Thursday, January 14, 2010

Remember that kitchen? The owner speaks:


Did you read THIS post? Here is follow up from Mark, the owner. (Mark, thanks for leaving our comment on that post.)


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 refrigerate. 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.

-Mark

53 comments:

Emily Litella said...

Never mind.

my favorite and my best said...

ha ha!!! in your face assholes!!!

Anonymous said...

There is always this bizarre assumption that if a kitchen isn't loaded up with cooking clutter and crap... then it isn't really being used. Like if you don't have 14 different kinds of olive oil lined up on your counter, then your kitchen is just for show.

What's up with that shit? Is it so hard to believe some people actually appreciate a clean space for cooking? And if your kitchen was going to be published in ED, don't you think you'd have it clean for the occasion?

And Grant Gibson's point was also right on the mark. One of the things that makes this kitchen fabulous is that it is DIFFERENT. It reflects the owner's personal style. I too am sick of seeing cookie cutter kitchens.

Naysayers... it all comes down to kitchen envy. Bully for Mark Leslie.

(And for the record, I made the comment about how this kitchen is a little Goth... and I love it!)

Jennifer said...

I put this kitchen on my blog too and was surprised it found so many haters. For some reason it looked like a cook's kitchen from the beginning to me because a non-cook wouldn't have put an ounce of thought into a new kitchen and it would look like everyone else's on the block. I thought the mirror was genius because every mirror in my house is a million times easier to clean than stainless steel or tile -- both common backsplash materials. Glad to hear from you, Mark! Off to investigate his blog ...

Lolo said...

I happen to love this kitchen, it's the main reason I bought this issue of HB. The light, the mirror, the island, the cabinets, it's all lovely, individual and functional at the same time. Not my exact taste but still very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

I love MFAMB's joyous tourette's.

Anonymous said...

"Generic comment about how I'd loved it all along and didn't understand all the haters yada yada yada."

Anonymous said...

I think the kitchen is a spark of culinary genius. It's very original and from other pictures of the house, the kitchen has the same feel. Now Mark, please tell me how you cook for 200 no matter what size the kitchen. You can design my kitchen any day.

Anonymous said...

MFAMB, could you explain the rage.

MoreSkinnyDays said...

Nice! Looks as though he completely espouses La Bella Figura. It's just like when you see beautiful people in Italy and ask yourself how they can look so elegant and still have real lives. Then, they jump up from their espresso and jump on a Vespa or bicycle, lovely skirt or pants, shoes, hair and all!

my favorite and my best said...

is it really reading as rage?

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:40 am, you insult Tourette's sufferers everywhere with your comparison.

Anonymous said...

I love the whole house, but I could never keep it neat and tidy with my husband living in it. Boxes and computers everywhere. Now if he would live next door, I could settle in and be quite happy.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Too abrasive, MFAMB.

Kate said...

First thing I did when I saw that issue was look around my house for a mirror that I could hang over my stove. Brilliant. Love that kitchen and I'll be looking for the cookbook.
Sometimes people can't get out of a box of where they're supposed to do things, put things, wear things. Oh, and I've been known to wear a fur whilst loading the dishwasher. I guess that's just me.

Anonymous said...

Your reputation for rage and instability precedes you, MFAMB.

Anonymous said...

MFAMB, tell us in the Queen's English how you feel about this kitchen. Your first post is a puzzle at best. I don't mean to attack, I truly want to understand how that first reaction was one you were willing to post without explanation.

gatherings home said...

Heyyyy, quite pickin' on our girl. This is exactly why we love her. Keep throwing it out there mfamb. I kinda think she was just answering the naysayers who were hating on Mark.

boops said...

all i'm going to say is that the lamps/candles/arms (whatever they are) on the chandeliers look like erect penises to me... (i think it's the angle)

hey! it's friday tomorrow! :)

DesignAddict said...

I did not comment on the original kitchen post, but I did not like it. Was not a fan of the house in general in this month's HB. But that being said, I appreciate that it works for HIM, his taste and his lifestyle. So for that, Bravo! Wouldn't be me, but it doesn't have to be.

Anonymous said...

For any naysayers here, go to Cote de Texas and look at the post on Houston Redo. Ask yourself which kitchen exudes the most personality, style and vibe. There is no comparison. Then, look at the oolala comments and ask yourself, who in the hell reads this stuff. Marks kitchen is a room, not an industrial workhorse. I love it, wish I had, so there! This is my reason for saying decorating via blog is a dangerous thing. In the Cote de Texas story, the owner got some inspiration from a past blog. Her interpretation is barely visible although the readers are going gaga. Go figure?

Anonymous said...

MFAMB,

A different Anon here. I'm not offended that you used "assholes." I'm offended that you used it so amateurishly.

Foul language is wonderful. Just learn to use it with some mastery.

RobtW said...

l like it and am impressed that it's only 12' x 14'. It looks bigger than many quarter-acre amorphic kitchens/great rooms, maybe because it's a discrete room that was thought out instead of knocked together from what were once various adjoining rooms.

