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Get the Look: California-Style Kitchen

We love the relaxed, welcoming appeal of West-Coast style – and the kitchen is the room that Californians do best. With plenty of windows to let in abundant natural light, and a simple, cool color scheme focusing on bright white and natural wood, this open space at Villa Carneros in Sonoma invites gatherings big or small – from drawn out family brunches to a cheese and wine tasting with friends. Here’s how to get the look:

Oversized Island

The kitchen island is key to the West Coast look. Here, an integrated sink makes food prep easy and the extra width means there’s ample room for people to gather around and chat while the chef gets to work. Ask around for a local recommendation for a custom cabinet maker, or try a company like Crown Point Cabinetry.

Painted Bar Stools

These shabby-chic stools inject a pop of color to the space and break up the dominant expanse of natural wood. The different colors are playful without looking too try-hard. You can trawl your local antiques market for similar pieces, or try these pre-distressed versions from Pier 1.

Kilim Rugs

Traditional kilims bring a warmth to any room, and the flat weave makes them practical in high-traffic areas too. Kilims come in many different shapes, sizes and colors, so take the time to find one that is perfect for you. If you don’t have the time for a jaunt to Istanbul to pick one up, try browsing the options at

 Task Lighting

With an entire wall of windows, this kitchen has natural light in abundance, but recessed ceiling spots and ambient lighting over the central island help to create a warm atmosphere after sunset. Brass and frosted glass fixtures add a vintage element – you can find a similar style at Pottery Barn.

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Jenny Cahill-Jones