2010 issue No. 5
2010 Issue No. 5
Cooking from the Heart
Chef Lea shares a family tradition Chef Lea revives a favorite cheesecake recipe
Foodie Peep: Cooking.com
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D’lightful and Delicious!
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New interpretations of the fabulous Philly Cheesesteak Your one-stop, online cooking shop!
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cooking: tasty traditions
CHEF LEA MCINTOSH TEACHES HER YOUNGER SISTER HOW TO MAKE ENCHILADAS AND TACOS… THE
Photography by by Rio Costantini
“Some of my fondest childhood memories are being with my dad in the kitchen cooking our family’s version of Mexican food,” recounts Chef Lea (Gonzales) McIntosh. “I think everyone has some tasty traditions that get passed down from generation to generation. And many times they are adaptations of cultural recipes that over time become a unique part of a family’s heritage.” For Chef Lea, the Gonzales family enchiladas—which she calls “gringoladas”—and tacos are legendary!
Lea rn To M ake - C he f L ea’ s Grin go l adas & TacosG o n za le s Fa mi ly-st yle
Featuring: Chef Lea McIntosh Video By: Ricardo Flamenco
Crispy Shredded Beef Tacos Serves: 3 to 4
TACOS: 1 (12-ounce) can roast beef with gravy preferred brand: Hereford or Libby's substitute: leftover roast beef
cups canola oil white corn tortillas
TOPPINGS: 1 pound Colby-Jack cheese, shredded Âź head iceberg lettuce, shredded 3 ripe medium tomatoes, cored and diced sour cream & taco sauce for garnish 1. In a large shallow saucepan, over medium heat, bring the canola oil to frying temperature (approximately 350 to 375 degrees). 2. Meanwhile, in a medium-size skillet, over mediumhigh heat, simmer roast beef while continuously stirring, until the meat is shredded and all liquid is completely evaporated, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 3. Spread tortillas out on flat surface. Spread 1 heaping tablespoon of cooked beef in a line down the center of each tortilla, across the grain. 4. One-by-one, lightly fold filled tortilla by bringing the top ends together. Hold top ends together with fingers or tongs and fry bottom end until firmly shaped, about 30 seconds. Gently set down into oil, and fry both sides until lightly golden and crisp. Remove from oil, lightly shake to allow excess oil to drain and place on a serving plate covered with paper towels. Serve warm with your favorite taco toppings. Fry Note: Use a tortilla as an alternative for testing the oil temperature, by dipping the edge into the oil. If it bubbles and pops, then it is ready!
“Our family created these recipes in the ’60s when it was popular to serve frozen TV dinners and eat canned vegetables,” laughs Lea. “So today it may seem shocking, but we used canned Roast Beef with Gravy in our tacos.” —Chef Lea McIntosh nestingnewbies.com
Gringoladas Serves: 4 to 6 1 1 1
pound ground beef teaspoon salt fresh ground pepper to taste (28-ounce) can red chile sauce, preferred brand: Las Palmas
1 12 1 1/4 1
pound Colby-Jack cheese, shredded white corn tortillas (2¼-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained cup green onions, sliced cup sour cream (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. In a medium-size skillet, over medium-high heat, thoroughly brown the ground beef about 10 to 12 minutes; season with salt and pepper to taste. Drain cooked beef to remove excess fat and place in a bowl. Add green onions and black olives to cooked beef; set aside. 3. In a large shallow saucepan, over medium heat, bring chile sauce to a slow simmer. One-by-one, dip each tortilla in the warm chile sauce to slightly soften and bring to 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture down the middle of each tortilla. Add about 2 tablespoons shredded cheese. Roll the filled tortilla up against the grain and place seam-side down. 4. Pour the remaining warm red chile sauce over top of gringoladas; cover with remaining shredded cheese. Bake about about 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sauce bubbles. Serve warm with sour cream.
“This brings back craving my famil how cool is it cookin’ in
so many memories! I’ve been ly’s version of enchiladas, and that my big sis finally got me n the kitchen!” —Kristina Gonzales nestingnewbies.com
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“When I am presed for time and can’t start from scratch, this is my go-to sauce for making Mexican food,” says Lea. Las Palmas was originally created in 1922 by Rosa Ramirez, a housewife living in Ventura, California. Her sauces were so popular with her friends, family, and neighbors, that she was encouraged to grow beyond her own backyard and founded the Ramirez & Feraud Chili Company. Morphed into Las Palmas, the company has grown from those humble beginnings, and it now has the biggestselling Mexican cooking sauce in the U.S.! Find more at laspalmassauce.com.
CANNED BEEF BEEF, you sAy? “I promise that if you follow this recipe and use this beef, you’ll LOVE it. I can’t tell you how many converts I’ve made who criticized the can until they tasted these tacos!” Even Lea’s little sister, Kristina, had her doubts. “My sister is 6 years younger, and she never had the opportunity to learn our favorite family recipes. Now she’s just starting life on her own—a newbie who’s working hard and finishing school— and big sis here is ready to teach her one of our family’s best in-the-kitchen traditions!”
Carry O cooking: recipe revival
Chef Lea revives a favorite family cheesecake
Photography by Rio Costantini
e e recipe.
“When it comes to dessert, everyone in my family begs my
my grandmother Suzanne’s famous cheesecake,” says Chef Lea McIntosh. “I really wanted to carry on this family tradition and was so happy to discover that it originated in an issue of Bon Appétit magazine!” Lea’s grandmother clipped the recipe Cheese Cake Doucette by Chef Richard Doucette from an October 1974 Bon Appétit magazine…before Lea was born!
“Back then, there weren’t food processors, so she had to beat the ingredients for 20 minutes—imagine that!” Fascinated by discovering Grandma’s recipe source, Lea dug a little deeper to learn its origin. “The magazine was doing a story on Vintage Inns of New England, including their histories and signature recipes. This cheesecake comes from the historic John Hancock Inn in New Hampshire (now known as The Hancock Inn). I was really excited because this inn dates back to the late 1700s, during President Washington’s first year in office. Who knows, maybe George slept there?!” 24
The Hancock Inn
is the oldest New Hampshire inn still in operation,
dating back to 1789 when Hancock, NH was a thriving village with taverns that served rum to service travelers. The founder, Noah Wheeler, was the first in town to also offer accommodations. Throughout the years, the Inn has passed through many hands…owners who have preserved its rich history. Today, it’s the perfect B&B getaway with historic ambiance and modern amenities. Dining at the inn is glorious—fresh and homey. Their Shaker Cranberry Pot Roast was featured on Food Network’s FoodNation with Bobby Flay.
Located in Hancock, New Hampshire • 603.525.3318 • hancockinn.com
It’s good to have options. It’s even better when
those options are chocolate, graham cracker, or shortbread. “This cheesecake will be delicious no matter which crust you choose,” says Lea. “My grandmother Suzanne opted for the traditional graham cracker crust, of course, and my aunt suggests that a buttery shortbread cookie crust is the way to go. Me? A dark chocolate cookie crust is calling my name!” Chef Lea wants you to have all three crust recipes, so you can try them all and see which one your family oohs and ahhs over the most!
FAMOUS ® CHOCOLATE WAFER COOKIE CRUST
HONEY MAID GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST
LORNA DOONE SHORTBREAD COOKIE CRUST
ounces chocolate wafers
ounces honey grahams
ounces shortbread cookies
cup (1 stick) butter, melted
cup (1 stick) butter, melted
tablespoons butter, melted
cup granulated sugar
cup granulated sugar
cup granulated sugar
CRUST: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a food processor with fitted grater attachment to make the perfect coarse cookie crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a medium-size bowl; add sugar, melted butter and use hands to thoroughly combine. Press moist crumb mixture evenly onto the bottom and sides of 9-inch springform pan, leaving about ½-inch space from top of pan. Bake crust in oven for 10 minutes. Let crust cool for 10 minutes before filling.