The mirror is great, and all of the fuss over its maintenance is a little nutso: it's a big plate of glass, not a da Vinci fresco. It couldn't be easier to clean, and certainly no more difficult than, say, the grout on subway tile or any other surface not fitted with windshield wipers.

Maybe if there were photos of ugly children and Domino's magnets on the refrigerator, the "but it's not practical!" camp would be happy?

The Blasphemous Fiendess said...

I had the exact same thought as boops-I saw penises when I first looked at the picture. Maybe its because my husband has been away all week.

Anonymous said...

MFAMB: Your comment was fucking hilarious. I was laughing my ass off.

In the CDT blog, I loved the Sally Wheat kitchen. The others, um, not so much.

But this one in HB is one of the best I've seen in really really long time. I actually ran out this afternoon and bought the HB mag before it went off the stands JUST FOR THIS KITCHEN.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe if there were photos of ugly children and Domino's magnets on the refrigerator, the "but it's not practical!" camp would be happy?"

That's a hateful thing to say, and clarifies nothing.

Anonymous said...

laughing your ass off at "ha ha!!! in your face assholes!!!"?

what, are you in the fourth grade? on what adult planet does that pass for humor?

Suzanne in Mtl said...

It's a gorgeous kitchen and working for the owner. Bravo, indeed. I obviously judged its functionality based on my experience and needs. I'm a klutzy visual person: a prep area behind me while standing at the stove would mean a dirty floor and forgotten ingredients. While Windexing a mirror backsplash is not a big deal, I'd have to do it every day. My current tile hides the dirt well enough that this task is hardly a daily one.

I just noticed something else that sets this kitchen apart from cookie cutter ones (or at least those I remember as cookie-cutter when we redid ours four years ago): no range hood. Is the trend of ugly-hood-as-kitchen-showpiece finally dead?

The gorgeous marble counter didn't even register as the sink area until I read Mark's comment about the frames and the water! Now that's a discreet faucet. I like that a lot. And I am still loving all the colours, especially the wall one. Glad the owner chimed in. Thanks to you, Mark, I won't be so prejudiced towards kitchen layouts in the future. ;-)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I am so glad to see you and others are in love with this kitchen and I am equally perplexed why it is not garnering more attentiion in blog world. I wrote a post on it January 4th under the title "Fresh Take on a Kitchen" professing my absolute love of this original design. Please stop by to read it as Mark Leslie also left a comment providing additional details.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:12 PM.

Couldn't disagree more. The Sally Wheat kitchen is indistinguishable from a hundred other House Beautiful "Kitchen of the Month"s:

--Sub-Zero stainless-steel fridge

--light-color painted cabinets with inset doors, bin pulls, and furniture-style bases

--industrial-style metal pendants

--white ironstone on display

--subway tiles

--white porcelain farm sink

--dark wood floors

So, no: I don't see it exuding, in your words, "personality, style, and vibe." I see conformity.

(And for a kitchen I don't care.)

Anonymous said...

Forgive me everyone for making this a message board but I hope Mark reads this so I can say 'hello'! and I love the kitchen. I loved it before I even put two and two together and realized it was you.

regan from asf

2 By Design said...

This kitchen makes me want to be a better person. Er, cook. I love that it's not all matchy matchy and typical. Boooooo, monotony.

Anonymous said...

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.

I'm glad that's cleared up—and I'm really glad you heard from the owner, who can give more background on what we only get a slice of. But while we're on the subject of art oddly placed ... fie on photo stylists who prop framed art on ledges in showers or alongside tubs!

Anonymous said...

The Wheat's kitchen is nice, but nothing extraordinary. The layout of the old kitchen of the Houston Redo had a decent layout but needed some major upgrades. Now the layout looks like a runway. I happen to like galley kitchens because of their compact convenience, but this new kitchen looks more like a corridor than a galley. Marks's kitchen is a room with personality - not a room built to function in a particular way.

Anonymous said...

MFAMB: Keep on trucken' baby. (I'm going to the Crumb show at the Hammer this weekend, what can I say?) At least you have the balls to reveal your identity.

I just looked at Sally Wheat's kitchen. Meh. It IS nice, but just another serving of Soup of the Day. Bored.

I despise the Cote de Texas blog and Nancy Meyers' films. I refuse to believe that either of these is what 40-something year-old women want.

Anonymous said...

"At least you have the balls to reveal your identity." ... sayz Anon.

Ali said...

So tired of passive aggressive anon comments.

MFAMB, you are hilarious. I had the same reaction to this post.

I love this kitchen. Love that it is original and works for the owners.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:21, you totally misread my post. I totally agree with you. I suppose I did not write clearly, but my purpose was to express that the Wheat kitchen was like thousands of other kitchens we have see ad nauseam. It's not worthy of multiple blog posts, but would in fact be a kitchen one would expect in a nice home. It doesn't rise to HB by no means. Original it "ain't" - cookie cutter it is.

my favorite and my best said...

sweet jesus! MFAMB is abrasive. for fucks sake!!!
and yes, i was merely commenting on all those buttwipers who were so quick to judge that the owners of the kitchen didn't cook.

it's not rage douches. it's comedy. just not your brand. obvi.

