Monday, January 11, 2010

This kitchen.




Let's discuss this kitchen from this month's House Beautiful. That kitchen is a grower. I liked it when I first saw it, but now I am just having dirty fantasies about it. Why isn't Lady Blogger Land afire with talk of this kitchen? It's pretty special. Everything looks very furniture-y. It's fussy, but a smart kind of fussy.

See more of the Richard Norris and Mark Leslie house HERE.

51 comments:

Arched Brows said...

I've had my copy for two weeks now, and drool over it every day. The whole issue is great. HB is my porn of choice these days.

Susan said...

I keep the issue under my mattress and look at it at night under the covers with a flashlight. Its fine. Totally fine. Totaaaalllly normal. :)

Nina79 said...

That mirror behind the stove just makes me think of the staines it will have the first time you make a nice steak. I don't think there is anything I hate about ID as much as impractical interrior design.

Maybe they dont cook? But then its just a waste of kitchen.

Taybian Design said...

OMG can I have this kitchen!!! I can see myself cooking up a beautiful banquet for friend and fam. sigh, I can dream :-)

Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful kitchen, but I don't think it's ever really used.

Libby at Aurora Primavera said...

Is that a mirror over the stove? I see lower back injury issues with wiping the splatters off the glass. This is a shark-jumping kitchen. But still great porn, without a doubt.

Southern Exposure said...

Love that mirror over the stove! I like the idea of a mirrored backsplash because it would be so easy to clean, but it is just too 80s looking for me. This is the perfect combo of functionality and beauty.

Sharon said...

It is definitely one of those, "I wish I had thought of that" kitchens for me. Especially in terms of that mirror over the range. Yes, you would splatter on the mirror occasionally, but it would never be anything that couldn't be wiped off with glass cleaner.

Cameron said...

Obsessed.

Suzanne in Mtl said...

It's gorgeous - the colours, the elements, but a SMART kind of fussy? Not from what I see.

Where's the functionality? Do the owners really cook? I can't imagine no counter next to my stove (maybe it's less important with a gas stove?) or a mirror - if that is a mirror I see - above it. Cleaning that everyday?! Please.

The pics have got me very curious - any in the mag of the food prep and sink area of this kitchen?

Renate said...

I hate that kitchen. It's terrible. I can not get over the fact that the chandeliers arms seem to have been bent out. That's almost as silly as the mirror behind the stove which renders the stove a decorative object instead of a practical place to cook a meal.
And then those prints above the sideboard. Too small for the size of the frames, too small for the room.
Besides all that, I find the colours bland.

home before dark said...

I think the kitchen is a beautiful room. I think the mirror is wonderful. Personally I have had a mirror over my stove for over 20 years. I didn't like having my back to the room. A little windex and it's good to go. I liked the fact they put their money where it pleased them the most. This is a personal statement and I say: bravo!

Decorina said...

What Sharon said. Totally in love with that kitchen and have a new direction for my own stalled kitchen remodel.

Anonymous said...

I have a mirrored backsplash and absolutely love it. I cook super-splattery things on the front burners, but regardless, it just takes a second to clean (even easier than tile, for sure) and adds great light and sparkle to the space.

Be not afraid!!

Traci Zeller Designs said...

Why hasn't my HB issue arrived yet? My US Weeklys have disappeared as well. I think it's a conspiracy!

Anonymous said...

It's just a little goth, and I love that. The prints over the sink? Bats. Mirror over the stove is brilliant. These people don't fret about cleaning... they have staff to deal with that. My kind of kitchen.

thezhush said...

HA!..that "lady blogger land" comment almost had me spitting my water out all over my keyboard! The kitchen is great, (but that chandelier, not so much).

my favorite and my best said...

ha! i just blogged about it today. fucking HB is stingy with their access. i have been going to hb's website for over a week to see if they had it for me to steal. last night they did. i too am having dirty talk with that kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I hate it. They ripped the house apart to create this massive kitchen that they obviously don't use. God help the next person to own this house.

