Tuesday, March 29, 2011

barefoot contessa

The Barefoot Contessa, aka Ina Garten, is my favorite Food Network chef/personality.  I love her show, her recipes, and her house.  There is something about her that I aspire to be like. I have been trying for so long to figure exactly what it is, and while I still don't have a definitive answer, I think it has something to do with authenticity.  From her recipes to her home, Ina focuses on quality and simplicity in everything she does.  There are no gimmicks here.  Just really delicious food. 

photos by Quentin Bacon from www.barefootcontessa.com
Of course, I am also enamored with Ina's kitchen.  Ina and interior designer Robert Stilin renovated her barn kitchen for House Beautiful's 2009 Kitchen of the Year.   It feels welcoming, elegant, classic and modern all at once.  If I ever have a house, I would want the kitchen to feel bright like Ina's:

A high faucet and cutting board that fits right into the sink.  Plus herbs in terra cotta pots and bowls of lemons and limes to give an earthy feel.

A beautiful display of cake stands and silver coffee pots in open shelving.

A great way to store/display spices.  I love the uniform containers!

A beautiful table.  Ina loves to repeat lots of the same, so instead of having one big bouquet she has lots of little ones going down the length of the table.

A cozy sitting area in the kitchen!  Why not? If I lived in Ina's house, I'd want to spend all of my time in the kitchen too!

all kitchen photos by Julian Wass