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Steal This Look: A Tiny, Seaworthy Kitchen on the French Riviera

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Steal This Look: A Tiny, Seaworthy Kitchen on the French Riviera

August 13, 2019

Architects Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet knew just the thing to do when charged with turning a tiny, suffocating cabin into something befitting its glamorous French Riviera location: They took inspiration from nautical design, with its emphasis on clever built-ins and streamlined efficiency. Then, they ratcheted up the luxe factor.

Check out the tidy and compact kitchen they designed—then learn how to get the look.

Photography by Francis Amiand, courtesy of Humbert & Poyet, from A Tiny (but Glamorous) Seaside Cabin on the Riviera.

Both the exterior and interior are entirely whitewashed to keep the home cooler when the weather turns hot.
Above: Both the exterior and interior are entirely whitewashed to keep the home cooler when the weather turns hot.
The marble-topped counter is edged with a band of brass and has a custom brass sink with a Lefroy Brooks gooseneck faucet. Note the drawers built into the stairs.
Above: The marble-topped counter is edged with a band of brass and has a custom brass sink with a Lefroy Brooks gooseneck faucet. Note the drawers built into the stairs.
The dining area with built-in banquette and awning windows that offer unbeatable views of the Mediterranean.
Above: The dining area with built-in banquette and awning windows that offer unbeatable views of the Mediterranean.
Above: Brass accents abound, including the backsplash and utensils holder.

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The Cream Enamel Wood-Burning Stove from UK-based Carron Stoves is £912.50.
Above: The Cream Enamel Wood-Burning Stove from UK-based Carron Stoves is £912.50.
The PET Lamps are made of recycled plastic; 250 each at ACdO. (See Fantastic Plastic: Lamps Made from Recycled Soda Bottles and At Home with a Master of Recycling in Madrid.)
Above: The PET Lamps are made of recycled plastic; 250 each at ACdO. (See Fantastic Plastic: Lamps Made from Recycled Soda Bottles and At Home with a Master of Recycling in Madrid.)
We found this 1920s GE Electric Fan with Brass Blades on Etsy for $275.
Above: We found this 1920s GE Electric Fan with Brass Blades on Etsy for $275.
Lefroy Brooks’ WL-1500 Faucet has white ceramic levers and comes in Antique Gold.
Above: Lefroy Brooks’ WL-1500 Faucet has white ceramic levers and comes in Antique Gold.
Above: Both the Docklight Ceiling Lights and the Spreaderlight Sconces are by Tecna; pictured in in bronze but also available in polished brass.
Deltana’s Flush Ring Pulls measure 1 3/4 inches by 1 3/8 inches; $8.27 at Home Decor Hardware. (For similar designs, see 5 Favorites: Marine-Style Cabinet Pulls.)
Above: Deltana’s Flush Ring Pulls measure 1 3/4 inches by 1 3/8 inches; $8.27 at Home Decor Hardware. (For similar designs, see 5 Favorites: Marine-Style Cabinet Pulls.)
The Bubble Glass Drink Dispenser with Cork Lid is made of glass, cork, and a plastic spout. It’s currently on sale for $17.98 at World Market. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Summer Drinks Dispensers (from High to Low).)
Above: The Bubble Glass Drink Dispenser with Cork Lid is made of glass, cork, and a plastic spout. It’s currently on sale for $17.98 at World Market. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Summer Drinks Dispensers (from High to Low).)
A Remodelista favorite, Ikea’s enameled Sockerart White Vase is just $14.99 for the large.
Above: A Remodelista favorite, Ikea’s enameled Sockerart White Vase is just $14.99 for the large.
The Nattlampa Kerosene Lamp is modeled on the traditional paraffin lamps of the late 19th century; $132 at Royal Design.
Above: The Nattlampa Kerosene Lamp is modeled on the traditional paraffin lamps of the late 19th century; $132 at Royal Design.
Olivia & Oliver’s Harper Organic Shape Gold 5-Piece Setting at Bed Bath & Beyond is $69.99.
Above: Olivia & Oliver’s Harper Organic Shape Gold 5-Piece Setting at Bed Bath & Beyond is $69.99.
This Vintage Rustic Brass Cauldron has a diameter of 4.5 inches, perfect for corralling flatware; $31.41 on Etsy.
Above: This Vintage Rustic Brass Cauldron has a diameter of 4.5 inches, perfect for corralling flatware; $31.41 on Etsy.
Falcon Enamelware’s set of 3 Utensils is just $18.
Above: Falcon Enamelware’s set of 3 Utensils is just $18.
Pendleton’s Glacier National Park Blanket starts at $179 for the throw size at Backcountry.
Above: Pendleton’s Glacier National Park Blanket starts at $179 for the throw size at Backcountry.

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