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Rosa's retreat

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We've got something a little different on House Call this time around: one of our own has opened her doors, letting see how she keeps her living space (and kitchen, especially) primped and preened.

Rosa Park is a name you probably know: she's Crumbs' online editor, responsible for most of the stuff you read on this website, and House Call is actually her idea; little did she know when she dreamed it up we'd insist on a put-up-or-shut-up clause, demanding she cough up details of where she calls home too.

So, here it is. And, as you can see, it's rather nice – the flat's not huge (the kitchen is particularly bijoux), but as a whole it's light, airy, highly presentable, and in one of Bath's fancier Georgian rows too. She's kinda international is our Rosa – any description of her background has to take in three countries, minimum – but before Bath and the West Country she was a New Yorker, and compared to your typical Manhattan pad she finds this actually rather large.

The first thing you notice is how everything's so very neutral, a sea of white, grey and camel – but it's not quite as soothing, perhaps, as you might imagine. After all, ‘Wilbur the sheep’ (which was meant to be a foot stool) has been placed all by his lonesome right by the fireplace, where he's forced to look at the pelt of one of his compatriots (a reindeer, if you must know), while the big wall-mounted TV has (she says) “never been turned on” (again, mean to Wilbur, who's a big fan of One Man and His Dog).

In the kitchen, with its ridiculously high cupboards and neat little row of jars, Rosa has created her own tiny café area, complete with chalkboard and a small basket of condiments. (Guests are expected to leave a tip – and she expects 15-20%, New York-style.) 

Enviably close to work, top-notch with its views, Rosa's pad shows what can be done with a smaller space, if your taste is good and your commitment to keeping things minimalist robust. It shows, too, how you can be girlie without overdoing it: when she wants to channel her inner Hemingway, Rosa puts the iBook to one side and reaches for her vintage typewriter. Now, with the smell of roasting red meat drifting in from the kitchen, she can stare up at her antlers and dream of hunting for her own food one day, preferably using only her hands. 

Here’s what Rosa has to say about her home and foodie preferences: 

Name: (Hyunsun) Rosa Park

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Occupation: Web editor of Crumbs

Must have kitchen item: Toaster – so I can toast all those crumpets I eat every morning!

Go-to recipe: Mac and cheese

You love the taste of: Pumpkin, corn and ginger (but not necessarily in that order)

Coffee or tea? I must have both. Too greedy to pick just one…

Beer or cider? Perry

Five people you’d invite to your dinner party, dead or alive: F. Scott Fitzgerald (but he would have to leave Zelda at home), Dorothy Parker, Fred Sandback, Edward Norton and Conan O’Brien

The look of your kitchen in three words: Clean, clean, clean

Kitchen uniform: Anything with an elasticated waist

Preferred midnight nosh: Cereal straight out of the box

Your kitchen is awesome because: It has its own little café area

Secret skills: I can do the splits

What’s on your cooking/baking playlist? Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter and Nina Simone when I’m feeling jazzy, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Mobb Deep and Snoop Dogg when I’m feeling hood

What are you going to cook/bake this weekend? I’m in the mood to grill some meat al fresco, weather permitting

Unexpected item in your kitchen cupboard: Fermented spicy perilla leaves FEDEX-ed to me in vacuum-sealed packs from my mum in Seoul (you eat them with steamed rice)

Most prized item: My antique jewelry collection

You can’t live without: Books

Favourite condiment: Sri Lacha all day everyday

If your kitchen could talk, it’d say: “Hey hey hey!”

 

By Matt Bielby

Images by Rich Stapleton

Enviably close to work, top-notch with its views, Rosa's pad shows what can be done with a smaller space, if your taste is good and your commitment to keeping things minimalist robust. It shows, too, how you can be girlie without overdoing it: when she wants to channel her inner Hemingway, Rosa puts the iBook to one side and reaches for her vintage typewriter.

Comments

There are 5 comments

I want Wilbur...

September 04, 2012 | katrina

How fun to get sneak peeks into the names behind the articles. I love getting to know people's quirks, styles, and personalities. From Seoul, to NY, to Bath...what a wonderful journey.

September 04, 2012 | thyme (sarah)

I would sit in that 'cafe' for hours, eating and reading.

September 04, 2012 | Beth M.

I'm Lonely. Baahhh...

September 04, 2012 | Wilbur the Sheep

HAHA, the sheep speaks!

September 04, 2012 | charlie