Thursday, July 28, 2011

east village kitchen

while i’m officially obsessed with every transformation i feature, some of them are so up my alley that i wish i could teleport them into my home and make them mine. like today, i want wesley moon’s newly renovated east village kitchen, bad. moon and his partner salvatore purchased their manhattan apartment in june of 2010 and immediately gut-renovated the entire thing, paying extra attention to the kitchen. the existing kitchen didn’t properly take advantage of its 83 square feet, wasn’t suited for a cook and a baker, and most certainly did not pay homage to the building’s 1910 birth. moon changed all of that by converting the cookery into a galley and putting cabinets on three walls, allowing for two people to work in the center space freely.
inspired by the kitchens of new orleans plantation homes, moon designed all of the cabinetry himself, while his meticulous contractor created it at his woodshop and then painted it on-site in a soft grey satin oil-based enamel. because moon was able to configure the cabinetry any which way he wanted, the layout accommodates a rare washer-dryer combo unit, a wolf range, and an appliance garage.
the use of rich materials is the kitchen’s crowning glory. reclaimed black and white marble graces the floor after having spent hundreds of years in a spanish convent while honed white statuary marble is used for the countertop and 3” x 18” stove backsplash. antiqued mirror adds dimensionality and reflects light from the backsplash across from the kitchen’s window and on the upper door panels of the end wall cabinets. the kitchen’s piece de resistance is its hardware. wesley and salvatore collected polished brass pulls, knobs, hinges, and cabinet latches from different vendors and had their lacquer stripped, chemically inducing the most gorgeous patina ever. wesley moon, your kitchen is beautiful, transplant it to my home?

[sources: interior design by wesley moon inc, lg washer dryer combo, cuisinart stainless steel microwave, wolf 36" gas range, sub-zero integrated refrigerator, and paris ceramics antique black and white marble floor]

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

tiek built homes

i recently stumbled across steven tiek on pinterest, and let me tell you, it may have been the greatest discovery i’ve ever made on the world wide web! as the owner and designer of tiek built homes, steven is a star contractor. “i feel what makes me unique from other contractors is my experience and eye for design. i enjoy helping homeowners redesign their homes – from restructuring the layout to choosing tile, paint, and trim that will be harmonious with the style of the home.”
his recent overhaul of a utah family home makes me weak in the knees. tiek partnered up with cabinet maker benjamin blackwelder to create two of my favorite bathrooms of all time; while he customized the basement’s boring brick fireplace with pine and fence posts. thank you pinterest!

i would especially like to thank allison tiek of tiek built homes for submitting redesigns straight from orem, utah. the after photos were taken by the talented meikel reece.

Monday, July 25, 2011

john milander architects

typically i construct a little song and dance about why each designer we feature rocks, and while today’s designer john milander rocks hard, i think in this case it would mean more coming from his fabulous client. take it away nichole!
“we scheduled interviews with 8 architects. john was the first one we met with and should have also been our last. we knew from the beginning that he was the right architect for our project. he had a genuine interest in working on our house (remodel/addition) which was apparent in his energy, enthusiasm, responsiveness, and amazing ideas. he was flexible in meeting with us in the evenings and on weekends and was a great advocate for us when it came to choosing contractors. we knew without a doubt that john always had our best interests at heart and that we could trust him to shape our ideas into our dream house. he was extremely patient with us, even when we changed our plans and timing midway through the project. in interviewing other architects, we realized the importance of finding someone that can not only create a spectacular house, but is someone you can TRUST, who listens and you can work well with. john was the only one we met that could do all of the above. we weren't sure what to expect when searching for and hiring an architect, but can honestly say that he exceeded our expectations.”

[sources: architecture by john milander architects, behr pensive sky wall paint, restoration hardware sutton single sconce, restoration hardware pivot mirror, shaw hickory flooring, weather shield windows, shaws original kitchen sink, lowe's dove white kraftmaid kitchen cabinetry, and indian premium black granite counter-tops]

Thursday, July 21, 2011

our bedroom!

today is the day! our full bedroom renovation reveal is here! over the course of construction i mentioned that our goal was to create a space that felt modern, but also paid homage to our bungalow’s 1920 birth and craftsman roots. i also declared that we were going to utilize tyler’s mad woodworking skills and install tons of beautiful moulding and paneling. in addition, i pointed out that the existing bumpy plaster walls were the color of baby poop, the carpet was just plain disgusting, and the closet’s depth could only accommodate elfin size hangers… and that they all had to go.
our gleaming new space is now outfitted head-to-toe in brandy new drywall and maple flooring. it features a double width closet, a shiny ceiling fan and boatloads of architectural detailing. we couldn’t be happier!

[sources: martha stewart pebble wall paint, benjamin moore decorator's white door and trim paint, urban outfitters monogram pillowcases, j.c. penney savannah III roman shades, anthropologie curious bernard hook, allen + roth mazon brushed steel ceiling fan, frumafar gray arrow print headboard fabric, target owl lamp and poka dot decorative pillow, schlage polished chrome georgian door knobs, and one alabaster deer head]

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

texas study

as a jersey girl i don’t know much about the great state of texas, but as a designer i do when a room has been overly ornamented in texan décor. fortunately the munger sisters also inhabit this ability and when the time came to revamp their cleint’s home office, they jumped on the opportunity. munger interiors bid farewell to the quail taxidermy, hunting artwork, and dark woodworking and welcomed a golden color scheme with a feminine nod to rustic décor. reclaimed wooden ceiling beams have been added and all moudling and built-ins have been painted out. the new space certainly honors the texan home while proving that you don’t need dead animals to pay homage to the lone star state.

i would especially like to thank elizabeth munger of munger interiors for submitting redesigns straight from her houston texas studio. the after photos were taken by the talented troy covey.