She had me at the kitchen. Kathleen Taggares has listed her contemporary Italian villa in Bel-Air at $14 million. Taggares is the “K.T.” in K.T.’s Kitchen, a Carson company that manufactures salad dressings, sauces and frozen pizzas.

Some of her salad dressings and sauces are sold under the Bob’s Big Boy brand in Las Vegas, California, Arizona and New Mexico. K.T.’s private-label and contract-packed pizzas are supplied to retail and food service firms across the country. Taggares founded the business in 1987 after acquiring the Big Boy salad dressing operations from Marriott International. Pizzas were added during the 1990s.

The 10,000-square-foot house she is selling has much to commend it – including a retractable ceiling in the master bedroom. But when food is involved, I always like to start in the kitchen. And yowza, what a chef’s dream kitchen! Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a cook-top with so many burners I thought I was seeing double. The kitchen opens to a spectacular view, as does the rest of the house.

The gated estate has six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The steel-and-glass doors open to a two-story oval foyer and atrium with double-wrought-iron staircases. There is a formal living room with a stone fireplace. The upstairs master suite includes a sliding glass ceiling that opens to the sky; there are oodles of terraces, views galore and a state-of-the-art home theater, bar and wine cellar. The property has two detached guest apartments, waterfalls, ponds, fire pits, a pool and spa.

Linda May of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills North office has the listing.

Brentwood Lease

Rachel Ashwell invented shabby chic – the slouchy slip-covered look, the casually tossed throw across the bed, the English elegance that takes delicate fabrics and mixes them up with flea market finds – that’s her. She made organized clutter an acceptable decorating style and on behalf of all packrats, I’d publicly like to thank her.

And now if I could pay $15,000 a month, I could live in her Brentwood house. The furnishings stay.

Ashwell founded Shabby Chic in 1989; her first store, in Santa Monica, sold washable furniture slipcovers and fabulous flea market discoveries.

Today, in addition to Santa Monica, Shabby Chic Couture stores are in New York and London’s Notting Hill neighborhood, and the chain has expanded into lines of bedding, furniture, accessories and vintage items. Ashwell sells bedding and home accessories in a partnership with Target stores.


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