Category: Eclectic Homes

Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of a Mediterranean Kitchen

Warm, inviting and cozy, the kitchen creates the heartbeat of a Mediterranean home. There is nothing bashful about Mediterranean décor; it is filled with saturated colors, solid lines and elaborate details, calling to mind sun, vibrant landscapes and coastal breezes. And in most cases, you either love it or you do not. But if you are on the fence about whether to go in this direction — or if you are already smitten with the appearance — incorporate those eight principles to pull off this distinctive strategy.

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1. Rich, warm colors. The Mediterranean shore brings from sunlight and sea, bright flora and foliage, and other elements of the area. Take a mix of hot red, bright yellow, terra cotta and ocean blue to bring your kitchen to life. Tie the colors together with a stenciled or tiled backsplash or other decorative element.

Filmore Clark

2. Swooping curves. Mediterranean design is known for its curves and curlicues. Notice the range hood and the lighting fixture in this area — their sinuous shapes give the kitchen a feeling of elegance and fluidity. Choose hardware, faucets and other elements that have powerful curves and graceful forms.

3. Hand-painted tilework. Mosaic tile adorned with elaborate motifs is a blossom touch. Use it for a backsplash or onto a tile-topped island, or make a focus over the scope.

JMA (Jim Murphy and Associates)

4. Wrought iron detailing. Metals are generally heavy in Mediterranean style, and wrought iron gets the visual weight to stand until the magnificent flourishes elsewhere. This pot rack helps to define the space and lends a dramatic touch.

House + House Architects

5. Textured walls. In a Mediterranean kitchen, walls benefit attention and depth from a tactile finish. Contemplate stucco, Venetian plaster or even drywall mud to get a weatherproof surface that evokes the feeling of an old fashioned villa.

Hann Builders

6. Saltillo floor tile. This floor, a Mediterranean touch, lends an earthy note and fits in with the warm palette. Brick can work well also. If tile feels too cold or hard underfoot, think about bringing in a lasting rug that complements the color scheme, possibly with a swirly design that echoes the curving elements of the room.

Claudio Ortiz Design Group, Inc..

7. Ceiling beams. Exposed ceiling beams offer a rustic note that blends nicely with the design’s burnished metals and about textured walls. Stain them darkish for comparison with the ceiling.

JMA (Jim Murphy and Associates)

8. Dark wood tones. Blossom furniture is usually strong, solid and elaborately carved or turned. Cabinetry and furnishings in a kitchen done in this style reflect that appearance, with abundant woods like walnut, along with deep discoloration and cosmetic detailing.

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Guest Groups: 20 Finds for a Cozy Kitchen Worth Living In

I have been a fan of kitchens that don’t feel or look as a kitchen for a long time. I love a space that’s practical enough for cooking an elaborate meal but still supremely cozy, warm and a little complicated. Here is my take on a room that will live up to being the “heartbeat of a house.”
Joslyn from Straightforward Beautiful

Heath Ceramics

Espresso Cup and Saucer – $34

These espresso cups from Heath Ceramics are bits that you would wish to stay. You’d pass down these beauties to your kids one day!

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Wood Cutting Boards – $48

An assortment of functional and beautiful wooden cutting and serving boards is vital for a cozy, livable kitchen.

DwellStudio

Pair of Metal Peacocks – $88

All these vintage-inspired birds perched on the counter could put in some serious glam into the coffeemaker and toaster.

Heath Ceramics

Hybrid Vase Place – $260

I believe earthy, ’70s-inspired pottery feels soulful. I’d use the taller vase to hold fresh herbs for cooking.

Anthropologie

Octopus Garden Wallpaper – $198

Nothing makes a space cozy faster than a wallpaper. I’d put this rich, whimsical pattern onto one wall to make immediate intimacy.

Etsy

Linen Dinner Napkins – Quarters by Willow Ship – $45

These fairly linen napkins make take-out pizza texture fancy.

Williams-Sonoma

Chemex 6-Cup Glass Coffee Maker – $36

The Chemex makes the best coffee. And it’s just really, really amazing.

Design Within Reach

Spinneybeck Cowhide Rug

Cowhide rugs are super durable, making them a perfect pick for a high-traffic kitchen.

Etsy

2 Vintage Signed Asian Etchings by Vieux Design – $95

I love these classic prints for searing heat into an otherwise practical corner. I’d hang them near my stove or oven.

