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Do you cook?
I do, mostly for dinner. I cook everything from brisket to roast chicken to lasagna. My kids are amazing eaters and they love vegetables, which is great. I recently introduced them to Brussels sprouts, and they loved it. In our family, food is always something that brings us together. Its also an opportunity to explore new things. I always tell the kids: Just try it once. You cant tell me you dont like something unless you try it. That goes for food, and that goes for life.
Tell me about the color red in your kitchen. It starts at the door.
Yes, the door was already red when we bought the house. I thought it was so much fun and cheerful, this fire engine-red door. So we took that and brought it inside. Im not afraid of bold color. Recently, we had to redo the banquette because it was filthy from years of my children dumping things on it. And we were going to change the fabric to something black and white, but I just couldnt do it. I need my red. It makes it happy.
And whats with the cows?
I dont necessarily have any particular love of cows. My first was the big one on the wall. I thought it was kind of playful and unexpected, welcoming and friendly. And it makes me feel like Im never alone in the room. I think when you pick something, whether its an animal or a color, antique dishes or unusual mugs, and you collect them it shows a little window into your personality.
Whats your favorite appliance in the kitchen?
Well, I dont drink coffee so its not the coffee maker. Im not really attached to any of the appliances. But one of my favorite things in here is my wall calendar. Its a simple dry-erase calendar I got from Pottery Barn Kids about a year ago. It tells everybody in the house everything thats going on. If I have to travel, or my husband has to travel, or if we have to go out for an evening. If there are doctor appointments. When camp starts. When school starts. Doctor phone numbers. Grandparent phone numbers. Aunt and uncle phone numbers. Also, we write out a menu for the week and everybody has input. That way, nobody can complain when dinner gets put on the table because everybody has had a say. Having three young boys, you just need to be organized. The calendar keeps me nice and calm. The countertops are white marble, usually a no-no in kitchen design.
We have Carrera gold marble countertops. People thought it was a little crazy because they said they would get stained. But I have not found that to be the truth. Its classic and modern. I think its really important when youre designing a kitchen to do things that are timeless, that youre not going to tire of. A kitchen is a very large investment. You want to make sure it will have staying power. So I like picking things that are elegant and classic, then throwing in the cows and the red to have fun.
You also have family photographs everywhere.
I love being surrounded by pictures. And I want my children to be exposed to all the members of their family even if they live in other places. So I cover my walls with great, happy faces and it keeps everybody together. It keeps everybody close.
One of your most recent work projects was the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. Is there a connection between your kitchen and theirs?
I think the way in which people eat has changed. The trend has gone more toward less formality in eating. At the Wynwood Kitchen the concept is all about small plates and lots of different flavors, a very social thing. We wanted to create a place that was welcoming, inviting, and friendly but that still has a wow pop of flavor when you eat and a wow pop when you look around and see the world-class art. Theres a lot of excitement and energy. I think its how I approach my home life. Theres a lot of excitement and energy in my house and in my kitchen.