I'm back in Connecticut this week so have had a chance to catch up on old issues of House Beautiful which my mother keeps for me - I can't get them in Ireland. Every issue they do a Kitchen of the Month and the one featured in the February 2010 issue really caught my eye. It was designed by Jonathan King and James Stott, the owners of Stonewall Kitchen - where all those yummy concoctions made for their company come to life. Photographed by Gridley & Graves, who do wonderful simple styling especially of kitchens, I love lots of the details around in the space.
As you can see here in this shot, the kitchen in fact has two islands which have been separated by a 5 foot gap. Of course, if you have a kitchen that is 47 feet long you can fit two islands along with loads of other great things. Viking appliances are used throughout the kitchen - the big pendant lamps are perfect for shedding just enough light onto the work spaces - they come from Urban Archeology. I personally love the wide floorboards which is reclaimed pumpkin pine and the boards are eight inches wide.
This open shelved area is down to the left at the end of the kitchen - the shelves store everyday dishes which are easily accessible for everyone. I also love the white subway tiles that extend all the way up to the beams.
In the seating area, there are more open shelves displaying beautiful collections of antique English ironstone or Burleigh ware - both which I love.
An American yellowware bowl, holds onions on the Carrara marble counter - the yellowware being another passion. A line of copper pans that are allowed to age gracefully hang above a sink.
There is so much light and space to work in this kitchen - and what I love is that both owners can work in the kitchen without getting in each other's way. That would work really well in our house.
Do check out House Beautiful's website for more Kitchen of the Month features - if this one doesn't inspire you, I'm sure you'll find one that does.