Chef Lea Suzanne McIntosh modernized this recipe while still maintaining all of its incredible creamy yumminess. “Give it a go, and I’m confident this cake will become one of your family’s tasty traditions, too.”
Serves: 8 to 10 Level: CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST 1 (9-ounce) box Famous® Chocolate Wafers 1/2 1/2
cup (1 stick) butter, melted cup granulated sugar
CREAM CHEESE FILLING 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened, 4 1 1 1/2
cut into quarters - preferred brand: Philadelphia whole eggs cup granulated sugar teaspoons pure vanilla extract
SOUR CREAM TOPPING 1 2 1
pint sour cream - preferred brand: Knudsen tablespoons granulated sugar teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4. Place prepared crust on a foil covered sheet pan; bake in oven for 10 minutes. Let crust cool for 10 minutes before filling. 5. In a food processor with fitted blade attachment, mix cream cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract; blend for 30 seconds, remove lid, scrape sides, then continue to blend until completely smooth, approximately 1½ to 2 minutes more. 6. Pour cream cheese filling into prepared crust; bake for approximately 1 hour, or until lightly golden, puffed, and center moves slightly. Remove from oven; set aside and immediately prepare sour cream topping.
2. Use a food processor with fitted grater attachment to make the perfect coarse crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a medium-size bowl; add sugar, melted butter and use hands to thoroughly combine.
7. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, sugar, vanilla extract; pour on top of baked cheesecake and use a spatula to lightly, evenly spread sour cream topping. Return cheesecake pan to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven; transfer cheesecake pan onto a wire rack to completely cool.
3. Press moist crumb mixture evenly onto the bottom and sides of 9-inch springform pan, leaving about ½-inch clear space from top of pan to crust.
8. Refrigerate cheesecake for 24 hours to set. Note: Do not remove cheesecake from springform pan until ready to cut and serve.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
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Chef Leaâ€™s new interpretations of the fabulous Philly Cheesesteak Photography by Rio Costantini
A meat-lover’s dream. The Philly Cheesesteak is one of the nation’s most iconic
Brown the meat.
(and delicious) sandwiches. And according to Bryan Mason, “If you’re Philadelphia born and bred, nothing says ‘home’ like a cheesesteak.” “Bryan put me to the test,” says Chef Lea. “He’s a real Philly cheesesteak fanatic. And although I’ve never been to Philadelphia, I promised him that I could cook a cheesesteak that would make his heart sing and his stomach happy! He and I cooked together and made sandwiches to order for my crew after a long day of filming.”
Add onions and peppers.
With her ultra-thin sliced beef, authentic rolls, and correct technique for melting the cheese and mixing it with the meat…Bryan agreed that Lea’s cheesesteak could have come from one of his favorite Philadelphia hot spots. A native’s seal of approval! Bryan Mason and his wife, Jeanine Hays, recently moved back home from San Francisco to Philadelphia where they
Melt cheese directly on the pan!
are focusing full time on their thriving company, AphroChic. Now they step outside their front door into a city filled with authentic cheesesteaks. Fortunately for the rest of us, we have Chef Lea McIntosh’s signature cheesesteak recipes.
Mix cheese into meat and peppers.
What’s up with the roll? According to native Philadelphian Bryan Mason, authentic cheesesteaks start with Amoroso’s Hearth Baked Philly Rolls. “It’s really your first ingredient for making sure the sandwich you’re getting is the best,” he says. But it’s difficult to get your hands on Amoroso’s unless you are in Philadelphia, so Chef Lea found the perfect alternative. “Just pop open a can of Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf, and you’ll have fresh-out-of-theoven rolls that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside…the perfect combo for a cheesesteak.”
Who put the HOT in Lea’s Buffalo Blue Philly?
“Just the right aroma. Just the right kick. Just the right sret ingredient,” claims Lea. “Frank’s® RedHot® Buﬀalo Wings Sauce is just the best for a hot and spicy, mouthwatering, eyetearing experience.”
Beef Cheesesteak Serves: 6 2½ 1 ¾ 3 12 2
pounds New York or rib eye steak, very thinly sliced medium onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced pound bell pepper, trimmed, seeded and thinly sliced tablespoons butter slices provolone cheese salt and fresh ground pepper to taste packages Pillsbury® Crusty French Loaves, prepared according to package directions or 6 crusty Italian hoagie rolls
To make a cheesesteak: 1. In a medium-size non-stick skillet, over medium-high heat, brown about 4-ounces sliced beef in ½ tablespoon melted butter. Season with salt, pepper to taste. 2. Add onion slices, pepper slices; cook for about 1½ minutes, or until lightly caramelized. 3. Scrape the beef-onion mixture to the center of the skillet, then place two slices of provolone cheese around the beef mixture, directly on the skillet surface. Wait about 30 seconds, when the cheese begins to melt and bubble, quickly stir the melted cheese into the beef and onions. 4. Serve hot on crusty roll. Wipe the nonstick surface clean and repeat the steps to make the next cheesesteak. NOTE: Prepare one sandwich portion at a time to get the best ooey-gooey results.
Chicken Philly Serves: 6 2 1 ¾ 3 12 1
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, very thinly sliced medium onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced pound bell pepper, trimmed, seeded and thinly sliced tablespoons butter slices provolone cheese (12-ounce) bottle hot sauce, preferred brand: Franks® Hot Wing Buffalo Sauce
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste cup blue cheese crumbles packages Pillsbury® Crusty French Loaves, prepared according to package directions or 6 crusty Italian hoagie rolls
To make a chicken cheesesteak: 1. In a medium-size non-stick skillet, over mediumhigh heat, brown about 4-ounces sliced chicken in ½ tablespoon melted butter. Season with salt, pepper to taste. 2. Add onion slices, pepper slices; cook for about 1½ minutes, or until lightly caramelized. 3. Stir in 1/4 cup (2-ounces) hot sauce; cook until sauce has evaporated and meat-onions are coated. 4. Scrape the chicken-onion mixture to the center of the skillet, then place two slices of provolone cheese around the chicken mixture, directly on the skillet surface. Wait about 30 seconds, when the cheese begins to melt and bubble, quickly stir the melted cheese into the chicken and onions. 4. Serve hot on crusty roll and garnish with blue cheese crumbles. Wipe the nonstick surface clean and repeat the steps to make the next cheesesteak. NOTE: Prepare one sandwich portion at a time to get the best ooey-gooey results.
The AphroChic Insider’s Guide to
Philadelphia C Photography by Kristen Lubbe
Philadelphia is full of cheesesteaks…there’s really nowhere in the city that you can’t get one. But as a native, I can tell you that not everyone makes it right. So, here are my top places to find an eat-worthy cheesesteak:
#1: Pizza Shops MY FAVORITES: PAPA NICK’S PIZZA IN OLNEY AND TONY JR’S IN CENTER CITY Pizza shops in Philly are a thing of beauty, because, with rare exception, pizza is the least of what they have to offer. They make just about everything…especially cheesesteaks. Newbies may want to stick to the basics, but for the adventurous (like me), pizza shops offer all kinds of variations, like the pizzasteak with toppings like pepperoni and bacon.
#2: Food Carts MY FAVORITES: 18TH AND WALNUT, DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM RITTENHOUSE SQUARE PARK I know what you’re thinking…but this is about history. Cheesesteaks were invented and first offered at a food cart in the 1930s. Food carts offer a variety of specialties, but cheesesteaks are typically at the top of their list. In under three minutes (depending on the line) and for less than five dollars, most carts deliver a quality sandwich.
