(center inspo image via: Steven Gambrel)
Hola Sugarplums! Happy (long) Weekend! I hope you guys have killer BBQ’s and lots of feet-up-chillaxin’ on the agenda. Sorry the Bachelor Blog is a cool 5 days late… but look at it this way – you’ll probably totally get a double feature in the next few days. Think of it like bingeing on Netflix.
I’ve fallen off the blogging map some in recent months because life just got REAL bizay. In the best way possible though. In addition to doing sales & design for the best dang custom cabinetry shop in SoCal, I also branched out on my own super legit-like and have been doing a lot of design work. I got all licensed up as Stephanie Ballard Interiors, but am flip flopping to Covet Living Interiors. You know, to pay homage to the Mothership and all (#represent). And cuz dang – it’s just such a good name for what it stands for, and it really is where it all started. Anyway – ya wanna see one of the projects I’m working on??
This is for the sweetest couple ever back in the Heartland (Midwest). About my parents’ age, and this will be their forever home where their grandkids will come on Christmas, where they’ll sit by the crackling fire at night and read – wrapped in cabled throws – etc. Bah! So cozy. Their taste is definitely more on the traditional side: warm, rustic earth tones. Classic finishes. Think bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens // brown paper packages tied up with string. A *touch* of country without going all crazy Cracker Barrel. You get the idea. I got an email from them a few weeks ago which basically said: “We trust you implicitly, and this is your blank canvas. Make us proud…. go!” Which brought a single tear in my eye. Mind you, I’ve never met these lovely people in person – just via email and some conference calls (where I could tell they were both hovering with their heads together over a rotary phone, like George & Mary when Sam Wainwright calls in It’s a Wonderful Life – SO SWEET I COULDN’T TAKE IT).
This project is also right down the street from my Modern Farmhouse project that’s just wrapping up. WHICH I CANNOT WAIT TO PHOTOGRAPH.
Anyhow. Here are the concepts I sent them. I have a fave, but you tell me – what do you guys think??!
I am LOVING this sage / layers of cream / patina’d metal / reclaimed wood / calacatta gold marble / copper palette, and all the finishes are pretty interchangeable depending on what they wanna put where. The one thing we’re working around at this point is a black range – a Mac Daddy they got a screaming deal on. At first I was thinking: “ohhhhhh fuuuuuuudge” / and saying: “nbd we’ll totally make it work!” And now I really love it. Stainless isn’t the end all be all after all. I would’ve loved to have incorporated some soapstone in this kitchen, but it might be a bit much with the black range… and even if we put it on the island, this kitchen doesn’t get a ton of natural light, so a lighter island (calacatta oro marble, or something similar) will brighten ‘er up and do a much better job of reflecting light.
Anyhow – these were the original elevations (before I tweaked em)… it’s just one back wall where the range and fridge will be, and then an island. 10 ft ceilings, and cabs will go all the way up, so we’ll likely do pretty glass peepers way up top:
I’m also kicking around the idea of doing leaded glass in some of the cabinet doors, à la:
That’s it for now! Have an amaaaaaazing weekend, thanks for ALL THE LOVE (always!) that you guys send our way. And if you need help with your project, gimme a holler (firstname.lastname@example.org).