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Kitchen of the Week: A Serene Space in Pale Blue at Casa C’Alma in Portugal

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Kitchen of the Week: A Serene Space in Pale Blue at Casa C’Alma in Portugal

June 28, 2018

When Rafael Reis and his girlfriend, Sara, set out to open an affordable, stylish guesthouse in Lisbon, they knew what they would call it: Casa C’Alma, a phrase that would (almost universally) convey a sense of “tranquility and calmness—which are the key concepts of our guesthouse,” Rafael says.

While shopping for spaces, they found a townhouse apartment that had been recently renovated by architect Pureza Faria Blanc, and knew Casa C’Alma had found its home. “The kitchen was one of the things that made us fall in love with the house,” Rafael says. “Its pale blue, light jade color perfectly channels the feeling we were trying to create.”

And that it does. Last summer, I made the five-room bed-and-breakfast my home base for a trip to Lisbon. I was especially taken with the kitchen—where guests collect their breakfast—a refreshing and light-filled space. Let’s take a look.

Photography by Rodrigo Cardoso with styling by Arkstudio; courtesy of Casa C’Alma.

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Above: The Casa C’Alma kitchen opens onto a small patio that overlooks an enclosed courtyard. Two green nautical pendant lights hang above the kitchen island.

The kitchen is used for breakfast while guests are boarding, but it gets full use when Casa C’Alma hosts occasional private events (workshops, pop-up shops, and celebratory dinners). “On New Year’s Eve we host a dinner party for all our guests,” Rafael says.

The flooring from Koklatt is hydraulic tile, a material common in Portugal and traditionally made by hand in the south of the country.
Above: The flooring from Koklatt is hydraulic tile, a material common in Portugal and traditionally made by hand in the south of the country.
The wall cabinet stores plates, mugs, and kitchen accessories for the owners and guests. Small puck lights illuminate the cubbies at night.
Above: The wall cabinet stores plates, mugs, and kitchen accessories for the owners and guests. Small puck lights illuminate the cubbies at night.
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Above: The light aqua cabinetry “enhances the beautiful light that we have in the kitchen,” Rafael says.
The working wall of the kitchen has a built-in microwave, a white Smeg toaster, and a black metal utility rail for kitchen tools.
Above: The working wall of the kitchen has a built-in microwave, a white Smeg toaster, and a black metal utility rail for kitchen tools.
A white Smeg refrigerator sits opposite the kitchen island, next to the door.
Above: A white Smeg refrigerator sits opposite the kitchen island, next to the door.
Guests can take their breakfast at the dining table, just outside the kitchen.
Above: Guests can take their breakfast at the dining table, just outside the kitchen.

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