Palette and Palate, Satisfied

Thanksgiving seems to inspire a spate of ultra-traditional, home-and-hearth type interiors in the design media. That's all well and good, but I'm in the mood for something in the contemporary vein, like this kitchen in California. That double-height tiled wall puts me in mind of leaves falling [which they did aplenty this week, here in the northeast], with its staggered pattern of earthy tones. And the hanging cabinets are rather fun: limned in wood, boldly positioned and brightly lit, they bring a witty style to the space.