A Beautiful KITCHEN

Midweek’s greetings! If April showers really do bring May flowers, than we’re off to a great start! For today’s post, I thought about a sunny kitchen that doesn’t look like a kitchen at all. It is a project published a few years ago in Architectural Digest but I unearthed it from my collection because it has a cheery, easy Spring feel to it.

For the kitchen of this Sag Harbor townhouse, New York designer Michael Lee created a space that is both open and bright, a nod to Lee’s Southern California influences. The original room had high ceilings but was closed-off from the rest of the property. Lee opened it up by installing French doors that lead onto a perfectly landscaped patio (the work of Marco Nievera). He also lowered the ceilings and divided the large room into different areas for a friendlier scale and coziness. A striped dhurrie extends into the kitchen’s sitting room where the white sofa and slipcovered chairs contribute to the overall relaxed vibe. Isn’t this fabulous?


Although this is the kitchen, we don’t get to get a close-up of the cabinets/appliances and you can see why – the patio takes center stage! I’m loving all the outdoor furniture – the delicate lines and plump white cushions are a no-fail classic. The views from the sitting-room are beautiful too – sculptural cypress trees and vibrant greens bring the color punch to an otherwise neutral palette. Kitchen goals right there!


The original story appeared in Architectural Digest. Photography by Durston Saylor.



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  1. April 5, 2017 / 11:26 am

    This is just dreamy! I love a room that is so connected to the outdoors.

    • Eva Contreras
      April 5, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth! It feels very Californian 🙂

  2. Jeanne Colmery
    September 28, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    Feels like California for sure! Beautiful setting!!

  3. Jeanne Colmery
    September 28, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Love the openess of this room to the outdoors! Great entertaining spot!!

    • Eva Contreras
      September 29, 2017 / 11:09 am

      Thank you, Jeanne!