It was Julia Child’s groundbreaking book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, that brought French food to the masses, so it stands to reason that her kitchen would also serve as a form of inspiration. When it came time to create the cooking quarters of famed Beverly Hills landmark Greystone Mansion, designer Laura Schwartz-Muller turned to her own personal recollection of the chef.
“When I was a little girl, my mom and I cooked all the way through Julia Child’s book,” Schwartz-Muller says to Domaine. “We probably did 90 percent of the recipes in the book together. I was really empowered by her.” Years later, Child mentored her mother’s class at the Culinary Institute and attended her graduation (Schwartz-Muller’s mother graduated at the age of 78, after 12 years of study). “My mom actually cooked boeuf bourgignon for Julia Child,” she says. “I don’t know how she made it through the lobster class, let alone cook for Julia Child.”
For the Mansion’s kitchen, Schwartz-Muller decided on Benjamin Moore’s Rocky Coast paint, inspired by Child’s dove gray television ensemble. Among the lush greenery and wooden utensils, the focal point of the room is the $40,000 La Cornue stove, which is an exact charcoal gray replica of the range Child used in Paris while writing her book.