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!

 

 

Where have I been, where am I going?

Big questions I know but here’s the simple answer – it’s been just over a month since my last post and a lot is happening. I am preparing to move to Northern Virginia in just under 6 weeks. I’ve been traveling a lot – visiting family including my new niece in Michigan, house hunting in Virginia and sightseeing in the Eastern Sierras. Here’s a short recap of what I’ve been up to design wise as well.

We at HSK have been working on some interesting projects this month including, a “color” display for one of our cabinetry manufacturer’s Quality Custom Cabinetry that will debut in Pennsylvania where they are located in October. Below are some of the finishes we’re considering, the objective is to work with a palette of new “hot” colors that have been forecasted for 2014. Since we’re the “west coast” design firm that’s participating along with other designers in Chicago and New Jersey we wanted our design to feel “California cool.” We’ve chosen a palette of cool toned colors and beachy feeling materials that create a subtle richness and sophistication inspired by elements that are popular here in LA. The deep blue countertop material is “dumortierite,” a semi-precious stone called “Concetto” made by Caesarstone. The cabinetry shown is a wire brushed rift cut oak, along with porcelain tile that looks like driftwood and a Knoll wallcovering.

IMG_6133We’re also working on a Spanish meets Glam kitchen in Bel Air. The perimeter cabinets will be in the off-white painted finish with glazing and brush strokes shown below by Crystal Cabinets. The island and peninsula will be in a stained cherry with a black glaze accented with pewter hardware and countertops. The perimeter will feature antique mirror inserts, circle mullion accent doors and the new piatra grey marble look-a-like countertops by Caesarstone.

IMG_5983Peter and I stopped by a jobsite yesterday in the Hollywood Hills to decide the best look for a built-in wood and gas pizza oven in a kitchen we designed. While there I took some photos of a gorgeous ceiling design in the client’s living room and metal passage doors throughout the first floor. Since this is new construction the clients are working with an architect and interior designer as well as their contractor and HSK. The house has European, Mediterranean and Moroccan influences.

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Below on the left are the main entry doors into the kitchen. The doors left and right of the range wall lead into the wine cellar on the right and the pantry on the left. The butler’s pantry we also designed is on the far left across the hall. To the right is the breakfast room which will get a custom designed hand carved hutch. The picture on the right shows the large skylight over where the island will be.

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I am very excited to see these projects finished, but I’m afraid with my move I won’t be able to see them in person. I am sad that after many many months of working on projects like these I won’t be able to see them to completion. I have loved working at Hollywood Sierra Kitchens for the past seven years and will be very sad to leave my clients, family and friends. I look forward though to the opportunities and challenges that living and designing in Northern Virginia will bring 🙂

 

A (bath)room with a view

I have been working on a bathroom project in the Hollywood Hills, the home like a lot of homes in the hills is literally built into the hill. The back faces Laurel Canyon Blvd. giving it a great view of Downtown LA and beyond.

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The new master bathroom space used to be a utility room with a obstruction in it from the hillside slope. The client had the room excavated and re-framed to create the new bathroom space. Here is a picture of the vanity wall in the framing stage. (I love a good before and after) The vanity will have an asymmetrical design with a tall linen storage cabinet on the left and the vanity to the right with a waterfall edge detail at the end to finish the run and make the cabinets appear as if they are floating.

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The shower pan is going to be recessed into the floor so we don’t need to have a traditional threshold. The tub will be under-mounted in a “Pure White” Caesarstone 4 sided box, which is created by mitering pieces of the 3/4″ thick material to create a seamless structure. The top piece will have the cutout for the bathtub which will be centered under the one of the windows. The shower wall will be clad in a slab of statuary marble and the other two walls of the room and floor will be tiled with honed basalt tile.

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I am also designing a storage cabinet and countertop for underneath the tv in the bedroom. The countertop will be double stacked to create a shelf to hold a wireless speaker made by Sonos. Here is the area last week, I randomly caught the tv with the caption, “Why hasn’t Kelly come forward?” which is a little creepy.

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The plumbing, the shower pan and tub deck framing are all being worked on now. Later this week the cabinets will be installed, the decorative hardware, the Caesarstone, the tile, plumbing fixtures and then the barn door into the room. Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!