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.


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.


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.