Lamps Plus

Uttermost Campton Antiqued Gold 42″ High Wall Mirror – $257.99

A large gilded mirror could be a complete surprise hung in a kitchen!

West Elm

Wrap Chair | West Elm – $152

These seats are slick, but the wrap back makes them comfortable enough for lingering.

Design Within Reach

Saarinen Dining Table – $2,758

A cozy, livable kitchen has to get a little spot for eating. The Saarinen marble top dining table has been in my wishlist. This multifunctional 35″ version could be a perfect place for breakfast.

HORNE

Milk & Sugar Ball Set FREUD – $80

I’d keep this sugar and cream set perpetually put in the middle of the Saarinen table. They’re like small works of art.

OCHRE

Light Drizzle Chandelier – $2,370

This could be one of the most gorgeous chandeliers of time. It is totally glam but still modern and timeless.

Marta Barware – $1.50

I purchase CB2’s Marta Barware in bulk. They’re the perfect glasses: super slim but still incredibly sturdy.

Le Creuset

Oval French Oven. – $340

It goes without saying that the coziest kitchen is one that’s really being used to cook tasty things. I am in love with these gorgeous green Le Creuset French ovens because of their capacity to turn out perfect slow-roasted meat.

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5-Piece Gold Cutlery Set

Gold cutlery is sudden and complicated. This particular set still manages to feel fresh and youthful.

Design Within Reach

Platner Armchair, Leather – $3,335

A cozy kitchen has plenty of places to perch upon. My fantasy space would consist of enough room for one of these leather Platner armchairs.

Tortoise General Store

Kaikado Canister – $140

I love these artful canisters — they’re like jewellery for the counter tops. I’d use them to keep sugar and sea salt.

Etsy

Small Peskhir Hand Towel by Soft Cotton – $10

Turkish Peskhir hand towels are super absorbent and make a kitchen feel and look more intriguing.

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Tahoe Ridge House

The name Tahoe Ridge House concisely sums up exactly what the layout from David S. Wilson of WA Design is really all about. It is located in Tahoe, California, on a large plot of land near the world-famous lake — a place that prompted Wilson to tap into the area’s industrial vernacular. And the home sits partially on a ridge, whose high point captures distant mountain views. Here we take a tour of the home to see how the the landscape combined to shape the home.

WA Design Architects

The entry to the home is from the east. On this elevation, we see the garage clad in corrugated metal on the left, a wrought iron gable volume covered in wood to the right, and the front door in the end of a covered porch with a few wood columns.

From here we can see the basic layout of the home, which can be an H-shaped plan with the living space extending from the front door, a hallway moving perpendicular up the ridge in the space, and another wood-covered gable volume atop the ridge that houses the master bedroom.

Before we head indoors let’s look at other perspectives of the home.

WA Design Architects

Now we are on the other side of the home, the west elevation; note the hallway moving up the ridge in the left. At this end is the main living room and its own chimney. A scaled-down version of the entry canopy is located on this side, providing access to the patio.

WA Design Architects

Heading to the right of the prior photo, we come to the south elevation. The second-floor”sleeping perch” is the tall fundamental volume whose window looks towards the distant mountains. Bear in mind that the living part of the home is lower compared to the master bedroom up on the ridge, so a little extra vertical push is needed to grab some perspectives from here.

WA Design Architects

On the other side of the home, we are currently taking a look at the north elevation, what Wilson calls”a compilation of vernacular forms.” The vernacular he is referring to would be the”old mining buildings in the Tahoe area,” such as the Kentucky Mine stamp mill.

WA Design Architects

Here we are looking out of the master bedroom towards the north side of the living portion of the home. Wilson points out that”virtually no grading involved in the building. The home plan adheres to the present topography.”

WA Design Architects

Heading back to the entrance door and its own covered walk encouraged by recycled cedar posts, the diagonal bracing hints at a few of the whimsy that can be located inside.

WA Design Architects

After walking across the long entrance hall that ascends a few brief flights of steps — strengthening the method by which in which the home follows the site’s topography — we all come to the large living room with its dining room and living area. The open space sits below an open gable roof with exposed beams and metal bracing.

WA Design Architects

Looking in the opposite direction from the living area, we could see the stairs that lead to a few bedrooms. In the foreground is a loft and a perpendicular stair that ascends to the sleeping perch to the right.

