A Stunning Santa Monica Kitchen

This is the kitchen we all aspire to when we are grown ups. Miles of Calcutta marble, custom walnut cabinetry, and high end appliances. With an enviable installation of original modern art. The kitchen we deserve after years of hard work and building a successful business, like my client M. 

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The client found me via a feature in Remodelista and reached out to me describing his dream kitchen. It was a deeply personal and long email inquiry, but I was touched and wanted to meet him in person and help if I could. When I met him, I realize he could have worked with any high end designer in LA, but he really wanted to work with me. I was up for the challenge of designing a truly customized kitchen to his preferences, with no thought or worry of resale and what future users might think. 

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

The "Before" wasn't terrible. It was modern, but in a 90s bachelor outdated sort of way that wasn't working. He wanted warmth and personality. Luxury and comfort. A space he would want to spend all his time in. 

We worked through a few versions before settling on this beauty. The layout was opened and banquette seating was provided to create different zones.

The key feature is a stunning marble monolithic marble box that acts as a modern sculptural piece when you first enter the kitchen. It serves as the island as well. Yes, it is a waste of storage opportunity, but we were not lacking in this large kitchen so we went for it. 

Flat slab walnut cabinet fronts with integrated recessed finger pulls were a treat to design. Floating shelves and no upper cabinets has become a signature Veneer kitchen design element. Thoughtful details like waterfall edge counters, wood paneled hood surround, and the vertical slat wall brought the kitchen to the next level.

When we were at the stone yard picking out 6(!) lucsious slabs of marble, a slab of soapstone caught our eye and we had an idea to turn it into a custom dining table. With simple side tables from the remnant pieces.

Touring the stone selection

Touring the stone selection

This is our piece!

This is our piece!

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Paired with Knoll pearl boucle fabric for the chairs and custom made bench cushion. So delicious.

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You gotta admit, its a very special kitchen. Beyond personal and luxurious. My sweetheart of a client didn't want it the good design times to end and is moving on to the living room now with Veneer is along for the ride. I'm sure that will be just as special and spectacular too.

The Rue Magazine Summer 2017 Cover

My first cover ever and I couldn't be prouder to have it be Rue Magazine. They did a beautiful feature of my home and gave me the cover. Wow weeee.

Check out the current issue which is chock full of stories showcasing some of my favorite designers. To say I'm in good company is an understatement.

The crazy thing is that we shot my home in December and then in a whirlwind of insanity we decided to list it in February and buy a new home in March of this year.  The home sold immediately to truly lovely buyers who will appreciate the work I put into it. I know they will grow it into their own sweet spot....Which means that by the end of this month we are moving out and onto the next BIG personal renovation project.

Its a larger midcentury fixer. It has some really unique and interesting architectural features that I am beyond excited to celebrate and bring to new glory. Its funny how the this feature worked out to coincide with our move to a new project. A timely reminder of the home we created, as we embark on a new home to love. I will keep you in the loop as we start to make progress with the new house. It will be a very long time before its ready for its glamour shots and hopefully another feature in Rue Magazine. For now, this makes me very very happy.

More of Marina Del Rey

Its Friday. Let's look at pretty pictures of a recent project we wrapped up in Marina Del Rey. Not much to say except we added an infusion of beachy boho style in a layered thoughtful way for a new construction home that was beautiful (but plain) to start. One word: wallpaper - it makes a huge difference.

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The entry was small but we managed to fit in the essentials - beachy rug, bench, mirror, hooks.

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The powder room was begging for killer wallpaper and a cute little kilim pattern in pattern play.

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The master bedroom was taken to the next level with shibori wallpaper, new Roman shades, a leather headboard bed, and considered layers of ethnic textures to be the ultimate beachy modern bohemian bedroom in town.

One Massive Custom Designed Storage Unit

Our Marina del Rey clients needed more storage in their newly constructed home. They had one perfectly blank wall. You can see the BEFORE picture below. Not bad, but it could be so much better. So we got cooking.

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We worked out a custom designed unit that would fit exactly on their wall and be designed around the existing wall mounted TV location. There was not one part of this that was easy. Thankfully our wonderful builder was up to the bear of a task of building this dang thing. 

A bear it certainly was. It took him twice as long as he had estimated and I think he was secretly cursing me under his breath. But it came out incredible and the clients won't be running out of storage any time soon.

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The rest of the new furnishings we brought in aren't so bad either ;)

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More from this super cool pad in blog posts to follow.

About to Move

Big news.....I'm about to move, soonish. We just sold our beautiful home (it closed yesterday) and are currently in escrow to buy a bigger house that will need a lot of love. Since that's not a done deal I don't want to share too much about our future home, but either way our old home is sold and we do have to vacate in a few months. Which got me thinking about packing (ah!) and what are the first few things the new place will need to make it feel like home. 

Whether you are moving to a freshly refurbished rental apartment or a bigger older house, this basic list of items will get it feeling like your actual home from day 1, as you sort out unpacking and what goes where and what you are missing. Its nice to get them ready in advance of your move and bring them along in your car instead of the moving van.

1) You know I'm crazy for rugs and there will end up being a specific size floor area that will be begging for its unique rug counterpart that fits just right and feels like it was meant for that exact spot all along. I have been salivating over The Citizenry's new yummy Morrocan rug collection.

2) There will be a daunting amount of blank walls. Printing a recent vacation photo in large format and hanging it right away will make your new place feel more personal. 

3) The first night in your new place can be weird. Treat yourself to a comfortable deep sleep with Casper pillows.

4) You are NOT bringing the grimey shower liner from your old pad. You are placing a fresh shower liner with a new shower curtain you bought to specifically match the scheme of your new bathroom to make it feel exciting and yours.

5) Introducing a new plant buddy (in a pretty planter) to grow with you in the new digs and make it feel more friendly.

6) Welcoming guests to the new place is better with a cheerful doormat.

Any of these would also make good housewarming gifts for your friends making a move this summer. Wish us luck.