Steal This Look: A Humble Tuscan Kitchen, French Edition by

Issue 28 · Bastille Day · July 15, 2014

Steal This Look: A Humble Tuscan Kitchen, French Edition

Issue 28 · Bastille Day · July 15, 2014

Yesterday we featured Villa Lena, a new hotel and artist retreat on an 18th-century estate in the hills of Tuscany. French designer and creative director Clarisse Demory was in charge of furnishing the center's guest quarters. We especially like Villa Lena's apartment kitchens, which, thanks to Clarisse, have an understated easiness to them. Working with what was there (granite countertops and outdated cupboards), she made simple, inventive updates. Here are two Villa Lena kitchens followed by a breakdown of the key elements.

Villa Lena Bedroom, Designed by Clarisse Demory, Photograph by Coke Bartrina | Remodelista

Above: Clarisse whitewashed the kitchen walls and tall ceiling, and she transformed the old cupboards with a few coats of pale sage-green paint. Photograph by Coke Bartrina.

Villa Lena in Tuscany, Designed by Clarisse Demory | Remodelista

Above: Another apartment at Villa Lena has similar components. Clarisse furnished each with a different table and set of chairs. 

The Basics

Farrow & Ball Pale Powder Light Green Paint Color | Remodelista

Above: Farrow & Ball's Pale Powder paint with an Estate Emulsion finish—a chalky, water-based finish that enhances depth of color—is $95 per gallon. For white paint advice, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Architect's White Paint Picks.

Aga Legacy Range Hood in White | Remodelista

Above: The Aga Legacy Range Hood has an adjustable duct cover and a charcoal-filled, stainless-steel filter. It can be vented inside or out; $999 at AJ Madison.

ABC Stone Blue Eyes Granite Slab | Remodelista

Above: Source unusual granite for countertops from ABC Stone in Brooklyn, such as Blue Eyes (shown), Black Marinaci, or Guanabara Blue. The patterning in some of ABC's slabs is so unique, it might be enough to convert the anti-granite set.

Dacor Renaissance Natural Gas Cooktop | Remodelista

Above: The 36-inch Dacor Renaissance Gas Cooktop RGC365 has continuous grates, a one-piece spill basin, and powerful burners (up to 18,000 BTUs); $1,799 at ABT Electronics. Weigh the pros and cons of different types of ovens by reading Remodeling 101: Range vs. Cooktop.

Ikea Framtid Self-Cleaning Oven in Black | Remodelista

Above: Ikea's 29 3/4-inch Framtid Self-Cleaning Oven has a convection oven function and a 4.1 cubic foot capacity; $849.

Grohe Dual Spray Pull-Down Faucet | Remodelista

Above: The Grohe Dual Spray Pull-Down Faucet is a great budget choice that Remodelista's Izabella opted for in her kitchen remodel; $351.54 at eFaucets. Have a look at her post High/Low: Dornbracht vs. Grohe Kitchen Faucets. And for more options, see our 10 Easy Pieces: Best Budget Kitchen Faucets.

Elkay Top Mount Double Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink | Remodelista

Above: The Stainless-Steel Double-Bowl Kitchen Sink by Elkay is $525.78 at eFaucets.

Furniture & Hardware

Robert Wenger Wicker Chair | Remodelista

Above: A classic by Danish wicker maker Robert Wengler, the Wenger Chair is available in polished natural (shown), polished antique, or matte black; $600 CAD at Mjölk, in Toronto. On the other end of the pricing spectrum, Ikea's Holmsel Chair is $69.99 and the Storsele Chair is $119.

Ikea Norden Extendable Table | Remodelista

Above: Clarisse built dining tables using recycled planks of wood and wooden trestles. Ikea's solid birch Norden Extendable Table has a similar look; $299.

Home Depot 1x12x10 Inch Wooden Board | Remodelista

Above: To build open kitchen shelves, consider Home Depot's Common Board, 12 inches wide, 10 feet long, and one inch thick. It can be cut down to make shorter shelves or left as is for a long, single shelf; $20.82 each. Photograph from our post DIY: The Sawhorse Holiday Table for Less Than $100.

Home Depot White Shelf Bracket at 10x12 Inches | Remodelista

Above: The Everbilt White Shelf Bracket measures 10 by 12 inches; $1.67 at Home Depot.

Ikea Lansa Stainless Steel Handles | Remodelista

Above: Ikea's Lansa Stainless Steel Handles are $6.99 for two. For more options, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Cabinet Pulls.

Muji Natural Beech Folding Chair | Remodelista

Above: A solution for small spaces: Muji's Beech Folding Chairs are $79.75 each.


Oaxifornia Red Clay Pot at March in San Francisco | Remodelista

Above: The Oaxifornia Red Clay Round Pot with Top and Handles is made in the Tlacolula Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, and measures 12 inches in diameter; $180 at March.

West Elm Glass Bottle Vase, Tall Green Vase | Remodelista

Above: The Tall Glass Bottle Vase, available in Pollen Green (shown) or Fog (a shade of gray), is on sale for $12.99, marked down from $29, at West Elm.

Ikea Hederling Red Wine Glasses | Remodelista

Above: Ikea's Hederlig Red Wine Glasses are $1.99 each.

West Elm Pattern Palette Dinnerware Set in Solid White | Remodelista

Above: West Elm's Pattern Palette Dinnerware Set in Solid White is $32 for a set of four dinner plates and $24 each for a set of four mugs, bowls, and salad plates.

Cuisinart 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker | Remodelista

Above: The Cuisinart 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe is $69.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

Swedish Broom from Objects of Use in the UK | Remodelista

Above: From Swedish company Iris Hantwerk, which employs visually impaired craftspeople, the Swedish Broom has a birch handle and palmyra fiber brush; £18.50 at Objects of Use. For more brooms, see An Artful Sweep: Display-Worthy Household Brooms.

Unisan Black Metal Industrial Dustpan | Remodelista

Above: The Unisan Black Metal Dustpan is a budget take on the currently popular black handcrafted dustpan; $13.93 at Betty Mills.

Redesigning a kitchen and looking for more sources? See our Steal This Look posts on a Well-Stocked Modern Kitchen and a Glamorous London Kitchen. And go to Gardenista to learn The Only Two Secret Ingredients You Need to Make a Refrigerator Smell Fresh.

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