In a country home, the mood is normally warm and casual. It’s an appropriate place for an open-grained wood like the limed oak that we used in the kitchen cabinets.
The floors in the kitchen, dining area, and entry hall are Mexican terracotta tiles with a white glaze, which work beautifully with the limed oak of the kitchen cabinets and the pickled red oak floors in the living room.
The centerpiece of the kitchen is a custom-made hammered copper hood that highlights the clients’ collection of antique copper cooking utensils. We used the same profile in designing the hood and the island beneath it.
In order to emphasize the beautiful views and reinforce the sense of connection to the outdoors, no window treatments were used on the windows or the French doors. Blue paint draws the eye to and through the glass.
The lighting in the kitchen required particular attention, both because the ceiling is very high and because the client, who is in the entertainment business, is very much the star of the show when he cooks.
We used a lot of country french furniture throughout the house, so the stools around the counter are adapted from a dining chair typical of that style. We used the same material for the cushions on the kitchen stools and the upholstery of the dining chairs.