Home Decorating The Butler Did It

There are interior designs that make us giddy, that leave our jaws slack with awe, or that inspire wild shopping sprees to amass all the incredible pieces we see in pictures. And then there are designs that reduce us to gibbering piles of decorating lunacy, ready to gut our homes in an effort to replicate a room. This kitchen, friends, is one of those rooms.

Featured in the November 2011 issue of House Beautiful, this Birmingham, Alabama, beauty, masterminded by Bates Corkern Studio, is pretty much everything you could want in a kitchen. We’re smitten with the gorgeous limed oak cabinetry and paneling, in a big, blocky, gridlike pattern along one wall and the pantry doors. The recycled wide-plank oak floors and oak island, topped with white marble, add a bit of contrast and character to the modern lines and reflective surfaces of the stainless-steel appliances. Add in miles of countertop prep space, exposed beams, a La Cornue stove, and substantial iron hardware and fixtures, and we’re melting.

…And then we find the butler’s pantry. Sigh. An original 1920s icebox-style refrigerator (painted to complement the rest of the house), a warming oven, and a utility sink with a distinctive S-shaped divider. Yep, that did it for us. What are your favorite elements in this room?

 

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