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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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?