Cheesesteaks By Bryan Mason A True Philly Fanatic
#3: Reading Terminal Market MY FAVORITES: BY GEORGE! PIZZA, PASTA & CHEESESTEAKS Originally built by the Reading Railroad as a part of its downtown passenger terminal, the market is now home to more than 80 merchants—it’s one of Philadelphia’s must-visit locations. Nestled within the rows of Jewish delis, Amish grills, soul food joints, Indian, Thai, and Chinese are no fewer than four shops selling high-quality cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls.
#4: Tourist Spots FAVORITES: PAT’S & GENO’S (I’VE NEVER EATEN AT EITHER OF THESE, BUT THEY’RE TOURIST FAVORITES!) Pat’s and Geno’s are the pillars of the South Philly cheesesteak game. Together with (relative) newcomer Tony Luke’s, these powerhouses represent the epitome of cheesesteakdom for anyone who’s ever seen a television spot on Philly cheesesteaks. OK, so they’re a bit touristy, but there’s nothing wrong with being a tourist, or even acting like one once in a while.
cooking: foodie peep
ooking.com. They are the innovators and the gutsy group that worked together at the Walt Disney Corporation and saw the internet as the new shopping mecca way back
in 1998—an ancient time ago in the tech world, when most of us were just getting used to surfing the web and feeling our way around cyberspace. Tracy Randall, one of those former Disney visionaries turned Cooking. com founders, currently sits at the head of the table as the company’s CEO. It’s her job to keep the team focused on Cooking.com’s mission “to inspire connections through food and cooking.” And she does it brilliantly. Today, Cooking.com is the leading online marketplace for cooks and food lovers with over 60,000 products for the kitchen, including top brands such as All-Clad, Calphalon, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Krups, Henckels and Wüsthof. “Cooking.com has one of the biggest and best selections of products for everyone who loves to cook— from serious chefs to first-time newbie cooks,” says Chef Lea McIntosh. 40
Their list of food items
is staggering, too, with a
wide variety of fresh food, pantry food, gourmet gifts, and beverage selections. “And when you sign up for their Schedule to Save delivery program, you get free shipping and the convenience of receiving food products you use most often on a regularly scheduled basis—a no-brainer shopping option! How cool is that?”
The staﬀ here at Cooking.com genuinely loves food and cooking, and we try to actually test new products we are considering selling, as well as new recipes that have been submitted by our members. This gives us ﬁrst-hand knowledge to make recommendations to our various audiences.” -Tina Lee Editorial Manager Cooking.com
To the investment community,
is a winner! In a 2008 press release announcing their $13 million investment in Cooking.com, Mike Kwatinetz, General Partner at Azure Capital Partners, stated that they “view Cooking.com as a standout success in the world of e-commerce, and have the utmost respect for how much Tracy and her team have been able to accomplish. I am excited by the opportunity to work with such a dynamic team and to help further position Cooking.com as not only one of the Web’s top destinations, but also as the power behind other strong online brands.” The strong brands Mike refers to are: Food Network, Starbucks, Calphalon, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, Marley Coffee—and Cooking.com brings its e-commerce experience and expertise to these brands for the design and management of their online stores. It’s a win-win partnership!
From the very beginning, the company has been very focused on its goal to create a unique online source for cooks with top brand products and premier customer service. For over a decade, Tracy Randall and the teams in California and Ohio have been knocking the industry’s socks off! They’re doing it through hard work, and—as written in their mission statement—with a little fun along the way.
Meet Bill & Chriﬆine They’re newlyweds—Okay, so they’ve been married for two years, but they still consider themselves newlyweds! Both own their own companies: Bill, a general contractor, runs Avalanche Enterprises, his own construction company, and Christine founded the beautiful Destino Spa, voted one of the Silicon Valley’s best day spas. As you can imagine, their demanding schedules leave them little time for home-keeping—Bill’s busy building other peoples’ nests, while Christine is in the business of nurturing, pampering, and rejuvenating other people’s spirits. Add the fact that neither of them is very comfortable in the kitchen, you can understand why the couple faces a conundrum over what equipment they need…and where best to buy it. “I really want to be more adventurous in the kitchen,” says Christine. “I’d like to be able to come home and have all the right tools to whip up something fabulous! I am eager to experiment, and I’m getting tired of relying on takeout.” Chef Lea McIntosh to the rescue! Chef Lea says that Bill and Christine’s situation is very typical. “If you’re not an avid foodie, figuring out what kitchen equipment you need is intimidating—not to mention all the running around from store to store to find it all.” Bill and Christine don’t have time to waste, so Lea tells them that shopping on Cooking.com from home is a great solution.
Now…what to buy?
Chef Lea McIntosh makes a list of kitchen essentials for Christine and Bill, and helps the busy newlyweds go shopping for everything online at Cooking.com.
Chef Lea’s Picks for Lea’s strategies for stocking a new kitchen are simple… “Get the basics: pots, pans, knives, and tools plus a few multipurpose pieces, and you’ll be on your way! Add to your collection as you grow and develop your own cooking style. Most important, don’t scrimp on quality because you’ll have these for a lifetime.”
Point Taken Classic by Wüsthof
“Any professional chef will tell you that a set of high-quality knives is a must in every kitchen! The most important thing to look for is that the knife is forged from one piece of steel (you don’t want to experience loose handles, ever). The Wüsthof brand is one of the best, and this knife block set is one of Cooking.com’s best buys.”
The Smart Oven Convection/Toaster Combo by Breville “Breville is synonymous with high quality. Instead of a toaster, I like this Smart Oven because it’s so much more versatile. It’s also a convection oven, so you can use it to bake (and not burn) cookies.”
Brushed Stainless Custom 14 c. Food Processor Premier Series by Cuisinart “It’s worth having a food processor on hand…you’ll thank me when it’s your turn to do Thanksgiving dinner! Cuisinart
processor, and I think it’s important to go for the biggest size (14 cups), so that you don’t have to make things in small batches.”
Artisan Gray Stand Mixer (5 qt.) by KitchenAid
Slicing Shangri-la! Mandoline Slicer by OXO
“In less than 5 minutes, you can evenly slice mounds of onions,potatoes,and other vegetables—I can’t tell you how much time and energy a mandoline can save you. It used to be a really expensive tool that was also very cumbersome to put together. But thanks to OXO,
super easy to use and available at a good price point.”
Blending Champion Platinum Bar Blender (64-oz.) by Vita-Mix
“This blender is amazing! It has an incredible motor, and it’ll chop, blend, or grind whatever you need for making salsas, sauces, purees, smoothies… you name it! It’s pricey, but worth the investment. You can go through tons of cheaper blenders, but you will keep this one for a lifetime.”
Box Grater and Zester Set by Microplane
Pump Action Salad Spinner (10 in.) by OXO
Everyday Kitchen Tool Set by OXO “I love OXO—their products are top rate and easy on the budget. Their 15-piece tool set is ideal and takes the guesswork out of what to buy. It’s a great newbie choice! And you can always add more tools later."
Double Duty Electric Griddler by Cuisinart
“This griddler serves a dual purpose…you can open it flat for grilling—I’ve used it to make blinis at events and made-to-order latkes. Flip the plates and you have a panini press—Croque-monsieur anyone?”
