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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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.

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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 🙂