Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian

I visited Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian on Sunday.  I got a few good photos in spite of the Plexiglas barrier.  I love how her kitchen reflected her specific needs in the kitchen.  She had little cup hooks up the window frame for all of her Pyrex measures.  She put in wall lights to shine down on the counter/sink area and there are no cupboards above the sink, so she didn't have any bulky things to bump into.  I love that.  I hit my head on my cupboards regularly when I am concentrating and lift my head....oops. She had framed cat pictures attached to her cupboards which show in the above photo.  She didn't have cupboard doors on all of her shelves, so she could just grab a pot and not need two clean hands to get it out.

I think the Flame Orange pot-bellied piece is a Descoware enameled cast iron pot.  She used masking tape to label everything and it's still intact.  This is the most eccentric kitchen I've ever seen and I've been twice because I adore it.


  1. Wow, thanks for the great description! Sounds very utilitarian and practical, but there is something about it that makes it beautiful too, don't you think?

  2. Oh, I do Heather. Because it was so servicable and suited to her, it became a "whole" rather than little pieces of stuff jumbled together. It does have that aspect upon first sight, but then I became intrigued with her orchestration of "order out of chaos".

  3. I remember seeing this! Fun to see it again in pictures and read your observations, Judy!
    -Kay Bjorkman