WA Design Architects

Heading up the stair and then turning around, the scale of the living room is evident. As well we can see the first of many custom touches: the attic’s guardrails ripple as they proceed across the edge of the ground.

WA Design Architects

“We made the custom made light fixtures in a big scale to match the space,” says Wilson.

WA Design Architects

Back downstairs we get another perspective of the dining room and the table that Wilson and company intended for the space.

WA Design Architects

Adjacent to the dining room is the kitchen, and it is a more intimate space, owing to the lower ceiling. A few more custom touches are obvious: the faceted stove hood and the wood cabinets on both sides of the stove.

WA Design Architects

Looking at the kitchen from the dining room, we could see that the faceted stove hood is echoed in the face of the sink . The edge of the island’s lower surface is tough, a hewn granite that contrasts with the smooth and faceted surfaces. A closer look in more custom light fixtures shows that they fit the loft guardrails, a metallic mesh that matches the light.

WA Design Architects

Walking the hallway that climbs up towards the ridge as well as the master bedroom, we all come to an opening that”has the colours and transparencies of glacial ice,” according to Wilson. In the space is the master bedroombehind us is the study.

WA Design Architects

Within the master bedroom, we all could see how the exposed gable and bracing is a motif that runs across the home. Tall windows do a fantastic job of framing the outside scenery.

WA Design Architects

Glancing right, we see some custom touches that are located everywhere: the faceted flue over the fireplace, the wood casework, and the hewn granite hearth.

WA Design Architects

The baths have some idiosyncratic touches, particularly the double bowls that project past the cabinet fronts in the master bathroom.

WA Design Architects

But the double bowls have nothing over the custom made concrete”kayak sink” that serves the other bedrooms.

WA Design Architects

The previous couple of photos show the home in a snowstorm, making apparent how vernacular forms have their reasons. Note how little snow is about the wood gables versus the shallower entrance canopy.

WA Design Architects

The west elevation in the snow is like a postcard, with dreams of warming up from the fireplace.

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Celebrating a Classic: Spool-Turned Furniture

Ever since Victorian-era woodworkers discovered how much fun they could have with a lathe, spool-turned furniture (so called because it looks like spools stacked together) has cycled in and out of fashion. These days, it has transcended trends and secured a spot among America’s style icons. Jenny Lind beds are most likely the most famous examples, but spool-turning crops up in all kinds of bits and blends nicely with classic, contemporary and cabin interiors. Have a peek.

Janelle Steinberg Interior Design

This night table drops right in line with the bedroom cabin feel. The black finish keeps it from being overly sweet.

Rachel Reider Interiors

Spooling + bergère-style seat + animal print = pure awesomeness. The flipped detail adds yet another layer to this texture-filled space.

Kate Jackson Design

These seats are a little more demure, but strong enough to anchor their side of this room.

A smart, loosely turned cocktail table doubles as practical sculpture.

John Kraemer & Sons

Spool-turned legs are typical in kitchen islands, yet this oversize version is a riff on traditional style. The ample curves echo that swooping, swirly chandelier.

Casart Coverings

When’s the last time you watched a kelly-green bed frame? A coat of paint transforms this classic headboard and footboard into something unexpected.

Here is another peppy take on a very traditional bed shape. The vivid red makes it look fresh and fun.

Chr DAUER Architects

Subtle turned railings include far more image interest than plain ones.

Niche Interiors

The spool-turned legs of this console table and seat help soften the modern room with a stylish, conservative note.

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Elegant and Playful in New York

A soothing neutral color palette, luxurious upholstered furniture, and diverse accessories and art specify the design of Sue De Chiara’s house. This magnificent house is located in Westchester County, New York — a suburb of New York City — where De Chiara resides with her husband and three kids.

De Chiara, a design writer and owner of Zhush, hired designer Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors to redecorate her living area. De Chiara loved the area so much she hired Muse to assist with the pool home, offices, mudroom and master bathroom. “I always say that you can’t design a great space without a great customer, and Sue was fantastic,” Muse says. “She pushed my imagination, and motivated me to greater heights.”

MuseInteriors

Remodeling the living area involved tripling the size in addition to decorate the space. The living area and its abundance of space was pretty overwhelming, so De Chiara reached out to Muse to get assistance. “She wanted the new layout to work for large groups when entertaining,” Muse says. “But she wanted it to be more intimate enough for regular use.”

