What we do

How does an interior designer approach a project yet to be built?

The plan stage is the ideal point to join a project team. It ensures there are no missed opportunities. We met as owner, builder and interior designer while the home was in the framing stage. The owners shared their inspiration images, which were dramatically contemporary and gallery-like. Those cues led to serene, white finishes accented by a trio of fine wood species (dark and light rift oak along with mahogany). Wherever possible, lighting was recessed to allow surfaces to glow, and deeply-toned hot-rolled steel introduced a slightly-industrial modernism.

With much of the interior architecture still fluid, I could suggest some of the elements that turned out to be the most dramatic features. The wife had always envisioned a glass walkway, and introducing a fountain with a monumental stone wall defined the stair core, which we detailed with the steel, warmed by rift-oak risers and glass balusters.

How does a family of 5 adjust to living in such a clean-lined environment?

There were multiple opportunities for built-ins.  These dedicated storage spaces help the family function in a minimalist environment day-to-day, from a hidden TV lift to vertical dividers that shield the kids’ study areas or a wall of shelving that appears to be floating with thin steel fins.  A storage and media bank separates the family and dining room, but still allows for views through, and a second staircase descends to a more relaxed (yet still contemporary) recreation area, work-out room and craft space.

What were the challenges of working in a contemporary style compared with more traditional homes?

There’s a mistaken notion that minimalism is easy to pull off because there’s less detail.  In fact, how materials come together must be exacting, because it can’t be masked by trim.  Throughout, we substituted thin channel reveals for typical base or door casings.  The large-scale engineered glass slabs in pristine white needed special care in installation, even becoming a sheer drop-off to the fountain basin  No feature material in view is typical of a suburban home, from the over-scaled walnut entry doors to the soffits clad in blond rift oak.  In the kitchen and master bath, cabinets open in unexpected ways, with hidden finger pulls or touch latches.   Even the natural pattern variation in large panels of hot-rolled steel was used as a point of interest around the fireplace and on the wide expanse of hood in the kitchen.

Project Brief:

Complete Interior Design for new Custom Home.  Worked closely with the owners and builder from the planning stage to conceive the interior architecture.

Custom features include:

  • steel staircase
  • glass flooring & walk-ways
  • built-ins, rock walls, wood soffits & fountain
  • custom lighting
  • window treatments
  • kitchen, baths & built-ins
 

Whether the starting point for your project is a new build, a kitchen/bath re-model, a renovation or restoration with historic considerations – even an up-date with finishes and furnishings – we will get to know your life-style & goals to tailor a solution that expresses your personal style & supports a life well-lived.