Transitional 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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A quick snapshot of a project in Acton Sally completed recently. The client had an architect and builder. Sally’s services were for furniture layouts and selection/specifying furniture, fabrics, color, materials, etc.

The view from the family room toward the kitchen. (My apologies for the under exposed pictures…)

Got to run… Busy day ahead… More another day…

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Sally and I are designing a project in Wellesley managed and built by Landmark Services, who are terrific by the way. The project involves the renovation of the kitchen, powder room and mud room ares on the first floor, the family bath and master bath on the second floor and creating a home office over the garage. We’re in the thick of design development right now, with final decisions being made on all materials, finishes, plumbing fixtures, kitchen appliances, etc. I spoke briefly about the kitchen in this post.

The Master Bath is progressing nicely and I thought I’d share a sketch of the vanity. It’s an “L” shape, with full height storage on the left – both open shelves and closed storage. Once again, the cabinets are flush inset, similar to the kitchen. Note the stone base – still thinking that thru…

We’re looking at various Jerusalem Gold Limestone options for the floor, shower, wainscot and decorative tile. (This is the third master bath using this material in less than a year. Is this a trend?)

 

My vote is for the tile in image #2, with it’s variation in visual texture and tonality. I love what you could do for a backsplash in the kitchen with the tile in image #3 – a little rough and relaxed, while exuding loads of charm and sophistication.

It will be interesting to see where we all end up!

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