Drapery Fabric: Farm Fresh, Robert Allen
Large Pair of Sofas (Fabric): Skye Linen, Osborne & Little
Big Sofa Pillows: Mirella, Echo by Kravet
Painting above Mantel: Amanda Talley

MuseInteriors

“I think the living area has the ideal balance of sophistication and approachability,” says Muse. The color palette was based off a paint color De Chiara had already picked out for the walls. This neutral backdrop inspired all the textile and accent options.

Slipper Chair Fabric: Ikat Diamond, Kravet
Carpet: Dante Strie, Stark
Interior color: Benjamin Moore Cape Hatteras Sand

MuseInteriors

Muse began with these great cut-velvet pillows in dusty gray-blue and taupe, and worked on the color scheme from there. “For me, fabrics are usually the springboards to my own layouts,” she says.

Lamb pillow cover: West Elm

MuseInteriors

The mudroom off the main entrance hall was carefully crafted to organize the odds and ends the household collects each day.

Many of the rooms in De Chiara’s house were motivated by the protector magazines she reads voraciously, as well as ideas from friends’ houses and resort rooms she enjoys.

Basket Liner Fabric: Continuum,
Kravet
Lantern: Sorenson 18 Lantern, Remains

MuseInteriors

Clear plastic and chrome stools dress up the more customary poolhouse pub. De Chiara and Muse accented the space with an easy white framed mirror and George Nelson Ball Pendant. “The internet is obviously my first step when searching for home decor projects,” says De Chiara. “I am a Google fanatic.”

Barstools: Vapor Stool, CB2
Mirror: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Roman Shade Fabric: Groundworks by Lee Jofa

MuseInteriors

Muse and De Chiara worked closely with each other to create the perfect house for De Chiara and her family. “The colors, the artwork, and the accessories all convey a very lighthearted approach to decor and fashion generally,” De Chiara says. “I don’t take myself too seriously, and I don’t want my home to.”

The master bathroom is a soothing and elegant space. Muse added a little bit of play by covering the walls with a contemporary wallpaper in a neutral colorway. Isn’t the tub almost begging to be full of a bubble bath? It’s the ideal place to unwind after a week.

Wallpaper: Mimosa, Cole & Son
Garden Stool: Lillian August
Embroidered Towels: Leontine Linens
Cabinet: Cartwright Cabinet, Restoration Hardware

MuseInteriors

De Chiara’s home office is her favorite room in the home. “It’s little, it’s cozy, and it is the only room that’s really all mine,” she says. Muse made this room more womanly than the rest of the home and played gentle purples and greens to give it a distinctive touch.

Rug: Diamond Sprout, Dash and Albert
Roman Shade Fabric: Ming, Manuel Canovas
Chair Fabric: Petite Zig Zag, China Seas
Negative Table: West Elm Faceted Mirror Side Table

MuseInteriors

De Chiara’s husband’s office is a more decorative area, with wood paneled walls that remember the feel of an old-fashioned library. “It’s really a treasure hunt to create and locate the ideal balance of new and found objects,” says Muse.

Sofa: Custom
Sofa Pillows: Dovecote
Roman Shade: Arlon Check in Camel, Hinson
Coffee Table: Noguchi Table
Carpet: Hexagon House II, Stark
Chair Pillows: Madeline Weinrib

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Zhush LLC

One of those matters that De Chiara enjoys most about her house is the flow of the home as you walk from room to room. Before renovating, she and her husband believed moving, but no additional home had the same open flow as this one.

The shot above is of the entryway once you first walk in the home. Silhouettes line the stairwell, and a quirky mix of chinoiserie and zebra cloths accent a little sitting area.

Zhush LLC

This vintage-styled bench sits in the back hallway outside the kitchen. The artwork on the right is by De Chiara’s 11-year-old daughter, and the rest was completed by her grandmother years back.

Zhush LLC

This turquoise and lime green bedroom belongs to De Chiara’s 11-year-old — a job they worked together, and just finished recently.

Zhush LLC

This staircase leads up to a space located over the garage, which holds De Chiara’s home gym along with the Zhush headquarters. The stairs were given a special touch with hand painted amounts along with an easy rope bannister.

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Stylist: Karin Lidbeck Brent
Photography: John Bessler and Sue De Chiara

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