Good Taste: 5 Lovely Country Kitchen Designs

Lemonade and cookies anyone?

Why is it that so many of us dream of living in the country? Perhaps it’s the promise of escaping the hustle and bustle, or the automatic relaxation that comes from driving towards the horizon with no agenda. Even if you’re firmly rooted in the city, be inspired by these country-style kitchens to create a spacious sanctuary at the heart of your home.

Hawks Beard, Sonoma 

countrykitchen-napaandsonoma_hawksbeard_09Welcome to casual, elegant California living at its finest. Just a stone’s throw from downtown Sonoma, where you’ll find cute cafés and charming shops awaits Hawks Beard. This comfortable home is exactly what you’ll crave after an afternoon of wine tasting with your best pals; a hot tub, al fresco dining area and fire pit were made for sipping on wine while retelling the day’s events in mind. The cooking enthusiasts in the group can take to this stellar kitchen – complete with a wine fridge, of course – to prepare dinner.
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Hancock Park Estate, Los Angeles 

country-kitchens-hancockpark-estate-1A break from the ultra-modern style of many Los Angeles homes is Hancock Park Estate, a classic red brick home with architecture you might expect to find in upstate New York. We love the soft gray/blue color scheme that blends perfectly with the checkered tiled floors in this space, plus the unique the circular designs on the glass cabinetry. Our favorite aspect is the Los Angeles sunshine that pours through the pretty windows. In more typical L.A. fashion, this kitchen may be too pristine for cooking… shall we order in?
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Spinaltermine, Umbria 

countrykitchens-umbria_spinaltermine_07When in Italy, food rules all – so it only makes sense that kitchen here are usually simple and practical, ensuring that the fresh produce, homemade pasta and historic wines get your full attention. This minimalist, rustic kitchen has a quintessential country essence with the wood beamed ceilings, not to mention the bright antique windows framing Italy’s lush rolling hills beyond. Step outside of the villa to find one of the prettiest al fresco dining areas in all of Umbria and get ready to eat every meal outdoors.
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Chalet de Glisse, Megeve 

countrykitcehens-frenchalps_chaletdeglisse_08Here’s one for the Pinterest board: this cozy chalet kitchen is all about the understated details. The combination of playful mint and pops of turquoise plus against neutral greys make for a space that’s ultra stylish, yet not too serious. Adorable details like jars filled with treats and candies make this the go-to spot after a journey out hiking the Alps; who wouldn’t want to sip on freshly-squeezed lemonade or bite into some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies around this kitchen island? Pin it!
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Fleurs de Provence, Alpilles 

countrykitchens-provence-fleursdeprovence--07All of the rumors you’ve been hearing about Provence are true: it really is as dreamy as it sounds. The sensory delights of the French countryside don’t stop at the lavender fields: historic homes like Fleurs de Provence are sure to inspire you just as much. Cycle around the area’s wineries and grab some fresh goodies at the market before coming home to the wonderful grounds of your villa, complete with pear trees, fountains and streams. The picture-perfect al fresco kitchen boasts a wood-fired oven that promises to make your Provence foodie dreams come true.
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Colleen McNamara