Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Small Kitchen, Big Ideas

Sometimes the small projects can be the most challenging.  Take for example this galley kitchen for my clients, the Molleras.

This home was built in the 1950's and is what I would consider a cottage.  This kitchen had been updated in the '80's, but now it was ready to come into the 21st century.

With a limited budget, we had to decide priorities.  Ideally, we wanted to replace the cabinets.  Instead, we went for a fresh coat of paint, new doors and drawers, some rearranging and just a couple new cabinets to make this kitchen more welcoming and functional.

The Silestone countertops were a must and a last minute slush fund afforded the backsplash upgrade from the slated subway tile.

From the beginning, I had a vision for this black and white checkerboard floor.  It is fitting to the age of the house and the angled lines really helped to open up the space.

Finish off with some new dining furniture and window treatments and lighting and we've got a happy client!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Latest and Greatest in Furniture

I just returned from a wonderful week at the Las Vegas Furniture Market.  With 3 buildings of up to 16 floors of showrooms, there is so much to see.  I think this was the busiest market I've been to there.  Is this a sign of the times?  Most vendors and designers I talked to seemed very busy with projects and positive about the economy.

Since pictures are worth a thousand words,  I'll show rather than tell all the fabulous things I discovered:

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Spike chandelier, almost marquee style

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I love these spiky accessories.  Not great for Feng Shui, though, I am told

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A dining table made from coffee trees

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Cog-like mirrors.  Would be a classy addition to a steam punk interior

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Fun and flashy pendants!

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I saw a lot of dark brown with black.  Drama drama!
(trend alert!)

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What fun whimsy legs

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Fish scale mirror

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Indigo still going strong in accent colors

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Sophisticated dining set

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Unique display cabinet

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  I'm looking forward to incorporating some of these items in my designs.  Which one is your favorite?