Spanish Revival Kitchen

I wanted to share a project I worked on at Hollywood Sierra Kitchens that was installed last fall/winter after I left and moved to Northern Virginia. I’ve mentioned this project before on the blog when it was still in process here. This project is in the Hollywood Hills with beautiful views of Hollywood on to downtown Los Angeles and beyond. This home was completely rebuilt and customized by the owners. They have amazing taste to begin with and with the help of Hollywood Sierra Kitchens and their Interior Designer Betsy Burnham this home is quite a showpiece.

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The kitchen features cabinetry by Quality Custom Cabinetry and a custom hutch piece by an LA based furniture maker. The white cabinetry is actually a paint on cherry with rub thru and a soft glaze that up-close gives a very layered yet subtle vintage/antique look.

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The tile is from Filmore Clark in West Hollywood. I remember painstakingly drawing every single one of those tiles in my CAD drawing for the clients to get a feel for the effect of tiling that entire niche (and for the tile setters to know how we wanted it set).

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The architectural details of the room like the cove ceiling, exposed wood beams, tumbled stone floors, wrought iron fixtures, quatrefoil air duct covers and metal passage doors with leaded glass inserts all add to the Spanish Revival aesthetic. For the cabinetry design the clients selected a raised panel door with a rounded quatrefoil like detail on the corners of the panel. Owner and principal designer of Hollywood Sierra Kitchens, Peter and I selected details such as the beaded chamfers, decorative base molding, bracket feet, random v-groove paneling and exposed finial hinges to detail the cabinetry.

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The custom hutch cabinet started from a CAD drawing I created with Peter’s help. Here’s what the cabinet looked like at the custom shop after it was built but before it was finished in a black distressed paint. All those beautiful bead details are hand carved and a machined applied molding was added between the base drawer and door and under the cabinet. The countertop area was recessed to receive a similar hand painted decorative tile to the range area.

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Here is the finished piece in the Breakfast Room.

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This project was so fun to collaborate on. Hopefully I can share the photos of the high gloss eggplant Butler’s Pantry soon!

 

 

It’s about time for an update

Hello again, I’m back after a long break from blogging! I have been kept very busy in the last almost 7 months with my new job at Signature Kitchens. I’ve been designing cabinetry for new homes all around Northern Virginia – Great Falls, Falls Church, Purcellville, McLean, Arlington, Fairfax and Lorton. I’ve also been working on new homes in Bethesda, Clarksville and Annapolis, Maryland. If that isn’t enough, I’ve also done some remodeling work in Reston, Fairfax Station, Falls Church and Potomac. I’ve learned quite a bit about the “DMV” area as it’s referred to here, short for “DC – Maryland – Virginia.”

Designing cabinetry for a whole house and waiting for the house to be built (especially in a very snowy winter like this year) takes time so I have a number of projects that are very close to being completed but not quite ready to be photographed. I would like to share some photos in the meantime of some things that are in progress, take a look…

This is a remodel I did in Falls Church, it’s a small, simple white shaker kitchen with honed black granite, stainless steel appliances and pewter hardware.

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This is a kitchen remodel in Fairfax Station where the client wanted a Contemporary/Asian aesthetic. This was achieved with a solid natural cherry slab door accented with polished black granite and soft green tile (coming soon).

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This kitchen also features shaker mullion doors that look more Asian and less Craftsman with the help of frosted glass (coming soon) and Asian influenced stainless steel pulls.

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Here is another kitchen in Clarksville Maryland. I wrote a little about this kitchen back in November. The clients selected a contrasting custom navy blue color for their island cabinetry that I think turned out really cool.

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I have also been working on a very large home in Great Falls. This fall this kitchen will be a very impressive place, although you can’t tell just yet ;)

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I have also been busy making selections for the new displays that are going into our Haymarket location showroom. Our new Hagerstown Kitchens display will feature London Gray Caesarstone countertops with a 3″ x 6″ glass tile, herringbone set for the backsplash. I think we’ve landed on feather white but stay tuned.

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I’m also very excited about another Hagerstown Kitchens display in the works with this gorgeous custom natural walnut door.

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So now you know a little bit of what I’ve been up to and why I’ve been MIA. The other reason I’ve been preoccupied in my free time is that I’m expecting this fall! I’ve been engrossed in everything baby planning as I prepare for the birth of my first child (a boy) in mid-September.

 

Color Concept Display – Hot Colors for 2014

Back in the spring, Peter from Hollywood Sierra Kitchens and I started working on a project for one of the cabinetry lines we represented called Quality Custom Cabinetry (QCCI). They asked for our help to design a concept display based on the Color Marketing Group’s forecasted “hot” colors for 2014. I got started right away looking on Pinterest for inspiring rooms in the color palette we were given, see that board here.

Out of the 20 or so colors we chose four main colors for the display, a bright teal blue, a medium gray, a light seafoam green/gray and a warm medium brown/taupe. The theme is “California Cool,” which incorporates “beachy” neutrals that represent the local aesthetic. We chose to showcase a best selling door style called the “sonoma” in a new way by changing the door proportions, selecting contrasting molding colors, door panel materials and installing the hardware in a unique way to create a fresh contemporary look.