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cooking: chef lea
live! CHEF LEA MCINTOSH has been out and about making local appearances and meeting her peeps face-to-face. At the San Francisco Design Center’s Culinarium, Lea showed AphroChic’s Jeanine Hays (and the audience) how to make her “chic bites” for entertaining. Rhonda Hirata, SFDC Marketing Director, is ready to taste! Delish! WORKING KITCHEN SET BY CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUNGHI SONIA MORSELLA
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cooking: kitchen newbies
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The Flavor Bible “This is one of the books I can’t live without. Don’t expect a book of recipes—this is for freestylers! The Flavor Bible will help you think creatively to dream up ﬂavor combinations you’d never have contemplated. It’s an alphabetical index of complementary combinations for a particular ingredient, and it’s meant to inspire rather than dictate. I wish I had had it when I was in culinary school, but I am happy that it’s front-and-center in my reference library now.” Available on amazon.com - $35
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Miyabi Santoku Fusion Hollow-Edge Santoku “This knife is versatile and makes a great addition to anyone’s knife collection. Before discovering it, I would put down my chef’s knife and use a serrated knife on thickerskinned vegetables, like tomatoes or bell peppers. But this Santoku is so sharp, it slices right through without effort.” Available at surlatable.com - $129.95
Unio Moscatel Vinegar by Unió Corporació Alimentària “Ahhhhhh. This vinegar has the perfect balance of acidity, ﬂavor, and color, which makes it a great choice for any vinaigrette dressing. I love it and hope they never stop making it.” Available at taylorsmarket.com - $8.99
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entertaining: kid parties
Kelly Lyden creates a silhouette-themed soirée! Photography by Sisterrazzi Photography
nown as the Well-Heeled Hostess, Kelly Lyden loves to plan a party. Ah-ha! we shouted, and
proceeded to ask her if she’d create a party…not just any party…but a little girl’s birthday party (sans the princess; we’ve nothing against fair maidens mind you, but come on! Disney holds the patent on princess). For this challenge, Kelly shunned themes altogether and pulled out her magic wand to design a party inspired by a color palette and patterns.
Models: Mackenzie Hemsworth (as Charlotte) and Penny Lane (as the perfect guest!) Make-up by Perfect Look Makeup
Kelly Lyden’s bold green-and-black color theme for a little girl’s party is refreshing and unexpected.
My goal was to present a party with an updated, preppy look using a bold black, white, and grassgreen palette,” says Kelly. I incorporated a couple
of patterns throughout—Swiss dot and lattice—and created a simple girl silhouette for some extra charm and appeal.” Kelly designs all the graphics, so every detail—invitations, centerpieces, banners, signs, stickers, cake toppers, etcetera—has a crisp, coordinated look.“I aim to create parties that are visually appealing to both children and adults,” says Kelly. Appealing? Stunning is more like it.
Repurpose a piece of furniture from your home to use as your dessert table. Bookshelf… wardrobe…or in this case, a console—it adds
instant interest.” Kelly framed the console with handmade pom-pom garlands that she draped like curtains. It adds that perfect touch of whimsy. An enlarged girl silhouette, featuring the birthday girl’s name, is a focal point that draws the eye’s attention and then leads it down to view an emerald candyland!
“I used all white serving pieces and glass jars to keep the look consistent. The green candy really pops!” Kelly carries the party theme throughout the treat offerings. Couture sugar cookies are printed with her designs on top, cupcakes are adorned with custom fondant toppers, and brownie bites get a dollop of vanilla frosting and coordinating toppers. Greenand-white candies in apothecary jars are displayed with handmade labels and black-and-white polka dot ribbon.
Kelly created a chic dessert bar using her customcoordinated graphics, glass apothecary jars, and oodles of sweet treats!
I love creating table settings that are geared for children, but have adult elements. For this party, I made custom tablecloths using white denim with
a black and white Swiss dot ruffle hem edged with a grass-green trim. The napkins are made from the same Swiss dot fabric and trimmed in white rickrack.” Kelly pulled in the party’s signature green using silverware and tumblers she found through Pottery Barn Kids.
For the centerpiece, Kelly wanted to make something easy to recreate. “I embellished simple white pots from IKEA with large black rickrack trim. I put two on each table, filling one with wheat grass and the other with a pink floral pomander.” (Notice how Kelly cleverly added an unexpected burst of pink!) A centerpiece stick was inserted into each vase—one a monogram, the other a silhouette. A coordinating banner and pom-pom garlands hang overhead. Our favorite detail? Individual chair place cards—each chair has a silhouette tag personalized with each guest’s name tied to the back with a polka dot ribbon.
With the dessert table trend being so popular, it takes some pressure off of having to come up with a party favor. Children (and adults) love filling up
containers with sweets from the candy table to bring home.” Kelly recommends focusing time and energy on creating darling packaging for them to use. For this party, she embellished white tins with polka dot ribbons and stickers of the modern silhouette. She displays the tins on a sideboard with a few of the elements from the dessert bar and table settings, along with a framed note thanking everyone for coming to Charlotte’s birthday party and inviting them to enjoy taking home some treats. At this beautifully executed event, sweet Charlotte is the only princess taking center stage, and with Kelly’s expert help, she’s able to make every guest feel like royalty. Another well-planned, stylish soirée from the Well-Heeled Hostess!
WH Hostess Items
• Green Glasses: Pottery Barn Kids
• Hanging Sign • Cupcake Toppers • Candy Jar Tags
• Green Silverware: Pottery Barn Kids • Table and Chairs: IKEA
• Centerpiece Sticks
• White Pots: IKEA
• Banner • Party Favor Stickers
• Tablecloth & Napkins: Custom made by WH Hostess
• Full Modern Silhouette Collection
• Hair Bow: Mel-Belles
We first discovered Kelly Lyden from her blog, The Party Dress, a site dedicated to all things entertaining. On it, she shares tons of great ideas for weddings, parties, décor, and food and drink! Kelly’s graphics are so popular that she recently opened an e-shop called WH Hostess, social stationery for the modern hostess. Sweet! And if you need a guiding hand or just a little inspiration, you can tap into Kelly’s creative brain through her
virtual party planning services.
Everythingâ€™s perfect! The party princess patiently waits for her guests.
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entertaining: for a cause
We eagerly accepted an invitation for a return engagement to the Dining By Design event in San Francisco! Celebrating a ten-year event milestone, professional leaders from the worlds of furniture, interior design, fine art, architecture, fine dining, and high-end catering came together to create two evenings of spectacular creativity and epicurean deliciousness. Feast your eyes on a few of the delightful dining vignettes that were on display . . .
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LISA DUNCAN AND SIMON FU, ES PHOTO CREATION
“O ur goal was to transport our guests to their childhoods for a nostalgic and happy dining experience through our modern, fresh, and hip dessert bar.” —KRISTE MICHELINI
Interpret this look:
Keep it clean and modern. Kriste used white, rectangular-shaped platters she found at CB2 and spray painted them black. These provide a clean and organized base for a table display of sweet confections. Pick a color theme. “Stick with it and don’t vary from it. This will keep the table crisp and modern.” Create a focal point. “The three-tiered graphic, black-and-white cake was our focal point, ﬂanked by fuchsia carnation balls on black cylinder vases. You can achieve a similar presentation with an urn of branches, a tiered cake, or a large ﬂoral display.” Take advantage of wall space. “If you have wall space, take advantage of it with wallpapered panels of plywood, ﬂag-style garland, or streamers.” Go for symmetry. “Keep all the same candy together, and organize the different varieties in a straight line, like soldiers. Make sure that you have a balance of the same colors on each side of your focal point.” Be abundant! “Be certain that all of the platters look full and inviting.” Pay attention to details. “Create little tags for jars. Use decorative ribbon. Line platters with gift wrap. Make the ordinary extraordinary through your attention to detail.”
CHIRP! “Plan ahead by creating a mock setup in advance of your event,” advises Kriste. “Use Post-it Notes on your platters to label the items, and set up everything ahead of time, so it won’t be too overwhelming the day of your event. Focus on coming up with a fun design you will be proud of!”
