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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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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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Renovation: Kitchen Inspiration

I hope you are enjoying this series of Renovation stories. Because something VERY special could be happening tomorrow on the home front, I have opted to share this Monday post one day in advance. While the landscapers are getting started working on the outside of the property. I would like to show you the Kitchen transformation from the inspiration to how it looks now.

I knew that for this house I wanted an open Scandinavian modern type of feeling. I felt that a future dweller might enjoy white cabinets, open shelving and warm wood countertops that accented the floors. I loved the kitchens by other designers below.

You may remember how the kitchen looked before drywall. I also wanted to preserve historic touches, where I could.

One thing that spurred me on from the kitchen before, was the overcrowding. There were just so many cabinets yet, all in good condition made from solid pecan wood. I liked the idea of reusing the cabinets and reconfiguring them in a better way. For this, I would need our carpenter to really help us make that work.

None of the countertops that could be salvaged because they were all mismatched pieces of stone, marble and plywood simply sitting on the cabinets unattached, in fact some of the cabinets were not attached to the walls!

The warm wood tops were a natural choice because of their color and affordability. The flooring is an engineered wood with a wide plank and a hand-scraped texture. I liked how the golden tones of the countertops matched the lighter gold streaks in the floors. You will see in a moment how well they match in the space. The floors actually look much lighter in daylight.

Below you can see a quick sketch by hand, where I rearranged about half of the existing cabinets to be installed by my carpenter.

I found many inspiration photos that I liked which mixed stainless steel appliances set against the white cabinets and warm wood. Since stainless appliances were more costly, we had considered simply sticking with an all white palette. To our fortune, we stumbled upon an appliance sale over Labor Day weekend, which allowed us to afford all stainless for the much the same cost. Cha-ching!

We used a farmhouse pendant as a focal point in the center of the room along with natural light and recessed lighting as a part of the total lighting solution.

The kitchen’s overall size has increased exponentially and we created cleaner, straighter lines when we moved the original bathroom to create the L-shaped kitchen.

Below is the first shot of the kitchen showing things really shaping up! Now it’s time to show off the final photos of the kitchen! I had asked my friend, Kristin Goose to take the final pro photos. She has a really good eye and I think that the final photos came out great!

At right, you will see the original transom window above the doorway, that we reinstated as you walk through to the den/dining space.

There is ample space to place a kitchen island or a dining table. I pictured a large driftwood finish farmhouse dining table with modern chairs in this space!

I have always wanted to have a Farmhouse sink! I guess I will have to live vicariously through this property for now.

One solution that we had to lighten up the upper shelving was to use glass and open shelving. To create this look we cut open the cabinet doors and inserted plexiglas panels. Then, our carpenter John, worked on the custom open shelving adding white shelf supports for installation.

After waiting so long to be able to share these, I hope you are enjoying these final pics. The kitchen was a labor of love. (I am still toying with the idea of a tile backsplash behind the sink at some point. I would love to hear your thoughts on the transformation:)

Next week, I hope to share a little surprise with you and with a little luck the bathroom renovation photos which are in the editing stage.

 

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Renovation Story Part III: Interior Floorplans

At the time of purchase, I did plenty of internet research about the history of shotgun houses. I want to share what I learned with you. Part of what makes this neighborhood historic was the period these houses were built along with the traditional layouts and floor plans.

A classic shotgun style home would have only 3 rooms: Front Bedroom, Kitchen, and Living Room. Occasionally, the living room would be located at the front of the home.

Historically additions were added as fourth rooms to the side of the home. In this case, our home had both an addition and an upper floor, which offered 2 additional bedrooms.

You may remember from the previous post…this upper addition of a second floor over the back portion of the home is referred to as a “camel back”. So our home has 2 additional bedrooms.

The interior doorways would traditionally all line-up so that a single mythical “shot” could be fired into the front door and exit out the back door…our house was a little more chopped up than this…here is the original floor plan below.

You may notice the tiny bathroom on the North side of the property. This was likely an addition to the home. Although bathrooms did not exist within these homes at the turn of the 20th century, they were added to large hallways as indoor latrines became more commonplace. Not only did we decide to expand the kitchen into the original bathroom, but I designed a Master Bath to occupy the unused space in a large and grandiose hallway.

The hallway was really unique because of it’s high ceilings. There was evidence of really interesting hardwood floor tiles, but they had deteriorated so badly that I felt adding a Master Suite with a bathroom would add the most value to the house for a modern lifestyle. The high ceilings in the Master and Guest Baths also lend some charm to the rooms themselves.

The updated Floor plan below shows how we decided to open up the Living Space and Kitchen. We expanded the kitchen into the small bathroom to provide an open L-shaped work triangle. Next, the guest bath was shifted into a small section of the hallway and we constructed a linen closet at the base of the stairs. From the front of the house to the back we lined up the interior doors, which allowed us to move the exterior side door back into the original placement within the property.

Doing a floor plan remotely is more challenging than you may think. There are additional windows on the South side of the property that I only discovered upon traveling to see the residence early Autumn of 2013.

Here you can see how the crowded kitchen looked before the renovation.

and large hallways…as you can see, the hallway was large enough to be used as a dining room at one point.

Once the demolition began, we had lots of dated wood paneling, ceilings and floors to be removed!

If you missed my first 2 Renovation Story posts…you can begin reading here.

Come back next week, for an updated look at the interior demolition.

 

 

 

 

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