Kitchen, bar, dining, library, living room
welcome! Please come in. I’m so excited to share the details of my home with you. Since this announcement, we have greatly appreciated your interest and comments on social. That’s why we thought this blog would be the perfect place to go into detail about the process, planning, details, and of course the product as a whole. Today we will introduce the kitchen, living room, dining room, bar, and library. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started.
Start with the kitchen, which is the core of the home. This room is truly a planet around which my family revolves. Great care was taken to ensure this space was perfect for our needs, from a slightly chaotic breakfast before school, to homework in the afternoon, to a fun family dinner, to a quiet tea in the evening. First, we wanted the kitchen to open onto the living area and also include a breakfast nook for daily meals. They also wanted an influx of natural light. Windows play a huge role in the look and feel of this space. Showcasing natural light has always been very important in my designs and my home was no exception. I chose the Sherwin Williams Greek Villa paint color for the entire downstairs and loved the warm white it exuded. I knew Greek Villa would be the perfect canvas to layer tones and textures on. All of my windows are covered in Hartman & Forbes wood shades. I love how the colors add texture and softness to each room. Additionally, there is no shortage of windows in my house, so for added convenience, the shades work with the automatic Lutron system installed by Bravas.
I love using design elements that reflect nature, and I notice them used everywhere, such as limestone floors, stained white oak cabinets, and natural stone countertops. Probably. The dimensions of the island were chosen to allow Michelangelo to use one complete slab of Alevesca dolomite, eliminating the need for seams in the stone. Additionally, a non-lacquered brass finish was chosen for the faucet, which adds warmth and a beautiful patina. Probably one of my favorite touches of his is the Rocky Mountain Hardware pulls and knobs. Each piece of RMH hardware is custom cast in bronze, with slight imperfections making each piece unique. Breakfast nooks and benches provide a casual place to eat, do homework, play games, and simply enjoy life. I made sure the benches had electrical outlets to plug in computers and devices. Speaking of outlets, I got to do some viral outlet hacks in my own home. The island incorporates a flush Bocci outlet to keep the design streamlined and sophisticated. The lighting throughout the kitchen is from my collection from Visual Comfort and I think the oversized nature of the wreath pendant above the island brings some nice scale and symmetry to the space.
Design points: Before building or renovating, pay attention to how you and your family will function in the kitchen. From small things like how to make coffee or tea, to where to cut vegetables or near the garbage can. Every little detail will tell you how the space should be laid out.
- Countertop: Michelangelo Arevescado Dolomites
I head from the kitchen to the bar. I love this area because it’s like a little jewel box that adds interest and functionality as you walk from the kitchen to the dining room. We inherited the same stained white oak cabinets and countertops as in the kitchen, but added gorgeous lacquered brass upper cabinets and shelves as a fun detail to store and display barware. Added. One of the lower cabinets is an ice maker, carefully concealed. You can also see in the photo of the kitchen above that the ceiling is curved, creating an intimate space compared to the high ceilings in the adjacent rooms. Since moving to the ranch, a lot of spicy ranch water has been produced and consumed. Cheers to that.
Design points: Be sure to include appliances that add usability and functionality to the space. You won’t regret the extra conveniences like an ice maker, wine refrigerator, and drinks drawer.
- Countertops and backsplash: Michelangelo Arevescado Dolomites
I have three children and am one of five (with lots of nieces and nephews), so family gatherings are big celebrations. Therefore, we wanted to ensure a dining room that would create a special atmosphere for entertaining. It was important to have a large table that could comfortably accommodate large parties. I also wanted additional convenient storage. By creating a built-in alcove behind beautiful custom Gracie wallpaper, you can create a statement piece of art while adding functionality. Interestingly, the wall covering design is inspired by antique tapestries. It has five panels that open to reveal shelves for storing interesting pieces. Click here to learn more about the design. The room remained light and bright, complemented by the same Sherwin-Williams Greek Villa paint color and gorgeous stucco-colored Mark Alexander curtains. You’ll also notice the slight curved detail on the ceiling. I loved the architectural touches that helped differentiate this space from the rest of the house.
Design points: Storage is important! Don’t waste your walls. If possible, consider how to maximize storage in your home with simple built-in shelving. Although this built-in part isn’t incredibly deep, it can still hold a lot of glassware and interesting pieces.
May there be light…lots of light! This room had a very dreamy design. My goal was to create a space where you could stop and appreciate the details. From stained white oak paneling throughout to a floating ceiling, I incorporated some fun architectural and design liberties to enhance the space. Additionally, the Hartmann & Forbes woven wood can be raised and lowered electrically to ensure privacy. With so many windows, this automated feature is a much appreciated luxury. If you look up, you’ll notice that Mark Alexander’s curtains sit neatly against the floating ceiling. I love the clean, streamlined finish this detail creates. I’m also a big proponent of layering rugs to achieve a sense of space, and how the Louis and Mina rugs from the collection with Annie Selke anchor such high ceilings. I love Iruka.
Design points: In each home I design, I like to create rooms that are unexpected and have a slightly different design from the rest of the house. I call this type of room a “jewel box”, but the library is ours. Everything from the room’s two-story ceiling height to the paneling stands out from the stucco and low ceiling heights of the rest of the house.
- Accent chair leather: antique
- Sawn and trim: stained white oak
One of my design tips is to mix and match different items in your home. Don’t subscribe to specific design trends or aesthetics. Instead, use antiques with newer pieces, different finishes, and patinas so they can work together to give your space a time-honoured, collected feel that will stand the test of time. My living room is a great example of how I put these items together and I’m very happy with the results. I love layers and natural elements that keep a room feeling bright, calm, and intimate. With three kids, we also needed this space to be comfortable and family-friendly. This room is connected to the library, so you’ll see the same woven wood, but the window treatments have been changed to luxurious lambswool satin in soft neutrals by Mark Alexander. Texture is what makes a room feel cozy, and this is achieved through the combination of layers and textiles. I started with the Gates rug from the collection with Annie Selke. This is a gorgeous wavy wool rug. Then, we juxtaposed that lightness with a gorgeous Lamb bespoke custom sofa made of bronze fabric. I can’t resist the flowing lines of the Gregorius Pineo Hadley Chair and love how soft it looks next to the antique accent chair and seagrass chair. The mantle mirror is also antique and has a round top. Before you ask, these mirrors weren’t just for taking pictures. Actually, we don’t have a TV downstairs! The coffee table is also custom made by me. I wanted a combination of finishes that were a bit brutalist and unexpected in design, making travertine and wood the perfect combination. Stone and metal side tables introduce additional elements into the space and add depth to the color palette.
Design points: Design around what you have! Many of the pieces in this room are things I already had from previous homes or things that never came to my client’s home. You can really put the pieces together to create beautiful harmony. Get creative with fabrics and finishes that complement each other but don’t clash.
- Countertop: Michelangelo Arevescado Dolomites
Phew! That’s it for today’s tour. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more about the downstairs support spaces, including a sunroom, powder room, butler’s pantry, and mudroom. stay tuned!