Ina Garten designed her new kitchen and 'dream pantry' after 25 years – and it is worth the wait
Complete with a Lacanche stove and a picture-perfect pantry – the Food Network host has the country kitchen she deserves
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Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten has shaped the nation's culinary habits for over two decades – but she has only recently achieved the kitchen of her 'dreams.'
The author and Food Network personality shared a look inside the renovated space in her home in East Hampton, NY– and it's inevitably set the bar for country kitchen ideas that will struggle to fall out of vogue.
'During the Pandemic, I gave myself a project of renovating my kitchen, which I actually hadn't done in 25 years,' Ina says.
'I built my dream pantry and bought my favorite Lacanche stove, plus lots of food photographs and a great view of the garden. It's so much fun testing recipes in my new kitchen.'
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Ina's new kitchen is the perfect blend of a quintessential country aesthetic with contemporary amenities and finishes – including, not least, the aforementioned black Lacanche (opens in new tab) stove.
Featuring luxe golden fixtures and two ovens (one gas and one electric), the French-designed appliance is a chef's dream – but it doesn't come cheap (with models similar to Ina's costing over $10,000).
Copper and silver non-stick pans hang conveniently above the Lacanche and another French icon: a 'meringue'-hued Le Creuset Dutch Oven, which you can shop for below.
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This enameled cast iron oven delivers unrivaled heat distribution and retention that cooks your favorite recipes to perfection. Then, once the cooking is complete, the easy-to-clean and durable enamel is said to resist dulling, staining, chipping, and cracking – so you can use it for years to come.
Alongside its cooking appliances and crockery, the also space serves as a trove of stylish countertop ideas – showcasing a Calacatta Gold marble with its distinctive white Italian marble with gray and gold veining. The countertops pair with light gray kitchen cabinets that complement the marble.
And, it's understandable to notice why Ina Garten labeled her pantry as a 'dream.' This space (in the first image) offers a newfound source of pantry organization tips, as seen through how she stocks her crockery, pots, and wicker mats that are piled eclectically but nonetheless neatly.
This pantry shows us that we shouldn't be scared to put some personality in even the most organized of spaces – because individuality could be the secret to a 'dream' space, after all.
Ina has accessorized with a selection of color cookbooks (no doubt including one of her own titles), a circular chopping board, and decanted flour ready to be used with the adjacent utensils. The cook has also injected color via a mini gallery wall, fittingly exhibiting vegetables, herbs, and baked goods.
In the fourth photo, Ina has decorated with beautiful purple anemones and blossoms in glass vases atop her kitchen island. The picture overlooks her garden, featuring a manicured series of hedges and orange trees (possibly suggesting she documented the shot in autumn following the renovation).
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This New York Times Bestseller sees America’s favorite home cook present delicious recipes perfect for every night of the week. The repertoire of recipes is said to 'turn out perfectly every time.'
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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