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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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kitchen concept

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living room & entry

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wisdom and comments shared by our client

 

floor plan options provided to our client, per her wishes (and more!)

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OBOC                                                                            (PSSST….this is chosen plan!)

 

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kitchen materials

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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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personally selected artwork creates a personal dining room

Dora Atwater Millikin at the Jamestown Art Center

 

 

Dora Atwater Millikin :: Familiar Places :: New Oil Paintings

A note to our Rhode Island clients and friends…  Be sure to visit the Jamestown Art Center between June 4th and June 27th to explore coastal New England with Rhode Island’s own Dora Atwater Millikin.  I’ve remained a big admirer of Dora’s work for years now, and take every opportunity to introduce her to clients.  Her paintings grace the walls of taste-designed homes from Newport to Providence.

The opening reception will be Thursday, June 4th between 6 – 8pm. Millikin’s work will be on display in the gallery Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10am – 2pm until June 27th.

Enjoy!

Patti

 

 

Artist Documentary

 

 

About the Artist :: Wyndfield Studio

Dora Atwater Millikin grew up in Little Compton, Rhode Island. She graduated with the “Senior Art Prize” from the Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, Massachusetts in 1979. Four years later she graduated from Newcomb College (Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana) with a BFA Degree in Painting, Drawing, and Art History.

In the Fall of 1998, she sought a more structured and academic art program and enrolled as a full time student at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Old Lyme, Connecticut). She graduated in May of 2002 with a BFA degree in Painting.

Today her subject matter focuses on coastal New England scenery with emphasis on the gritty, industrial aspects of the fishing industry and the increasingly more urban nature of local towns.

Dora is an artist member and painting teacher at the Providence Art Club. She is currently painting with groups at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut and is represented by Walker-Cunningham Fine Art in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work is seen in private collections in Europe and the United States.

At the National Arts Club in NYC Dora was the recipient of the Edwin Gould Foundation Award (2002). This award placed her fifth overall for that year. In the Club’s annual student exhibition featuring art schools in NYC and surrounding towns. Upon graduating from the Lyme Academy, she received the John Stobart Fellowship Award encouraging the transition to a professional career in painting. In 2005 she won top honors at the Annual Non- Member’s Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC with the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award for Oil, in 2007 she was juried into the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club as an Artist Member, and in 2009 she became an elected artist member of the Copley Society. In January 2010, Dora won top honors at the Fidelity Investments annual juried competition at the Providence Art Club.

Dora continues to participate in local and National painting competitions and exhibitions (both solo and group). In 2012 she exhibited 30 paintings in a solo exhibition at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. At present, she serves on the Board of Directors as an Honorary Member for the South Coast Artists Inc, a volunteer, non-profit corporation that promotes artists year round in the south coast region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and she opens her studio each summer as a participant on the open studio Art Drive Tour.

To read more about Dora and to peruse her gallery of artwork, visit her website at www.wyndfieldstudio.com.