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We selected decorative large scale tiles to be hung as artwork, which allowed us to incorporate more of the colors as accents. The Knoll “sway” wallcovering we selected for the walls under the chair rail molding also incorporates more of the colors and gives the space a strong horizontal element that represents the horizon line that you’d see at the ocean. To continue the ocean visual we chose a gray porcelain tile from Porcelanosa that has a wave relief texture.

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Here’s how it turned out!

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The main color pop is the teal island cabinetry which incorporates glass fronted cabinets, LED lighting, metal capped feet and an oiled finish woodtop.

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The color of the woodtop brought in the warm medium brown/taupe color as well as the chair rail and base molding on the walls. The countertop material on the cooktop table is a recycled glass composite that ties in with the “contemporary/beachy” theme.

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The cooktop cabinetry is the medium gray color with contrasting molding on the drawer fronts in the same teal as the island. The center panel is a Knoll wallcovering with a woven metallic gray texture. The linear square edged hardware was installed across the panel to create a new modern aesthetic. The posts on the side create a console or table look while showcasing beautiful cookware like these pieces from Le Creuset.

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Here is a detail of the Knoll “asterisk” wallcovering in the flat panel of the drawer front. Quality Custom Cabinetry is excellent at construction and finish details as evident here.

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The tall cabinet was built into the wall so it only appeared 12″ deep but houses a Thermador microwave drawer. Lighting was not only incorporated at the top but also below the cabinet to accentuate the legs and the open look. The wallcovering above the chair rail is also from Knoll and is a softer less textured version of the “asterisk” called “alias”.

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The hinges on the top doors open out to reveal the micro drawer and a contrasting gray stained interior that resembles driftwood. This detail coordinates with the theme and showcases another one of Quality’s gray finishes. These door panels are sized similarly to the cooktop base but are oriented vertically instead of horizontally for a cohesive look between the furniture pieces. The cabinetry is the a neutral light gray to quietly tie the colors together. The contrasting molding is the same medium gray as the cooktop base and the flat panel is glass painted the light seafoam/gray color.

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These are the left over colors that we couldn’t incorporate (they are still hot ;) ) What do you think? Which of the hot colors are your favorite?

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More Maryland Kitchen Selections

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Since I am now designing kitchens for clients who are building new homes I get to design the cabinetry for multiple homes in the same area. Last week I shared the selections of a kitchen I’m designing in Maryland and this week I’m sharing another in the same neighborhood. The similarities here are the white cabinets and the Cambria Torquay ( a faux calacatta marble countertop material made in America from quartz). This kitchen has more transitional elements including the contemporary Belo faucet by Brizo that the client selected. I helped select some coordinating cabinet handles and suggested a door style similar to a shaker style with a flat panel but with a little more detailing. Since this kitchen is overlay and not inset, the detail on the door and drawer edges, the 5 piece drawer fronts and the small ogee panel molding will help it from looking too plain. Which look is your favorite?

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I <3 Architectural Details, NoVA Edition

I have lived in northern Virginia (NoVA) for about two and a half months now, after relocating from Los Angeles. In that time my husband and I have really enjoying getting to know the surrounding area. One of the things that has continually struck me on these trips is the classical architectural detailing in the building facades, doors, windows, moldings, ironwork and brickwork. A great example is Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.

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Above is the back of the house, below are details of the front.

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Below, a view of the interior molding details in the bright yellow dining room.

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The town of Winchester, VA also has some beautiful old buildings. I love the ironwork detail on the front porch and stairs of this 175 year old home called the Piccadilly Mansion.

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This building is the Handley Regional Library with a gorgeous copper roof, also in Winchester.

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This old home turned office building has a lovely mullion detail on the side lites and transom around the front door as well as classical columns and hunter green shutters.

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In old Town Alexandria on King Street there was more detailed brickwork on this old building with a very worn front step.

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This building also had interesting layers of brickwork detail.

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We walked by this lovely street in Old Town as well that features cobblestone streets.

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Most of the row houses have bright jewel tone colored doors like these.

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A similar teal doorway in downtown Leesburg with a federal style knocker.

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Maryland Kitchen Selections

I am now three weeks into my new job at Signature Kitchens (locations in Haymarket and Sterling, VA) so I wanted to share some of what I’ve been working on so far. With any new job there is a lot of training and I’m now designing in 2020 instead of AutoCAD LT. The good thing about 2020 is that it populates elevations and perspectives when you enter the floor plan and also prices out the materials for you and lists them which are helpful features over AutoCAD LT. AutoCAD LT however offers more control over details for custom cabinetry and millwork.

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One of the kitchens I’m currently working on is for a new home being build in Maryland, about an hour outside of DC. The clients choose a beautiful faux Calacutta marble for their island by Cambria, a simple elegant raised panel white painted cabinet by Mid Continent Cabinetry and a faceted glass knob from Top Knobs. The island will be done in a contrasting blue paint by Valspar called “Indigo Streamer.”

Edgy Glamour with a pop of color

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Take three! I’m obsessed with that blue Jonathan Adler chair.