Carolyn's Calm & Classic Kitchen

Carolyn's Calm & Classic Kitchen

Carolyn Purnell
May 31, 2012

This month you've been privy to the dream spaces of a number of Apartment Therapy writers, and while one's budget is obviously a crucial component in designing a space, sometimes an "if-money-were-no-object" fantasy can help you settle on a look or find inspiration that you can then channel into a more practical execution.

While my tastes generally lean toward the bright and patterned, my fantasy kitchen is rather more understated. Carrera marble countertops seem luxurious and practical for a stress-baker like me, and images of a La Cornue range are sufficient to inspire lofty dreams of choux pastry and soufflés. The spacious farmhouse sink would be ideal for washing all those extra-large baking sheets.

While fantasy designing can sometimes seem impractical (as much as I would love a white sofa, I know that doggie paws would make mincemeat of it), but you should still feel free to let your mind roam. I would certainly never be so bold as to place a Madeline Weinrib rug in line of fire for food spills and wine drips, but the colors and pattern could be inspiration for a more practical indoor/outdoor rug like these (1, 2, 3, 4).

Inspiration sources:

1. Carrera marble countertops (Image via Hill Country Granite)
2. Kohler Whitehaven sink with tall apron in white, $1090
3. KitchenAid Stand Mixer in Bayleaf, $499.99
4. Sea Gull Lighting Three Light Pendant in Brushed Nickel, $64
5. Madeline Weinrib Steel Lolita Cotton Flatweave Rug
6. Bonjour Adele Glass Teapot, $49.99
7. La Cornue CornuFé 110 range
8. Cut Flowers Serving Tray, $36.00

Regina's Rustic-with-Bling Kitchen
A House Divided: My Husband's Dream Kitchen
Eleanor's Industrial Warmth
An Earthy Cook's Dream Kitchen
Andie's Quirky Kitchen
A Bright, Graphic Kitchen with Neon Pops
Chris' Techno-Modern Chef's Kitchen
Abby's Rental Kitchen Redo

(Images: as credited above)

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