Blake Lively On Designing Her New Kitchen
Lively visits La Cornue in the Architect and Designers Building. Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com
Actress Blake Lively won over television and film audiences with her starring role on Gossip Girl and critically acclaimed performance in The Town, and her sartorial choices have landed her on many best-dresses lists and as a face of CHANEL handbags. Now that she's purchased a home in Bedford, New York, she's poised to bring her personality and style to the decorating world as well. An avid cook, Lively is starting the process with a top-of-the-line kitchen, and invited La Cornue President, Xavier Dupuy to the set of Gossip Girl to discuss the project. "She knew exactly what she wanted," says Dupuy, whose grandfather founded the company over 100 years ago. Since La Cornue ovens are never mass-produced, Lively has been involved in the design of hers—from choosing colors and metals to size and functionality. "Our customer is a true gourmand," says Dupuy, a fitting statement for Lively, whose cooking has been lauded in the press by former costars and Bedford neighbor Martha Stewart.
ELLEDECOR.com spoke to Lively about her plans for her new home.
ED: You’re known for your personal style—does that influence your decor?
BL: Design, whether it's on your body or in your home is the same thing. It’s mixing different colors, different textures, and unexpected patterns—elements that you wouldn’t often put together in an interesting way. That’s also why I look for things that you don’t see everywhere, things that are elegant. And I’m always looking for pieces that make a statement.
ED: Do you have any decorating "rules"?
BL: No. You have to go with your instinct. If you don’t try it, you end up doing it later anyway, and then you end up paying to do it twice! There are things that I just have to try. And yes, sometimes it doesn’t work, but I really think you should just do what makes you happy.
ED: What will your kitchen be like?
BL: Since my kitchen is the most important part of my home, I want to be creative and innovative, not only in it's aesthetic, but also in the tools that I'm using to cook. I learned about La Cornue when I was going to school in the south of France. I was on a road trip, stuck in traffic, when I looked to my left saw the most beautiful ranges I’ve ever seen in my life. I left my car there and jumped out to run to the window. Everybody was honking at me. I took a picture of the window and I thought: One day I’m going to have that!
When I got home, I had to find it. Turns out other people knew about La Cornue (laughs). It wasn’t something that I discovered. The story behind the company and the quality made me want be a part of it. These ovens are timeless, they're something you can give your grandkids.