Tour Leanne Ford’s Dreamy California Kitchen

When designer Leanne Ford decided to renovate her historic Los Angeles residence, she sought to create an aesthetic that celebrated the storybook whimsy of the home, with its beautiful ivy on the brick and magical old windows. To highlight the old-school charm of the kitchen, she opted for traditional cabinets and soapstone countertops, while keeping the home’s original blue floor tile. She also kept the kitchen’s existing footprint to evoke the feeling that the space has always been there.

Between the time Leanne ordered the kitchen cabinets and when they arrived, she moved the sink to look out onto the home’s little lagoon pool. With plumbing for two basins, she decided to install two sustainable, artisan-crafted Farmhouse 3018 sinks from Native Trails, and use the second one for ice and drinks. She tapped a friend to cut apart her favorite table and turn it into the cabinet front for the sink under the window, bringing extra character through a well-loved, repurposed piece.

With one of the house’s two fireplaces around the corner, casting light for a warm and inviting ambience, Leanne’s kitchen strikes a balance between preserving the original character of the home and creating a new experience through different elements.

Images courtesy of Amy Neunsinger.

For more like this kitchen from Leanne Ford, be sure to check out these five kitchens as seen in the 202 fall issue of ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine.

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