Do you love cottage-style kitchens, with white cabinets, apron front sinks, and scads of sunlight? If so, you have to see today's kitchen tour: a sunny, cozy cottage in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Last month Apartment Therapy had a full house tour of photographer Tyler Parker's home. Today we are taking a closer look at his remodeled bungalow kitchen — cottage perfection.
Tyler's home was built in the 1930s, and besides the updated wiring, the kitchen is really the only thing that has been remodeled since then. With an apron sink and butcher block countertops, this cozy, sweet kitchen offers ample space for cooking as well as an eat-in nook. It opens up directly to a small backyard where Tyler has a frequently-used grill.
I felt the kitchen was the heart of this house, and lucky for Tyler who loves to cook, the updated appliances and countertops are perfect for preparing large meals. An entertainer and cook's dream!
Visit Tyler's website: Tyler William Parker Photography
10 Questions for Tyler (and His Kitchen)
1. What inspires your kitchen and your cooking?
I like to keep things pretty clean and uncluttered. Most of the utensils, pots and pans are put away where you can't see them. Cooking and eating well in Los Angeles is incredibly easy; we have cars to lug home big buys for dinner parties and BBQs and farmers' markets with great produce year round.
2. What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
I really enjoy my cast iron skillet. It pops in the BBQ or goes on the stove and makes anything you cook with it taste amazing. After three years, it's well seasoned and totally reliable for delicious food. Veggies on this thing can't be beat.
3. What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
I recently set up a dinner with my friend who's a celebrity chef. She's great with other people's kitchens and was able to use all the herbs I had in my backyard along with the veggies I had from the farmer's market to prepare an amazing meal. It really taught me that you can keep things simple and utilize a little bit of everything around the garden. Everything—from the filet mignon with thyme to the kale salad with fresh lemons and apples—seemed new to me, even though it came right from my pantry or my backyard. I tend to like a meal that has variety and flavors that unexpectedly complement each other, all paired with a tall glass of Tempranillo or a Malbec, of course.
4. The biggest challenge in your kitchen?
The biggest challenge while cooking in my kitchen seems to be the lighting. I could really use some lighting under the cabinets, just enough to really check out what I'm cutting up late night while cooking dinner.
5. Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
My kitchen's great, but if I could I'd change the appliances and have a few larger cabinets for storage.
6. What was your biggest indulgence or splurge in the kitchen?
I believe the wood countertops are the biggest splurge in the kitchen, just in terms of keeping them in good shape. They look great, but they can be a lot of work, whereas marble or another harder surface would be way easier to maintain.
7. Is there anything you hope to add or improve in your kitchen?
I'd love a table that fits a few more people in my kitchen nook and possibly folds up for larger dinner parties. This will happen eventually but for now the round tulip table is my solution to creating a better flow in the kitchen.
8. How would you describe your cooking style?
I'm more of a BBQ guy than anything else. I would cook every meal on the BBQ if I could and most days I do. It has a social feel about it and the chance to be outside on most evenings seems more enjoyable than sitting in my kitchen. I'd like to have a indoor/ outdoor kitchen at some point.
9. Best cooking advice or tip you ever received?
My dad always used to tell me to cook things low and slow. I think this has been the best advice throughout the years considering most people burn their food and think they aren't great cooks, or dry things out way too quickly. I've spent nights with friends where I cook food over the BBQ and stove for hours. Somehow it just works out and I've been pretty successful thus far.
10. What are you cooking this week?
This week I'll be getting into bratwurst and sauerkraut with some thinly sliced fingerling potatoes while drinking a tall Bitburger out of my stein. It's my go-to most weeks during the summer while having my buddies over. Feels like we're at a beer garden when there is nice weather and spicy mustard to be had.
Resources of Note
• Four Barrel coffee cup
• Gimme Coffee - Broome St General Store
• Glass jars - flea market finds
• Pickle jar - vintage
• Tivoli audio
• Cast iron skillet by Lodge
• Glasses - gifted
• Pepper and Salt Shakers - CB2
• Plates - vintage and IKEA
• Mason jars - found
• Cocktail - 2 ounces rye wiskey (Bullett whiskey), 3 dashes orange bitters, muddled jalapenos and cilantro. Pour into glass over rocks, add 2 ounces tonic (or more depending how spicy you like it) and stir in a pinch of sugar, garnish with jalapeno and cilantro. Enjoy!
• Salad - kale, apple, fresh lemon juice, pepper and sea salt, cranberry's optional
• Salmon bbq with fresh lemon and pepper and sea salt
• Fresh Beer bread
• Assorted olives
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(Images: Bethany Nauert)