Anatomy of a Kitchen Remodel

JanayKit1WebFinal

JanayKit2Web

We kept the white painted cabinets in my client’s kitchen remodel, choosing glass and charcoal slate for the backsplash, complemented by absolute honed granite countertops. The glass of the backsplash borders creates a waterfall effect, seen also in the butler’s pantry, on the left of the top photo. The breakfast nook in the bottom photo was redesigned, with new fabric on the banquette and granite tabletop. The silver and charcoal LED chandelier echoes the palette of the stainless steel hood, range, faucet, border glass, chair frames, and the pattern of the roman shades. I used a pear green accent color for the wall and chair cushions. The magnificent quartz slab atop the island is the central focus, as it should be, of this elegant and practical kitchen remodel.

Leave a Reply »

Going With the Flow

JanayLR1WEB

JanayLR2WEB

Here are two views of my client’s recently finished living room. One view captures the room itself while the other shows how the room fits into the flow of the home. The design needs to accomplish two, seemingly contradictory goals: each room should have it’s own unique look, while fitting comfortably into the overall scheme.

The clean sophistication of the living room starts with a palette of cream tones, with dabs of eggplant. Window trim was lightened and ceiling color darkened, for a more intimate feel. The two barrel chairs in eggplant fabric with ebony frames really pop against the cream, in addition to providing blissful comfort for all shapes and sizes. The simple, custom panels on the windows feature lovely embroidered edges, with a hint of eggplant accents. The tone on tone Nepalese rug is understated and chic, while the Boone table with solid brass legs and polished wood top, adds a touch of glitz to the understated scheme. The style is elegantly transitional—refreshing, cool and comfortable.

While the room has a strong feel of its own, the eye moves pleasantly and easily to the entryway on one side and the dining room on the other. The design works hand in glove with the well-executed architectural flow of this elegant home.

Leave a Reply »

Graceful Simplicity

JanayBRWeb2

All the elements of this master bedroom are simple, clean-lined, without ornamentation. The large four-poster walnut bed with shagreen headboard fits the room’s generous dimensions, as does the oversize drum chandelier. The twin shades of the sconces complement those of the chandelier, while the contemporary chaise features the same angularity as the bed. The only touch of pattern is the embroidered Etamine fabric on the window treatments, which can be worked by a remote system for a complete blackout when needed. Accessories are kept to a minimum. The key is graceful simplicity, and the result is an aura of calmness. The room does all it can to help it’s inhabitants to a peaceful state of mind.

Leave a Reply »

De-stressing Room

JanayFRWeb

Family rooms are de-stressing rooms, places to relax, to get away from it all at home.

In the foreground of this family room are three bar chairs in a woven blue fabric, which face a wood paneled wet bar. To the left, just out of the picture, is a large flat screen TV. The black structure to the left of the fireplace is one of a pair of speakers that produce concert quality sound for my audiophile client. For the maximum benefit of the audio and video experience, you must sit in one of the supremely comfortable recliners, covered in tan, buttery leather. The floor lamp between the recliners in weathered copper has a sculptural, modern art look. In winter the gas fireplace provides a cozy atmosphere and in summer the French windows open to an idyllic landscape with a substantial pool. My husband would gravitate to one of the recliners, and his exercise would consist of exploring, tirelessly, the ideal angle of repose.

Leave a Reply »

Roaming the D&D

Spent a productive day at the D&D Building. Among the curiosities:

D&D coffee maker

Instead of filling your coffee maker with water, this Thermador built-in will do it for you.

 

D&DShowroom

This showroom design caught my eye because of the fine mix of contemporary and traditional elements: sleek day bed, geometrically patterned rug, antiqued mirror.

 

D&Dfabric

Several woven fabrics I saw at Old Weavers have been around forever but are classics that have stood the test of time. Nice to see something this old look so good!

 

D&DDizzy

A little too much is going on in this room. I started to get dizzy the more I stared.

 

D&Dlight

A very intriguing contemporary chandelier. Within the LED lit circle are metal strands that give a visual effect that reminds me of something you might see at MOMA.

In the D&D

And here I am, looking for the perfect fabric for my design scheme.

Leave a Reply »

Downtown Living in Montclair

ArrLRBef2

I almost bought an apartment in Montclair 12 years ago. The downtown area is unusual for it’s varied cultural activities, shops, and restaurants. It also features charming old apartment buildings, including my client’s, built in 1908, with a spectacular view of Manhattan. The high ceilings and large windows flood the space with light. I’ll cover the walls in cool grey tones and leave the windows free of coverings to showcase the luminosity. UV film over the glass will protect the furnishings from the sun. Multiple built-in cabinets will provide the storage most apartments lack. The design scheme will be transitional, giving this 100+ year-old apartment a stylish, urban feel. Appropriate for a space located in the heart of the cultural mecca that is downtown Montclair.

Leave a Reply »

Quiet Please!

BruLibr

Soft comfy chairs, rich wood paneling, an oriental rug, an ottoman to put your feet up, it all suggests an environment conducive to reading. Or soft conversation over a snifter of brandy. Or perhaps a thoughtful game of chess. To achieve the relaxed, unhurried aura I refinished the existing wood panels to enhance the reddish brown hue and pattern of the oak wood. The rug and English paisley fabric covered windows reinforce the oak tones, while the velvet covered chairs and ottoman provide neutral counterpoint. The impressionistic painting above the antique console table offers a hint of contrasting color and visual interest. The trick is to let the innate ambiance of the room speak. This room speaks in hushed, contemplative, unhurried tones.

Leave a Reply »

Small is Beautiful

BRUDETPORT

Brudetail3small

When I saw this pocket-sized space adjacent to my client’s master bedroom—a barren alcove with casement windows offering plentiful natural light—I knew I could create a jewel-like nook with custom cabinets and a curved window seat; a quiet, restful place perfect for reading or just lounging, housing charming mementos. The light now spills over the sea glass colored embroidered pillows and cushions, down to the shaped ottoman and round Oriental rug. The creams, blues, and greens of the furnishings work with the yellow and off-white wall colors, grounded by the rich tones of the polished wood floor and rocking chair. It is one of my favorite spots in this home; a small intimate alcove that produces outsized appeal.

Leave a Reply »

Suburban Renewal

Garden

I always thought I’d make a good landscape designer, and I enjoy when my interior work intersects with the outdoors of my client’s homes. Now that it’s spring, I can indulge my inner landscape designer at home and our studio in Short Hills. I find the hours I spend gardening fly by, although I usually feel the aches and pains day after. Visiting my local garden center is a renewing experience.

Leave a Reply »

An Old Tudor Master Bath Becomes a Sybaritic Retreat

BruMBath

BRUBATHBEF

My clients wanted to retain the feel of the original master bath in their restored Tudor, while adding the latest in comfort and convenience. Radiant heat was installed under the marble floor, and the state of the art shower (just visible on the right of the photo) offers multiple water sources. Classic touches include the large claw foot tub and étagère. The wall of elegant custom designed cabinetry in mahogany houses a marble topped counter and twin sinks with beaded oval mirrors. The casement windows are dressed in grey and cream striped roman shades, while a whimsical shag rug covers the floor. The convenience is modern, the look is traditional classic, and the result fits both my client’s lifestyle and their impressive Tudor restoration.

Leave a Reply »