Country Calling .................................. 22
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.
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