Elizabeth said...

Love the kitchen, and love that the cook stands behind it. I'm getting awfully sick of all those kitchens that look like pristine fixture showrooms.

Decorno, what is it with the Anons around here? A bunch of bloggers who don't want to sully their squeaky-clean reputations by admitting that they read decor porn? Embarrassed that their asshole-ish comments don't match up with the prissy "it's-so-pretty" persona they've cultivated?

Obviously, I generalize, but still: why can't you Anons just identify yourselves and be celebrated for your snark. At this point it's downright difficult to give credit for the meanness.

Anonymous said...

I post anonymously but did not post all of the "anonymous posts" in this discussion. Yes, I could post under a name but then can any of the readers really be certain that is my true ID. What difference does it really make when everyone here has a chance to express their opinion? Just because I post by name doesn't mean that someone would not consider my comments "snarky".

Decorina said...

It is easy to post anonymously...you think you can say anything to demonstrate your own stupidity. I wonder sometimes whether, if they were required to post a name, any name, any modifier, whether any of you would have the guts to actually post.

Shauna said...

I love both kitchens, for their owners and how they use them. Do we have to compete about EVERYTHING?

Choke on your hate, people.

Anonymous said...

SHAUNA, for what it's worth dear, this is not about "hate". This is an open discussion about a kitchen. Some love it, some do not. Some compare its originality with those kitchens which we have all seen so many times standing in the check out aisle at the grocery store. Those kitchens we see at the grocery store are NOT BAD, but they do tend to repeat themselves over and over until many accept that there is no other way to design a kitchen except like those we so often see. The kitchen we are discussing from HB has deviated from the norm and for that I applaud them and consider it terrific originality and design. So my dear, where is the hate you so desire to find?

Anonymous said...

Decorina, you take the "shama" "lama" out of the bang bang. Now as one wise woman once said to another - darlin, go take on the day!

Penelope Bianchi said...

Oh hell! I posted a comment on the HBeautiful blog......(it disappeared into cyberspace)..I thought I left it HERE!

this kitchen is brilliant beyond! and the two sconces welded together is dynamite!

the whole thing is great!

Penelope

Penelope Bianchi said...

this kitchen is DIVINE!!! One of the best I have ever seen! (as I said!)

some little bird tells me that the "anonymous" who called mfmb "tourettes" is the same "A" that suggested I was "off my meds again"

Stop being a coward....and just call yourself SOMETHING!! We don't need to know your NAME!!!

Just to differentiate yourself.........like "Prince" or "King" or "toad"!

Please call yourself something that will make you separate from all the other anonymice!!

Penelope

Decorina said...

Signing a name to the assertion MFAMB seems like a psychopath wouldn't make her any less crazy. It would siimply give her a target for her rage. Most people aren't that stupid.

mark leslie said...

I am enjoying all of this banter back and forth about our kitchen. It is nice when design can do that--inspire debate. What works for some certainly doesn't work for others and I think that far too often people settle for the exact same thing that their neighbor has--even when they truly desire something that reflects more of themselves. They opt out for what appears to be the easy thing to do.
We started out the "design" of our kitchen by joking that "wouldn't it be cool to make the kitchen fixtures resemble the pieces that typically exist in a dining room," since we were moving the kitchen one room closer toward the front of the house. And that joking lead us into this design.
We hate cleaning grout, and since we don't have a maid service, there is not grout to clean (as there would be with the usual tile backsplashes). We worked around the easiest thing to think of--grout--and ended up with the easiest thing to maintain--glass.
Thanks to everyone for checking out my blog: www.mark-leslie.net
Hope everyone continues to ponder and discuss design and beauty...
-Mark
P.S. Hey, Regan!

Decorina said...

Decorina said...
Signing a name to the assertion MFAMB seems like a psychopath wouldn't make her any less crazy. It would siimply give her a target for her rage. Most people aren't that stupid.

Um, actually no, I didn't say that. An anon apparently said it. So hey, Decs, what say you zap it? Thx, D

Anonymous said...

Girls, girls, girls - your PMS is beginning to show its ugly face. I am not the Anon. who made the tourette's comment. I frankly would not elevate MFAMB's comments to that level. I did compare the Wheat kitchen to the one in HB (no comparison) and the fact that people seem to accept as the norm what they see everyday in the grocery aisle.

Anonymous said...

"I wonder sometimes whether, if they were required to post a name, any name, any modifier, whether any of you would have the guts to actually post."

Your words, Decorina and someone obviously used your own name to prove you incorrect.

It shouldn't matter if people are Anon or signed in as MFAMB, they should remain civil and polite, regardless. Since MFAMB choses to ignore good manners and indulge her nasty comment Tourette's Syndrome, is it any wonder people strike back? Maybe if she could keep a civil tongue, others would too.

Tara.Fields said...

I, for one, like penises and don't see a lamp a little bit reminiscent of them would be a problem for me and I'm going down in history as saying so (no anon for me). Perhaps it would inspire me to take up cooking.