Creative Kitchens and Dramatic Baths


       It’s hard to imagine a more glorious place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee than in the sun-flooded breakfast room of this Sun Valley, Idaho, mountain retreat, the second home of a San Diego couple. Surrounded by glass doors that lead to a spacious deck, and topped with an all-glass ceiling partitioned with stained redwood beams, the room has the feel of a gazebo. It would no doubt be as dazzling during an afternoon snowstorm as it is on a sunny summer morning.
       The house, designed by San Diego architect Larry Case and Del Mar interior designer, Lisa Slayman, literally brings the outdoors in, especially into the gourmet kitchen—featured on our cover—where all-natural materials prevail. Slayman did the kitchen in muted earth tones with whitewashed-oak floors, vertical-grain, quarter-sawn white-oak cabintry and tan-and-gray-speckled granite countertops. The chairs are covered in slate-blue wool bouclé with gray flecks. High ceilings and multiple windows add to the open, outdoorsy feeling, while recessed lighting creates a soft, natural glow.