Thursday, July 30, 2015

My Favorite Stained Wood Kitchens

Hello SLD Readers! I hope everyone is having a great summer. I've been keeping busy trying to entertain an 8 yr old young lady.  The other day a friend asked her if she was having a good summer and she enthusiastically said, "Yes!" So I guess I'm doing an ok job.  There's always a feeling of panic when the school year is ending of "what the heck are we going to do for 3 months?!"

Lately I've been on a tear, purging things that are not absolutely necessary in our home. I'm craving a clean, edited space so I rolled up all the rugs and removed baskets of pillows and a sad fiddle leaf tree that was just collecting dust on his 6 leaves that remain. Here's a glimpse of our main living space.

Things are constantly on the move around here so it may look different next week!

Anyway...on to the kitchens!!

There's a warmth and richness in a stained wood kitchen that can feel elegant, chic, charming and cozy. Here are some of my favorites!

Canterbury Design

Cecil Baker & Partners

Rela Gleason. McAlpine Tankersly Architecture.

Marie-Laure Helmkampf

Jose Ramirez Architect | William McIntosh & Leilani Arita Designers

Michael S. Smith

Steve & Brooke Giannetti

Patrick Williams Berdoulat Design

Kelly Abramson | Robert Kelly

Erin Martin

Darryl Carter

Crown Point Cabinetry

Jeffrey Alan Marks

Miles Redd

Friday, July 24, 2015

House Tour: Anthropologie President & Buyer's Extraordinary Collection of Antiques

Anthropologie President, Glen Senk, and Antiques Buyer, Keith Johnson, have collected an impressive portfolio of French and English antiques over the years.

 I love how they are not afraid to use these treasured finds for daily use!

Their 1912 Dutch Colonial home in Philadelphia, which was featured in Elle Decor, gives us a glimpse into their life outside Anthropologie, one of my favorite places to drool over clothing and home accessories.

Keith & Glen on their beautiful outdoor veranda.

A 1920's English Folk Art iron Windsor chair and an Art Deco radiator occupy the stair hall.

Oh my, this console table! It's a French monastery table from 1750.
The wall hanging is made from "old cow-shed flooring."

Does anyone else feel like this is the Friends episode where Rachel is trying to convince Phoebe that her Pottery Barn table is actually a "historic piece from Yore and Yesteryear?"

An 1820 English Regency sofa in their living room and a 19th c English Act of Parliament tavern clock.

Those glorious antique pieces are paired with clean lined, neutral upholstered pieces in fabrics from Rogers & Goffigon.
An antique copper and brass radiator hangs over the fireplace.

Keith Johnson sitting on the arm of this chair.
Maybe I should loosen up on that rule in my house. I've been known to say, "arms are not meant to be sat on!" 

The Oak and marble island is a replica of one in LaMirande hotel in Avignon of course.

Who hasn't pinned this image on Pinterest?!
The lanterns are 19th c French street lanterns.
Table is 1860's English Mahogany.
The pale olive green walls and tufted leather banquette are absolute perfection!

How would you like to work from this "1840 English Gothick oak-and-ash" table? 
I think I would spend my days running my hands across the desk, taking in 175 years of patina!

1920 American school maps adorn the bath.

The guest room sports an 18th c French peasant wedding bed and an 18th Proven├žal quilt.
No funny business going on in this bed folks.
Antique framed toile fabrics hang on the wall.

And the exterior.
Beautifully landscaped by Margie Ruddick.

Photos by Simon Upton.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Kitchen of the Week

I love this kitchen for many reasons.

It has my favorite palette of white, black and caramel.

It's sleek yet cozy.

The ladder style pot rack over the range adds charm without being hokey.

The Aga range isn't hurting things either:)

As a hardware geek, I love the pulley system they've used to mount the pot rack and how it relates to the pendant light. I probably wouldn't have used two pulley mounts in one space, but it works here.

I also love the simplicity of the backsplash. It appears to be 6" or 8" square white ceramic tile.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Remember Ross Cassidy from Million Dollar Decorators?

Remember Ross of Jeffrey(JAM) & Ross from Million Dollar Decorators? Remember when he took the lead on designing Amber Valletta's Santa Monica Beach Pad and painted a room screaming pink?! Somehow, this feature in InStyle Magazine, snuck by me. Here's the rest of her home and it's lovely!

The infamous pink room!

I hope we'll be seeing more design work from Ross!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

An Ode to the Powder Room

As I'm putting the finishing touches on my own Powder Room, I thought I would show you some of my favorites. I have to touch up the wall finish in a few spots, then figure out how to become Spiderwoman to photograph the space!

Powder rooms are perhaps the one room in a home that can be as outrageous as you want it to be.  

Tile the walls with a colorful mosaic, use a favorite wallpaper that was maybe too bold (or expensive!) for another space, use something unusual for your sink cabinet, hang an antique mirror, sport a funky faucet or vintage hardware. Sky's the limit.

I could have posted a hundred images!
Here are some of my favorites, some of which, have been in my inspiration folder for years.

Erin Martin

Miles Redd

Christina Murphy

Pierre Frey

Meg Braff

Bunny Williams

Axel Vervoordt 

Benjamin Dhong

Ryan Street & Associates

AD Russia

Vacation Villa in Luberon, South of France

Buckingham Interiors & Design LLC


Clayton Gray Home

Joan Behnke

David Kleinberg

Witt Construction

Darryl Carter

Darryl Carter

Leigh Herzig


Steven Gambrel

George Ross

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