We are working on what feels like a zillion kitchens and baths at the moment. I once counted the number of decisions that needed to be made for either a kitchen or a bathroom I’ve forgotten but after 125 different questions that needed answering, I think the client raised the white flag and let me do what I wanted.
Our #Beech Master Bath is particularly tricky given that the third floor in which it is on is full of dormers, odd rooflines and is sandwiched between the Master Bedroom, Dressing Room/Closet and a stairwell. The previous incarnation of said bathroom was truly something to behold - we were very happy to see it demolished. Not so happy to discover a joist was cut to put the plumbing in - right beneath the shower. It’s a good thing our clients are very fit folk. BOMBS AWAY would take on a whole new meaning if one had an extra helping at Thanksgiving with added girth. Heck if two people had tried showering in there…. YIKES! It’s all been fixed though now!
Because of these sloping issues, it’s made things tricky for us with regard to the lighting, millwork and mirrors. The slope negated the option of building in mirrors with millwork because you’d have to emphasize the slope or draw a line below it which only further serves to emphasize the slope so we opted for mirrors hung on the wall. Of course determining which mirrors work best with which lights - a whole other story. Then there came the mirror needing to be centred over the sink which negated the style of drawer layout we’d initially planned on the vanity. It’s a cascade effect. We have lots of room for built in storage which is great. Please note that we’re having the frieze slope so that the cabinetry is all built in but we’ve added the Chippendale Fretwork and mirror to distract you.
We’re still working on the other side of the bathroom. As I type this I’ve seen the addition of wainscot to the lower portion of the walls around the tub surround and shower including the walls behind the toilet. We have more room for storage so we’re looking at yet another Chippendale and mirror fretwork cabinet adjacent to the toilet.
The stone story has yet to be entirely finalized but we are close.
UPDATE: Never trust an architect’s measurements. Must always visit in person. Ceiling has to be totally redrawn as does a wall here and there because what is being built is very different than what we thought we had to work with given our drawings. Sigh. Have I ever mentioned that I really prefer to be involved BEFORE an architect is? Oh well I’m used to it. Much the same way that I now expect to find joists cut because of plumbers. THREE projects in the last six months we’ve discovered this to be the case THREE! Oy Vey.
We’re also working on a fancy schmancy master bathroom for one of my very first clients. This project we are calling #TheHill. It’s kind of an inside joke between the client and I - #TheHill that is. This is going to be one of those projects where there is scope creep. It’s been almost 15 years since we started working on her dream home. Maybe even longer to be honest. I was teaching and working at Home Depot when I met her. She had faith in me way back when so it was very important to me that I dazzle her with our presentation (I think I succeeded). I knew going in that an all white or grey bathroom was never going to float her boat and she doesn’t really covet the typical or the expected. Having said that, I have a budget I need to work within so my task was to find materials that were conventional enough to be price friendly but still distinct enough to be client friendly.
Purple was the way to her heart - I knew this. Her love of purple may surpass my own but only just. Wait til she sees my newest fabric collection for JF. YOWSAS. I started with Lilac Marble which I knew to be the perfect balance between the conventional $$ and the unconventional look. From here I jumped to this amazing killer lacquered laminate which looks like a greyed oak. We’re going with a deco inspired flavour in the bathroom to compliment the architecture which really lends itself to facets and great geometry. The pattern in the background is a wallpaper that we are going to wrap the back wall in behind the free standing soaker tub. It is a vinyl paper. Pretty killer non?
We love the Fish Tales for an accent wall in the shower. It will compliment the wallpaper across the bathroom from it. The counters will be done in the same marble too.
And this is the tub. We love a flat surface along the top of the tub - it’s easier to get in and out of and it allows you to put a tray across the tub for wine/book/soap (notice my priorities there). I love the shape of this it is the perfect #StrongFeminine which of course is my jam.
Opening Photo: Purple Haze by Caitlin Dinkins
As a redhead, I am no stranger whatsoever to drama and I love infusing drama into the spaces we design when a client will let me or when the space itself demands it.
