HAPPY NEW YEAR + PROJECT NOTES

1.29.17

HAPPY NEW YEAR + SOME PROJECT NOTES

It is probably a little late to be wishing anyone a happy new year, but since we are still in January  - and I haven't updated this page since July - I will do it anyway. Needless to say 2016 seemed to fly by rather quickly. I was lucky enough to be working on both coasts last year and to also spend time in Florida for the holidays. The best gift was the warm temps and sunshine that was bestowed on us and being able to relax a bit with family. I hope you all had happy holidays and are settling in for a wonderful new year.

Now on with some quick project updates. Here is the basic rundown of what has been happening around these parts . . .

You may remember we were working on a kitchen remodel in Brooklyn Heights. We were going for a clean and simple look that would improve the function of the space as well as appeal to buyers when the owners likely sell in a few years. We recommended opening up the kitchen for better flow and moving the dining table out of the cramped living space and into the kitchen. We decided on simple white slab front cabinets with minimal pulls. I also recommended that Caesarstone that you get a little glimpse of above. I love real marble, but something more durable better fit their needs. Caesarstone is offering some of these faux marbles in honed finishes now and they look quite lovely - and quite real. Opening up the ceiling with a skylight was also investigated, which would really help flood the space with light. We delivered the design plan and the clients were just waiting for board approval.

I went out to LA in November to check up on the install of a master bedroom and begin working on the rest of the home. It is a West Hollywood bungalow with great light and bones - although you may not be able to tell here. (Excuse my late afternoon, less than perfect iphone photos of the yet-to-be-styled bedroom!) It is always exciting to see a design plan come to life, especially when it is on the other side of the country. We really improved the function of this space, as the client basically had a big clothes rack in the corner masquerading as her closet. By reorienting the bed and placing a vintage mirrored front armoire opposite the french doors, it opened up the space and provided ample storage for the closetless room. Swapping out night tables for dressers also helped - and I love these beauties from Wisteria. These images don't do the vintage rug justice either. It is a stunner. Another favorite moment in the room is this quirky popsicle stick lamp complete with fringe that sits on a lucite console.

Here is the dining room - yes, I know, no dining table. Well, this is why we were hired. My client has a lot of good pieces, but things just weren't fitting the home and the scale was a bit off. I completed the design plans for this room and the living room and we were just about to begin purchasing this month when my client called to say she might have to move. Yikes! I am not really sure of the details and am awaiting the final word. Anyway, this kind of stuff happens, so we will just see what comes.

On a brighter note, I was able to combine my LA work with a little time off. The weather was unseasonably warm and had the locals complaining, but coming from New York, I soaked it all up. I highly recommend eating at Malibu Farm on the pier. I had the best lemon basil ice cream and would return just for that! Plus, the space is done really well, which is always a bonus. I also spent some time with friends up in Ojai which was so beautiful.

Next is our Upper East Side project, which we just wrapped this month. Here I am in the dining room mid-install. The clients were relocating from a modern downtown building to a more traditional uptown duplex. The nicest people ever, the clients have been such a joy to work with. The project had a bit of a crazy timeline and some curveballs thrown in, but everyone is happy with the final results. Scheduling the photo shoot soon!

Moving on to upstate New York, one of my favorite places. Here I am in front of a tiny cottage that has since seen it's demise. This project has been on my plate for awhile and I'm not even sure where to begin. However, the short story is that I had the pleasure of designing a house to be newly constructed on this lot, a special place on the Esopus Creek. It was such a great experience to plan the architecture, all of the fixtures and finishes and the decor.

The building plans were approved last year and it looked like we were on schedule for a spring build. However, since this property was bought at auction there have been quite a few twists and turns, including unexciting things like clearing title and hiring private detectives. Hopefully this project will move forward soon. In the meantime, two kayaks and a bunch of furniture await in storage. To be continued.

That is the update folks. Here's to new projects and new directions in 2017. As always, you can follow along on Instagram for more behind the scenes. All the best.

/JD

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