October 18, 2010

Traditional Kitchen Remodel

We just finished a beautiful kitchen remodel for a great client!

The kitchen used to look like this:

From the beginning, the clients wanted to remove the wall between the Kitchen/Dining area and Family Room.  We decided that also closing up the exterior door, removing the closet, and widening the window would help us create the perfect layout.
My colleague at Arendal, Jeff Byington, did this 3D rendering during the design phase.

And here's the final product!

The cabinetry is Columbia Cabinets, supplied through Arendal Kitchen Design.  And Re-Vive was the general contractor.  

And this beautiful floral arrangement came from Lindsy at TriFecTa!

October 16, 2010

Steampunk Interiors

In a couple weeks I'm going to a presentation about Steampunk.  The speaker is Tyson Ness, who's an extremely talented emerging Interior Designer.  He's just recently graduated from the Art Institute of Salt Lake, and he did his thesis project on the steampunk style.

A lot of people don't know what steampunk really is.  I admit, I don't either.  I've heard of it, and I've seen various blog posts about it, though everything I've seen has usually been in the form of objects or gadgets, not really applying to entire interiors.  After seeing Tyson's project, I wanted to dig a little further.

Basically, (according to Wikipedia) "steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy."  

I'll have a much better understanding of the meaning after my seminar.  In the meantime, here are a few photos of 3 fascinating steampunk interiors I've found.

The Edison, Los Angeles

Ramses Hotel, designed by Philippe Starck, Madrid

And a more cartoonish take on the steampunk style:  Three Rings office, San Francisco.  Designed by Because We Can.  This design shows how Jules Verne and his submarine, the Nautilus, influences the steampunk style.

A bookcase hides the door to a secret room

The secret room

Mechanical room for bike storage

Incredible stuff, right?  If you are as intrigued as I am and live in Utah, contact me for more info on Tyson's seminar on October 27!

October 3, 2010

Nursery Reveal!

Back in April I posted some nursery inspiration photos for my friend Rebecca.  Well, Rebecca just had a beautiful baby boy, and he's lucky to have this great new nursery!  Rebecca used her creativity to do the entire project on a budget.  She painted her own artwork, built the mobile, and sewed the quilt, pillows, curtains, and pouf top herself.  She painted a dresser from craig's list, refinished the bookcase, and reused the crib her dad and grandfather had made for her older son.   Doesn't it look great!

Her fabric choices add so much color to the neutral background.  I LOVE the pouf and the quilt!

Hand-painted wall art, hand-sewn pillows, and the repainted bookcase make all the difference.

I love the grey, white, and orange together.

This started out as a mobile (using sticks from her backyard) but she decided to make a wall hanging instead. It looks great! 

Her son made this in school and wanted his little baby brother to have it.