Traditional Style

As I began to map out the post it became clear that in order to tell the story properly, it needed to be broken down into parts. It has been a long, interesting, educational and at times painful journey. Having said that – all ended well, but not at all where we started… Today, I am sticking just to the pretty pictures and sources of inspiration, to give you an idea of where we started.

The floor plan below shows locates the stair in the context of

the floor tile layout and several adjoining rooms off the foyer. It is a two story space with the second floor stair landing/hall running from right to left above the family room and kitchen.

In reality the stair and tile layout were conceived simultaneously. The following images are examples of stairs and tile layouts we drew inspiration and ideas from.

Our client loved the tile pattern/border in Brooke Astor’s Holly Hill House. We also drew inspiration from how the stair lands and flairs, which will be more evident in my next post.

SERGE J.F. LEVY/AP Photographer

 

The sweep of the hand rail form the Nathaniel Russell House… Look closely, the hand rail is composed of many individually carved curved segments.

Sje fell in love with this older wrought iron stair balustrade.

And this more modern spin on a similar motif.

 

Sally and I had budgetary concerns and in fact much preferred the character of stairs with simpler wrought iron balusters, as in these examples.

 

Before our client was willing to consider a simple baluster, we had to go thru the “exercise” of what would the more complex balustrade cost.

And so the adventure began…

Stay tuned…

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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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We’re sooo excited! Our 1670 antique colonial featured in Design New England is finally on the news stands and available digitally! A special thanks to Loren Savini of Design New England for her wonderfully written story and Michael J Lee for his beautiful photographs!

Have a wonderful week!

 

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