Monday, September 8, 2014
Happy Monday !
Hope your weekend was as inspiring as mine. If you missed the Sunset Idea House here are some photos I took during my visit. House designed by DISC Interiors. I found the details in this home to be very refreshing, it was unlike other show houses I've been to , where I feel " been there/ done that". This house was truly inspiring. Bravo to the collaboration of talented designers, architects, craftsmen , tradesmen involved. It was nicely done. Nothing over the top, just simple modern sensibilities.
....and then to top off the weekend....I went to see Frank Lloyd Wrights Ennis House - the largest of Wrights four Los Angeles-area "textile block" houses .
Where do you find your inspiration?
The Shadow Molding detail seen through out the house blew me away.
Organic Colors & Textures inside and out
The Powder Bathroom wallpaper - I always say - GO BOLD especially in smaller spaces, BIG patterns go a long way .
How amazing is this recessed Baseboard detail?
Another Favorite.... the first step
I mean come on!!! CHECK OUT these details... the way they are intersect is SO well thought out and excecuted. I just LOVE this detail.
View from top floor into dining area
There was a common thread in the bathrooms - they stayed consistent which was refreshing to see.
Patterned Floors , white subway tile, warm woods, and pops of dark finishes.
THE ENNIS HOUSE
by Frank Lloyd Wright
Do to the respect & privacy of the current homeowner, we were unable to take photos of the inside of the home. But here are some shots of the Exterior.
The house was constructed using more than 27,000 concrete "Textile Blocks" ; all made by using decomposed granite extracted from the site. - 1924
The home has a unique history , including the fact that Frank Lloyd Wright was fired from the project 10 months after construction began and didn't get to complete the interior as he had envisioned. Then was hired by the subsequent owners where he added a pool and billiards room.
Wrights "Mayan Temple " inspiration is clear to see
Building inside and out is composed of blocks - stepping and tapering.
Stained Glass was not part of Frank Lloyd Wrights original designs for this home, This was a featured added by Mr. & Mrs. Ennis - (we got to see original plans )
Pool built in 1940's
House is currently under restoration
House currently owned by Ron Burkle - purchased in 2011
Ennis House opened to AIA/LATours in 2013 for first time. This was the 3rd tour by AIA/LATours and I was very excited to see. Hope you'll get a chance to experience it someday too.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I LOVE a good Kitchen Reno.
|PROGRESS : DEMOLITION|
|Making sure all is correct!|
This new kitchen is timeless, Light and airy. Simple and Classic , with a surprise pop of color at the end of the kitchen . This Rust Orange wainscot adds warmth to an otherwise cooler pallet. It is important to balance out the space with Cool tones and warm tones.
|NEW Powder Room|
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Take a peek into my interior design adventures of 2013... It was an incredible Year filled with great moments. I traveled a lot and met a lot of wonderful people. I am so grateful to everyone in this book and others who I don't have pictures of , who made such an impact on my life this past year. I put this album together for me as a keepsake but then I thought... why not share it. So here it is .
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
This small, dated, and cramped kitchen nestled in the beautiful hills of Silverlake was in dire need of help. It was not functional, nor did it fit the style of rest of the home, a very cute mid century modern house.
Our goal was to make the kitchen appear bigger using same footprint by utilizing the space better and bringing in more light.
It's not always necessary to bust out a wall to make a kitchen bigger.
Utilizing vertical space it key in smaller spaces like this one. In this case we had to remove the soffits. Always do exploratory holes to see what is behind them before you go tearing anything out. There was nothing behind our clients soffit's so out they went.
Taking out the soffit not only opens up the space and makes it feel bigger, but it also allows you to take the cabinets higher, which draws your eye up , making space feel bigger.
The nature inspired color palette we chose here also helps space feel more open and welcoming. Connecting the indoor to the outdoor expands a space.
|Design By: Erica Islas / EMI Interior Design, inc. / photo credit : David Young-Wolff|
Putting in a laminated glass door also helps bring more light into space, making space feel bigger too.
photo of Renovation in progress..... Stripped to the studs...
Counter depth refrigerators are also KEY in small spaces.
Cabinet above fridge opens up for easy accessibility.
Moved washer/dryer to this side of the kitchen next to pantry to keep all the tall, vertical cabinets on one side.
Progress photos of renovation. Opened up a little window on this back wall to draw in more light as well as add an architectural detail to space.
BEFORE, obviously NOT functional .
|Design by : EMI Interior Design, inc.|
Materials : Custom Cherry Cabinets , Caesar Stone Quartz Reflection countertops, glass backsplash, Cork Floors
|Photo Credit: David Young-Wolff|