Anne Otterson, a passionate home cook from La Jolla, California, had convenience at the top of her list when she designed her friendly, functional kitchen. “Everything is right where I need it,” she says. “I can even pull open drawers with my foot when I’m at the stove, if I have to.”
She probably doesn’t have to. Besides being an accomplished cook, Anne is an architecture enthusiast with a keen eye for scale, plan, and line. A set-in knife block is directly adjacent to-the workspace she uses most often. A pot rack is directly above the work island and appropriately proportioned. Clever details abound.
And the kitchen is filled with light; it’s an inviting place to be, with a back door that leads directly to Anne’s herb garden. “I wanted to make sure that the passageways in and out of the kitchen were clear,” she adds, “and that the windows would make the most of the outdoors.”