Particularly if it's this "barn" on Ina Garten's property in the Hamptons.
Barefoot Contessa's kitchen that was replicated in Rockefeller Center as House Beautiful's 2009 Home of the Year. I can't help sharing yet another of her spaces because I'm currently obsessed with kitchen design as I give my own a little facelift, and I love how pretty, yet functional, her kitchens are. Ina Garten is known for her simple, fresh approach to cooking, and apparently this is her home design philosphy as well.
I'm a big fan of a large dining area that is open to the kitchen so while you cook, you can chat with your guests. In this design I really like that the cook's workspace is along one wall so guests are on the other side of the island and not underfoot. Friends and family can chat with you, help you chop veggies, and enjoy the brie and fresh fruit you've put out for them, all while not being in the way.
While I'm really not a fan of this fireplace I adore one in a kitchen/eating area.
See that door above on the right? Look what it leads to:
a simple, organized open pantry. Love the casual feel of this space. It's made for someone who actually enjoys cooking and uses these items frequently.
And then the dining space - bright and cheerful for everyday living, big enough to have a dinner party (or superbowl party!)
Then there's the patio that features stone walls for lingering with a glass of wine, and, of course, a fire pit for toasting marshmallows with the kids and chatting around long into the evening.
Wouldn't you love to be a guest at this barn? You could relax with your coffee and a book in this cozy nook in the bedroom.......
and then you could come visit Shine Your Light from this sweet little spot!
My refreshed kitchen won't exactly be Ina's, but hopefully I can incorporate some her form and function into the room. Despite the fact that my little darlings are home today, I'm off to finish painting cabinets - wish me luck that there will be no more snow days for my kiddos until it's done!
Have a wonderful day!