Lessons from Joan Rivers’ Kitchen

joan rivers kitchen
I feel differently about Joan Rivers since the New York Times ran this piece about her kitchen. I am finally at peace with her cat eyes and screeching on the red carpet after realizing that I kinda like her home – especially her kitchen.
The home is an 84-acre estate in Litchfield County, Connecticut. She considers it her retreat – and worlds away from her lifestyle in Manhattan.
There’s a few cool things going on here.

One are the amazingly high ceilings. I can’t imagine how great is it to entertain here and have voices and sizzling skillets fill the vast space.
The white everything cabinets, walls and shelves look great against the dark wood beams in the ceiling. I’m also envious of her pottery collection. Visually they bring a lot to the kitchen – an old world feel and the sense that Joan is a smart collector. Even the grand framed prints of royalty (or perhaps family members?) are an unlikely decorative element in a kitchen.
She even follows the age old adage of decorating according to your home. The grandiose estate has a rustic charm to it – which follows suit in the kitchen. A little too fussy for my taste, but overall, Joan won’t be winning any worst kitchen awards from me. What do you think?
Photo by Chris Ramirez for the New York Times

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  • Usually kids want to do something in a project, and you have to beg them to stay away from the dangerous tools! But them having their own tools and their own projects is a much more fun way to tackle that problem. I would’ve LOVED this when I was little!

    • We agree – it’s good to stoke kids curiosity in safe ways.