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Nov032011

At Home with Hugh Acheson...

Culinary master and Canadian native, Hugh Acheson has found a home in Athens, Georgia. Famous for his adept and daring twists on Southern food, Hugh is the Chef and Partner of renowned restaurants Five & Ten and The National in Athens and Empire State South in Atlanta. A few weeks ago, on assignment with the Atlanta Intown Paper, I was lucky to spend some time with him inside his beautiful Southern home...

I first met Hugh in his kitchen. He matched his home decor- inviting, layered, organized and interesting. Looking around, I loved the surprise of the blue ceiling which I didn't see at first glance. This is a fun take on the very Southern haint blue that we often see on porch ceilings. Hugh and his wife Mary used this same blue in the upstairs hallway. Such a cool idea...

The kitchen leads into the open dining room, which feels truly Southern. I really like the mix of older chairs, the long farm table, the strong accents of color and the appreciation of handmade art... 

The chandelier was inspired by a picture they found in Domino magazine. Their babysitter, Catie Adams, who is an Athens resident and artist, made these wool and felted flowers for the dining table. Homemade touches say so much... And I just love the measuring translation print- I need that! 

Just to the left of the oven are Hugh's kitchen staples which include four types of salt, three types of vinegar, good olive oil for cooking, chile powder, chili flakes, butter, garlic, pepper and shallots. The backsplash is Mexican talavera tile which they ordered from a shop in New Mexico. As for the pots Hugh prefers to cook with - Le Creuset and All-Clad. 

I'm partial to a cute windowsill. On Hugh's, he and his wife placed these wooden, boiled egg cups as they both love soft boiled eggs. It's so great to take functional items and let them stand on their own as mini-art as you get to appreciate them in a whole new way. 

There are many original doors throughout the home which, full of character, add to its charm. The repurposed, wooden ceiling that leads to their outdoor patio just to the right of their kitchen was another surprise that I kept staring at, so pretty...

The center island is Hugh's favorite feature in the kitchen. During his time cooking, his sweet-as-sugar pup, Clara, looked on. I have a feeling she gets really tasty table scraps. When I asked Hugh his favorite kitchen tool, he responded, "A sharp knife and a good measuring cup." And the one fruit he always has handy?.... lemons. 

It just so happened the morning of my meeting with Hugh was also the day his cookbook, A New Turn in the South was released. As he readied for his upcoming book signing in Athens that night, I grabbed a few shots. This is such a great book as it is full of his scrumptious Southern favorites and is infused with his personality and inventive mind. Be sure to check out Sweet Peach tomorrow as I'll feature a recipe he made in his home kitchen, Chanterelles on Toast. Perfect comfort food for the chilly Autumn ahead...Thanks Hugh! 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach 

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Reader Comments (6)

Cool kitchen, I love the blue ceiling.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamara

His house feels so homey and laid back, makes me like him even more.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Hopkins

The National is one of my favorite restaurants, this guy is a master at great Southern food. As crazy as he may get with some of his dishes, flavor is always a key component.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

That repurposed wooden ceiling is incredible. I love the different colors of wood.

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaycee H.

Cool space

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFJC

Love these post! I especially love his back splash... big time tile envy!

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLara

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