Jeff Lewis from the Bravo TV series “Flipping Out” was chosen to design House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2010, and if you’ve been watching his show, then you followed along as he worked on it from start to finish. I was sweating right along with him when he had that impromptu meeting in front of about 50 executives and had to explain his vision for it.
The season finale was Tuesday night and they had the Big Kitchen Reveal at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.
Jeff calls the style of the kitchen California Modern. “It has a tremendous amount of glass and natural light. We put in as many doors and windows as possible.” He was a little worried about how it would be received because it’s much more contemporary than usual for an HB Kitchen of the Year.
The kitchen has open shelving, a CaesarStone island, and a table made from wood that, Jeff says, was “salvaged from the old Vanderbilt polo barn.”
It was definitely in the Jeff-Lewis-Style we’ve all come to know and expect from him. Sometimes I wish there were a few more surprises, though.
The kitchen was open to the public in July. Did any of you get to see it in person?
I’m a fan, but I was a little bored by this season of “Flipping Out.” I did enjoy seeing how all of his design projects turned out in the season finale, though. I love a good before and after. If you like his Valley Oak house, you can see photos of it here.
The “kitchen nook” has plenty of storage in the wall divider for all of the bottled water you could ever possibly need. That seemed a little silly to me, but it maybe it’s part of “California Modern” thing–in case of earthquake, you’re prepared. Maybe you can keep your canned foods and First-Aid Kit somewhere on the wall, too.
What do you think of the Kitchen of the Year? Do you like his “California Modern” style? You can see all of the photos by Tzirel Kaminetzky and read more about it at House Beautiful.
P.S. Jeff’s Valley Oak House is on the Market Just Sold: Photos & Info.