Walking London ….

One wouldn’t say that London is a “walking city” per say, but I think that the only way you can truly appreciate any new environment is by strapping on your runners and pounding the pavement.  Fortunately for the participants one of our kind sponsors, Poggenpohl, organized an entire day’s of festivities for us starting in their beautiful showroom…..

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I loved walking through the Poggenpohl showroom and was pleasantly surprised by the range that the company is now showing.  Mostly known for slick and modern kitchens, Poggenpohl is really stretching it’s design muscle by showing more traditional kitchens as seen above.  So you still get the quality and ease of a Poggenpohl kitchen with all the amenities but the look of a more traditional space.  It’s the perfect middle ground for many of my clients where the wife wants traditional but the husband hankers for the bells and whistles.  Now I can give it to them in one nice package!

From the showroom, Poggenpohl arranged a coach/walking tour by local architect, Timothy Bruce-Dick, who proved to be a well-spring of information all delivered in the dry delivery that only a Brit could give.  Having access to someone like Timothy who has a deep knowledge of London architecture and the internal politics that building in city details was amazing!  I spent the first half of the tour listening intently to the behind-the-scenes stories and forgot to take pictures (bad blogger…)!  However, I more than made up for my snafu in the second half of the tour as Timothy lead us past some of London’s more iconic buildings & structures including the Shard and the Gherkin as well as redevelopment areas like More London……

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The London skyline exudes a kinetic energy with the new juxtaposed against the old.  I am smitten and wish that America had the same mentality of celebrating the new but cherishing the old.

Okay I am off to absorb some of my local history and culture with a run!  Have a GREAT weekend!

[pictures courtesy yours truly!]

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Pen To Paper: Oakland Kitchen….

I am working on a kitchen remodel in my backyard…..figuratively and literally since the clients are my neighbors.  They have asked me to help them rethink the small and outdated kitchen in their bungalow.  They love modern mixed with classic and want something that feels warm but not overly traditional.  We talked alot about the different finishes that they like and I interpreted their likes through my design filter to create a concept that is warm, modern and harks back to the home’s roots……

Oakland Kitchen 1

Oakland Kitchen 2

(sorry for the odd tinge of yellow on the shots – the drawings were done on trace paper and the lighting is off…)

Initially they wanted butcher block countertops but were afraid of the maintenance associated with them, so I reinterpreted the wood and placed it on the walls in long horizontal planks.  The wood will give them the warmth they crave as well as give the space a modern look.  A classic gas stove, apron front sink and hinged arm sconces are a reference to the age of the home and are the perfect foils to the modern update.  Throw in some Calcutta Gold Marble for the countertops and the back splash and we have the basis for a nice melding of classic, modern, warm and new.

Okay, I am off this weekend to participate in the Joy & Revelry Style Summit with some amazing designers and bloggers.  If you get the opportunity, take a look at the site and let me know what you think.  Otherwise, enjoy your weekend and take some time to relax….you deserve it!

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New Project: Oakland Kitchen Remodel….

I am just starting to work on a new project — a kitchen remodel in an adorably remodeled cottage in my neighborhood.  Actually, it’s my next door neighbors which makes the commute REALLY easy!

But that aside, the project looks to be an interesting in that it is challenging me to mix the client’s contemporary tastes with the traditional bones of the cottage.  The wife loves warm colors and sleek lines while the husband has a thing for slick cabinetry and reflective surfaces.  So last week I pitched them three concepts…..










Of the three, there was a clear winner among the Client but I am curious…which one would you pick for your own home?  Okay I am off to start a custom cabinetry install at the Douglass Project!  Have a GREAT weekend…..

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