For centuries, kitchens were the dirty little secrets of the home. Doors were kept shut to prying eyes, and lords and ladies built elaborate parlors and sitting rooms out of earshot of clanging pots and pans. No more. The kitchen has once again been restored to its rightful place as the heart of the home, a casual gathering place for friends and loved ones worthy of both special occasions and everyday moments. Given its high visibility factor, it deserves all the nesting bowls, mixing spoons, and otherwise beautiful tchotchkes you can throw at it. Lucky for us, a new kitchen and home shop in Austin is upping the ante on high-design functionality.
At Kettle & Brine, former interior designer Tarica Navarro stocks responsibly-crafted goods by renowned brands and small-batch makers alike, including handmade pottery by local favorite Foxwares Ceramics, cheeseboards by Brooklyn Slate Co., and brass tabletop items by the Japanese brand Futagami. The store itself was designed by Navarro to welcome customers as if they were guests in her own home, with inventory stored as it would be in a kitchen, dining room, and living room; warm, live-edge wood mingles with rustic un-lacquered brass, for a minimal-meets-luxury aesthetic. The nine-day-old shop is still figuring out its e-commerce site, but in the meantime, Austin natives have one more under-the-radar place to brag about.