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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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 🙂

 

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.