Designer: Kriste Michelini KristeMichelini Interiors 925.708.3417 kristemichelini.com
tABle: FG Cabinetry BlAcK sAlt chAirs: Design Within Reach flooring: FLOR plAtters (pAinted BlAcK): CB2 flowers: TwigsStudio, Danville druM shAde: Round Boon Pendant, Y Lighting custoM wAllpAper: Blow Up Lab wAllpAper instAllAtion: Heidi Wright cupcAKes: Kara’s Cupcakes ApothecArY JArs And cAndY: At the Candy Shop More cAndY: Miette Cakes, Sweetdish, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, Danville Chocolates cAKe: The Old Towne Danville Bakery pAinting: Penniman Painting construction: Dan Hill and Tom Alden
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CRYSTAL SHAFER
“O ur concept was inspired by the first element of life…water. Life
began in water, and all living things need it to survive. We used colors of the ocean with touches of the rainbow for a vibrant environment. We also wanted to prove that a rich and traditional tablescape can live comfortably in a modern and minimal interior. “
Interpret this look: Visually, Claudia’s team juxtaposed cool against warm, organic against manufactured, and modest against precious. These contrasts always make any space more interesting and inviting. “Downplay the preciousness of a table by foregoing the use of a tablecloth or placemats, and mix in more humble objects and materials.” “Layer individual salt cellars and sculptural objects at each place setting, and instead of a single vase of ﬂowers, cluster a group of objects at varying heights for an organic centerpiece.” Use accent colors to warm up a cool color palette…case in point: “the images of the jellyﬁsh added a rainbow of color against the coolness of the deep-blue sea!” “Consider sheen and texture to create a mood, veering towards formal or casual, as desired. We intentionally combined both.”
Designer: Claudia Juestel Adeeni Design Group 415.928.4685 adeenidesigngroup.com
CaBiNetRY: Modern Purism Floating Cabinets (in Oxyd, aqua blue high-gloss finish) by Poggenpohl San Francisco* MOss & WillOW BaCKsPlasH: Floréal L’Atelier (Dominique Pfahl and Anthony DeLeon) CHaNdelieR: Venetian Mercury Glass Chandelier M-7 by Jean Karajian, from William Switzer diNiNG taBle: Oak veneer desk in Marsh Oak by Poggenpohl San Francisco* diNiNG CHaiRs: Wien chairs by Calligaris, from KCC Modern Living CustOM diGital GRaPHiC Wall aNd FlOOR COVeRiNGs: Christel Heinelt steRliNG silVeR: Acorn flatware, Cosmos 1920s tea service with ivory handles, pair of 1930s bowls, from Danish Silver CHiNa: Jaipur platinum china by Michael Aram for Waterford, Colleen crystal stemware by Waterford, from Bloomingdale’s aCCessORies: Selenite crystal Iceberg lamps, Egg salt cellars, Dandelion glasses, from Roost (on loan from Floréal L’Atelier) NaPKiNs: Custom silk Dupioni napkins by Adeeni Design Group CONstRuCtiON: Bradford Construction
Special thanks to Joseph Saitta and his team.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOB TOY AND SIMON FU, ES PHOTO CREATION
“a s students, we learn that the best design is often a result of
the ability to redefine a space utilizing a unique and original perspective. Our design evolved as a universal expression of all of our own stories, and together we were able to deliver a space that is inviting, challenging, unusual, exciting, and cohesive” —STUDENT TEAM, ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
Interpret this look: Play with light! Use acrylic, metal, and other reﬂective materials on your table and up-light them for a very dramatic effect. Use natural ﬁbers to bring in textural elements and softness to the space. Acrylic cubes play with the light, allowing it to pass throughout the space, making it feel larger than it is. The handcrafted prism-like pendant is purposely over-scaled to add strong visual impact. The student team designed the table and created it with Plexiglas from TAP Plastics. Add a personal touch by crafting your own linens. Here Galina Georgieva used a string with acrylic fabric paint to make a pattern and then silk-screened the design onto the linens.
Design team: AcAdemy of Art University, interior design depArtment Ernesto Mariotto, Academic Advisor Colin Daly, Project Manager Michael Barnett Julie Exley “John” Ferzan Felah Archer Firouzi Galina Georgieva Todd Gildred Marli Jones Ronit Stein Katherine Tincher
fLorAL ArrAngement: IXIA pLAce settings: Dandelion cUps And pLAcemAts: Z Gallerie prism pendAnt: Designed by Katherine Tincher metALsmitH: Michael Maes, Archie Held Studio constrUction: Niels Traynor, Landforms Landscape cUstom seW ing: Lisa Stack Custom Accessories scULptUre: Coup d’Etat optic cUBes: by Kartell, from Y Lighting
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIMON FU, ES PHOTO CREATION
“W e were inspired by the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, seeking
to create a new Emerald City table setting that’s sparkling, over-thetop, and glamorous! This is pure escapism…leave the black-andwhite world behind for an evening of just pure imagination.” —LILY YEUNG
Interpret this look: Don’t be color-phobic. “The Emerald City was all about the reﬂection of courage and heart, and embracing the mind through lively colors.” Let your imagination run wild! Mix various vibrant colors together, and they will work together tastefully. Add loads of embellishments, giving your guests something to “ooh and ahh” over. Be whimsical. Set a theme that evokes fun childhood memories, and you’ll have an atmosphere of hope and happiness! The handcrafted prism-like pendant is purposely over-scaled to add strong visual impact. Add ﬂourishes. Use a plain tablecloth and attach your own handmade rosettes. (Search the blogosphere for DIY assistance) Make an Emerald City centerpiece. “Use cylindrical glass containers in varying sizes, LED lights, and green Water Gels. Fill the containers with water and add green food coloring. Then use green Water Gels as a sustainable base for submerging the lights. When complete, the lights will appear as though they are ﬂoating.” Rent! You don’t have to purchase every prop, chair, tablecloth. You can rent items, even for a small dinner party.
Design team: LiLy yeUng Wildflower Linen 415.282.7727 wildflowerlinens.com pAige BenjAmin Passiflora Designs 650.588.1416 passifloradesigns.com
tABLe, Linens, cHAir covers, nApKins, nApKin rings: Wildflower Linen fLorAL pieces, WALL frAmes: Passiflora Designs WALL drop, cHAndeLier, mirrors, gLAssWAre, tABLe settings, cHiAvAri And deco cHAirs: Rented from Hartmann Studios
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIMON FU, ES PHOTO CREATION
“W e started out with the Beetle wallpaper, and our dining space evolved from there. I wanted to do a traditional place setting with unconventional objects— turtles as plates, wood goblets as glasses, and feathers and twigs as utensils. It reminds me of a modernized medieval dinner party.” —ALISON DAVIN
Interpret this look: “This table is whimsical and fun…and not too fussy. It’s more enjoyable when nothing is too precious or breakable.” Look to ﬂora and fauna (the world of nature) as your starting point. Use unconventional items as your place settings. Find a weathered door from a salvation yard to use as your dining table. Mix primitive objects with crystal for a study-in-contrasts tabletop. Taupe, chocolate brown, and carnation pink make a stunning color palette.
Designer: ALison dAvin Jute 415.380.8330 jutehome.com
WALLpAper: Beetle, from Porter’s Original Paints WALLpAper instALLAtion: Heidi Laurent Wright no link cHAndeLier: Dessin Fournir, from Kneedler-Fauchère AntiQUe rUg: Tony Kitz Gallery tABLe: Reclaimed wood from Black’s Farmwood 17tH centUry cHAir: Colonial Arts 19tH centUry cHAir: Jute frencH seWing stooLs: Restoration Hardware piLLoW fABric: Osborne & Little piLLoW trim: Vintage, from The Ribbonerie tUrtLes, feAtHers, tWigs, Wood goBLets, fLoWers: Floréal L’Atelier Knives, cAndLes, crystAL: Jute siLver goBLets And forKs: Anthem constrUction: SF Builders
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIMON FU, ES PHOTO CREATION
Ò T he table was inspired by our executive chef, Yigit Pura, who was declared the official winner of Top Chef Just Desserts on Bravo the night of this Dining By Design gala! I designed an abundance of desserts made completely from flowers and included topiaries made from Yigit’s signature macaroons. To keep the focus on the brightly-colored sweets, I used all-white furniture and tableware.” —BILLY COOK
Interpret this look: Get crafty! Arrange ﬂowers in ice cream dishes, tart pans, and leftover cupcake liners. “Arranging ﬂowers in pie pans and cupcake cups felt a little ridiculous, but the results were mouth-watering!” “We made larger cakes by hot gluing fresh ﬂowers onto oasis forms, and the topiaries were made with Styrofoam cones featuring Yigit’s incredible French macaroons.” “Guests’ ﬁrst names were lettered on place cards using sugar letters like the ones our moms used to decorate birthday cakes when we turned six!” Find a weathered door from a salvation yard to use as your dining table. Give each guest a sweet treat to take home. “After making guests sit among all of the faux treats, I felt they needed something real, too. Yigit made chocolates that we presented in small, white gift boxes, so everyone left with their just desserts!”
