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?

1. Cabinetry 2. Apron Front Sink 3. Hardware 4. Faucet 5. New Quay Cambria 6. Torquay Cambria

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.”