Kitchen’s I've seen on the Celebrity Editions of AD that I'm still Thinking about Today
BY ROXY ALLNUTT
If you're not obsessed with Architectural Digest’s Open Door videos, you’re about to be.
4 AUG - 2022
Getting a glimpse inside the mansions of the rich and famous is fascinating for many of us.
If you're not already obsessed with Architectural Digest’s (AD) Open Door videos, please do not approach me when you see me on the street. Getting a glimpse inside the mansions of the rich and famous is fascinating for many of us. The kitchen is often the heart of a home, where families cook, feast, and entertain. I feel the kitchen speaks to the owner's essence, where personality and aesthetics can shine.
Have you ever pondered Dakota Johnson's breakfast routine or what Anne Hathaway prepares for dinner with the family? Yes, me too. I quite often daydream about larger-than-life marble islands, tiled backsplashes, and 'designer’ faucets... It’s okay though, because celebrities aren’t quite like us. Their kitchens and their master suites are allowed to be unquestionably superior. To our delight, we get to take inspiration from these A-listers and drool over the custom work styles by the best designers with the best taste.
I have compiled all of my favourite kitchens seen through the eyes of AD for an easy-to-digest depository for our future multi-million-dollar home(s). You’re welcome.
Starting with the World’s Most Googled Kitchen - Kendall Jenner
Kendal Jenner's Kitchen
Thanks to the skilful incorporation of neutral tones and natural textures, the kitchen embodies a rustic and cosy haven. It is not surprising that supermodel and reality star Kendall Jenner holds the top pole for celebrity kitchen, given its distinctive yet practical layout. We can see why Kendall considers her kitchen the "most used room in the house." I am, however, highly suspicious of this self-proclaimed probable lie, as her cucumber slicing was utterly bewildering to witness. She clearly doesn’t know how to cook to save her life.
Call me nostalgic, my favourite moment is the hanging pots - it's outdated yet down-to-earth. I haven't seen the mechanism since my nana’s first home. Using empty vertical space for something artsy and practical just makes sense.
This Kitchen Definitely Changed My Life - Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson's Kitchen
Johnson's residence tucked away in the Hollywood Hills is a glistening haven for free spirits. Part of what drew Johnson to this mid century modern home was hidden in the trees of a sleepy Los Angeles cul-de-sac. An angel presumably created this olive-green utopia. f you haven't seen the full scope of Johnston’s home, you must. For those 10 minutes, you can pretend you are Dakota Johnson, gliding around your all-green kitchen, not knowing what a teacup saucer is and a big love for an extraordinarily expensive bowl of limes. Magic.
That green was love at first sight and is my favourite colour to this day. I did some serious digging and found that the paint is from Benjamin Moore, and the shade is named ‘Alligator Alley’. Note that for your next kitchen paint refresh.
Serene DIY Scene - Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens' Kitchen
Vanessa Hudgens searched for this Georgian colonial house she now calls home for five years. Hudgens renovated the property after purchasing it in 2018 and worked closely with designer Jake Arnold.
During the pandemic, she took it upon herself to renovate the stunning neutral kitchen. “I thought, ‘why not?’" she explains. "I painted the cabinets, got new marble, and I wanted brass for the knobs and drawer pulls, so I did it myself,” Hudgens asked Ashley Tisdale, her co-star from the High School Musical series for recommendations on where to shop. If you didn’t already know, Tisdale moved away from show biz and is now working as an incredible interior designer. That is just the coolest duo to go kitchen shopping with. It makes me love this space one hundred times more.
Cosy Abode - Travis Barker
Travis Barker's Kitchen
Looking too cute in their matching pyjamas, we get to Travis Barker’s modern and neutral home. He does fit in with the Kardashians' aesthetic. Travis says in the AD interview that he wanted a home that would allow him to think and be at peace with himself. In practical terms, that vision translated into a decidedly subdued colour scheme, instantly inviting and warm. Mid century inspired custom light fixtures and the fresh monotone aesthetic is instantly calming. Multiple wolf wall ovens (dream) and a panelled sub-zero refrigerator (bigger dream) bring this kitchen to the next level.
Classy and Rustic - John Stamos
John Stamos' Kitchen
Next on the favourite list is John Stamos’ Spanish-style aerie. The kitchen is modern but rustic thanks to the furnishings, which include black cabinets and a reclaimed-wood table for preparation. This Architectural Digest special involves twelve minutes of Stamos sharing heart-melting moments with his wife. Memories from the kitchen among other gorgeous moments, “we cook in the kitchen and outside, where I have a pizza oven. We had pizza on our first date”. Too sweet.
The dark cabinetry displays a collection of collectable silverware, while the custom wood island sits perfectly in the middle. I applaud you, John. I’d be the happiest wife cruising in this home.