Kitchen Tour: Sharon Fashions a Cooking Oasis

Kitchen Tour: Sharon Fashions a Cooking Oasis

Jill Slater
Aug 17, 2010

Sharon, her husband and their toddler live in what was once a high-glam 80's solid black bachelor pad. They recently spent nine months transforming it into a light-filled retreat for daily living.

The kitchen is state of the art, but gentle and soft in its coloring and choice of materials. Every aspect of the space contributes aesthetically to the overall feel of casual luxury.

Sharon has inherited a number of gorgeous silver trays from her relatives in Israel and continues to search far and wide for other trays to add to her collection. When she and her husband embarked on gutting, designing and renovating their loft space, Sharon knew that she wanted the kitchen to serve as a clean backdrop for her tarnished (she prefers it that way) silver collections.

The result is ease of access to everything, storage everywhere and solidly reliable materials that don't take away from the lightness of the space. One can't help but wish to spend time there creating all sorts of yumminess and/or nourishment.

Sharon's Answers to the Kitchn Questionnaire

What's your cooking style?
Simple, casual and delicious :)

What inspires your kitchen?
Quality appliances, fine and well crafted cookware, organic work surfaces, fresh herbs and produce from the farmers market. It was important to us that the kitchen be the hearth of our home &msdash; whether it be for making family meals (a lot of grilled cheese these days!) or whipping up a casual dinner and cocktails for friends.

What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
Torn between our new tiny Nespresso machine and my Emile and Henry tangine.

Best cooking advice or tip you ever received:
Keep it simple with great ingredients.

Biggest challenge in your kitchen:
Keeping it clean!

Biggest indulgence:
Instant hot water filter.

Dream tool or splurge:
A robot that cleans up after dinner.

What are you cooking this week?
Grandma Lombardo's Lemon Chicken, fish tacos with fresh guacamole, and lasagna. Also…lots of omelets, fruit smoothies, peanut butter and jelly and grilled cheese sandwiches!

What cookbook has inspired you the most?
Loaves and Fishes as well as all of Ina Gartens books. Plus, can't beat The Joy of Cooking as an every day go to…

What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
Our first meal when we moved in (after a 9 month renovation!)…..the family favorite — spaghetti with bolognese sauce!....with tons of fresh garlic bread..


• Faucetry is all Dornbracht from Hardware Design
• Fridge — Sub Zero
• Stove/Oven — Wolf
• Wine Cooler — Sub Zero (All appliances from Reno's appliances)
• Custom cabinetry — Northern Valley Kitchen and Bath
• Custom Blanco Joya marble counters and back splash — Mosaic Creations
• Rockridge Construction Management LLC did the renovation

• For the rest of Sharon's home, check out their upcoming full house tour on

• Kitchen Tour Archive: Check out past kitchen tours here.

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(Images: Jill Slater)

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