I’ll be quick and to the point, you need to put the work of designer Robert Stilin on your radar. It’s subtle, a little masculine, collected and just all around genius.
Over the holiday weekend I got obsessed with the kitchen in an East Hampton village farmhouse Stilin designed that has been featured in House Beautiful. It whispers of what my house could one day become.
What I think is unique about it is that it openly melds the mudroom, sitting area and kitchen all together making the kitchen a space other than just a place to cook. It reminds me of another kitchen that I love, the kitchen of Mark Sikes. And I like that space because of that beautiful sitting area framed by built-in bookcases.
So often I sit in my Mom & Dad’s kitchen in a wicker chair, feet propped on an ottoman and talk to whoever is milling around in the kitchen. I choose the wicker chair over the bar stools every time. I find that a lot of the time, we hang out in there rather than in the living room unless we want to watch something on television.
This leads me to conclude two things, 1) I like eat-in kitchens and 2) a comfortable sitting area in the kitchen is important, more so than barstools
Here’s the kitchen I’m drooling over-
aah those industrial pendants and that island hard at work,
View of island in other direction,
painted floor in the kitchen and the mudroom wall,
Have a little bite or sit and talk to your peeps working behind the island,