February 28, 2011

Lustworthy Kitchen: Mediterranean Flair

Recently I was introduced to the incredibly talented Celia Tejada, PB Teen's Creative Director and fellow San Francisco resident. One look at her kitchen and it's plain to see: this gal is after my own heart! For starters, she shares my belief that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Perhaps it's that Mediterranean blood we both share.
From a design point of view, I love the light and airy feel she captured by choosing to work with white as the anchor color for the space. Such a choice could easily feel too stark and sterile, but this kitchen is anything but that! Layering the space with beautifully patterned rugs, colorful accessories, and a good dose of greenery, Celia creates a warm and welcoming place.
One trend that I have yet to get tired of is restaurant inspired kitchens. I love how Celia uses a stainless steel strip, like the ones used to hold order slips, to display her photos and hold dishware. A creative alternative to traditional cabinetry.
One peek at her stovetop and Celia's Spanish roots shine right through. You can tell that this isn't just a beautiful kitchen to look at, but one that gets used with lots of heart and soul.
What kitchen would be complete without a cozy little sitting area? If you're lucky enough to have the space, a comfy love seat invites guests and family to gather around as you prepare your meals. But most importantly, it provides a place for you to rest your head after that successful dinner party you just threw!

*images by Michal Venera for Elle Decor

15 comments:

Black Zebra said...

Love it! the rugs are really great too, what a dream Kitchen this is!

Laura Trevey said...

I love her red stools in the kitchen ~ very cool and retro!!

Happy Monday Crystal ~
xoxo Laura

meenal @ maison marigold said...

What a beautiful kitchen...really the best i've seen in a very long time...it gives the impression that it is used lovingly and a lot...and how about that sitting area..i mean this is ridiculously gorgeous.. Thanks for sharing Crystal..xx meenal

Nick and/or Lauren said...

I love this kitchen. it is so comfy but stylish.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

stunning! -- and is it bad that i like things in the PB Teen catalog? like their furry/shaggy bean bag chair?!

classiq said...

I love the black and white and the dashes of color. My dream house would definitely have a kitchen sitting area. What can be more lovely and intimate?
Ada

Amanda said...

Wow...what a stunning space and a red piano, FABULOUS! I don't even play but I want it :)

elissa @ faucethead said...

what a beautiful space. i love the rugs in the kitchen, such a great idea to add some color and warmth.

Splendid Sass said...

I am with you on kitchens, and I live in mine. I love the idea of the living area in the kitchen.
Teresa
xoxo

Miz.November said...

Beautiful! I love the use of red as an accent color. Everything looks so sleek and clean.

Melisande said...

i love the chalkboard wall and the red bar stools!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Love the stainless steel strip, it works so well with the windows!

Hyphen Interiors said...

That's an amazing kitchen that she has! I love the eclectic feel.

anna luong said...

love the kitchen!!! and the sitting area is such a great idea! love your blog crystal...keep up the good work!

xo,
anna

roky said...

What a beautiful kitchen.Its I have seen for a long time.it gives the impression that with love and a lot.and how is this going.I mean the living room is the best Ridiculously gorgeous.

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