August 24, 2010

Kitchen Musings + My Visit with Darryl Carter

What would you say is the most important room in a house? Is it the living room where we gather and entertain? Or the bedroom -- our place for soft repose? Or perhaps it's the dining room where we eat, drink, and are merry. I couldn't tell you. But one thing is for sure: I've got kitchens on the brain.

For someone who loves to cook, I sure haven't put enough thought into mine. But with the ebb of the season upon us, I'm feeling the need for change drawing near!

So, I've taken to making a mental list of my most pressing kitchen needs. And, at the very top of that list is a new light fixture. I don't even want to tell you what I currently have because it is that bad. I've waxed and waned between desires for so many styles, but after seeing this black and brass beauty - I'm sold! The hunt is on!
But perhaps this kitchen captures it all and takes the cake! My love for it is two fold. First, there's the fact that ever last inch oozes with sophistication, simplicity, and style. Secondly, it's because I've had the privilege and delight of seeing it in person. The gracious Darryl Carter, to whom the space belongs, had me over last November for coffee and a chat. And let me tell you, the picture just doesn't do it justice! The antique Italian étagère is more impressive and stunning than you'd imagine. The fireplace feels like the most perfect luxury you've ever encountered. And the French doors, which lead out to a table and sunroom is like a cool glass of water on a hot summer day. But, most memorable of all was the kindness Darryl showed in welcoming me into his home.

*images via elle decor

11 comments:

Ludmila {creamylife.com} said...

That light fixture is fabulous! I also love open shelves in a kitchen, it feels so spacious, modern and relaxed!

Stacey said...

These are so beautiful and it's so funny because i was thinking for my next home, i was going to do a feature about kitchens being the heart of the home. I literally live in mine!

TERI REES WANG said...

For me, it's all about the open shelves, directly over the sink.

Cheers!

Kelle Dame said...

drool! I love the shelves that go all the way up and that there is a fireplace. How cozy but light and airy at the same time.

amy anne said...

That just sounds lovely. I could live in the Darryl's kitchen, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful kitchens, I too live in mine.Thanks for these pictures, Crystal.

la cabeza de maria antonieta said...

I love these kitchens!!!

casey at loft and cottage said...

lucky girl! i would love to see that kitchen in person. love the light, the etagere, the fireplace. the epitome of gracious living.

Peggy and Fritz said...

I remember seeing this kitchen, I believe published. I love his work. If I lived here I would never leave my kitchen. Love Love Love it.

La Feem said...

The entire kitchen is fabulous as well as the whole space. How fun to shoot his house..good luck on your hunt!

Sarah Klassen said...

This kitchen is gorgeous! I'm not surprised, though—he has the most amazing taste... I truly love the book that you gave me, and often find myself going back to it. I notice new details each time I look through. But back to this kitchen. Those open shelves are wonderful! The perfect mix of homey and chic... and that light fixture—amazing!

xoxo

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