For a couple with two children who value art and family, love to cook large Italian meals, and frequently entertain, the kitchen in their Rancho Santa Fe home was limiting and uninspiring. The wife is a retired ballet dancer who appreciates both classic form and modern artistry. The clients wanted a far less isolated kitchen with much more natural light. They hoped for a space both elegant and welcoming, in keeping with their artistic, yet relaxed and unpretentious personalities.
The primary architectural design decision was to relocate the kitchen to maximize the appreciation of the amazing natural vista and define the kitchen as a central gathering space. Six foot high windows and French doors in striking black allow abundant natural light to flow through the new openness of the space. A palette of white and ebony with glimmers of antique brass establishes a classic mood balanced by the contemporary attitude of stainless steel. The breakfast area is now one of the family’s favorite places to spend time, surrounded by beautiful, 270 degree views.
Once a cramped and isolated space inexplicably positioned to ignore its incredible natural surroundings, this magnificent kitchen now balances classical and contemporary elements in an expression of graceful chic that fully embraces the outdoors.