I'm a pushover for dark woods with an assertive grain. No doubt that's why this photo made it into my files in the first place. Although its cabinetry still appeals to me, I've now got a few reservations about other aspects of the room. The concrete-like wall treatment stretches the materials palette too far. Working at the under-lit, wall-bound sink threatens to be a rather depressing experience. And commercial-style range hoods are just over, for me. Perhaps my disillusion is rooted in the still-overcast weather we've been enduring. bakesandcompany.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.