Design Manifesto

Design Manifesto:

I believe in restoration and renovation work for many reasons. It will never get old making a timeworn piece look and feel new once more. I believe in the craftsmanship  of many older buildings and the quality of construction materials. I work with a carpenter that I think embodies the same level of craftsmanship as that of long ago.

In my online shop, I aim to reuse belts and be eco-conscious as much as possible. When I create my custom mirrors, I use vinyl because it is animal friendly. I use recused/recycled leather belts b/c they are sturdy and give new life to timeworn object. I request scrap plywood rounds for the mirror’s backing before I ever cut from a new piece.

In my walnut coat racks, I source sustainable and FSC locally harvested woods.

When I ship, I like to choose “green packing materials” as often as I can. To me that means reusing old shipping boxes that are structurally sound and reusing bubble wrap, foam, and recycled paper in much the same way.

In the past, I have up cycled furniture. On this Amy Butler Chair, I reused a mid-century style frame. Refinished all the wood and details, then I had my upholsterer add new fabric and foam cushions.

I look forward to getting creative with new products and ways to think green in the future. I would love to hear your ideas!

How to do keep your business “green” or your home for that matter? There are so many things that we can do to help reduce and recycle.

 

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Blink: Art to Inspire

Here is a snapshot of what is currently inspiring me this week.

I have been on a journey to define my artist heroes?

Who do you admire and why are they inspiring you right now?

Elliason

Waterfalls

Phaedra

Jun Kaneko

James Turrell

Take Your Time

This is Paper

Design Love Fest

PegandAwl : Take your time

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Playa del Rey Bathroom Reveal

I am so happy to be back after a short break from blogging feeling refreshed. I have made a conscious decision to create and design at a slower pace allowing time for perfection and reflection on the projects that I choose to design.

For this very reason, Lulu and Matt were awesome clients. They empowered me use my creativity in the design of their beachy modern bathroom while seeking quality in the aesthetic. I will share a thoughtful interview from Lulu as part of this post. All photos are courtesy of the talented Amelia Tabullo photography.

H: Lulu, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
L: I love fashion and everything design related.
H: What motivated you to want to update your bathroom? 
L: I think bathroom and kitchen play really important role in home style, and our old bathroom is very out-dated, and we have been planning to renovate it since the day we moved in. We prefer stand shower to 2-1 tub & shower, because the stand-in shower gives us more space, and it is easier to clean.

 

H: How would you describe your design style and personal taste?

L: My style is modern, minimal, chic, and practical. My favorite design is North European interior style, I love the light, clean, and airy feel for my home.

 

H: What is your favorite aspect of your new design?

L: One of my favorite is definitely the marble shower and floor, I think it brings the bathroom (even my home) to a whole new level. I also like the color palettes, white, gray, walnut.
H: The frameless shower doors were key in creating an unobstructed view of the marble tile work.

Thank you, Lulu for sharing your beautiful home, the inspiration and the freedom to get creative with you!

Here is a close-up of some of the little details which include: Scandinavian style faucet, handmade brass sconces and custom recessed walnut shelving all coming together to make the space truly unique!

The finishing touches include modern towel rod, hand towel ring, soap dish, robe hook and toilet paper dispenser were all part of a chic set by Hansgrohe. I came across these gorgeous accessories in this Brooklyn bathroom.

I have also taken time to freshen up my Portfolio page, so please stop by to see more of what I do.

 

 

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Lulu’s Stylish Bathroom Renovation

Drumroll…today is the day!

I am pleased to share the results of the full bathroom renovation with you. It was a labor of love and I feel a satisfied with the way it all came together.

I will have the professional photo-shoot in August, but until then, here are a few pictures of the renovated bathroom.

Below is the picture of the vanity before and after. We created more storage by using a large mirrored medicine cabinet in lieu of the older vanity.

We updated the space using a modern floating vanity in walnut that provided ample storage space. The accent wall was painted in Pigeon Gray by Benjamin Moore. The coolness of the gray paint offset the warmth of the walnut perfectly as imagined. The brass sconces by Triple7Recycled were a sweet find! They add a touch a of vintage style and metallic shine to the design.

I especially like the way that the 2 display shelves replace then former mirrored side cabinet. The details such as the shower head and handles really modernize the space. We used a set of Hansgrohe towel rods, ring, robe hook and soap dish to accessorize the bath.

An update to the general room lighting was essential in transforming the space. If I could only change 2 things about a room, I always look to lighting and paint selection in the beginning. The recessed LED lighting provides a crisp white light and energy saving advantages in the long run. I love the way the lighting reflects off of the marble surface.

All the details in the marble finishing make the space truly customized. From the marble baseboards, the buffed marble edging on the shower, to the honed marble shower floor tiles this space is one of a kind.

Overall, you can see how the bathroom flows together…from the enlarged shower surround to the modern sink.

The best part was sharing the results with Lulu and Matt. Lulu was a big part of designing the space. I know they are going to enjoy it for many years to come.

