For mom, model, blogger, and entrepreneur Camila Alves, the kitchen is more than a space to cook. It’s a haven for entertaining friends and hosting family, a place to feed her children, and a full-on test kitchen when developing new recipes for her blog, Women of Today.
While she’s currently got a large island designed for cooking, chopping, prepping, lounging, and laughing, she wants more from her dream kitchen—a personal touch to reflect her global sense of style. Interior designer Alexa Hampton is, thankfully, no stranger to the art of elevated, eclectic design. She teamed up with Michelin three-starred chef Christopher Kostow to design a space that married fashion and function. Using the Samsung Chef Collection, appliances that have been carefully crafted to complement any home, she could outfit Camila’s kitchen in styles that incorporate chef-inspired features for home cooks—and without sacrificing design.
“The goal was to make it family friendly and fun, but chic, too,” says Hampton, who said Camila was very involved with the design of her kitchen. “She envisioned beams in the ceiling, bright colors and terracotta floors, Moroccan pile, and the stove in the island.”Alexa integrated a variety of materials, including wood, marble, and butcher blocks. As a world traveler, Camila is fond of picking up vintage pieces along the way. Alexa seamlessly folded these pieces into the design for an added personal touch.
To satisfy Camila’s color craving, she imagined bright green cabinets to contrast with the earthiness of the terracotta. “Color can be difficult, because there’s a lot going on,” says Alexa, “but kitchens today allow for that sort of creativity. She made certain the space was designed with plenty of natural light and six barstools to accommodate all the hungry onlookers who might keep Camila company in the kitchen.
Furniture aside, Camila had some requests on the appliances, too. For one, she wanted refrigerators with saloon doors. With all the cooking that goes on in her kitchen, Alexa designed the space so that two could be situated next to one another. With the Samsung Chef Collection 4-Door Flex Built-In Refrigerator, Camila can use the FlexZone™ feature, which switches from freezer to refrigerator depending on your needs. Between her children, her family, her blog, and the occasional party, cold, flexible storage is an absolute necessity.
Camila’s culinary lifestyle also calls for two wall ovens. The Samsung Chef Collection Double Wall Oven not only lets Camila utilize each oven with its own set of controls, but also uses Samsung technology to make every meal as stress-free as possible. It’s even got Wi-Fi, so she can control her oven from her phone, from anywhere in the house.
With smart appliances that help her balance life’s daily culinary demands and a gorgeous layout that marries style and function, Alexa delivers on a dream kitchen that seamlessly integrates the latest innovations with all the space and style Camila dreams of.