March 29, 2011

More Photos: White Kitchen Remodel

Last week I showed you all some before & after photos of a recent project I designed.  Now that you've all got a sense of the significant layout changes involved in this design, I thought I'd post more of the after photos and details.

the Lemans corner system (see it in action here).  I love this thing!

pull-out spice rack

roll-out pantry shelves

faucet operated by foot-pedals (my client is a surgeon and wants to keep everything sanitary!)

Sometimes you need to custom-design an entire cabinet for very specific pieces.  Everything needs to have its place, right?

March 23, 2011

Before & After: White Kitchen Remodel

I'm really proud of the outcome of this kitchen remodel.  It's beautiful and bright and just plain happy.  But you don't get the full sense of this space until you see before photos and realize the major layout changes that made this kitchen what it is.

The large opening shown above used to be this brick wall:

The powder room (the closed white door to the left) used to be straight off the kitchen, directly across from the refrigerator: 

Now the powder room (still in the same location) is in a corridor just off the kitchen:

The doorway location from the dining room (to the right in the photo) prevented any deep base cabinets, and therefore the space by the window wasn't very functional: 

Now the doorway has been relocated to the right side of that wall, allowing for a working kitchen uninterrupted by traffic flow:

Quite a difference, huh?  Not to mention the layout aspects you can't see - how we made sure each cabinet was as functional as possible, so everything had it's place.  More after photos to come in another post...

Architect:  Tom Buese
Contractor:  Sam Sampinos 

March 18, 2011

A Familiar Light Fixture

On March 10, Design Sponge featured a book called "Undecorate: The No-rules Approach to Interior Design" by Christine Lemieux (founder of Dwell Studio).  Yes, it started a little rant in my head about the difference between interior design and interior decorating and how I really wish the titles were not used interchangeably, as decorating is only one of the many aspects of interior design, and though I'm all about breaking the rules of interior DECORATING, there are rules in interior DESIGN that are detrimental to the health, safety, and well-being of people and therefore should NOT be broken.  Okay, I'm stepping off my soapbox now...

The reason I'm posting this is because the floor lamp in this photo from the book caught my attention:

Does it look familiar?  Have you seen it before, maybe in my home?  Hanging from the ceiling (on a still-frayed cord) in my kitchen?

Yes, it appears to be a floor-lamp version of the exact same fixture!  How cool is that!  I wish I knew who designed it...

March 16, 2011

The Biggest Single Line Item of Any Project...

I just read an interview with Mick De Giulio in an old issue of "Renovation Style" magazine (Summer 2010).  If you read my blog regularly, you know I pretty much idolize this guy.  In fact, let me post one my favorite kitchens ever here (yes, I know, I've posted it before, but it's just SO beautiful!):

Anyway, I fell in love with his response to the question, "What's worth the splurge?"
"It's worth the splurge to do what you want.  The biggest single line item of any project can be regret.  You regret that you didn't the get cabinet you loved or the range that you loved.  When you're done, the kitchen is an expensive room at any level.  If you are not entirely happy with it, then that's expensive."

How true!  I understand that budget is important, and you can't have EVERYTHING you want, but when you find that ONE item that you absolutely fall in love with, whether it's a piece of furniture, or an appliance, or a countertop, or a cabinet style, figure out how you can make it happen because the worst possible outcome is that you go through the entire design & construction process, just to step back and say "Hmmm... it's okay, but it really would have looked great with that Calcutta Gold countertop".  As a designer, if my clients have these types of regrets at the end of a project, then I haven't done my job properly.  Part of my job as a designer is to help clients figure out what the key elements are, and what we have to do to make them attainable.

(All kitchens shown here by Mick De Giulio)

March 10, 2011

An Interesting (and Inexpensive) Vanity Sink

I get many emails from cb2 about new products or sales, and I always open them because I love their stuff.  I was a little surprised today when I saw this photo showing off their new shower curtain.  Though the shower curtain is the main act here, I couldn't help but notice the sink.  It appears that they have simply used their go-cart desk (only $149) with a couple galvanized buckets.  (We have this desk in orange and love it!)

I can't say much about how it will hold up though.  I might put a glass piece over the desk to protect the surface from rust?  As for the buckets... I guess if they don't hold up you can easily replace them and retire the old ones out to the back patio as planters or something.  

Note:  If ever doing something like this that will expose the plumbing beneath the sink, please pay a little more for the special finishes rather than using the plastic PVC.  It's worth it!

March 1, 2011

Pillow Project

image via Freshly Picked

We finally bought the sofa we've been drooling over for a few months now.  But I'm going to keep you all in suspense for a while before posting any photos, because first I need throw pillows and lighting and I REALLY need to finish the gallery wall I've been planning forever.

When it comes to throw pillows, I really should just accept the fact that my dog will eat them.  But I must have them.  So I've decided I will sew the covers myself and use Ikea pillow inserts.  I can do this pretty inexpensively, which means I won't cry too hard when I discover the shredded remains buried in the back yard.

And since I'm still not great when it comes to sewing, I was thrilled to discover an envelope back pillow tutorial by Susan on Freshly Picked that describes these pillows as "the easiest thing that you've ever made."  Right up my alley!

Anyone else want to try making these pillows with me?  It would be fun to compare notes!