The feeling is relaxed, inviting and playful. I can imagine an whittling away an afternoon here, sitting at the kitchen table with tea and something freshly baked from the oven. Sunlight, blue sky ceiling, a bowl full of oranges. Perfect.
Diana's kitchen will be featured in a Japanese book about San Francisco kitchens that will be out this spring. Keep an eye on her website for more details, as well as listings of her upcoming shows.
• Visit Diana Fayt's Etsy shop to view her work.
(Images: Diana Fayt. Used with permission.)