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Steal This Look: A Los Angeles Architect’s Low Key but Elegant Kitchen

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Steal This Look: A Los Angeles Architect’s Low Key but Elegant Kitchen

November 17, 2020

We are fervent admirers of Reath Design, the LA-based interior design studio founded by Frances Merrill. This past September, we shared their latest completed project, a Mediterranean-style 1920s manse transformed into an elegant but warm home for architect Sherry McKuin and her young family. We took particular note of the traditional-with-an-edge kitchen.

Let’s take a tour of the space, then scroll down to learn how to recreate the look.

Photography by Laure Joliet, courtesy of Reath Design.

Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen “The kitchen was a total gut,” says McKuin. “In keeping with the period of the house, it had been set off on its own with a pantry and a formal dining room off it. We wanted a bigger, more open plan with an island and eating area.”
Above: “The kitchen was a total gut,” says McKuin. “In keeping with the period of the house, it had been set off on its own with a pantry and a formal dining room off it. We wanted a bigger, more open plan with an island and eating area.”
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Merrill and McKuin like the way the avocado hued stove works with the slight greenish hue of the cabinets and the handmade backsplash tiles.
Above: Merrill and McKuin like the way the avocado-hued stove works with the slight greenish hue of the cabinets and the handmade backsplash tiles.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen   The cabinets are all custom. The counter is Namibia White, a milky marble sourced from a stone yard in the San Fernando Valley. (Note how the kitchen counter on the left drops down a step. Go here to learn why.)
Above:  The cabinets are all custom. The counter is Namibia White, a milky marble sourced from a stone yard in the San Fernando Valley. (Note how the kitchen counter on the left drops down a step. Go here to learn why.)
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Next to the door, in lieu of a mud room, Merrill created a “mud cabinet” with places for coats, backpacks, schoolwork, and lunchboxes.
Above: Next to the door, in lieu of a mud room, Merrill created a “mud cabinet” with places for coats, backpacks, schoolwork, and lunchboxes.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen The bar/coffee station is next to a built in dining alcove.
Above: The bar/coffee station is next to a built-in dining alcove.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Three things to love here: the one handle brass faucet by Watermark, the bullnose edge counter, and the skirt of pleated plum handkerchief linen from Gray Line Linen of NYC, a notable affordable fabric source.
Above: Three things to love here: the one-handle brass faucet by Watermark, the bullnose-edge counter, and the skirt of pleated plum handkerchief linen from Gray Line Linen of NYC, a notable affordable fabric source.

Here’s what you need to steal the look.

Lighting

Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen A single porcelain and brass Surface Light from Current Collection hovers over the kitchen sink.
Above: A single porcelain and brass Surface Light from Current Collection hovers over the kitchen sink.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen A trio of O&#8\2\17;Lampia&#8\2\17;s Arch Picture Lights illuminates the kitchen&#8\2\17;s main wall; available in multiple finishes.
Above: A trio of O’Lampia’s Arch Picture Lights illuminates the kitchen’s main wall; available in multiple finishes.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Pinch&#8\2\17;s Beata Light features a woven straw shade, available in nutmeg (shown) and white and in two sizes; from £595.
Above: Pinch’s Beata Light features a woven straw shade, available in nutmeg (shown) and white and in two sizes; from £595.

Neutrals

Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen The custom cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore&#8\2\17;s Laurel Canyon Beige; the walls are painted White PM \2.
Above: The custom cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore’s Laurel Canyon Beige; the walls are painted White PM-2.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Merrill sourced the custom matchstick blinds from Valley Drapery, but you can find something similar at many well known retailers, including Ikea and Home Depot, which sells this 48 inch wide Natural Cordless Light Filtering Bamboo Roll up Shade by Radiance; \$\24.\1\2.
Above: Merrill sourced the custom matchstick blinds from Valley Drapery, but you can find something similar at many well-known retailers, including Ikea and Home Depot, which sells this 48-inch-wide Natural Cordless Light Filtering Bamboo Roll-up Shade by Radiance; $24.12.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Smink Things&#8\2\17; tiles from the After Lowry Collection in Cream (AL\10) make up the backsplash. For more on Smink Things, see Subtle Imperfections: Screen Printed Ceramic Tiles from a Small Batch London Company.
Above: Smink Things’ tiles from the After Lowry Collection in Cream (AL10) make up the backsplash. For more on Smink Things, see Subtle Imperfections: Screen-Printed Ceramic Tiles from a Small-Batch London Company.

Brass

Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen The kitchen drawer handles are the Gilby Drawer Pulls in Antiqued Brass from Jim Lawrence;  £\1\2.
Above: The kitchen drawer handles are the Gilby Drawer Pulls in Antiqued Brass from Jim Lawrence; £12.
Above: Merrill discovered Futagami’s brass hardware via Remodelista. She bought both their Brass Shelf Brackets ($165 for a pair) and their Brass S-Hooks ($24 for two) at Dar Gitane. Futagami is also sold at Nalata Nalata.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Futagami&#8\2\17;s Brass Towel Bars are available in two sizes; from \$\100 each at Dar Gitane.
Above: Futagami’s Brass Towel Bars are available in two sizes; from $100 each at Dar Gitane.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Newport Brass&#8\2\17;s Chesterfield Bridge Faucet is available in a slew of finishes; from \$\1,090. (See \10 Easy Pieces: Traditional Bridge Faucets.)
Above: Newport Brass’s Chesterfield Bridge Faucet is available in a slew of finishes; from $1,090. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Traditional Bridge Faucets.)

Appliances

Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Bluestar&#8\2\17;s Free Standing 48 Inch Gas Range with Griddle (RNB486GV\2) is available in more than \1,000 colors, including the avocado hue in McKuin&#8\2\17;s kitchen; from \$\10,495.
Above: Bluestar’s Free-Standing 48-Inch Gas Range with Griddle (RNB486GV2) is available in more than 1,000 colors, including the avocado hue in McKuin’s kitchen; from $10,495.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen The Espresso Giotto Timer Evoluzione R by Rocket is \$\2,600 at Seattle Coffee Gear. (Another of Rocket&#8\2\17;s machines made our \10 Best Espresso Machines list.)
Above: The Espresso Giotto Timer Evoluzione R by Rocket is $2,600 at Seattle Coffee Gear. (Another of Rocket’s machines made our 10 Best Espresso Machines list.)

Accessories

Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen Reath Design likes the ceramics on offer at Los Angeles based Lawson Fenning. For a similar, more affordable look, try this Black Pedestal Bowl from CB\2; \$59.95.
Above: Reath Design likes the ceramics on offer at Los Angeles-based Lawson Fenning. For a similar, more affordable look, try this Black Pedestal Bowl from CB2; $59.95.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen For a similar rust colored kitchen towel, try Linge Particulier&#8\2\17;s Linen Dish Towel in Sienna; \$\26 at Nannie Inez.
Above: For a similar rust-colored kitchen towel, try Linge Particulier’s Linen Dish Towel in Sienna; $26 at Nannie Inez.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen This Vintage Brass Bud Vase is just \$\24.50 on Etsy.
Above: This Vintage Brass Bud Vase is just $24.50 on Etsy.
Steal This Look A Los Angeles Architects Low Key but Elegant Kitchen The Wide Weave Leather Basket is \$\178 at Terrain.
Above: The Wide Weave Leather Basket is $178 at Terrain.

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