Designer: BiLLy cooK, eXecUtive designer Taste Catering and Event Planning 415.550.6464 tastecatering.com
fLorAL desserts: Billy Cook and Katie Burley, Taste Catering fUrnitUre: Rented from Hartmann Studios cHinA: Juliska from Gump’s San Francisco
A Decade for
DIFFA For ten years The Design Industries Foundation
founded in 1984, has partnered with the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF to produce Dining By Design in San Francisco. The proceeds
patients at the city’s largest HIV/ AIDS health clinic, the UCSF Positive Health Program (PHP)— also known as “Ward 86”—located at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. The world’s first
known worldwide as an innovator in compassionate patient care.
Old money pillows for a refreshingly new space!
ekofabrik. eco-friendly home decor
decorating: design chronicles
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In The Clouds Sizzle Factor: All White, done right!
or her family, Kriste Michelini created
a light and airy kitchen that is functional, yet timeless. She effectively used subtle shades of white to blur the boundar ies and visually expand the kitchen. Itâ€™s a fresh, clean, and simple kitchen where she looks forward to cooking every day.
Design By: Kriste michelini interiors 925.708.3417 kristemichelini.com
Photography by Lisa Duncan and Wayne Miller
highlights • crisp, whitE cabinEtry with shakEr stylinG • sEaMlEss coUntErtops and intEGratEd sink on island • siMplE, chUnky hardwarE and FiXtUrEs • scUlptUral liGhtinG • clEan-linE dEtailinG—no Fancy EdGEs to coUntErtops or EMbEllishMEnts • addEd contrast oF dark aGainst liGht—walnUt Floors, tablE, chairs, and barstools
Sharing Sourcesâ€Ś Glass backsplash: Accent European Kitchen & Bath Stove, range & hood: Viking Dishwasher: MĂele Sink: Franke PSX110309/18 Undermount Single Bowl Kitchen Sink Fixtures: Tara Classic, Dornbracht Countertops & integrated sink: Caesarstone (2141) Blizzard Perimeter countertops: Carrera Marble Cabinetry: FG Cabinetry Kitchen table: Portica from Room & Board Pendant lighting: Drop 1 and Drop 2, from Design Within Reach Chairs and counter stools: Cherner Drum shade: Limn
Design by: Kriste Michelini Interiors 925.708.3417 kristemichelini.com http://www.kristemichelini.com
Photography by Lisa Duncan & Wayne Miller http://lisaduncanphotography.com http://www.wmphotos.com/
Party Central Sizzle Factor: A Timeless Mix of Classic and Modern
rian Dittmar took what was a dark, cramped,
outdated kitchen in a 1930s San Francisco home and transformed it into an open and airy entertainerâ€™s dream kitchen.
Design By: Brian dittmar design, inc. 415.235.0529 briandittmardesign.com
Photography by John Hayes
highlights • PERIMETER PAINTED CABINETS—STAINED-WOOD ISL AND • A BLEND OF CABINETRY ST YLES—SHAKER + ARTS AND CRAFTS + TRADITIONAL • CUSTOM CHERRY WOOD ISL AND TO LOOK LIKE AN ANTIQUE “REPURPOSED” TABLE • MODERN STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES • VINTAGE-LIKE LIGHTING • CL ASSIC OAK FLOORS AND CARRERA MARBLE COUNTERS AND BACKSPL ASH
Sharing Sourcesâ€Ś cABinetry: diamond cabinets AppliAnces (refrigerator, dishwasher, range, vent hood, wall oven, and warming drawer): thermador Wine cooler: ge monogram FAucets: rohl pendAnt lighting: hudson Valley lighting
Enchanting Cottage Sizzle Factor: Romantic Days-Gone-By Char m
young couple wanted to stick with the period
of their 1920s home and have a classic kitchen as eco-conscious as possible. They were on a tight budget, so Melissa Nierman and Gina Viscusi Elson were extra creative in coming up with solutions. For their bungalow beauty, the couple got the kitchen they envisionedâ€Ś and more!
Design By: Viscusi elson interior design 650.941.7800 veinteriordesign.com rutt of los Altos 650.941.1170 ruttoflosaltos.com
Photography by Dean J. Birinyi
highlights • CLEANED-UP FLOOR PL AN ELIMINATES SEPARATE “ROOMS” AND CREATES MORE SPACE • L AUNDRY INTEGRATED INTO THE REFRIGERATOR WALL—SINCE WASHER AND DRYER ARE DEEP, A T YPICAL DEPTH REFRIGERATOR WAS USED, SAVING THOUSANDS OF DOLL ARS FROM THE PRICE OF A BUILT-IN • SMALL L-SHAPED COUNTER IN THE MAIN RUN OF CABINETS FOR SEATING AND ADDITIONAL STORAGE • CLEVER SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR WORK AREA TABLE THAT TAKES UP NO LEG ROOM • SINGLE-PANE FRENCH DOOR FOR EASY ACCESS TO BACKYARD • TRIP TO LOCAL TILE COMPANY TO SORT ONE-BY-ONE THROUGH THE “BONE YARD” OF TILES FOR A MONEY-SAVING, CUSTOM BACKSPL ASH • ACCESSORIZING WITH HEATH CERAMICS, FAMILY HEIRLOOMS, AND ESTATE SALE FINDS
Sharing Sourcesâ€Ś cabinEtry: regency, from rutt of los altos tilE: Fireclay tile coUntErtops: caesartone FarMhoUsE sink: rohl rUG: company c
Fresh Country Eleg Sizzle Factor: Countr y Style Goes Haute Couture
challenging. The long, narrow space was previously three small rooms, and the entire area is nearly 30 feet long and only 11 feet wide! Kathleen Navarra visually expanded the kitchen through an ingenious mix of finishes and materials in a sophisticated-country look.
Design By: navarra design inc. 415.348.8088 navarradesign.com
Photography by Grey Crawford
Sizzle Factor: All White, done right!
highlights • T WO CABINETRY FINISHES—FL AMED MAHOGANY AND GL AZED MIST Y-BLUE • ENTRY TABLE ON INDUSTRIAL WHEELS TOPPED WITH A MAPLE BUTCHER BLOCK FOR A SASSY ISL AND SOLUTION • ANTIQUE HARDWARE RE-PL ATED IN NICKEL • CREATIVE FLOORING WITH LIMESTONE SL AB CUT AT RANDOM WIDTHS AND LENGTHS, BORDERED IN MOSAIC TILE • OVERSIZED PENINSUL A TO SEPARATE THE BREAKFAST NOOK AND CAMOUFL AGE THE KITCHENʼS ODD PROPORTIONS • CUSTOM-DESIGNED COPPER HOOD AND BRONZE “KELP” PANTRY DOOR • CAST CONCRETE BACKSPL ASH • MINI SUBWAY TILE WALLS • MELLOW BEACH COLOR PALETTE
Sharing Sourcesâ€Ś Appliances: Viking and Sub-Zero Custom hood: ABBAKA Tile and mosaics: Waterworks Countertops: Calacatta marble with an ogee edge Concrete backsplash: Ironies Cabinetry: Mueller Nicholls Kelp sculpture on pantry door: John Haynes Fixtures: Rohl
Upscale Primitive Sizzle Factor: A Refined, Rustic Character
ith interiors designed by Champalimaud,
condominiums in Wheeler Park Wilderness recall the mining-cabins style and the Bavarian influences of this Northern New Mexico area. Rusty tin roofs and heavy entry doors open to a rustic luxuriousness. The kitchen has a practical spirit tempered with nurturing touches, perfect for casual family dining.