***We have since added see through frameless glass shower doors. I will save the pictures of these for the reveal of the pro photos in August.***

 

 

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Rustic Oak Pie Slab at FOOD52

I have saved one surprise to share with you for the end of the week!

One of my handmade pieces is now available through FOOD52 and I am simply thrilled about the collaboration. It is a pleasure to work with such talented curators and photographers. I feel that they have truly captured the intent and essence of how I envision the piece to function in your kitchen.

It is with great pride that I share this piece, et Voila!, my Rustic Oak Pie Slab as part of the FOOD52 Summer Pie collection.

Photography by James Ransom

Doesn’t that galette look drool-worthy?

As with many of my successful pieces, I originally designed them for myself for the desert display at my Baby shower, and ended up honing the finish and offering it up in my online shop.

While exploring the kitchen collection, I came across so many must-haves for my summer kitchen! Here are my top picks from their website.

Gorgeous pinstripe blue linen napkins.

Photography via Mark Weinberg

Can you picture these inside the Farmhouse Kitchen on Keats?

Photography via Kristin Goose

 I am really tempted to buy this Stainless Steel Ice Pop Mold, as I vow to make these creamy looking fruit pops!

All while I am wearing this sweet Thick Linen Chambray Apron.

Photography via Max Weinberg

 As a bonus, they offer inspiring recipes with photos on their website.

As a last treat, I have been following chef, Ada Mollencamp on Instagram. This week we cooked a tasty black bean, avocado, radish salad with citrus dressing inspired by her recipe.

I want to hear from you, what are you cooking this summer? Any favorite recipes, please share!

 

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Lulu’s Bathroom Demolition

Today, I am feeling satisfied as I unwind and regroup from a month-long bathroom renovation with the sweet and stylish Lulu of Lulusfashionpick. You can see the Inspiration for her beautiful classic bath renovation here and see all the inspiring pics on our shared pinboard.

When the demolition began just about everything in the bathroom changed. If you have ever wondered about the process of renovating a bath from start to finish…here…we…go!

First, we removed all the shower and tub surround completely and lined the shower with green-board, a type of waterproof drywall that is essential in showers and baths. Suddenly, the space appeared to be twice the size without the metal framing and the tub.

I provided quick sketches in 1/4″ scale including a space plan and lighting plan for the contractors to follow. In red, I drew in the recessed lights and switches.

We removed the original vanity, lighting, and recessed medicine cabinet.

Next, our contractor hot mopped the shower surround further waterproofing the space, a final preparation before the concrete could be skimmed on to the walls and floor. It was exciting to watch the changes day by day. Did I mention that I loved working with the contractor? He was always on time, hardworking and helped to keep us on budget throughout the project.

The highlight of the demolition was watching the tile work put in place. The tile craftsman was so artful cutting the 3″ tiles for the edging and 5″ tile to become the baseboard as well. Later, he buffed and polished the edges of the tile for a bullnose curved finishing.

Once the tiling was complete, they began to focus on the plaster and detailing of the space. I leave with a shot of the Pigeon Gray paint that we chose to accent the room!

I just couldn’t wait to see the room without the drop cloth covering the floor and the plastic liner totally removed from the shower…

I plan to post the final pictures of the room next week! You can see a sneak peak of the vanity and sconces over on Instagram of this truly unique and classic space that has been a JOY to design. Until then, please share, what is your favorite tiling material and paint for bath? Anything finishes that you are dying to experiment with?

Happy Monday~ Hope you had a joyful and inspiring holiday weekend.

 

 

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Designing a Custom Table

I wanted to share with you a peak at a custom table that I am designing. I had a strong desire to make my ideas into something real, and after working piece by piece, I have developed a design process. It starts with inspiration. For this table, my client, Veronica came to me with the idea and picture of a table that she really loved.

Next, I pictured a piece that would meet her visual and space requirements.

I often sketch by hand, which is a traditional technique. I like took a class called rapid visualization that gave me skills to do relatively quick hand sketches. I know a lot of designers work in different ways, and many prefer computer generated sketches.

I always wondered where I could buy beautiful quality hardwood. When, I needed a countertop custom cut, I came across House of Hardwood through a referral.

Ever since, I have been sourcing FSC hardwood for my walnut sofa wraps.  I always wanted to have a custom piece made by the carpenters there. I enlisted Andres to help us take this piece from the page to reality. He helped us to select materials and tweak the measurements into something precise.

We decided to use White Oak hardwood for the top and a paint grade pine for the base, along with a White Oak plywood for the shelf.

Once we had the carpentry complete, Veronica and I experimented with several stains before deciding on the perfect shade of gray. We wanted a warm gray that would compliment the chairs and stools in her kitchen, along with a grayish white for the base.

Here is a snap of the test shades.

Next week, I plan to reveal the fully painted and finished piece!

I would be curious to hear more about your design process. How do you transform your creative ideas into something tangible?

So far, my summer has been filled with creative challenges. Over the weekend we finished Lulu’s bathroom, later in the week, I plan to show pictures of the demolition.

 

 

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