For the Master Chef

How’s this for a kitchen?!

While the white brick-laid tile walls and oil paintings suspended from dainty wall lamps with red rope may give this space quite a provincial feel, the black and gold oven is anything but. These La Cornue cooking ranges are the ultimate in sophistication with their extraordinary, bespoke craftsmanship and they’re also jaw-droppingly expensive – they cost up to $500,000 each so I don’t think I’ll be getting one in this lifetime!

The marble topped bar doesn’t come cheaply either but, as always, the beauty is in the detail. The soft texture of the honed Carrara marble is beautiful and smooth to the touch and together with the softly paneled joinery under the bench top, they gently anchor the kitchen so it’s an inviting, warm space, rather than intimidating.

Being unobtrusive in both colour and texture, the bar is the perfect foil for the roughly hewn wooden stools and the pomegranates spilling over the timber chopping board add to the rustic and casual atmosphere.

The three understated but beautifully detailed black and white pendant lights over the bar tie in perfectly with the three domed ceiling lights with their fishnet patterned opaque glass and I really like how they bring the detail of the black, ribbon trimmed Roman blinds into focus.

I thought the marble trim around the range hood was another a subtle and clever touch. It softens the stainless steel splash back and the movement in the stone is a natural extension of the foliage we glimpse through the colonial windows which sit atop the molded wall panels. Even though the profiles of the wall and ceiling moldings are simple and unassuming, they add another layer of luxury to this beautiful kitchen – taking it from simple to something special.

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