For some of us, a spacious refrigerator and hidden pull-out trash receptacle constitute kitchen must-haves. But if you’re Chrissy Teigen, that list goes well beyond storage. With every home the Cravings founder and author renovates, we learn more about the design details she prefers. Her Beverly Hills home, which she and husband John Legend purchased last fall for $17.5 million, confirms it: Curved banquette seating, open shelves that match the backsplash, and statement hoods are her things.
Teigen once again called on Los Angeles–based designer Jake Arnold, who transformed her Cravings concept space in West Hollywood, to tackle the remodel. Based on old listing photos, the space originally featured two oversize islands topped with polished marble, a wall of cupboards, and a vent hood wrapped in wood. Today it’s a much different story. By the looks of a photo that both Teigen and Arnold shared on Instagram earlier this week, the kitchen got a material overhaul. Oh, and she completely ditched one of the islands.
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The Curved Banquette
Teigen traded in one of the kitchen’s two islands for a half-moon–shaped banquette. The freestanding piece has an almost identical silhouette to the one in her Cravings kitchen, except instead of being fully upholstered in a brightly colored fabric, the back is made of what looks to be brushed brass. The bouclé-clad cushion at the top adds a touch of warmth to all the metal, and it means her kids won’t bump their heads when they lean back.
The Allover Stone
While Teigen opted for glossy zellige tile for the backsplash, shelves, and vent hood in the last kitchen she designed with Arnold, the duo landed on an ultra-sophisticated stone that resembles the look of Calacatta Borghini or Honey Gray Onyx this time around. Cladding everything in the same material creates a totally seamless look, putting the spotlight back on her cookware.
The Statement Hood
Situating the stovetop and vent hood over the island means that the pro cook can admire the outdoors while workshopping recipes (it faces giant accordion doors that lead out to the backyard). The brass detailing around the top of the larger-than-life vent coordinates with the sculptural pendant lamp over the dining table. More bright ideas are sure to come as the duo reveals the full home, set to wrap up in early 2022.