Design By: Champalimaud 212.807.8869 champalimauddesign.com Photography by: Emily Minton Redfield
Design By: champalimaud 212.807.8869 champalimauddesign.com
Photography by Emily Minton Redfield
highlights • WOODEN AND METAL COMPONENTS EVOKING OLD MINING CABIN-LIKE AESTHETIC • MINIMALIST APPROACH WITH RUSTIC DETAILS, INCLUDING INDIAN ROSEWOOD TABLE, BENCH SEATING, CHICKEN WIRE INSET CABINET DOORS, AND GALVANIZED SHEET METAL BACKSPL ASH • WOOD BEAMS AND COLUMNS USING RECL AIMED TEAK WOOD WITH WEATHERED-GRAY FINISH • STEEL DISPL AY CABINET AND MODERN BOOKSHELF FOR OPEN STORAGE • WIDE PL ANK “ANTIQUED” FLOORING •INDUSTRIAL AND PURPOSELY MISMATCHED LIGHTING SOLUTIONS
Sharing Sources… es… cABinetry: Kitchen craft cabinetry AppliAnces: supplied by A J madison countertops: Black basalt stone, honed finish Flooring: Antiqued “oak roble” Wide plank from Boen WAll pAint color: sherwin Williams “pennywise” dining tABle And Bench: roost metAl chAirs: crate&Barrel steel displAy cABinet: Boltz BooKcAse: Global Views lighting: roost
Mid Century Vibe Sizzle Factor: Modern for this Millennium
he original â€™70s kitchen had a huge island that was
a hindrance to cooking and entertaining in this cool, midcentury, modern home. Out with the old and in with an open floor plan and multiple work triangles for a busy familyâ€™s lifestyle. Rebekah Zaveloff kept the mid-century vibe but made it a better fit for todayâ€™s modern aesthetic.
Design By: Kitchenlab 773.495.4383 Kitchenlabdesign.com design in a Bag 312.504.1130 designinabag.com
Photography by Megan Chaffin
highlights • MULTIPLE WORK AREAS AND OPEN L AYOUT MAKES ROOM FOR MULTIPLE COOKS • ORGANIC, EARTHY + SMOOTH, SHINY ELEMENTS • RANDOM-PL ANK GL ASS MOSAIC TILE BACKSPL ASH FOR TEXTURE • ECLECTIC COMBINATION OF CABINETRY—WALNUT WITH A CUSTOM STAIN , ALUMINUM- AND-GL ASS DOORS, WHITE SIGNATURE CUSTOM CABINETRY • COOL BLUE, GRAY, AND BROWN PALETTE WITH POP OF HOT RED
Sharing Sourcesâ€Ś Cabinetry: KitchenLab Backsplash: Maestro Mosaics Custom tile mural (at desk): Sakura Dancing Dragonflies pattern, from Ann Sacks Tile Hardware: Top Knobs Lighting above island: Mini Aptos Mok, from Lightology Lighting above table: Clavius Susp 40, from Lightologys Bar Stools: Tibetan Barstool, from Pottery Barn Table: Parsons Dining Table, from West Elm Chairs: Scoop-Back Chairs, from West Elm
Design Notes: Designing a Kitchen for Food Lovers
e asked Rebekah Zaveloff, principal of the Chicago-based KitchenLab design firm, what
should foodies focus on when setting up their kitchens?
C O N S I D E R YO U R D A I LY U S AG E The kitchen layout is super important. If you really love to cook, then don’t fall victim to designing your kitchen around your holiday usage—the one or two days a year when you have a huge crowd to consider. Think about how you use your kitchen every day and work on a layout that will make cooking in it ideal. If you’re in a two-cook household, then think about how you tend to get in each other’s way now, and come up with plans to avoid it, like having prep and cleaning areas opposite from the stove.
A R E YO U A N I N T R OV E RT O R E X T R OV E RT ? What I mean by this is, do you want to see
THINGS TO SHOW OFF:
all your foodie kitchen gadgets exposed
or concealed behind closed doors? I personally like to have everything out,
Your outrageous and obsessive
collection of spices, oils, or vinegars
Pots, pans, and utensils
don’t use things regularly, they’ll need to
be cleaned before you do. Chefs always
Mixing bowls and wooden salad bowls
have everything at arm’s reach…there’s
KitchenAid mixer and other small
but that comes with a downside—if you
never time to stop and ask “Where’s the microplane?” If you like this kind of exposed arrangement, install as many open shelves as your walls will allow—hang them in multiples of twos and threes to avoid a cluttered look.
appliances And if you are a kitchen introvert, try to have a few utensil containers and a knife block at arm’s reach, and one or two pot racks (which will really free up cabinet space). nestingnewbies.com
decorating: design chronicles
Designer Sarah Bashford treats her family home as her most creative canvas. PHOTOGRAPHY BY RIO COSTANTINI
Sarah Bashford likes to create rooms that are interesting, stimulate conversation, and make people feel at home.
“I met my husband, Chris, when he was doing
She’s never bashful when it comes to design, and
He’s an American, so I decided to move to San
her bold, urban sophistication results in spaces
Francisco to see what America was all about . . .
that are tailored, elegant . . . and whimsical, too!
fell in love with San Francisco (and Chris!), and got
“I am a left- and right-brain designer,” says Sarah.
married. That was 10 years ago, and now we have
“I am passionate about my work, and clients find
Theo (age 2 ½), and I just had Miles, our second
my enthusiasm infectious.”
Her success stems from design work that zeroes
From couple to young family of four, Sarah’s home
in on each client’s preferences and on thoughtful
is under a continual metamorphosis.
decisions that will help them live well and feel great in their homes. To stay at her peak of creativity, Sarah treats her own home as her decorating muse—trying out new ideas and testing ways to transform spaces as her family grows and its needs change.
graduate work at Cambridge University in England.
“We live in a flat in an historic Stick-Eastlake-style Victorian in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s a typical Victorian in many ways . . . long and narrow, high ceilings, and lots of architectural details.”
Sarah’s first challenge was, what to do with a bowling alley entry? “Like so many Victorian homes in San Francisco, it was separated by a wall when the original home was divided into smaller flats.” Her solution is brilliant. She cut a flea-market-find table on the diagonal and mounted it to the wall. Its “ghosted” effect makes the entry appear wider, and from a practical standpoint, it’s narrow enough to allow passage, just big enough to hold outgoing mail, and a small enough surface not to become a clutter magnet.
“Along the long hall, I make a joke of its monotony by displaying stills from Monty Python’s Ministry of Funny Walks. There isn’t really much else to do in this corridor other than amuse ourselves with similar antics…while dodging, Harvey our marvelous mutt, or our two year old flying by on his scooter!” Sarah’s
combination of comfy and cultivated. She extended the ceiling paint color onto the walls and used simple molding as a chair rail from which she hangs four photogravures by Jane Grossenbacher. She painted the walls underneath the molding a creamy yellow. Both techniques bring down the height of the room, making it warm and cozy, yet light and airy, too. 134
The furnishings feel collected over time and are eclectically elegant in their mix of both modern and classic lines. “I used comfortable, but not overly large, upholstered pieces; an antique-mirror; glass-top coffee table; a white rug to visually expand the floor space; and a chandelier and long drapes to draw the eye upwards to make the most of the dramatic ceiling height.”
