Star Kitchen: Anya Fernald
Butcher and restaurateur Anya Fernald shows Food Network Magazine around her California kitchen.
Anya Fernald’s kitchen is so full of interesting things, you don’t know quite where to look first — and that’s intentional. The Iron Chef America judge and owner of Belcampo, a gourmet butcher shop and restaurant chain, embraced her inner maximalist when she renovated her Bay Area kitchen. “I wanted a kitchen so lively that I could have a sink full of dishes and two cooking projects going on and it would still look beautiful,” she says. She ended up DIY-ing most of the furniture and fixtures, cutting apart and painting an antique elevator cage to make the cabinet door panels, and treating tin ceiling tiles with car glaze before installing them as a backsplash. Anya hopes her two kids, Viola, 7, and Theo, 4, will have fond memories of the whimsical colors and patterns when they grow up. “I want this to be a place that always makes us smile,” she says.
Lush Wallpaper: Anya loves pattern so much, she originally planned to use two wallpaper designs in the kitchen. But this House of Hackney palm print is so bold, it did the trick on its own.
Farmhouse Skin: Anya bought two old cast-iron sinks — a big one for dishes and a smaller one for a bar area — on eBay to add a rustic touch to the kitchen. They came with a few nicks and scratches, but that just adds to their charm.
Vintage Collections: Anya designed most of her house to look like it did when it was built in the 1920s. Well-worn pieces, like her collection of mortars and pestles, add to the appeal.
Open-Air Cooking: During warm months, Anya cooks nearly everything outside on two wood-fired grills. When she opens these French doors, it’s like the kitchen and the patio grilling space become one.
Custom Tiles: Anya wanted the floor to add another layer of pattern and color to the kitchen, so she had these star-print tiles custom-designed by a Moroccan tile maker.
Photograph by Alanna Hale