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A tal­ented cou­ple build a cozy kitchen with so­phis­ti­cated Euro­pean sen­si­bil­i­ties.

in­te­rior de­signer De­sireé Ash­worth once asked her hus­band, Matt. His an­swer, of course, was no—and that was all the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion De­sireé needed to thread pale blues and greens through­out the cou­ple’s Utah home. The pal­ette shines in the home’s kitchen, where a dis­tinc­tive Euro­pean air reigns in the mountain cot­tage they de­signed and built.

Timeless mo­tifs and a hushed pal­ette give the home an ele­gant sim­plic­ity, yet the rus­tic tex­tures of old iron lanterns, beamed and barn­wood-lined ceil­ings, re­claimed-wood built-ins, and gray-washed wood floors are re­minders that this home has de­cid­edly ru­ral roots. “I like the jux­ta­po­si­tion of rough and re­fined,” De­sireé says.

As the Ash­worths planned their home, they agreed that liv­abil­ity was com­pat­i­ble with style. “I want peo­ple to feel com­fort­able,” De­sireé says. That’s es­pe­cially im­por­tant in a fam­ily with young chil­dren, who are free to put their feet up on the re­claimed-wood ta­bles and whose fin­ger­prints don’t show on the gray trim through­out the house. “We wanted the whimsy of a coun­try house, and to em­brace the im­per­fec­tion of things,” De­sireé says.

Open shelves, rather than cab­i­nets, lend the kitchen a ca­sual, im­per­fect look that ex­udes cot­tage charm while nod­ding to the French pref­er­ence for liv­ing with every­day items within easy reach. Glazed sub­way tiles in a seafoam hue stretch from coun­ter­top to ceil­ing, pro­vid­ing sooth­ing color for the space as well as a so­phis­ti­cated back­drop for show­cas­ing white dishes.

In the end, the Ash­worths’ at­tach­ment to Euro­pean style is part love of de­sign and part de­vo­tion to life­style. “De­sign is about what you feel when you first walk into a room,” De­sireé says. “When you ap­proach it from your heart, your home be­comes a re­flec­tion of what’s inside.” The kitchen’s po­plar is­land was stained to match the doors through­out the house. Mar­ble coun­ter­tops, honed for a soft patina, of­fer a look from the past.

"Do you ever get tired of the color of the grass or the sky ?"

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