Learn The Best Tips For A Quality Kitchen From This Designer + Vinter


A breakfast nook with a built-in banquette and a a geometric black-metal pendant above.

Caren Rideau standing over a work table with colorful cabinetry samples on a shelf behind her

On the heels of launching her handmade tableware collection with revered Mexican potter Gorky Gonzalez—a line of colorful earthenware dishes—Luxe talks to Pacific Palisades-based designer, author and vintner Caren Rideau (who co-runs boutique winery Tierra Y Vino in the Santa Ynez Valley) about every foodie’s favorite space.

What are the hallmarks of a Caren Rideau-designed kitchen? They’re simple and timeless, but I love incorporating unique cabinet details and custom hoods so that every kitchen feels special. 

Share a few favorite resources for decorative elements. Household by Nickey Kehoe for unique table linens and kitchen accessories, Rolling Greens for succulents, and the zellige tile gallery at Waterworks—I’m fond of the textures and colorways of authentic tiles from Morocco. 

What are your clients asking for now? We’re adding sculleries or back kitchens to a lot of designs, as well as steam ovens for a healthier way of cooking, and juice or wellness bars. 

If you had to pick your one must-have kitchen item, it would be… As much as I enjoy cooking and using a lot of different kitchen tools, a wine bottle opener and my molcajete for making fresh salsas and guacamole are a must.