Sunday, January 11, 2009

Bringing Contemporary to Connecticut

I tried get my mind out of Connecticut, I really did.
And then I pulled the new issue of House Beautiful out of the mailbox, and this is the first thing my eyes landed on...

This very tailored Kitchen of the Month belongs to a home in my beloved Ridgefield!

The gorgeous slabs of Calacutta Gold marble give a beautiful first impression.
Calacutta Gold Marble + Espresso Walnut Cabinetry + Exposed Stainless Steel=
Polished & Contemporary

Designers Christie Shultz & Eileen Segalman (also the owner) implemented a two island design, a wonderful concept for a hard-working kitchen. One island for prep and one for clean-up... also very convenient when you have large gatherings or more than one cook in the kitchen.

Eileen's nod to Art Deco is evident in the streamlined design of the wood blinds and their chocolate brown trim, and the large circular window.

Its certainly not your typical country kitchen, and at first glance some may find it cold. The design selections are really to be appreciated upon understanding Eileen's design aesthetic. She loves the look of many styles-French & Art Deco, Midcentury Modern, Hollywood Glamour, Contemporary, Natural. Once I realized these design inspirations, it no longer felt cold at all... It's exhilarating to see an idea captured so well!

All of the lines are very crisp, including the sleek Dornbracht "Tara" Plumbing Fixtures. These are some of my favorite faucets to use in a kitchen, no matter what the style of the home. They're well made, look great, and their un-fussy design is easy to keep clean and polished.

Contemporary gets glamourous in the Dining Area. The large stainless steel fireplace surround is the major focal point, connecting this room to the Kitchen. The dark wood table does the same. I love the Louis Ghost Chairs & geometric bordered rug here- so unexpected... they both bring levity to an otherwise serious design.

Notice the elegant repetition of the tall windows, accentuated by vertical lines in the blinds and the wall sconces. This room must be beautiful at night with soft illumination from the sconces and pendant and the gleaming reflection of firelight on the stainless steel.

Look at the ceiling treatment too... again crisp lines of the molding and contrasting paint draw your eye up.

This is a very thoroughly planned space, even the contents of these cabinets are well designed!

Now head over here to see another superbly done & more traditional Kitchen!

Paint: Benjamin Moore Beach Glass (walls), China White (trim)
Cabinets: Walnut with Espresso Stain by Plain & Fancy through Kitchen Traditions
Hardware: Polished Chrome by Colonia Bronze
Marble: Calacutta Gold Marble from Stone Resources
Appliances: Fisher & Paykel, Viking
Plumbing Fixtures: Dornbracht
Lighting: Audrey in Mocha Dupiani by Stonegate (pendant),Fabby Lighting (Sconces)
Window Coverings: Wood Blinds by Nanik
Table: CalligarisChairs: Louis Ghost Chairs by Phillipe Starck
Rug: Masland


Kamela Cody said...

I'm so glad that I found your blog, too! It's fantastic! I love that kitchen, no matter what state it resides in! Keep up your awesome search for style! What a great name for a blog!

Lauren said...

Oh amazing!!! (Speaking of, I wonder where my issue is?? Tie to renew?? ;)

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I feel so inspired by your blog. The kitchen designs are sublime..!

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