Anonymous said...

I divide kitchens into two categories: those I could happily bake brownies in, and those I couldn't. This kitchen falls in category 2.

Iheartfashion said...

I'm not sure I'd want to watch myself cook.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Just when I think I know what I want my kitchen to look like, something like this comes along and fucks it all up. Fuck.

Anonymous said...

That whole house is intriguing. It definitely breaks some new and interesting ground. I had to keep going back through the pictures to figure out what was going on...especially in that kitchen. Cool, but have to agree that it falls into the totally disfunctional category.

MK said...

Refrigerator?
I truly love it! On the matter of practicality I am much less concerned with the mirror behind the stove than I am with the lack of a refrigerator. Perhaps it is an itty bitty euro fridge in the Island.

henzy said...

wow.. never would have thought of having a big mirror behind my oven..

Anonymous said...

I love this perhaps growing trend of turning kitchens from laboratories into livable rooms. I love this kitchen as I loved the one you showed from World of Interiors a month or 2 ago. I'll find exactly the one I mean.

Anonymous said...

yes, sept 29 moody kitchen, the post over the memorable penis chandelier. that's the kitchen I loved that felt so homey. I also loved the homey kitchen by Gambrell when he was on the cover of Elle Decor. THat kitchen was the same idea. By the way, you guys were so tough on him. That blue on the cover sucked but the rest of his home was great. Why was I so alone in thinking this?

Robin said...

Pretty people eating pretty takeout in their pretty kitchen.

No one who cooks lives here. They probably don't even make coffee.

hunkate said...

i want to sleep here

"Yeah, that works..!" said...

yeah, but...that chandelier...wtf? just sayin'...

Anonymous said...

I felt the same way about this kitchen...it had me going. I think if it was me though I would def still have THAT mirror in my kitchen but somewhere else maybe over anther workspace perhaps, not so much over the stove though.

Anonymous said...

if i could only get over that twisted chandefreakin'lier - maybe

The Blasphemous Fiendess said...

It doesn't look like a very practical kitchen. I mean, I actually cook in mine. I do love love love the cabinetry. That's about it.

cassandra @ coco+kelley said...

sometimes i skip right over things in the magazine that i then see on a blog and DIE for. this being on of them. oooorrr... maybe i actually haven't gotten around to reading that issue? whoops. i don't care how impractical that mirror is, it's effing fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm....I've been thinking about this kitchen since I firt saw it and I still don't quite get it. I just thought it was kind of silly. I don't know, there's nothing wrong with it per se, but it just didn't get me like most other things in HB do. It's like it's trying so hard to be important and sophisticated that it just ends up looking kind of dumb.

Vintage Em said...

I like it and i love that mirror, i had a much smaller mirror behind my stove and loved it, it occasionally got really dirty...so i cleaned it..just like i clean the stove after use. its not rocket science.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Love it.
I love it when people put things in to spaces and actually LIVE in the spaces. Kitchens can be so COLD and boring. If I see another of the same kitchen that we see over and over again- I might scream. This has creative life to it. The mirror over the stove is GORG!
They have the guts to do something like that! It's so easy to windex down. I do kind of have to agree with the light fixture. Like the style as it is DIFFERENT PEOPLE- not just some mass produced cookie cutter design. The one part that does bug me is how the lights are angled and not up and down. I would have bent them. But thats just me. They didn't call me or ask me!

Lynn said...

Am I the only one who thinks the chandelier arms look like the angle of an erect penis? Maybe it's just me - it's been awhile.

I love the mirror behind the stove but hate the sink area. The splashes on the glass of those framed prints would drive me insane and makes me feel this is an unused but beautiful room.

maison21 said...

the chandelier with funkily angled lights and shades would drive me crazy and as would the mirror behind the stove- pretty idea but all wrong from every practical viewpoint (on second thought, maybe i adore it because it's so impractical. hell, i don't cook anyway, so who cares?) other then those two reservations, it's very pretty.

and we're not all lady decor bloggers, you know, though i guess i forgive you for glossing over the .000001% of us with penises. ;-)

Tara.Fields said...

