Claudine Claus Wheeler's kitchen

Credits: Photographs by Bob Hiemstra, styling by Carlos Mota.

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Spear opened the kitchen to the garden courtyard and Claudine took it from there, choosing Snaidero oak cabinetry, marble counters, and high-performance appliances from Gaggenau, Miele, and Thermador. As a counterpoint to the clean lines and cool stainless, the lacquered red backsplash adds a note of warmth.

"It's funny," Claudine says, "so much of decorating is confidence."