“Go Big or Go Home..”
It’s kinda been a motto of mine for some time and I have really begun to embody it in everything I do including my approach and outlook when it comes to design. Budgets need to allow for it because if you really are serious about investing in your home, you don’t want to regret not taking chances on things that take a space from nice to HOLY BATFUCK THAT IS AMAZING. (trademarked) We are working on many different projects that are all amazing in their own ways. Some are quieter than others but in those instances, functionality and attention to detail are where the drama is happening. Convention is over here on the left but we are veering to the right in order to elevate the field we are playing in.
This includes my own house.
I inherited a table base that wasn’t working out for a client. It’s a beauty and truth be told I’ve been wanting to get rid of our original Teak dining table (have I mentioned I’m not a MCM fan when it comes to Teak?) because despite it being round it has 4 legs. That was a dumb ass design Dansk. ANYWHOOOO New gold pedestal base from Emporium Home and we need a top. I want a marble top because I don’t know because. I had originally envisioned some sort of white marble with black spider veins every which way that was sorta stained and looked old. But then I saw some other options and I was like… hmmmm maybe these. Then I saw an option last night that made me stop dead in my tracks and said ... HOLY BATFUCK THAT COULD BE AMAZING. But it was BOLD and even though it’s PERFECT for the new colour scheme I’m hatching for our house I was worried that it was TOO BOLD.
Fast forward to today and my stone fabricator texts me and says - here’s the price for the BOLD marble. It was a REALLY good price. I asked about the white and black one and he said it will be double (which is almost what I paid for my entire kitchen counters come to think of it) but then he said the following - “I don’t mean to tell you what to do but honestly, the Cielo is FLIPPING AMAZING.” It also has a crack in it which means I’m getting it for a deal. We’re going to do a reverse bevel edge.
HOLY BATFUCK THIS IS HAPPENING. I said ORDER IT.
“Go Big or Go Home…” No one will ever accuse me of not following my own advice. Lead by example I always say.
This is the “Safe” choice I was initially thinking of.
I liked this - a Granite no less. I think I’m going to put it on a client’s fireplace mantel. Asa didn’t love it for our house.
We both loved this but not for a round dining table too much like a liquorice candy.
This could be super cool. I kinda love it for a client’s kitchen table…
But you can see which one is the obvious choice now yes?
This is the table base. Made for each other really.
Opening: Serenity. Available through MHD
As you may have gathered, one of the more “FUN” aspects of my job is the opportunity to travel and visit different design fairs/trade shows to purchase product for projects. Back in July, I travelled to Atlanta to attend AmericasMart which was a great opportunity.
I was revisiting my photographs from the market this past weekend looking at product that I want to specify for upcoming and current projects. Thought I’d give you a gander at what is floating my boat right now.
I’ve been a huge fan of Barbara Cosgrove lamps to such a point that I’m included in their most recent catalogue gushing over their products and their service. They now are offering the option of adding gros grain ribbons to their lamp shades which I ADORE.
We are using a pair of these pendants at our #PennDr project in brass. DIVINE.
I think our #Soudan clients will love this cocktail table. I started to type coffee table but that is such a UN-chic name. I much prefer cocktail. Just a side note there.
I’m kind of obsessed with using this dining table. I will admit that the mirror top is a bit of dilemma for me. I hate the idea of glass or mirror dining table tops because they scratch, are not at all forgiving and so on.. if this was a black marble top… GOOD GOD it would be perfect.
This table would be PERFECT in a bathroom.
Our #CotswoldHouse clients are considering buying another significantly bigger home instead of having us redo their existing house. If we end up working on the MUCH MUCH MUCH bigger home, this is a must.
I love a mirror above a bed. I tend to use a convex mirror but this is a great alternative. I really love it.
I am thinking that this is still a consideration for a light fixture in our #Soudan kitchen. LOVE the alabaster. LOVE.
