An elegant and hardworking space is full of natural light, engaging surfaces, and clever details.
Written and produced by Darra Baker
Photography by Karyn Millet
Spending time in Susan and Bob Feldman’s Hollywood Hills, California, kitchen is totally relaxing. Just sitting at their kitchen table brings on the kind of calm one has when all of life’s details have been well taken care of. That laid-back ambience didn’t just happen, however. When Bob and Susan, who is a cofounder and chief merchandising officer of the online home decor site One Kings Lane, were ready to renovate their kitchen, they called on kitchen design expert Carla Smith.
The Los Angeles designer oversaw all the functional details, so that Bob and Susan would have room to work comfortably and happily together. Thanks to Smith, they can effortlessly move around the rounded limestone-topped island, slice up a Caprese salad, or throw juicy steaks on the new nearby deck barbecue grill with nary a bump, cabinet clash, or needless lap around the island. Inch by inch, cabinet and appliance details were so well planned that home-cooked dinners—for two or 40—are smoother than the polished Carrara marble that runs along the counters and up the walls.
Kitchen designer: Carla Smith, Hub of the House, 420 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048; 310/652-2332, hubofthehouse.com.