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how a taste-created master plan ignites action in the kitchen

 

 

how a taste-created master plan ignites action in the kitchen

Did you just finish a Thanksgiving cooking marathon in your Kitchen?  Did your Kitchen work for you, or make you work harder?

If it left you frustrated with a lack of flow, limited work space or over crowded gathering areas for friends and family, you may have already started thinking about how to fix it. And if you’re like many of our clients, you have MANY ideas you’re trying to sort through and prioritize. You’ve probably looked through Houzz or Pinterest, stood in a friend’s Kitchen with a similar (but not quite) layout as yours, or even sketched some ideas and taken on a 3D on-line design tool.

That’s all good food for thought.  And now, you’re ready for some additional guidance to a) help you confirm your ideas and b) understand how to apply your budget to the value of your ideas.

That was the case for longstanding clients who reached out earlier this fall.  Over the years we’ve worked our way through their home, designing and renovating key areas at a time.  (She loves to tell the story of my hand-drawn plans for their master suite, long before the days of CAD and Sketch-up.)

Since then, we’ve renovated their bathrooms, the mudroom, the family room, the living room and the three season porch.  I’ve been yearning to take on the Kitchen and this year, they were ready, too.

The conversation started with their rough idea of three layouts, all with varying (yet unknown) budget levels.  They needed help answering key questions, like:

  • Is each layout achievable from a building/structural perspective?
  • Would one layout be any less disruptive to our family life than the other? (They have two sons in their Junior year of high school with heavy workloads and big decisions to prepare for.  Unraveling the family Kitchen this year wasn’t ideal but becoming critical.)
  • What are the cost differences between each plan?
  • How long would the renovation take?
  • What are we missing? We aren’t designers, so tell us what we haven’t considered so we don’t make a mistake with a large investment.

All good questions. And ones we’re used to helping answer. It was time to get to work and develop plans for each concept they brought to the table.  And, as I always experience, another design option presented itself during the creative process.  (I love those moments of discovery.) We brought in a general contractor from our extended team who is a pro at providing ball park estimates. With their help, we presented four plan options, along with a ballpark budget for each.

This combination of taste-provided guidance + plan + budget enabled our clients to select the right option for their family and their investment level.  Once the plan option was selected, we developed a creative concept for the space and finishing details that will help make the Kitchen live up to the rest of their home.

Construction starts just after the holidays. Next holiday season, they won’t be fighting with their Kitchen.  Will you?

If so, reach out to understand how taste can create a master plan that brings clarity and action to your space, too.

Only the best,

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a home for the next chapter

snapshots from last week’s installation in Narragansett, Rhode Island

We were at it again last week, finishing a custom residence and welcoming clients to their new home by the sea.  This move-in was especially gratifying for us after working for the past two years alongside Horan Building Company on this Alec Tesa designed home.

In addition to designing the interior millwork, cabinetry and hard finishes throughout the home, we selected – and in several rooms – designed custom pieces specifically for our truly special clients.  Be sure to pause on the curved sofas with exposed hardwood frames in the Living Room and the Dining Room chandelier, to mention just a few of the pieces designed by taste and brought to life by local craftspeople and artisans, to whom we’re most grateful.

As gratifying as it was to see the finishing touches on this project come together exactly two years after we started, those moments paled in comparison to our clients’ reaction to their new home.  Their embrace of each other on Friday evening as they watched the final elements installed said it all.  To quote them, its their ‘home for the next chapter of their lives’.  We’re so honored to have been involved in this important, life-shifting project.

As always, finish photos to follow in the coming months.  Enjoy the snapshots in the meantime.

Only the best,

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It was delightful to watch the details come together this week as we did our first of two installations this month at our client’s new Charlestown (that’s Quonnie, for you Rhode Islander’s) beach house.  Custom details abound in this house and we were thrilled to work with clients who appreciate creativity and fine craftsmanship.

As a result, we poured it on in this sweet home architected by George Penniman and built by master craftsmen at Gardner Woodwrights.  More snapshots to follow throughout the summer as we add more layers of color, graphics and art that capture our client family’s spirited attitude and endless love of summer.

Only the best,

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Why Take On the Task of Custom Design?

Elle Decor’s View on the Patience and Payoff of Custom Made

As much as I love pouring through my shelter magazines every month and dissecting nearly every design detail of every room shown, my most favorite page is consistently the Editor’s Page. When Margaret Russell, Ann Maine, Clinton Smith or Michael Boodro share their opening remarks, its as though I’m meeting with a good friend for tea and we instantly pick up where our last conversation left off. We get excited about the same topics, giggle at the same jokes and get exasperated at similar daily hassles and joys.

This couldn’t have been more true than when I read this month’s Elle Decor’s note from always on-point Editor in Chief, Michael Boodro. He goes right to my heart and talks of the highs and lows of embarking on a custom home. “…custom made connotes luxury and yields pleasure.  But it also demands patience.  It costs more.  And more often than not, it is a pain in the ass.”

Exactly!  I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I’m sharing his editorial page with all of you.

Rest assured, there is payoff to the (sometimes) pain.  As evidence, I’m so fortunate to have dear clients share with me all the reasons why they are pleased they committed to the custom design process — after they’ve taken residence in their newly built or renovated homes. I even have a client who witnesses a joyful moment every day with an interior moulding detail, the scale of a room, the profile of a handrail or an overhang on her windows and then shares these with me. (You know who you are and I adore you.) These moments are the payoff for committing to and sometimes enduring the trials of custom design.

