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!

 

 

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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Draper-DBS Display

Snyder Diamond is a company that sells appliances, plumbing fixtures and hardware at three locations around LA. We at Hollywood Sierra Kitchens (HSK) collaborate with them often on orders for our clients and we have displays at two of their locations, Santa Monica and Pasadena. At the Santa Monica location, we have a Subzero/Wolf Living Kitchen display that we designed using our cabinetry line DRAPER-DBS. Two weeks ago our new assistant Christina and I stopped in to see the new Dornbracht horizontal shower (see my post on it here) and while we were there I wanted to give Christina a tour of the kitchen. When we got there we encountered the caterers  – this is a “living display” after all.
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The Kitchen has taupe and white painted cabinetry with a walnut island and oven cabinet. The sink wall cabinetry features an apron front sink and a paneled dishwasher to the right. The taupe cabinetry shown below hides two Subzero column refrigeration units with a pull-out pantry and a pull-out trash in the center.  The beautiful pendant fixture over the island is by Jonathan Adler.
IMG_5385Below is Christina modeling the functionality of our ingeniously hidden pair of Subzero 736TCI’s. The hardware placement and the multiple drawer fronts trick the user into thinking the cabinetry is really an armoire. The x-mullion accent doors above with mirror panels inserts add glamor to the piece.

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Another unique part of the display is the “hidden” oven cabinet. On the bottom left is the cabinet with the retractable doors closed. On the bottom right is that cabinet with the retractable doors open, exposed an L-series Wolf single oven. Below on the left is a side view, the cabinet looks to be only 12″ deep because it is recessed into the wall. This kitchen design is so special because it features multiple custom furniture-like pieces that house major appliances. The concept of the integration is very modern (especially three+ years ago when it was installed) but this kitchen still has a very traditional “New England” look.
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Above right is the countertop detail on the island, the material we used was cinder Caesarstone with espresso Caesarstone for the pinstripe. Only a really great fabricator could pull this look off and we were thrilled with how it turned out. The edge detail is a 2.25″ high beveled edge with a straight apron.
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Here are two more of my favorite details from the sink wall cabinetry. The latch hardware in polished nickel is such a crowd-pleaser, it gives a vintage ice chest vibe while being practical for those living in earthquake zones. The cabinetry is frameless and flush inset. The door style is a flat panel door with a stepped molding. The stepped detail is repeated in the under-cabinet and crown molding. The backsplash is from Walker Zanger, it is their “Hollywood Grand field pattern” in calacata. On the right is the wood countertop made of wenge from Qwinique. That edge detail is a 1.5″ high cove edge with a straight apron. Do you like our display? Which detail is your favorite?

Loft Chic

One of the most unique spaces I’ve worked on was a beautiful loft in an historic building located in the heart of downtown Hollywood. The unit has an amazing view of the Capitol Records building and from what I hear an amazing rooftop pool as well. This project was even featured on Apartment Therapy. Our client, Daniel Lowe is an Interior Designer and he choose Hollywood Sierra Kitchens to help him with the kitchen, bathroom and walk-in closet design. He selected all the furnishing and accessories himself and he did a fantastic job. Here are some pictures our photographer, Bethany Nauert, took for the apartment therapy shoot.

Here’s Danny with his adorable boston terrier. The black painting on the left side of the right photo he painted himself!

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I think it was very inventive to use those bistro style folding doors to separate the bedroom space when necessary.

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I also love the way the wall-papered mantle wall, the lime chair, and the turquoise-painted antler heads give a nice contrast and punch to an otherwise neutral space.

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The Kitchen was really a “galley” style, and the back wall had a Viking stainless steel refrigerator, a Viking range and hood, a Rohl apron front sink and a Dornbracht faucet.

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Here are two side views of the kitchen with the beautiful industrial looking pendants that Danny selected, both on and off. The cabinetry is flush inset with an arched bracket foot detail at the sink base and glass inserts in all of the frame-only doors. Danny choose to do the latch hardware on the wall cabinets because he wanted a “New England” feel. The small scale white subway back-splash tile is from Waterworks.

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These shots show the side of the island which had a wainscot end panel and base molding.The appliances in the island are a Viking microwave drawer and a stainless steel beverage center, along with a three drawer base for storage of large pots and pans.

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The bathroom has two under-mount Ladena sinks from Kohler with wall-mounted faucets from Waterworks. The cabinetry is flush-inset with a paneled drawer design, accented with chrome bin-pull hardware.

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We integrated posts/pilasters into the vanity design to give it a free-standing, furniture-like  quality. The closet was done in a high gloss black finish with polished nickel knobs. The door panels were frame-only with antique mirror inserts, which are also featured in the wainscot panels in the building’s elevators. What do you think of the space? Wouldn’t it be fun to live in a bachlor-pad type loft like this?! 😉 You can check out the rest of the pictures here at Apartment Therapy.