Designer Barbara Barry knows the power of subtlety. In this Corona del Mar house, she designs with natural and soothing and ethereal tones in mind. The kitchen was bright white, but because it got constant light from the garden, Barry mellowed it with "a shadowy color, one you can't quite describe — mushroomy, taupey, tree-barky. I love colors you can't describe," she says. "It instantly made the room warmer like a room than a kitchen." Cabinets are painted Farrow & Ball's Light Gray.
With its 1930s hanging fixtures from Remains Lighting, the kitchen looks older than it is. A Shaw's Original Apron sink and Rohl faucets add to the effect, as does a "vintage" toaster from Williams-Sonoma. Photo by John Kernick - HouseBeautiful.com