I”ve been a fan-girl of Lauren Liess‘ for as long as I”ve been reading blogs (5+ years.) I admire her style, her personality, her adorable family and the way she has expanded her business from interior design firm to creating a textile line to now having a beautiful studio/store. She comes across as honest, down to earth yet elegant, effortlessly beautiful and I would say her interiors are the same way. I’ve learned so much from reading her blog and strive to embed some of her approach into my own designs- simplicity, patina, imperfection, casual elegance and natural beauty.
When her big home renovation was revealed in Domino Magazine this month I was all over that shit. The entire space is gorgeous (you must pick up a copy to see the whole spread,) but I was particularly smitten with her kitchen. As a kitchen designer, I often struggle with mixing practicality and beauty in such a utilitarian space. She created a space that is modern and rustic and blends seamlessly with the rest of her home. So often kitchens feel like a stark departure from the rest of your house! Why not incorporate art, softness and style into the heart of the home?
Lauren’s kitchen as seen in Domino Magazine…
My favorite element in the kitchen is the island made of reclaimed lumber and topped with marble. The matte finish of the wood and the vintage hardware make my heart pitter patter. New wood just doesn’t have the same soul.
Instead of your typical tile backsplash or wall of cabinetry, she opted for an art wall over her sink. I’ve tinkered with a gallery wall in my own kitchen and will be looking to this space for great inspiration.
Can we go back and talk about the rusted iron etageres that she used instead of your typical wall cabinets or open shelves? I die. It’s so un-kicheny (cause that’s a word) yet functional at the same time. I love that everything is within easy reach in this kitchen.
A view from the family room shows how the kitchen really ties in perfectly with her aesthetic for the rest of the home.
You can spy the refrigerator on the left wall there. Just a few steps away from the main work area in the kitchen.
For more information on this kitchen and to hear about the design in her own words, you must check out this post.
All images by Helen Norman for Lauren Liess.
(Except the first which is from Domino Magazine.)