February 18, 2011

Opposites Attract

Renovating this traditional home, entailed gutting all three floors, reconfiguring rooms and refreshing the interior to better suit a contemporary lifestyle. From the outset our clients asked us to only respect the classic detailing, to a point.  Kitchen, bathrooms, and millwork were to be modern, and not mimic a bygone time.  With this direction we selected to unify the home's shell throughout with modest details, quietly reflecting it's origins and designed crisp modern cabinetry in counterpoint.  
These photos were taken during our substantial completion walk through (there's still stuff to be done).   Wide plank European oak flooring is used throughout.  In the custom lacquer kitchen all appliances are by Miele.  A frame-less Spark fireplace insert is surrounded by book matched callacata marble for the sitting room feature wall.
This elegant marriage of past and present  is now a relaxed back drop for a young family to create their own life and times.

February 4, 2011

Media Savvy

There is a kind of fear factor that can happen with the mere mention of integrated home technologies.   Working with a firm that can alleviate this fear of the unknown, is critical in the development of a fully functional residence.  One firm we've enlisted to demystify home operating systems for our clients, is Millson Technologies.  For us all technologies have to be seamlessly united with the interior design, plus controls need to be simple and intuitive for our clients.  A well designed infrastructure to operate, lighting, window coverings, audio and visual components, creates the invisible luxury of uncomplicated living.  Millson provided this expertise for a recent project we designed.  Pictured here, the family room (home cinema), is flanked on one side by custom walnut millwork built by Soma Furniture.  It incorporates both audio and visual components.  One touch multiple functions now playing!
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