July 26th, 2013
When a New York-native family moved into an 1850s row house right in the heart of historic downtown Savannah, they imagined a space that reflected both the relaxed atmosphere of Southern spaces and the high-style interiors found throughout “the big apple.” The result is a sophisticated, contemporary home that places an emphasis on functionality while pushing the limits of design.
1. A custom brass light fixture sits above the island to center the room and bring a warmer feel to an otherwise utilitarian space.
2. Use every inch of vertical space by placing back-lit storage above existing cabinetry. We recommend using push-touch cabinet fasteners to avoid having to use typical knob hardware for a streamlined facade.
3. Having built-in adjustable shelves at counter height allow for easy access of kitchen items used most often such as spices and coffee. This kitchen features a motorized backsplash that conceals shelf clutter with a push of a button.
4. Gain access to uncharted kitchen territory with the help of a sliding ladder. This custom design allows for the ladder to be removed from the current track and placed elsewhere through the kitchen and dining room as you see fit.
5. A prep sink on an adjacent surface is a great way to free up the space for entertaining. Place items nearby that are also used in cooking prep like cutting boards, knives, and basic ingredients.
Floor: Marble Systems – Skyline Polished Marble (Honed locally and waterjet into a custom herringbone pattern).
Counter: Richlite Paper Surface – Northwest Collection (Chocolate Glacier)
Faucet: Waterstone 3900 Parche Prep Faucet
Spice Jars: IKEA DOPPAR Jar with Lid (Various sizes. Labels were made locally).
Hardware: Lewis Dolin 5″ Bar Series – Oil Rubbed Bronze
Cabinet Veneer: Tree Frog Veneer – Grey Oak Lati Groove.
January 18th, 2013
When an old Savannah family wanted a fresh, new retreat on Tybee Island to return to every Summer, we envisioned open spaces with lots of natural light. When you combine our vision with the functional needs of a large family looking to each experience their own interpretation of an escape, the home becomes a versatile, ever-changing space. The end result is a dwelling by the shore that focuses on community and honoring the past by designing shared living areas and incorporating treasured keepsakes from the family tree.
1. We covered the walls and ceilings with paint grade butt-joint paneling for a simple nautical feel that makes this new build look like a settled beach escape.
2. Leaving the structural beams exposed gives the new construction architectural interest and integrity.
3. High wainscoting throughout the hallways allowed for the perfect gallery space to hang family photos.
4. We kept the kitchen open and extended the marble countertops onto the bar for a community-style dining area.
5. Using wicker seating at the table means easy cleanup without sacrificing a traditional aesthetic.
Floor Tile: 6×12 Squall Slate Tile – Natural Stone
Kitchen Cabinetry (and Stair Tread) Color: Sherwin Williams Dewy 6469
Dining Table: Hickory Chair Piedmont Dining Table
Dining Chairs: Captiva Seaside White Side Chair
Counter Stools: Tabouret 24-inch Red Metal Counter Stools
May 4th, 2011
Spring is here! And let me just say… I L-O-V-E spring. It’s as though the end of winter is the weight off your shoulders that you never even knew was there. As soon as little green buds start to accumulate everywhere I am instantly transformed. I want to be outside: gardening, puttering, playing fetch with the dogs, planning a party, cooking and creating a delectable mixed drink for said party, etc…
In my mind there is one place that is especially good at catering to this feeling: Terrain at Styer’s. Take a look- you wont regret it.
Terrain is a shop in Glen Mills, PA and while I’ve never been there I have been to their fabulous website. Clean and fresh, their web site is just an addendum to their extensive storefront. They carry home accessories, kitchen goodies, garden supplies, vintage finds, and plants galore. Their styling is so well done- eye grabbing and casual all at once. Take a look at their original site to see examples of their landscape design, check out their cafe and see what workshops are being offered.
These are just a few of the things I’d have in my basket: (If I were there with a car it would be an entirely different story!)
1. Ceramic Vegetable Labels (black typewriter font on white ceramic- gorgeous)
2. Underground Clock
3. Spindle Planter
4. Enamel Factory Pendant
5. Black Hawaiian Sea Salt (not sure what I’m going to put this on, but pretty sure it’s going to be great)
6. Slate Tray (for cheese and crackers OR for a cluster of potted plants wrapped in newsprint and twine)
7. Slate Cheese Board
8. Red Stripe Tablecloth
9. Fast, Fresh & Green (you had me at fast…)
July 14th, 2010
As newbies to the blogging world, we are very excited to find that some of our work has been blogged about!
Bazaar of Serendipity posted the pictures of our DIY Sharpie wallpaper with great reviews!
We had to stage a master bedroom for an open house last year and wanted to create maximum impact with a VERY minimal budget.
We were also very short on time (ie. less than 24 hours) so we came up with a stencil to create a wallpaper versus having to try our hands at upholstering a headboard.
The large scale graphic is bold in size but subtle because we used gold sharpie to create the thin outlines. Depending on the lighting in the room the gold can have a strong or very faint contrast.
The moral of this project is: Don’t be afraid to get creative; you can often create an impact using regular items you may already have lying around the house! We spent all of $22 so who cares if you want to paint back over it in four months?
Full House found our client’s kitchen on HGTV’s Rate My Space and the comments are so complimentary!
We posted some photos from the shoot when we first started our blog. Its hard to go wrong with bright light, stunning photography, and a great view! We designed the remodeling of this home two years ago and its amazing to see how far it’s come.
You can see more of our work posted on HGTV here
May 5th, 2010
Benjamin Moore colors Horizon, Grey Owl, and Sea Haze play off of the various warm grey tones in the Calcutta marble. Unfortunately we didn’t have the best lighting for the shoot…but that didn’t stop us from trying!