What's So Special About This Kitchen?

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Take a look at this kitchen. Can you see what's special about it? It's very pretty, yes, but it also tells a deeper story. Can you guess?

As a cook who has renovated a kitchen, and as an editor who looks at kitchens all day long, I'm keenly interested in what other cooks and homeowners desire in kitchens. What design preferences and style choices do Americans gravitate towards, and why? What colors and elements make people snap to attention or croon over a particular space? Is it size? Stove burners? Glass tile? What do people want in their ideal kitchen?

And that is what makes the pictured kitchen so interesting: it is apparently the platonic ideal for many internet readers.

The design website Houzz announced it as being...

...the kitchen photo that’s been added to the most ideabooks on Houzz, and is one of the top 10 photos saved to ideabooks from July through September of 2013.

What does America want in a kitchen? This, apparently.

I have some guesses as to why this kitchen has captured people's clicks and saves to such an extent, including but not limited to currently fashionable elements like dark wood floors, apron-front sink, beefy stove, and marble countertops. It looks neat and orderly; its almost-neutral green tile feels serene and soothing.

But I'm curious to hear your opinions. Why you think this kitchen resonates with people so much? How does it compare to your own ideal kitchen?

The rest of the Houzz piece is also interesting — they took an extensive poll on other kitchen preferences and plans (77% of their polled readers want an open kitchen, for instance). How do these stack up to your own kitchen desires?

(Image: Fiorella Design via Houzz)