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Steal This Look: A Stylishly Deconstructed Outdoor Kitchen

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Steal This Look: A Stylishly Deconstructed Outdoor Kitchen

March 26, 2019

San Francisco tastemaker Sam Hamilton’s shop, March, is known for its beautiful collection of kitchen wares and textiles. When we were scouting stylish locations to shoot for our Gardenista book, top on our list was the shop’s deconstructed outdoor kitchen.

Consisting of an alleyway workstation with a sink and butcher block countertop (plus a refrigerator tucked away around the corner in a pocket courtyard), the open air kitchen is used almost daily, whether for staff lunches or parties. (An AGA stove lives indoors, in the shop.) Says Hamilton: “The physical layout of the store, with the alley leading to the surprise of the garden, felt reminiscent of spaces I’d experienced in the UK and Europe.”

Here’s how to recreate the look:

An open air workstation in a covered walkway next to the shop has a sink, a countertop workspace, and simple shelving. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Above: An open air workstation in a covered walkway next to the shop has a sink, a countertop workspace, and simple shelving. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.

To see more of this outdoor kitchen (including the full-size refrigerator hidden inside a garden shed), see our book, Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces).

Wooden cutting boards and kitchen accessories hang on hooks against the shop&#8
Above: Wooden cutting boards and kitchen accessories hang on hooks against the shop’s facade. (For a similar almost-black exterior paint color, try Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black or Benjamin Moore’s Black Forest Green.) Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.

Faucets & Fixtures

For a similar top-mount stainless steel sink with squared-off edges, consider the Houzer Bellus Double Bowl Kitchen Sink, which is $337.04 at Home Depot.
Above: For a similar top-mount stainless steel sink with squared-off edges, consider the Houzer Bellus Double Bowl Kitchen Sink, which is $337.04 at Home Depot.
For a deck-mounted faucet, we&#8
Above: For a deck-mounted faucet, we’re longtime admirers of Chicago Faucets’ Universal Two-Handle Kitchen FaucetWith Double Jointed Swing Spout (model 772-DJ13ABCP); $233.92 at Chicago Faucet Shoppe.
A galvanized Kvot Dish Drainer is $8.99 from Ikea.
Above: A galvanized Kvot Dish Drainer is $8.99 from Ikea.
Under-counter wire shelving neatly corrals the shop&#8
Above: Under-counter wire shelving neatly corrals the shop’s pots, sheet pans, and metal oven racks. A pair of similar 23-inch-tall 3-Tier Adjustable Wire Shelving Racks is $63.85 from Home Depot.

Cooks’ Tools

By J.A. Henckels International, a -piece Kitchen Knife Block Set is $3.99 at Wayfair.
Above: By J.A. Henckels International, a 13-piece Kitchen Knife Block Set is $133.99 at Wayfair.
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Above: An 11-inch stainless Spatter Screen from Lodge is $5.99 at Katom.
A black Double Oven Glove is $. at Amazon.
Above: A black Double Oven Glove is $23.14 at Amazon.
A porcelain Mortar And Pestle is $49.95 from Williams-Sonoma.
Above: A porcelain Mortar And Pestle is $49.95 from Williams-Sonoma.
An extra large Blackline Collection Cutting Board from Blackcreek Mercantile and Trading Co. is made of a single piece of white oak and is $3 at March SF.
Above: An extra large Blackline Collection Cutting Board from Blackcreek Mercantile and Trading Co. is made of a single piece of white oak and is $325 at March SF.
A off-white enamel Gemak Colander is $9.99 from Ikea.
Above: A off-white enamel Gemak Colander is $9.99 from Ikea.

Accessories

A -jar March Pantry Starter Spice Set is $99.
Above: A 10-jar March Pantry Starter Spice Set is $99.
The Ringer, a stainless steel chain link scrubber for cast iron pans, is $loading=
Above: The Ringer, a stainless steel chain link scrubber for cast iron pans, is $1o.99 at Amazon.
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Above: A woven Nautical Rope Doormat measures 19 by 32 inches and is $119 from Makai Store via Etsy.

Or make your own: DIY: Woven Rope Doormat.

March carries a large selection of Spatterware Plates from Italy&#8
Above: March carries a large selection of Spatterware Plates from Italy’s Pugliese region, in several sizes and colors including green on cream (shown). Prices range from $35 to $60 per plate, depending on size.

See more of our favorite outdoor kitchen designs:

Are you planning an outdoor kitchen project? Learn everything you need to know on to get started with our Hardscaping 101: Outdoor Kitchens 101 guide.

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