Celebrity kitchen spotlight: Tyler Florence

Chalkboard walls can turn your kitchen into a cafe.

When it comes to dreaming up fabulous kitchen design ideas, we think celebrity chef Tyler Florence might just know best. "My kitchen is where all the action happens," he said in an interview with SF Gate. His cottage, which he has since sold, was tucked away in the woods in Mill Valley, CA, and showcased the perfect mix of practicality and presentation.

Chopping blocks built into the counters
As Florence films quite a few of his cooking shows in his own home, functionality is key. Chopping blocks offer up lots of counter space for cutting without requiring much upkeep.

White kitchen cabinets
The light color of Florence's cabinets give the kitchen a bright, airy vibe. 

Hanging copper pans over the stovetop
Copper offers the room a pop of color, and the location above the stove top makes them easy to reach where they're needed most. The motorized skylight serves as a quieter alternative to a ventilated hood.

Chalkboard wall
Inspired by Parisian cafes, the chalkboard wall is adorned with French dishes and wines. An alternative? Writing your own daily menu items. 

Dark tile backsplash
The mix of colors and finishes gives the kitchen a worn-in and homey vibe.

Viking stainless steel appliances
As a professional chef, it makes sense that Florence would have commercial-grade appliances. They're becoming more popular in everyday homes as well.