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What the Editor is Loving: Gather 'Round

Portrait: Eleanor Williamson

I am a kitchen groupie. Our kitchen banquette is where I relish the early light with my morning cup of coffee. It’s where I nuzzle, and connect with my daughters and their friends. It’s where spontaneous dance parties occasionally break out. And it’s also where my sweet husband nourishes us with his magnificent cooking.

I have three nieces and a nephew who moved to Colorado this year, and we have instituted monthly family dinners at our house. After a recent one, my nephew Eli, who is 30, said, “It’s so nice having everyone together.” And of course, I melted. Because that is what I live for—creating a home where people want to be and where they can enjoy a delicious meal with the ones they love.

Photo: Emily Minton Redfield

The 10 unique kitchens in our September/October issue offer a broad range of ideas for creating your dream space. We selected them because we could immediately picture ourselves taking a seat, enjoying the company and breaking bread. We also present two kitchens and the homes that surround them—both creations of foodie families (Coral and Will Frischkorn in Boulder, and Ilona and Chad Oppenheim in Aspen) who were gracious enough to invite us in: 

Photo: David Patterson

Coral and Will Frischkorn's home in Boulder (the creators of Boulder's Cured)

Photo: Gibeon Photography

Ilona and Chad Oppenheim's home in Aspen (Ilona is the author of her first cookbook, Savor)


When we pull together images for our stories, we often end up with several worthy items that we don’t have room for. Our market editor, Eliza Karlson, discovered so many cool texty products that we couldn’t fit them all in a spread. Among those we loved but didn’t have room for are these fab four from Pottery Barn. Oversized Hanging Letters, $129 each; potterybarn.com


Bring on the party. Perfect for an outdoor table or lining a porch, these water-activated LED lanterns come in a variety of funky options. For Halloween, I purchased a dozen Day of the Dead-inspired designs in black to pair with a porch full of pumpkins. Simply fill the plastic lantern with water, and drop in the mini candle, which “flames” as soon as it’s wet. Skoup lanterns, $12.95/set of four; batteries and water-activated LED lights included; modgy.com

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