Blake Lively Dishes on Designing Her Dream Kitchen!

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Since Gossip Girl went off the air in December, Blake Lively’s been sharpening her chef skills by equipping her home with the right tools to fire things up in the kitchen!

The actress talked to Elle Décor about her love nest with Ryan Reynolds, especially what she considers her family room, the kitchen, as well as how she incorporated her fashionable flair to the space. “Design, whether it’s on your body or in your home is the same thing,” Lively told the glossy. “It’s mixing different colors, different textures, and unexpected patterns—elements that you wouldn’t often put together in an interesting way. That’s also why I look for things that you don’t see everywhere things that are elegant. And I’m always looking for pieces that make a statement.

Located in Bedford, NY, Lively’s new home boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen, including a customized La Cornue oven that she admitted she spent hours choosing all of the components down the Ocean Blue color. “This oven is going to be the centerpiece of my kitchen so I wanted something daring but also timeless,” she explained. “I wanted to feel like I could change up other parts of the kitchen and the oven would remain classic.”

Coming from a family of cooks, Lively may have competition when heating things up in the kitchen. “I’ll have to fight my mom for [the oven]. She’s an amazing chef,” she said. “We’ve got a big family, and we’re very close. My brothers are great at pies, and the girls usually do the savory things.”