Life has been on the fast lane this week, with several home projects wrapping up, craft festivals, trips to the library, playdates…Before I even realized, autumn has set in, the days got shorter, warm jackets and rain boots are out and my to-do list exploded. I promised you a look at our living room projects and we’re almost done with the bookcases and painting so, probably by mid-next week, I’ll manage to write a blog post with details and pictures.?
For today, since it’s Friday and we’re all looking forward to some weekend R&R, maybe even a few delicious home-cooked meals,? I thought we’d revisit together, virtually of course, the much-admired barn of celebrity chef Ina Garten, the queen of home-cooking.? I know, I know…you’ve probably seen it only a million times before, but it’s so pretty and I’ve got some new images of the interiors ?that I’m sure you won’t mind. Her show is one of the few things we watch on TV (except PBS Kids of course ?? ) and I’m always trying to catch a glimpse of the decor. The episodes where she entertains outdoors and we get to see her amazing gardens are my favorite.?
As you may know, Ina’s barn was built on an adjacent plot to their main house, that she and Jeffrey bought when it came on the market. It’s walking distance from their house and was inspired by the simple country homes of Belgium. Architect Frank Greenwald is responsible for the build, while the interiors were designed by Robert Stilin with a new library/hangout space addition by Daniel Romualdez.??
The entire space is soothing and designed mostly in tans and whites, with natural wood and a few wonderful antiques. Ina loves Flemish and Swedish influences and it’s apparent in the overall refined, rustic simplicity of the space.
The rough-hewn beams in the open kitchen and dining area bring character and warmth to the space, while the clean-lined fireplace with minimalist details adds a masculine note. The style of her kitchen has been copied over and over again, it was even House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year a few years back. It’s any home-cook’s dream although wiping down an 8-foot counter is serious workout.
Over time, the oval table pictured above was replaced with a long trestle farm table. It is a wonderful piece with patina and texture and this image below from Ina’s Instagram perfectly shows the mix of wood, glass and linen… Ina loves flowers but potted orchids are her favorite.
The art work above the mantel has since been replaced with a photograph of the Namibian Desert…
The two doors flanking the kitchen?previously led to the gardens. The barn has since been extended to house Ina’s massive collection of cookbooks.?It is also where many entertaining scenes are filmed in the recent seasons.
The same door now open, gives us a peek into the library…
Ina cooking with Bobby Flay…
…and Tyler Florence. The Axel Vervoordt cabinets are incredible, clean-lined and white, with open shelving for easy access.
Rows of builtin shelves line the library walls…
The pantry is equipped with Metro shelves that store cookware and utensils.
Off of the main bedroom, Ina has a cozy work station:
I hope you enjoyed today’s revisit of Ina Garten’s barn. The images from today’s post are from House Beautiful, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine and The Food Network. For more information about Ina’s latest projects, please tune in on The Food Network or follow her on Instagram.
Wishing you a great weekend!