I have a special place in my heart for Sun Valley. My husband and I were married there just over three years ago. One of my dearest friends tied the knot there, too. It's been the site of so many amazing memories and time spent with dear ones. Whenever the weather starts to turn cold, I start to dream of a cozy retreat in the
shadow of the Sawtooth Mountains.
The fact that it looks like the perfect place to warm up with a hot chocolate after cross-country skiing out to Trail Creek Cabin is only one of the reasons why I'm obsessed with Megan Rice Yager's Sun Valley kitchen (Kitchen of the Month in November House Beautiful).
I love that she placed her dining room table at the center of the kitchen. "I can plop down and read a cookbook. Friends can sit down with a glass of wine," Megan said in the House Beautiful interview. Can't you just imagine standing at the stove, cooking up a big batch of boeuf bourguignon for aprés ski while a few other friends who decided to stay indoors that day sit round the table, drink wine and keep you company?
And that stove!
...an entry level La Cornue. Megan pointed out in the interview that it's about the same price as a Viking or a Wolf. Something I will definitely remember when I do get to design my dream-retreat kitchen. And I love that she made up for the splurge by buying an Ikea sink!
She did a great job with the whole high/low thing -- the sconces are from Lowe's, can you believe? So true that style and price are not always the same thing.
I love all the natural wood. How she combines blue and white with little pops of red. (I haven't tried this yet in my kitchen, but think I will!)
All Images from House Beautiful
Megan says in the interview that she was trying to create history and authenticity with the finishings and details she chose, and that she thinks it works because she had a story in mind when she was creating it. “The fabulous stove stands in for the big hearth that would have been the center of the old 'keeping room' in a little frontier cabin. Everything is happily disheveled, just the way I envisioned it.”
What story would you tell with your dream retreat?