But make no mistake, it is a commitment. Custom made requires patience and dedication to creating something uniquely yours that expresses you, fits you and even grows with you in time. (A good design can do that.) It requires collaborating with your architect and designer probably far beyond what you even imagined, to get it right for you.

It also requires working with people who share your dedication and speak your language. And get excited when they read an editorial like this one and say out loud as I did, “Yes – that’s so true!”

Enjoy Michael’s comments and a few examples of our custom designs – created for and with some of our most favorite clients who enjoy all the benefits of custom made, now that the hard work is done.

All the best,

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This traditional kitchen defines “custom”. Details stand out in the island cabinetry and its artful brackets, the glass china display with its sliding doors and diamond fretwork, the coffered ceiling with customized mouldings and the built in wine fridges flanked by a matching paneled freezer and refrigerator.

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Close up of the custom moulding in the previously mentioned photograph.

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This Newport library boasts mahogany paneling, built-in bookshelves complete with a library ladder and a handsome burl wood fireplace surround all crafted by Joe Yoffa. taste designed the fireplace screen with our favorite blacksmith Jay Christman, lending a customized and complementary design element in this cozy space.

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This unique and custom-designed glass shower enclosure frames beautiful marble tilework in this Providence home. Elegant moulding follows the simple curves of the glass wall and soaking tub, making this master bath a spa retreat for the owners.

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These custom built-in cabinets built by Stephen Demetrick, double as a bookshelf and media storage system. When not in use, the toe-kick drawers and cabinet doors can be closed to seamlessly blend with the paneling running the perimeter of this stately study.

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custom details: mad about metals

Our love of hand crafted metal has become a growing material of choice in our custom designs for clients.  Hand-forged iron, bronze, stainless steel and even pewter have been incorporated into interiors of late.  Here’s a peek at a few of our favorites…

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This rolled-steel bed finished with a zinc patina is a custom design of ours, in collaboration with Whetstone Workshop.  Currently in production, we expect to install in our client’s newly renovated master suite the Spring.

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These pewter countertops are new to our library of materials.  We’re eager to incorporate them into a bar – inside or outdoors.  The pewter naturally patinas, providing even more character over time.

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The installation of this newel cap at a taste-designed beach house in Little Compton, RI, crafted by Isaac Juodvalkis of Whetstone Workshop, is the perfect punctuation in a  modern coastal home for a young family.

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This textured taste-designed beam bracket partners well with the farmhouse beam running along our clients’ ceiling.

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The simple-lined frame of this glass table accents the inlaid medallion in the floor beneath.

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Isaac of Whetstone Workshop fabricated this steel base for the scrubbed ash top and bottom shelf provided by Lorimer Workshop.

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Jay Christman, our go-to blacksmith fabricated this taste-designed hand rail and baluster in iron.

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These textured samples offer an assortment of choices for customization.

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Jay Christman masterfully designed this iron handrail transition and curve that’s a pleasure to use, while offering strong support up and down the stairs.  The delicate iron balusters bring a lightness to this small back stairway that may have been visually crowded with a wood handrail and balustrade.

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This table’s concave base in brushed stainless steel is a perfect fit in this bay window breakfast nook.  We paired the base with a locally crafted dining table top by Lorimer Workshop.

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Stainless steel shelving lends a modern edge to this traditional all-white kitchen, one of our all time favorite kitchens and a frequently saved image on Houzz – 43,000 saves to idea books and counting…

How could you bring the character of metal into your home?  Be inspired!

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pride of place

client collaborations that instill pride, for all


One of my most favorite moments as a designer happened again this past week. It’s that instance near or at the end of a project when our clients realize that together, we’ve created pride of place.

In my mind, pride of place is a home that’s deeply personal to my clients. A home with custom-crafted elements by local artisans they’ve come to know. A home that inspires their children to dream large and pursue great things in the safety of its walls. A home with clever ideas that make my clients beam with pride when they share a design detail with family and friends. A home or even a retail building in a small village (as witnessed recently) restored and renovated “to last another 100 years”.

I’ve come to watch for these moments. And carefully provide my clients with a change in conversation or shift in focus in the event they are so overwhelmed, they need a minute to collect themselves. It happens.

Most often, these moments are revealed when a detail so personal to my clients emerges from concept to completion. The model sailboat he built in their first apartment together has a place of honor in the new beach house. The art that’s hung above the antique buffet restored and brought back to life by an artisan who’s become a friend in the process. The children so comfortable and secure they fall asleep at the now expanded kitchen with wrap around banquette in the bay window. The replication of the rosette that so carefully received their attention, now appearing as if it was always there.

You know who you are. Thanks for letting my team and me help create these moments and instill pride in your places.

the original front door saved by our clients and replicated mouldings honor the past while functioning for the future

the original front door saved by our clients and replicated mouldings honor the past while functioning for the future

our client's Mackenzie Childs china collection takes pride of place in the kitchen

our client’s Mackenzie Childs china collection takes pride of place in the kitchen

a classically inspired custom newel post and balusters provide a timeless element to this country home, all designed in collaboration with our client

a classically inspired custom newel post and balusters provide a timeless element to this country home, all designed in collaboration with our client

the addition of a bay window creates comfort and function in the family's kitchen

the addition of a bay window creates comfort and function in the family’s kitchen

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