Monday, June 13
I have most certainly racked up the frequent flyer miles in the last few months.
Primarily flying back and forth to New York (poor me…right?). We are working on a few great client projects in New York, including a fabulous apartment in Tribeca.
I know that I mentioned a few months ago that I would be participating in the New York showcase for Elle Décor. After designing a space for the Elle Décor showcase house last fall here in San Francisco (remember my bright pink chinoiserie teenage girls bedroom?), I couldn’t say no at the amazing opportunity to design the kitchen and dining room space.
The project was open for the month May and was a huge success. I am not sure I remember much of the month of May - with two showcase houses open in two cities!
My concept for designing this space was really to take a more casual approach.
Mixing in vintage pieces kept the space feeling light and relaxed. I really wanted to juxtapose texture, objects and shapes (I used a vintage French 1970’s table) against the sleek modern cabinetry. (Special thanks to Bosch for providing new stainless appliances: range, dishwasher and refrigerator)
I really wanted to also use the space to highlight two artists: Jennifer Ament and Michelle Vaughan. I just loved the whimsy in both of their work.
The light fixture was designed by Workstead and really created a wonderful sculptural and industrial layer to the space.
The Moroccan runner was from The Rug Company.
I always love to add a bit of humor and fun to my work.
I wanted to play a bit with the fact that so many New Yorkers don’t really cook or use their kitchens much.
I don’t recall Carrie Bradshaw cooking at all in her kitchen.
"The only thing I've ever successfully made in the kitchen is a mess. And several small fires." - Carrie
To play a bit with this and the concept of “take out” and “delivery”- I took Chinese food menus and created a fun and whimsical backsplash.
I saw this space as a place where someone might have a cup of coffee and yogurt in the morning or put out very simple snacks for a cocktail party.
Special thanks to Jamie Beck for her fabulous photos and to Caitlin Flemming for making that happen!