Think of Stanley Tucci, and thoughts of his kitchen are sure to follow. The actor turned his gray-blue kitchen into something of a social-media staple – often seen in his backdrop as he shares recipes with the world. However, with summer upon us, it was only a matter of time before Stanley went al-fresco – and that day finally arrived.
The Academy Award nominee (known for The Devil Wears Prada and CNN's The Searching For Italy) shared footage from his urban backyard – where style and practicality work harmoniously.
Notable features include the lush privacy planting that effectively screens the yard and a wooden dining table with ample room for entertaining. However, if we were to pick a focal point, it would be Stanely's outdoor kitchen – a practical (but beautiful space) fronting garden trends this 2023.
So, Stanley Tucci has an outdoor kitchen, and we inevitably want one too – but as Mor Krisher, head of design at Caesarstone, explains, we are not alone in our craving for this feature. 'The outdoor kitchen market is growing rapidly, and we have seen an increasing desire for year-round garden entertaining,' he says.
The kitchen is visible (in its entirety) in the backdrop below – complete with light gray stone countertops and a wooden backsplash that complement the yard's wooden fencing.
Naturally, Stanley's chosen materials have their aesthetic appeal, but as Mor explains, they were chosen with practicality and durability in mind – and we should do the same.
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'Don't make the mistake of choosing the wrong material. Natural stone, such as marble, is highly susceptible to staining, especially in a high-traffic, exposed area such as your outdoor kitchen,' he comments. 'Plus, to avoid substantial staining further, you would have to seal your natural stone surfaces at least annually.'
Mor is the head of design at Caesarstone – a global leader in premium surfaces specializing in worktops that create dynamic and inspiring spaces around the home. Mor, along with the brand, aims to deliver timeless beauty with functional resilience, designing surfaces for a vast range of indoor and outdoor applications..
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Cosentino's architectural and design expert, Andres Alonso, mirrors the importance of choosing a material that will endure the elements over time.
'When designing an outdoor kitchen, the use of durable materials that will not be damaged by the elements is imperative,' he adds. 'Surfaces that last whilst maintaining their integrity and beauty is essential.' He recommends ensuring your stone has a high resistance to sudden temperature changes and high UV protection – especially if residing in sunnier climates.
For some backyard reading, we're picking up Stanley's latest book from Amazon below.
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Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. 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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