These sophisticated light-filled kitchens feel fresh and original
The community of Windsor, on a lush barrier island in Florida, offers elegant casual seaside living at its best. The sublimely landscaped village boasts houses by A-list architects and top designers. The exteriors, Anglo-Caribbean in style, feature steeply pitched roofs, open eaves, cantilevered balconies and palm-shaded courtyards and pools. The interiors range in style from contemporary to traditional. A beautiful new book, Beachside, published by Vendome, with photographs by Jessica Klewicki Glynn, presents a wide array of the houses, organised room by room. From bougainvillea-framed entrances to airy living and dining rooms, to bedrooms and bathrooms with stunning ocean views, it will inspire anyone yearning for a stylish coastal life.
Even the homes with the grandest formal dining rooms often also boast spacious kitchen islands, intimate breakfast nooks, or tables drawn up to comfy banquettes where dining can feel just as fabulous for a smaller group. In one kitchen, graphic wallpaper and woven stools keep stainless appliances and crisp white cabinetry from feeling cold. In another, a bold blue artwork overlooking graphic counter stools in a similar hue is sure to elevate even the most lowbrow takeout cartons.
For residents of Windsor who love to cook, kitchens, like the rest of the house, are conceived with the prefect balance between functional ease and stylistic expression. If you are going to be washing dishes, the task is ever so much more pleasant if the sink overlooks a courtyard pool. If you’re in need of somewhere to corral your collection of pots and pans, make it a sculptural overhead pot rack topped with potted plants. Or take the expression of form and function to the extreme, as one owner did, with a display kitchen with handsome stools and chic pendants and a prep one, tucked away behind a far wall.
A sculptural counterbalance pendant by Florian Schulz over the island to add dimension and dynamism to the all-white kitchen.
The long, linear island in the kitchen echoes the shape of painting, which the residents commissioned from Buenos Aires-based artist Fernando O’Connor.
The patterned tile on the walls of a Leah Muller-designed kitchen lends a textural effect in keeping with the woven-rattan counter stools.
This kitchen features a ceiling in pale blue, the shade common on porch ceilings in the American South, rooted in the Creole tradition of warding off evil spirits.
A cheerful yellow tile backsplash pairs well with open cabinets backed in Benjamin Moore’s Bird’s Egg blue, a striking backdrop for assorted white serving dishes.
In this kitchen, the living, kitchen and dining areas converge under a vaulted ceiling.
In a breakfast nook, windows open up to lush tropical greenery.
Ever party-ready, this kitchen houses a selection of silver, both collected and inherited from family.
In this kitchen, a dramatic stainless-steel pot rack is topped with an array of houseplants to add texture.
Pre-order Beachside, by Hadley Keller, with photography by Jessica Klewicki Glynn, published by Vendome Press, now. Signature Edition or via Amazon.
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