All it takes is a little creative thinking to put together a one-of-a-kind look in the kitchen. In the cheery space shown here, vivid colors mix with unexpected details for an eclectic twist on cottage style that retains its casual charm. "The goal was a room that's fun and livable, and above all, colorful," says its designer, Kathryn M. Ireland, author of the newly released Timeless Interiors (Gibbs Smith).
Utilitarian pieces—a painted vintage workbench and draftsman stools in upbeat colors—stand up to kitchen duty, while global accents, like glazed terra-cotta pottery and yellow cabinets pierced with Moroccan stars, give it a distinctive, well-traveled feel.
To assemble your own quirky and colorful kitchen, read on.