Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Out with a Bang

New Press from 2012 Premiere issue of Real Kitchens:
I am thrilled and honored to be featured in this magazine which is fresh on newsstands today !
What a way to polish off the year with 4 featured projects and a mention on the Editor's note.  This magazine is full with creative solutions & fun design tips from Designers across the country.  There is something for everyone in this issue, including some great new products, like a New Crush from FireClayTile &New Ravenna's Ikat Collection .  So go out and get your copy of Real Kitchens Magazine and dive in . 

My work is Featured on  Page 3 Editor's note, on Page 6- 2012 Trends article begins with my Santa Monica Client's Kitchen, Page 98 Features my Client's SilverLake Kitchen which has a 4 page Spread! (woo hoo!), Page 124 features my Client's colorful Cheviot Hills Kitchen and lastly on Page 132 ( 2 page Feature) My Client's Santa Monica Guest house Bathroom.

Please check in to our website soon as we will be updating the Press page so you can view this 9 page feature online too.

Thank you Phyllis Goldstein and Barbara Ballinger for contacting me & featuring my work.  I loved the interviews & the layouts are amazing !  

Friday, December 16, 2011

Kuba Textiles

Nothing makes a space more interesting than authentic, handmade accessories. Here's something that is trendy right now that has been around for a very long time, so it is sure to stand the test of time. This little design tip is something that we think would make the perfect flourish for pretty much any design style, from modern to traditional. We happen to be using it in our most recent project, a contemporary interpretation of the classic French chateau.

Kuba cloth is a handwoven textile that comes from the Congo basin in Central Africa. The Kuba people have been making these gorgeous cloths for hundreds of years, primarily for ceremonial events. The process actually has a great significance in Kuban culture and can involve whole families and clans.

The Kuba people weave their cloth from the fibers of the Raphia Vinifera Palm, which they collect and strip by hand. The various patterns – made through weaving dyed fibers into the base cloth – traditionally distinguish different ethnic groups from one another, but the Kuba people have also made this cloth for export for many years.


You can pick up Kuba textiles at several places, like Malabar Coast Living, even online at places like and at Horchow. The cloth works in all sorts of ways, whether you are looking for runners for your table, pillows or art to display, the intricate patterns and geometric designs of Kuba cloth really bring a room to life.

I personally used it in my Dining room as Art / Window treatment.  You can't tell there's a window there can you?  Instead all you see is a wonderful piece of art work.

If you're interested in seeing Kuba cloth, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a collection of some of this amazing craftsmanship.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

12 Designer Kitchens ...Get the Look for Less

Check out these budget -savy tips on HGTV's blog post featuring a couple of the kitchens we designed amongst other gerat kitchen designs.  Some great tips on how to get the look for less.

Do you want the look of a designer kitchen without emptying your wallet?   click here to read.