In many ways, the kitchen is the heart of the home—it's where we gather, where we entertain, where meals and memories are made, and where we nourish our bodies and souls. For Rachel Parcell, founder of the popular lifestyle destination Pink Peonies, the kitchen was an important part of the 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home that she and her husband built from the ground up. "We spent a lot of time designing the kitchen because we knew how much time we would be spending in it," she told MyDomaine. "My husband and I both come from large families, and we love to entertain!"
Parcell's spacious French country–style kitchen is a reflection of her feminine and classic style. When designing the space, she wanted to capture the light and airy feel of the all-white marble and brass fixtures in her grandmother's kitchen. With its marble backsplash and traditional white cabinetry, Parcell's kitchen achieves that old-fashioned look while still giving off a sleek, modern sensibility.
Browse photos of Rachel Parcell's airy and bright French country–style kitchen below.
Parcell and her husband built their home in 2014. "It was such a fun process to see our sketches and blueprints come to life!" she told MyDomaine. "The architecture on the exterior is French château," and similar sensibilities are reflected in the kitchen's French country style.
One of the most striking things about the kitchen is how bright and airy it is. "I love how much natural light pours into the space each morning," noted Parcell.
"The biggest challenge when designing the kitchen was creating a space that was both beautiful and functional," said Parcell. "Since it's a kitchen, it has to be working and functional, but it was so important to me to have thoughtful details in each corner."
"Natural light is a mood changer for me," said Parcell. "I love waking up every morning to make breakfast for my family with so much sun shining in! It's such a light and airy feeling space, and I love the feeling I get each time I'm in my kitchen."
"A lot of the cookbooks are special to me because every time we travel to a new place I stop by markets or boutiques and buy a cookbook to add to my collection," recounted Parcell. "It's a fun way to remember different vacation memories and to try new recipes!"
The kitchen's simple details—the white ceramics and natural wood—are classic with a touch of rustic.
"I love my farmhouse sink," said Parcell. "It's such a statement piece and really sets the mood for the entire kitchen." She even switched to a larger sink at the last minute and doesn't regret it one bit. "We host and entertain a lot, so I love the extra space it gives [for dishes]."
"I really wanted floating shelves, but my husband didn't feel like they would be very practical," confessed Parcell. "We worked for hours on end on the cabinet layout to make sure it was exactly how we wanted and that we would have plenty of storage."
Parcell adds a touch of color to the bright white space with fresh greenery and fruit bowls.
"The first finish I selected for the space was the marble," said Parcell, who was at a slab yard searching for marble for her sister's home when she came across the one she ultimately chose for her own. "When I spotted it, I fell in love! Once my husband and I decided we were going to build, the first thing I did was call and purchase those same slabs for our future kitchen."