Landed Homes & Inteirors Designed This San Francisco Kitchen to Look Like a Home in the English Countryside
“I wanted to feel like I was living in a country house in the middle of England.” Emphasis on feeling. Michelle L. Morby – painter, photographer, and stationery enthusiast – actually planned a rebirth of the tiny kitchen in her San Francisco home. An enclosed conservatory at the rear was torn out to make room (the former kitchen, one room away, was converted into a hidden guest toilet to fix the plumbing.) Designer Lynn Kloythanomsup from Landed Interiors & Homes brought together countless contemporary details to make the fantasy come true. And the house cooperated.
“It’s a craft house from 1914,” explains Kloythanomsup. “It’s kind of a loose language, so it was just about how you can make it more country.” A potpourri of materials conjures up the “dilapidated” atmosphere that Morby wanted, but still feels classy and durable: lacquered wooden floors, built-in cupboards, exposed bricks, nickel fittings, a custom plate rack inspired by Downton Abbey and Calacatta marble in an elegant . ends offset Dupont edge. An antique Swedish butcher’s block on casters has been rolled up to be used exactly as its maker intended.
An artist friend of the homeowner Michelle L. Morby, Jonathan Anzalone, made the combination of drying rack and shelf from a piece of reclaimed maple.
To keep the room tidy, the refrigerator was moved to an adjoining (and spacious) hallway, which also houses the walk-in pantry. Morby can now bring groceries through her front door and drop it off in this “Pantry Hall” without messing up the kitchen. Additionally, what looks like a bookcase in the hallway is actually a Murphy door that swings open to reveal the hidden powder room.
The kitchen is not huge, but it is supposed to be teeming with food and guests. A small sewing table and built-in banquet seat provide just enough space for someone to sit and help prepare dinner – or just keep Morby company while she does something wonderful – but more are always happier. “She always has friends and cooks,” says Kloythanomsup. “She loves to have an artist salon.”
Drawer handles, salvaged from a pharmacy from the 18th century, the lights in the school building on dimmers can be turned on or turned down to make the atmosphere more atmospheric for the guests. Lights: Original BTC (above the sink) and Lucent Lampworks (overhead). Floor: painted by Caroline Lizarraga. Island: Swedish butcher block from the 20th century, 1stDibs.
“I originally thought, ‘Oh, let’s go black,’” recalls Morby. “And Lynn said: ‘If we do blue, it will be warm!’ And the color is perfect. ” Window: Pella, in railing, Farrow & Ball. Fittings and Apron sink: Waterworks.
Checkerboard white lacquered hardwood floors connect the two rooms to make them feel continuous, and putting the Sub-Zero in the hallway frees up valuable square feet in the kitchen. What looks like a bookcase is the bathroom door on the left. Background: William Morris, Scissors & Windows. Follower: Barry Dixon for Arteriors (discontinued). Chair: Vintage, by Elsie Green.
“To get back to PBS, a huge topic, I saw a lot of crime novels from the time and I knew I wanted a secret door,” says Morby. Lighting: Nicky Kehoe. Mirrors: custom, TukiTukDesign, Etsy. Wall cladding: Lindsay P. Butterfield, Trustworth Studios. Bookcase door: Murphy door. Sink: Signature hardware. Water tap: Rejuvenation.
For the walls, the designer chose a classic red brick, but since it was only for the look, it went wrong. “It’s like a thin brick tile,” she explains.
Condiments, dishes and even a selection of wines are steps away from the main kitchen.
“I thought, why do I have to have those stupid dividers in the drawer?” Says Morby. “I hate these things.” Hence, Kloythanomsup used restaurant style cans to make each utensil easier to access. Furniture: Custom, Landed Interiors & Homes, manufactured by California Interior.
Keeping the refrigerator away from the kitchen left just enough room for a small bench and table. Material: Ticking Stripe, Perennials. Table: 1920s French, 1stDibs. To paint: Wild Horse, Wild Horse by Faye Moorhouse. Wall lamps: EB Studios, 1stDibs.
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Contractor: CF general construction. Prop stylist: CJ Sandgren.
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