These Currey & Co lights may be just the ticket for our #Beech Dining Room which has a peaked ceiling and a skylight presenting us with a bit of a light fixture dilemma. LOVE the different heights. THIS is why I revisit my photos often.
I suggested Intaglios to a client for her foyer last week when I was in #Rye visiting our #MtHolly project. She wasn’t too fussed but she hasn’t seen these until now….
I don’t have a place for this… YET.
I’m actually thinking of putting this over the bed in the master bedroom at our #Rye #MtHolly project. Because there is a window to one side of the bed over the night table, we are going to add a mirror over the other bedside table to make the bed feel more symmetrically situated. That means my “put a mirror over the bed thing” is a no go… THIS is a great option. She’ll probably think I’m crazy. Not the first time, definitely won’t be the last time.
Hello Friends! Crazy Crazy Crazy Town here. I’m about to take off to our #Rye project in NYC for a few days to Zhush and such as we have a delivery happening there. Our #Coaldale project out in Alberta is also installing on Weds and the ladies in the office have their hands full with a buoyant roster of work including more kitchens than you can shake a fist at. Some are just getting a little lift, others are getting the heave ho and others still are already in the process of deconstruction and are eagerly awaiting Humpty to put them back together again.
#PennDr and #Beech are both down to the studs. #Soudan has the design done and demo is around the corner. #Naples is in the concept phase as is #Jasper. #DoradoBeach is getting the sexiest island EVER and a bit of a facelift on the colour front. We’re also trying to lower counter tops which appear to have been built up by the family who built the house originally - distant relatives of Andre the Giant. #Coaldale will be getting a little embellishment and #Rye has it’s breakfast room chairs about to arrive in the morning hoooooray!!!! Wallpaper for the Butler’s Pantry as well. #CotswaldHouse has a VERY swanky design but clients threw me a curve ball last week and may be looking to buy the house down the street… if that pans out I still kinda want to put the kitchen we designed in this new baby. Even #Madison is getting in on the fun as we are adding metal strapping to their range hood which was always the plan!!!!
As a designer, it’s imperative that I not recreate the same kitchen or bathroom over and over again. I really go out of my way to try and bring in something with a twist to keep things feeling different and fresh yet maintain a practical aspect and of course functionality. #Beech for example is a Galley Kitchen - I secretly LOVE and adore these. Sure an island is great and all but a Galley Kitchen is a cook’s kitchen. Ours’ is a U shape and I also think that they are deadly practical and has a ton of counterspace in the end.
We have some Post Issues at the entrance of the kitchen which is just to the right of the Fridge. To allow for doors to swing open properly, we’ve added a pantry to the right of the fridge with a door swing to the left to avoid the post problem. We’ve also extended cabinets right down to the counter to make up for some of the lost cabinet space that has gone to a wine fridge (NOT THAT THAT IS A SACRIFICE IN ANY WAY) and to make the kitchen feel more custom (despite being fully bespoke I just like those details to really drive the point home).
You know you’ve been looking at too many diagrams for too long in one day when you miss that the cabinets don’t go all the way up to the ceiling. That is being resolved. If there is one thing I hate in a kitchen, it is cabinets that don’t extend all the way up to the ceiling. Add a frieze, add an elaborate crown. Do whatever it takes to make them go up to the ceiling. It’s a nice problem to have!! CEILING HEIGHT!!! Taller cabinets, a second set of cabinets. It’s all a good problem to have. In our #PennDr kitchen, we only have 8ft ceilings. Wait til you see what we are doing to the ceilings there though to make lemons into the sweetest of lemonade.
Here you can see the options for the cabinets. On the left, we have a set of smaller cabinets on top of the initial cabinet. On the right, you can see the taller cabinets. I’m not so fussed with the taller cabinets, I’d much rather a second row of cabinets above. You agree?
We did the double row of uppers here in our #Madison project. Now this was the staged version of Madison… wait til you see the ACTUAL!!!!!
Opening Photo: Heidi Piron Design & Cabinetry (LOVE THIS!)