Let’s Get Cooking

Nov 24, 2022 | Tips & Tricks

When I first made the switch from designing only commercial interiors to dipping a toe into the world of residential, it started with kitchen design. After getting to design several new kitchens and renovating dozens of kitchens, I realized there are so many decisions to make: wood or painted cabinets? Two-tone tops and bottoms or perimeter one color and the island another? Marble or quartz that looks like marble? Tile backsplash or glass or a slab of stone? Splurge for the professional grade appliances or take it down a notch? One bowl sink or two? Built-in espresso maker or are you more of a coffee pod person? Island hood, professional hood or hidden? Knobs, pulls or notches? Paneled appliances or stainless?
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The other big decision? Which color of Le Creuset speaks to this kitchen? My favorite styling kitchen prop, there are only a few kitchens I’ve photographed without one. The colors have beautiful names like Cerise, Nectar, Sea Salt, Meringue, and the original, Flame. I love the way they enhance the color of a tile backsplash, or provide the perfect burst of color against painted white cabinetry. The saturation of the glazes provides a jolt of pretty, and ever practical, the cast iron pot can be used on gas, electric and even induction cooktops. I love envisioning my clients, most of whom cook and entertain, standing at their ranges and re-creating a family dish, whether it’s braised lambchops or chili con carne. Recently I saw that a six-piece Le Creuset set belonging to Joan Didion is being auctioned off on November 16th. The beloved writer had Flame, of course.

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When I have a little time, I pull out mine – cerise, and use it for a wild mushroom risotto topped with roasted shallots, or on any given weeknight a simple pureed soup – broccoli cheddar, potato leek and cauliflower garlic will be on heavy rotation for the next few months. When I stand at the range and stir whatever ingredients made their way into that dutch oven, time slows down. And I think about how grateful I am to be able to do this.

Happiest Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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