I find it fascinating and kept going back to look (wish they'd show the fridge that they had a special armoire made for), but it doesn't speak to my soul. Luckily, it doesn't have to; it's not mine.

I really dig the idea of an oval island, though.

prosediva said...

All of this concern about that mirror is positively Freudian! :)

Shelley said...

I'm with Grant Gibson--the mirror has creative life to it. the HB article interviews the owners--Richard Norris & Mark Leslie who must have
also done the design. and the article says opposite the stove there is a big bay window over
looking the garden and that was how they came up with the idea of the mirror--"you can look up while cooking
and see all the greenery behind you. or talk to people via the mirror... " also mentioned is windex works wonders.
when they bought the house, the kitchen was the dining room so
they got the idea to make the kitchen LOOK LIKE a beautiful dining room.
sure it's not for everyone but these guys are obviously very artistic and
creative thinkers. the chandelier was fashioned from a pair of antique bronze sconces.
they were in an antiques shop for years and no one could figure out how to use them.
one day they were in there with a friend and he put the two ends together and they said "that's it!".
They are held together by two screws.

Reid and Emily said...

Does anyone realize that the article accompanying the images explained that the chandelier is actually two sconces held together?

This house is in my neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

"i guess i forgive you for glossing over the .000001% of us with penises. ;-)

You have .000001% of a penis? Well, buck up and try to make the best of it.

mark said...

Wow, thanks for all of the discussion about our house. I'd like to help some of you understand how we use this kitchen. I cook everyday in this kitchen. I am a foodie and am in the process of getting an Italian cookbook/memoir published. All of the recipes in the book were tested in this kitchen. When we have parties in the house, whether it is for a couple of friends or for a party of 200, I prepare all of the food. Trust me, this kitchen gets used a lot. True there is no "prep" area next to the stove, but the griddle surface on the stovetop is used as a prep surface and the marble elliptical slab behind it it a huge work surface. Some people step to their left or right to access their prep surface, mine is just directly me--just as close.
The sink is very functional, and unless you are taking a shower in it, the frames do not get wet. They have been there for 10 years and are still in perfect shape.
If you are interested in seeing the Sub-Zero fridge and the Bosch dishwasher, I invite you to check out my blog: www.mark-leslie.net and scroll down to the Oct 22, 2009 entry untitled "To refrigerate or not to refridgerate. There is a photo of that angle of the kitchen. The Sub-Zero is on the wall opposite the sink. Thanks to everyone for the comments both positive and otherwise. We love this kitchen. Oh, by the way, the kitchen is not huge, it is only 12' x 14' and is manageable and comfortable. Here is a direct link to my blog entry with the fridge picture: http://www.mark-leslie.net/to-refrigerate-or-not-to-refrigerate

-Mark

Decorina said...

Thank you Mark. Very enlightening article. And your kitchen is just slightly smaller than mine - which I now look at very differently as a result of your lovely work.

Tara Dillard said...

Good kitchen.

But.

FABULUOUS.........Vanishing Threshold.

Last pic in the post? Magic-magic-magic. Kitchen flowing into a garden room

Anonymous said...

I love that chandelier! Kitchen is nice, don't know how it would work in the real world...I give it a B+.

Anonymous said...

i live in GA. one day you will see an old white volvo coming down your street, looking for your home. chuckle. seriously, i will respect privacy and property lines, but i gotta see it! my fawning way of saying i love it, love the story behind it and would love to see it. it has rocked my world for the last couple of days.

as always, thanks decorno!

Anonymous said...

Love, Love, Love this kitchen.
One question though where is the range hood?

Nada Hamad said...

I absolutely love this house, including the beheaded sculpture!