You may have noticed I haven’t been posting quite as much as usual lately, but I promise it is because I have been crazy busy behind the scenes. All that behind the scenes hustling will soon be a ton of new beautiful content here; some I’ve started to share (like the Trullbrook Project), one I just shared (The Modernism Week Show House), and more that I will be sharing very soon, like this one…
I have been bursting-at-the-seams excited to announce this next residential project. It is basically my dream home, originally constructed in 1950, designed by the mid-century modernist Harold B Zook, and you might recognize the lovely home owner, Mandy Moore…
It’s Modernism Week this week in Palm Springs and the entire city is a flutter with design events, architectural tours, lectures, and parties. I was so thrilled to be a part of it this year by designing one of the rooms for the Christopher Kennedy Compound Show House, which has been coined the “#1 must see Event of Modernism Week” by the Hollywood Reporter. I introduced you to the project a few weeks ago (here) but if you missed it, each year Christopher re-images a Palm Springs property by bringing together about 20 of the country’s prominent design talents and assigning each one with their own room. This year the house was the HUGE (I’m talking 6,500 square foot) home of Kelly Lee a.k.a. Kelly Go Lightly and I got to design the East Guest Bedroom.
It was a slightly harrowing feat, installing our room and coordinating deliveries etc among 19 other designers doing the same but it all came together just in the nick of time. If you followed my instastory, you know I was re-upholstering a bench 2 hours before the cocktail party preview and the giant mirror was delivered during the preview party. Rupe and I, + a CK handyman, installed it mid-event while dressed in our cocktail attire. NBD.
There is something about the winter months that makes me want Pizza for dinner even more than I usually do, which lets face it, is a lot. Who doesn’t like Pizza? It’s a comforting circle of cheesy bread love, plus the topping options are endless. One step better than going out for your favorite slice is inviting a few friends over for some homemade pizza and last week I turned your average pizza night up a notch to do just that. I teamed up with Ecco Domani to share my take on a homemade pizza party, it’s a little bit fancy and a little bit casual, and the best part is that you can win a slew of goodies to create a memorable pizza night of your own.
I’ve got some A-frame progress you guys(!), some very construction dust filled progress, but we are one step closer to a finished kitchen, so I will take it. If you’ve been following along, you already know that we went with Ikea cabinet bases but then chose Semi-handmade doors and drawer fronts for our A-frame kitchen. I love their DIY options (which we also used in our LA kitchen) because they come unfinished and ready for paint which means you get to pick any color your hearts desire. I painted ours months ago now, but we finally got them in! Well, at least the bottom ones. But yay green! You can read about my color choice and the painting process here. And now it is time to choose the hardware… My original idea for the door hardware was to cut holes in the doors with my drill press to use as finger pulls but with a million other things on my to-do list, I completely forgot! Since the panels are already painted, and in Palm Springs, I am not about to bring them back to my workshop here, and I don’t trust a hand drill for a job like that, so on to plan B we go. I started searching for some more unique hardware options than my go to brass pulls and pulled together (no pun intended) my favorites from wood, to leather, to concrete.
I am loving wood hardware lately but with the wood countertops, I’m thinking leather or concrete might be the way to go.
Oh and it feels so good to have our appliances in and I delight in a thing called an undercounter fridge. You might remember we did the same thing with our cabin in Michigan and I didn’t miss having a full sized fridge once. Being a vacation home, we aren’t stock piling away groceries for the long haul, so by moving it to below the counter it frees up much needed visual space and adds more work surface area. My other favorite thing about this fridge is that we went with a “panel ready” option, so we had Semi-Handmade make a door front to match the rest of the cabinets and it blends in seamlessly (err, it will be seamless once we level the fridge that is, right now the unit is a bit crooked and covered with dust, but do you see how good it will be, do you see?! If you squint and imagine it all clean it helps, I swear by it).
We still have quite a list of things to do, more painting, lights, skim coating the far wall, figuring out doors for the spice cabinet, toe kicks etc, but I couldn’t wait to share how it is looking with the base cabinets in and the floating shelf up! I also couldn’t help but take a look back at the before photo to see how far we’ve come.
Slowly but surely we are bringing this dark and dated gem of a place into this century. Now if only we could stop running into silly problems that keep eating up our budget like new roofs, and septic systems and such. Septic schmeptic, I want my leather sling chairs!