When design/restauranteur couple Gesa Hansen and Charles Compagnon updated their
French country kitchen, they left the original stoneware checked floor and added oak cabinetry, new appliances, and their own personal lot of antique furniture. Elegant, simple, and distinctly vintage-feeling, the kitchen has many attributes of note. Here, we’ve detailed the key sources that make up the look.
Above: The small kitchen is equipped with an antique drop leaf table and chair, acting as additional counter space or a spot for a small meal. Photograph by Stephanie Füssenich and Nathalie Mohadjer from . Coming Home to Nature Above: The solid oak cabinets are designed by Gesa in collaboration with cabinetmaker Emiliano Schmidt Fiori. Photograph by Stephanie Füssenich and Nathalie Mohadjer from . Coming Home to Nature Materials Above: The kitchen walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White, Gesa’s go-to shade of white. Above: The backsplash tiles are Moroccan zellige tiles in white. For something similar, the Clé Zellige Square Tiles in Moroccan Sea Salt are $19.95 per square foot. For more on this style of tiles see our post 10 Things Nobody Tells You About Zellige. Above: For something similar to the grès cérame (stoneware tile) checked floor original to the kitchen, Fireclay’s 4×4 Square Tiles in Vintage Leather (shown) and Tusk have a similar look with a matte, non-reflective glaze; $30 per square foot for the Vintage Leather and $18 per square foot for the Tusk color. Above: Gesa added a countertop in Rojo Alicante marble, a red-brown marble with white veining that Gesa likes for its warmth and affordability. Appliances & Furniture Above: The range is new, the Smeg Victoria Cooker in Stainless Steel (TR4110IX-1) with an induction cooktop, chosen for energy efficiency and a lesser environmental impact. Above: The wall-mounted range hood is also from Smeg: the Victoria Hood in Stainless Steel (KTR110XE). Above: The KitchenAid Pro Line Stand Mixer 7 Quart, shown in Frosted Pearl White, is $579.95 at Crate & Barrel. Above: The Antique English Oak Drawleaf Table Circa 1900 is $1,595. It’s similar to the furniture from Gesa’s childhood home in the German countryside, originally from an old pub in Ireland. Accessories Above: A similar fruit basket to the ceramic one seen on the countertop is Virginia Sin’s Moth Bowl in Black; $84 at Shoppe Amber Interiors. Above: The Hario Buono Kettle is designed especially for accurate pour over when making drip coffee; $60 at Groundwork. Above: The S-Hooks in the kitchen are Japanese bought from Fabrikat in Switzerland; 14 CHF. Above: The Kungsfors Magnetic Knife Rack Stainless Steel is $17.99 at IKEA. Above: The Light Blue Linen Towel is $15 from Stoffer Home. Above: The Wüsthof Brushed Stainless Kitchen Shears are $55. Above: A Hand-Painted Traditional Portuguese Glazed Terracotta Pitcher is $48.95 at Iberian Import Co. Above: The Sansone Stainless Steel Fusti Tank is $103.99 at Howdy Brewer.
Solid Oak Cabinets Emiliano Schmidt Fiori
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