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4 design ideas that will give your kitchen a feeling of freshness

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“Everyone touches the kitchen,” says Pamela Shamshiri. Before the start of the working day, you will find the main designer of Iranian origin in her “office kitchen” making a Persian breakfast: feta cheese, eggs and “lots of things to snack on for hours” . The enviable space, nestled inside a 1920s Spanish colonial building on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, is the heart of Studio Shamshiri, a widely admired multidisciplinary design firm opened by Shamshiri and his brother, Ramin, in 2016. As much a storyteller as she is a designer, Shamshiri’s narrative and research-driven approach comes to life in both residential buildings (like Anne Hathaway’s historic California country house) and commercial properties (like the eccentric, more is more, the Maison de la Luz hotel in New Orleans). After a year of almost constant cooking and working from our dining tables, our kitchens are starting to feel as tired as we do. Experts at bringing any space to life, we asked Shamshiri to teach us how to mix metals, balance form and function, and incorporate natural materials like wood and slate.


1. Commit to color

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When updating an existing kitchen, a little bit of color works wonders. In this Manhattan home, Shamshiri added new facades to the developers’ standard cabinetry and painted them an unexpected shade of mustard. Want something similar? Try Backdrop’s Pablo Honey.

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Pablo Honey Paint Backdrop

Wooden counter and bar stools


2. Lean into the woods

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“We are turning more and more to wood,” says Shamshiri, who finds the natural grain of bleached walnut or oiled oak to be timeless. At this La Jolla, Calif. Home, Shamshiri complements wood cabinetry with green slate countertops and metals like copper Waterworks faucets and a stainless steel Wolf Dual Fuel range.

Have the look:

Crue Kitchen Faucet by Kohler in Brass

Crue Kitchen Faucet by Kohler

Brighton wooden floating shelf

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3. Work around the problem

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Traditionally used to hide plumbing or storage in country kitchens, sink skirts “can hide a lot of things,” Shamshiri says of the vintage Indonesian fabric she hung under the kitchen sink in her. LA office. Do-it-yourselfers can use a tension rod and a sewing machine.

Have the look:

Moroccan artisan tile ZELLIGE cut by hand

Indonesian hand-woven fabric


4. Mix your metals

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Top quality gear doesn’t have to sacrifice style. For Anne Hathaway’s home in Ojai, Calif., Shamshiri opted for a handcrafted La Cornue Chateau 120 range with a pale gray finish and mixed metal trim. But she will often go even more daring, choosing luminous devices from Lacanche. (We also love Smeg.)

Have the look:

Mauviel 10 “Copper Frying Pan

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Barber Wilson Pot Filler

Barber Wilson swing arm pot filler

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