|Kitchen Nook by Tish Key. Chairs by Hollywood at Home, Almond Hatzog Dining Table, Borgeoise Boheme Chandelier, Donghia Wall covering, Katie Leed and Company Roman Shade Fabric (love!)|
Monday, May 16, 2011
The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is going strong until the end of May, so I am giving you all another peek!
This time....it's the Kitchen, a Cookbook Nook, and adjoining Powder Room. When I was at the house, the designers all had "before" pictures of the house, and let me say, the transformations are amazing. The Kitchen Design is by Tish Key Interior Design, Inc. Tish took a dreary and dark 70's kitchen space and made it into a bright and fresh space with a twist to traditional styling.
Tish opened up a window previously covered up to let in more light. You can see the light coming through the open shelving to the left of the sink. She used a white marble counter around the sink and French lava stone (available from Sue Fisher King) in a gorgeous navy blue for the rest of the counters on either side of the sink. Notice that the sink area is slightly higher than the rest of the counters....great look.
In another stroke of genius, Tish used door knobs from Baldwin as over scaled hardware on the cabinets. Loved that! The original brick was kept over the range, and Tish used black marble with white veining for the counter tops. The back splash tile (Waterworks) included a large clock made out of tile....so cool.
Tish was on hand to talk to me about all of the great ideas and resources she used for this kitchen. Gracious and so talented, it was a pleasure!
Adjacent tot he Kitchen was what was previously a small hallway, transformed into a jewel box of a space by Brian Dittmar. Brian calls this space the Cookbook Nook. I think I would be spending many an hour here in this cozy chair perusing my books, watching a little TV, or googling recipes at the antique writing desk.
Brian took inspiration from a recent trip to Paris where he sampled as many pastel hued macaroons as possible. Brian used a beautiful silvery grass cloth by Phillip Jeffries as the backdrop to the delicious macaroon colors used in the curtain panels and pillows.
You can even see photos of those inspiring bits of confection gracing the walls in the Cookbook Nook. Other favorite things in this space include the Circa Lighting ceiling fixture, the accent tables, and art above the Swedish Art Deco desk.
I think my favorite part of the space was Brian himself. Dressed to the nines, Brian even sported gorgeous tangerine socks which matched the area rug. It's all in the details, and Brian is a master.
Just off of the Cookbook Nook was a glamorously moody Powder Room designed by Jo Ann Hartley. Dramatic wall treatments by Linda Horning and hand screened Moire wallpaper by Robert Crowder provide the "wow" factor in this space, with accents like Phillip Nimmo sconces Maitland Smith accent table, and Plum Branch mirror by Deborah Childress finishing things off with panache.
Again, I felt lucky to get to meet the designers and hear all about their inspiration and all of the wonderful artisans they pulled together to create such brilliant spaces. Jo Anne was no exception! Thanks Jo Ann!
I hope you all have a chance to visit the San Francisco Decorator Showcase this year. 2011 is a very good year!
Moving upstairs next...lots of surprises in store!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Grant Gibson, the dapper designer and design blogger is everywhere these days. Whether it is a trip to Columbia shared on his blog and High Gloss online magazine, or his latest adventure with the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House opening May 17th in NYC, Grant gets around!
Most recently, Grant participated in this year's San Francisco Decorator Showcase where he designed the Dining Room. I like to call the design "the Bold and the Beautiful". With his dramatic use of graphic patterns and saturated color, Grant brings punch and fun to a very stately space.
The first thing to catch my eye when I walked into the room was the bold painted floor. The high contrast and the over scaled octagonal pattern makes one smile at the get go. It is beautifully balanced with a more subdued silvery grass cloth wall covering by Phillip Jeffries.
The modern light fixture was a custom made hand blown glass piece made especially for Grant's Dining Room by the Lindsey Adelman Studio. (Be sure to check out their website....amazing stuff!). It is more than just a light source. It is a brilliant way to prominently add art to a space. I am grateful to Grant for the introduction to Lindsey Adelman Studio!
I think Kelly Green is making a come back with a vengeance. The Dining Room chairs look fabulous decked out in green, and with the addition of the yellow bowls, blue and white urns and pink peonies, there was a fresh exuberance to the space.
Grant always has a little surprise up his sleeve when he designs. He imagined this room to be a space for everyone, including the youngest members of the family. It is so fun to see a stylish booster chair included at the "grownup's" table. What better way for a youngster to develop an appreciation for beautiful art and design?
Grant Gibson has a way of making everyone feel welcome and cared for. You know it as soon as you meet him, and you can see it in his design work. The Dining Room is the perfect room for him to have designed. It is a place where people gather together, share a meal and good conversation. It is a place that is welcoming and fun, just like Grant!
|Mr. Grant Gibson!|
For more information about all of the beauty in this fun loving Dining Room, contact
The 2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase is fantastic this year. It is open now and will be open through May 30.
For more information on hours and tickets, please hop on over to their website