Kitchen Design

Two years ago, we were retained to decorate a Back Bay condo on the first block of Marlborough Street. At the time, we were not allowed to professionally photograph the finished project nor use it in any of our publicity. Recently, it came to our attention that the property was on the market showing photographs of the finished interior and we felt free to at least talk about the project here on our blog. As you will see, the existing architecture was gorgeous, thus our scope of work was furniture, fabrics, and selective decorative lighting, artwork and accessories.

Programmatically, our charge was to design/create stylish, easy, comfortable living areas in a traditional setting. Design the first level for entertaining large groups of people. The second level was intended for personal family living/relaxing and bedrooms. (Sally had a ball!!!)

Dining area.

LivingRoom/Parlor with it’s original chandelier for the mid 1860′s. Can’t you imagine a hosting party here, with a small quartet playing the background?

 

A few vignette snapshots taken during installation.

 

Kitchen.

Note the corner of the custom sectional sofa Sally designed for the space. A true kitchen lounge!

Library on Second Level with it’s original restored paneling. The perfect place to wind down at the end of the day!

My biggest regret is that I never saw nor do we have a photo of the lovely custom console with a built in TV lift I designed that was placed in the living  room, so beautifully fabricated by Hawkes and Huberdeau.

This piece deserves a separate post on it’s development.

(If I can corner Sally for a moment, I’ll come back and add info on furniture manufacturers, etc.)

 

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While it’s still hot and with a meeting coming up on Sunday, I sketched the ideas I saw as I was assembling last night’s post. The one on the  far right is a Disaster – left and center are Contenders.

I am particularly intrigued with one on the left. It sort of crept up on me as I was drawing the middle one. It’s an echo of an upper cabinet food in the walk in pantry. I ghosted in the side around the corner to see how it would look. With the right CNC machine, it could even be rounded, as the middle one is.

I had mentioned the various materials we plan to use in the kitchen. Today found a photo I took of what we are considering. The mosaics are from Discover Tile at the BDC. The small 2″ x 2″ tile are New Ravenna.

I hope that by the end of the day tomorrow I will have the glass top table at the end of the island sorted out.

 

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I’m working thru the last few details of a kitchen island Sally and I are designing for a client in Newton, MA. The style of the kitchen could best be called a classical modern American kitchen with Belgian/European influences. Cabinets will be limed white oak or white oak with a transparent soft white wash, walnut island, jerusalem limestone backsplash, stainless steel appliances and funky lighting over a custom glass top table and column base that is integrated in to the island. We’re very excited about the floor, it will be stenciled. Final design and installation will be done by our decorative painter friends Lena and Doug of Zoe Design.

But I digress… Back to the island details. One of my pet pieces is many kitchen Islands I see are very conflicted visually. They can’t seem to make up their mind as t whether they are a piece of furniture, a table or something else entirely. Where I see this the most is at the island’s corners. Consequently I tend to fuss over my island corners. At the moment I have three contenders.

I’m trying to be more cabintry-like here, as opposed to furniture-ish or table-ish. I’m studying which detail will turn the corner most comfortably visually, given the simplicity of the cabinet doors. It’s interesting – as I look at the image now, I see at leasts two or three more possibilities. Can you?

This is where the process is so alive. You’ve absorbed images, had long discussions about style, function, form, materials and finishes with the client to the point where when you sit down to sketch you’re seeing the process thru their eyes, tempered by your own experience, intuition and design sensibilities.

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