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Martha Stewart Living feature on our home

Martha Stewart Living feature on our home

While our pup Charlie is a bit blase about his fame, we are so thrilled to be the cover story of this month’s Martha Stewart Living magazine! 

pillows Marimekko, rug PaperTrail, cushion fabric made from curtain and stool Ikea, Pouf CB2, light Janaki Larsen.

We bought this house 4 years ago and completely gutted it. Opening up the downstairs from 6 small dark rooms to a large open plan living/dining room with the window seat/ mudroom and going from a tiny galley kitchen to a large open kitchen. What really sold us on the house was the amazing yard and garden. But sadly the house had hardly any windows looking out towards the garden and only one door leading out to it.

Well, we changed all that! We added a large porch ( really our main living/ dining area during the warm months) and 3 sets of french doors leading out to it. The window seat looks directly into the garden as well. We had a funky, falling apart mudroom which we replaced with this fabulous new entry pictured above and below.

to see some of the processes check out interior framing and floor plans and windows and kitchen plans and floors and exterior painting and kitchen cabinets.

Custom black paint Sherwin Williams, planters Target, light Y Lighting.

Rug, pouf and throw pillows, outdoor dining chairs Ikea, daybed fabric Marimekko, planter Paula Greif,  bowl Janaki Larsen, rock sculpture Arno Cornillon, pillow on pouf Two Swim Birds available at Ateleir SolarshopFarrow & Ball paint in Pavilion Gray & Pitch Blue.

We worked with several amazing companies to complete our home including the amazing people at Master Brand cabinets. They generously worked with us to translate our dream kitchen into a reality. We now have a kitchen that functions beautifully in our lives, both from the day to day of busy family life to the large entertaining we like to do.

I have space for all of the pottery, glassware, and dishes I collect for both our use and as props in my work. After wanting to take up pottery for years I finally have so our shelves are quickly filling up…Blue stripe bowl Paula Greif, a small photo by my dad Sy Kattelson represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery,

Sink and faucet  Blanco, stools by Blackcreek Mercantile

The jumping-off point for our kitchen was the Miele white glass line. Our previous home at stainless appliances and I loved the freshness of the white glass. Although our kitchen is fairly generous in size it’s not huge so we were concerned about it feeling too dark. The mix of white Omega cabinets and wood along with the custom color island keep it light and open. We wanted the house to have an organic, Scandinavian feel. Modern yet warm and filled with the vintage pieces we love along with the many handmade pieces from the coffee table my dad made to the art and pottery we collect.Handmade custom tile by Tivoli Tileworks, Appliances Miele.

The table was custom made by our friend George Smith, the chairs are all vintage Thonet I have had for years. Repainting to fit my different moods. Here they are painted in subtly different shades of green. The bookcase is a vintage find and the chandelier is Lindsay Adelman’s – You Make It, the paper sculpture is by Ramon Lascano.

The only stairs and walls on either side are the only remaining original walls. The wallpaper is by Birger Kaiplainen and available through Tiina The Store.

 On the second floor, we raised the ceilings and went from one bathroom and 5 bedrooms – 2 that were minuscule to 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms plus an office. Throughout the house, we took old doors we had rescued from a house that was being torn down, stripped them, and added new -old hardware.
The euro squares are from Les Indiennes, the deco pillow is from Susan Connor, sheets West Elm, quilt Paper Trail, lighting One Forty-Three, photo over bed Sy Kattelson, bed Ikea, nightstands ABC Home, paint Calamine by Farrow and Ball

To make my walk-in closet extra special I covered it in Neisha Crossland Rose wallpaper.

 Out on the porch …

Anatomy of a set... Mr. Steam

Anatomy of a set… Mr. Steam

Designing and building a set of the magnitude that was needed for the Mr. Steam set was no easy feat. Imagine a complete bathroom at 15x 35′  no less – design to build in a few weeks’ time. Then throw in a hurricane to boot!

True we didn’t need complete plumbing set up but we did need various tricky access to allow for camera angles for the video shoot. The ceiling of the shower had to be removable and we needed multiple unobstructed access points for the shower, yet have it remain stable.

 sinks,  faucets,  mirrors

True we didn’t need complete plumbing set up but we did need various tricky access to allow for camera angles for the video shoot. The ceiling of the shower had to be removable and we needed multiple unobstructed access points for the shower, yet have it remain stable.

A job like this takes teamwork and everyone worked 110% from the client to my amazing ( and very pregnant) set builder Nikole Nelson and her team.  I also want to give another shout-out to Veronika of Modenus.  It’s thanks to her and BlogTour London that this project came together in the first place.

The to die for tub from Victoria and Albert was seen as part of our tour of their showroom while in London, although truth be told it was this handsome guy that sold me on it…I was shocked to find he didn’t come along.

 Kevin at Hastings went above and beyond as well helping supply tile, sinks, faucets, and showerheads, as well as John Veras who braved the treacherous weather driving 12 hours (gas restrictions and all) to personally deliver the pieces we needed.  And I don’t think I will soon forget walking through the bleak, hurricane-stricken streets of Chelsea to get the crazy beautiful delicate art by Jeri Eisenberg at Kathryn Markel Gallery.  The accessory’s from Waterworks added a perfect final touch to make the set feel like a home, from the cozy towels to the delicate glass and porcelain holders.

 tile,  drain,  shower head
 tile,  drain,  shower head

The major obstacle in this shoot was to create a dream bathroom, yet at the same time remain simple enough that it didn’t overtake the product, which was a fairly small subtle part of the bathroom.  In previous sets consumers were confused by what was being sold, focusing more on the bathroom and fixtures, than on the crazy great product. Yet it still had to be luxurious enough that it made everyone race out and buy a Mr. Steam.

The major obstacle in this shoot was to create a dream bathroom, yet at the same time remain simple enough that it didn’t overtake the product, which was a fairly small subtle part of the bathroom.  In previous sets, consumers were confused by what was being sold, focusing more on the bathroom and fixtures, than on the crazy great product. Yet it still had to be luxurious enough that it made everyone race out and buy a Mr. Steam.

The tile needed to be simple, yet have enough warmth so that it felt inviting.  Mixing the white and gray allowed the site to be bright and welcoming yet show off the steam to its the best advantage inside of the shower.  I designed a built-in bench running through the shower and back out again which allowed us to shoot both in and out of the shower while giving the models lots of lounging area.  The artwork was the perfect find as it replicated the scene in the window adding a touch of color and earthiness.  All of the fixtures from the faucets to the drain needed to be elegant enough to fit the space while remaining sleek and modern to accent the iSteam control.  Using a linear drain was the perfect finish as it didn’t break up the sleek tile floor the way a central one would.

In the end, the client was extremely happy so it seems the challenge was pulled off.

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Lisa Congdon- A Collection A Day

Lisa Congdon- A Collection A Day

I very rarely enter contests and when I don’t ever seem to win anyway- But on a lark and because I am a huge fan of Lisa Congdon,  I entered the Martha Stewart- Lisa Congdon collection a day contest…… and WON!   We were asked to submit photos of our collections and Lisa would draw a picture of the winning collections, plus we all received a signed copy of her new book– A Collection A Day- based on her very cool blog A Collection A Day.

I have a number (no pun intended) of collections- many of which I use for work and are displayed around the house- such as my ever-growing pottery collection… But I chose my bit’s from my signage collection scattered around the house.

Lisa chose this image-

And here is her lovely drawing-
Check out Renovation..finished, furnished, and styled in Rue Magazine

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