Monet’s home offers more than gardens — his kitchen makes an impression, too.
Giverny, 45 miles west of Paris, is a historic home with legendary gardens known worldwide through the paintings of its owner, the Impression master Claude Monet. The house is a marvel as well, particularly the kitchen, a symphony in blue-and-white faïence tile with a pattern that dominates en from floor to ceiling. Tile colors also dictate the scheme of painted cabinets and woodwork.
Two centuries ago a single tap was used to fill a big bisque farm sink while a slim pot -filler pipe sits behind the black and brass French stove — how modern that seems. The terracotta floor and marble-top table are 19th Century fixtures also in style today.