Sarah’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and sees possibilities in others’ castoffs. “I found the corner cabinet on the street. It was stained Pepto Bismol pink and covered with old stickers. I was inspired by Chinoiserie furniture, and painted it dark brown, highlighting the edges with gold paint. I added hidden lighting to the shelves, and now use it as a bar cabinet and display piece that takes up a very small footprint in the room.”
The Wing sculpture was on Sarah and Chrisâ€™ wedding registry list and, when left unpurchased, Chris gave it to Sarah as an unexpected surprise for their first Christmas together.
The living room opens into a space that needs to serve multiple functions: guest bedroom, piano room, kids’ playroom, occasional home office, and somewhere to store the books of two English Lit graduates! Pocket doors allow for privacy and an organized closet with shelves for toys, rails for guests’ clothes, and a pull-out desk that’s accessible when necessary.
Before The MeTaMorphoSiS: Sarah’s living room is a lesson on how easy it is to update a room when you are longing for a change. “Small changes, such as throw pillows, color tones, plants, and floral arrangements, are easy and
phoTo: LuCaS fLadzinSki
inexpensive ways to freshen up a space.”
â€œOur multi-purpose piano room plays on contrasts in several waysâ€”the white objects against the dark brown bookshelf mimic the piano keys, the charcoal on paper in the artwork, and the black-and-white Fornasetti prints on the end tables. The books are arranged in color blocks, and the pillows on the sofa have contrasting fuzzy, silkysmooth, and pleated textures.â€?
Before The MeTaMorphoSiS: Before babies, Theo and Mile’s bedroom was a Gentleman’s Study, below. The furnishings have been split between the boys’ room and the piano room.
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Sarah, now a proud mum to Theo and Miles, transformed the previous “Gentleman’s Study” into a charming nursery by repurposing many of the pieces originally in the space. She turned the antique Asian chest into a toy box and added fabric to the glass front doors of the cabinet for discreet diaper storage. She pulled in fun striped fabric for curtains, and swapped out the rug for a graphic overscale-handwriting design that is much more contemporary. She painted the walls orange and created a mural based on the Dr. Seuss book Oh the Places You’ll Go! (To personalize, Harvey, the family dog makes an appearance among the animals.)
“I wanted to avoid the stereotypical nursery look and color scheme, so I went with orange and red. Theo, my two year old, probably likes his room, but I truly believe that nurseries are for parents, especially tired, semi-nocturnal parents who need simple practicality and a comfortable, cheerful place where they are also happy to spend a lot of time.” nestingnewbies.com
The dining room and kitchen are the last rooms at the back of the flat. “I always wanted to do a room with very dark walls, and rather than experiment on a client, I decided to do it in my own dining room.” The dark walls work, because Sarah’s dining room has plenty of natural light, and the white wainscoting helps to give the black a break. The glass-and-chrome dining table and sparkly chandelier also help to bounce light around the room.
Sarah’s friend Julie used her trusty Flip™ to record Sarah explaining why black walls work in her dining room! Check it out…
phoTo: LuCaS fLadzinSki Before The MeTaMorphoSiS: Sarahâ€™s previous dining room was beautiful, too, though much less dramatic than her current transformation. here the glass dining table and modern white chairs play well against the very traditional architectural detailing of the wainscoting and fireplace.
CHIRP! Find Sarah Bashford at Bashford and Dale Interior Design, 415.401.5701, bashfordanddale.com
Her Current Benjamin Moore Paint Palette: Hall: Aura (169) Living and piano rooms: Key West Ivory (192) Theo and Miles' room: Myan Gold (175) Master bedroom and bathroom: Morning Light (183) Dining room: Black (1-80 matte) Kitchen: Cornsilk (198)
Resources: Entry and HaLLWay Entry table: Flea market find Hallway art: Framed stills of John Cleese in Monty Python’s Ministry of Funny Walks LIvInG rooM Chandelier: Sophia, Currey & Co. Art: Photogravures by Jane Grossenbacher, Ink sketch by Salvador dalí Mirror: dauphine, Hickory chair Sofa: Salon French Settee, Hickory chair Rug: Super-Indo natural Collection: austin, Couristan PIano rooM Tufted sleep sofa: Burton James Art: Charcoal on paper by arlene diehl Lamp: Sabrina, Fine art Lamps Pillows: Silk trading Company, Pier one (no longer available) End tables: Customized Pottery Barn file cabinets with framed Fornasetti prints on each drawer front Lobster and beetle: roost Bust and carafe: vintage from Monument Hands and dark iron statuettes: Global views tHEo and MILES' nurSEry Area rug: CB2 (no longer available) Crib and changing table: Ebay Rocker and ottoman: newco taylor Classic Swivel Glider, Babies r us Curtain fabric: Stroheim and romann MaStEr BEdrooM Pillow fabrics: Lee Jofa, Manuel Canovas Dresser: Jackson tall Chest of drawers, oly Nightstands: Customized West Elm with knobs from anthropologie (style no longer available) dInInG rooM Table and chairs: vintage Chandelier: Currey & Co. Wood animal heads: roost Staghorn ferns: Paxton Gate
decorating: design chronicles
CHAMPALIMAUD’S AWARD-WINNING HOSPITALITY DESIGN SPARKS AWE-INSPIRING SPACES
“A great hotel will rock your w o r l d ! ” s a y s S h e l l y. A n d s h e a g r e e s that Champalimaud-designed hotels
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW MILLMAN
are some of t h e m o s t i n c re d i b l e.
ust slow down enough to notice
the details,” says Shelly Amoroso. “Sit in the lobby of a fine hotel and just look…you’ll be inspired.”
design ideas can be influenced by a hotel stay. “Grand hotels use the best of the best—they utilize materials in really interesting ways and integrate them beautifully.” Some of the most recognizable and luxurious hotels have had their interiors imagined and actualized
winning hospitality design firm. They have a genuine capacity to deliver a unique environment for each hotel they design—you’ll never find a predictable aesthetic: Inspired design by inspired designers is their creed! Shelly happens to be one of the most versatile and talented residential designers in the San Francisco Bay Area. We asked the design team at Amoroso Design—Shelly Amoroso, Melissa Chapman, and Abby Stopper—for their professional “eyes” to view and comment on a few of our favorite five-star hotel rooms and to curate pieces inspired by these special Champalimaud spaces. nestingnewbies.com
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW MILLMAN
THE FAIRMONT S A N F R A N C I S C O, C A
TO C R E AT E T
COMBINE ASP Ann Sacks
T H E B L AC K A N D W H I T E F L O O R ;
PEN WITH ECLIPSE
IMPRESSIONS • Stu n n i n g e n tr y — b o l d sh a de o f p u r p l e , ro u n d e d c e i l i n g sh ap e , a n d stre a m l i n e d c h a i r s w i t h c a b r i o l e l e g s p l ay w i th th e fo r m a l i ty o f th e p e d i m e n t a n d c o n so l e ta b l e • Sc a l e o f th e g i n g e r j a r v a se s i s awa rd w i n n i n g ! • Mo de r n i z e a tr a di ti o n a l h o m e ? Ta ke n o t e s f ro m th i s e n tr y — p a i n t o u t th e p e di m e n t a n d m o l d i n g • A de e p, w i l d, p a i n t c o l o r c h o i c e — i t wo r k s ! • L ove a f a n c y m i rro r, e sp e c i a l ly wh e n c o m b i n e d w i th av a n t- g a rde – c o l o re d w a l l s • O rc h i ds a re th e b e st g i f t! T h ey ke e p b l o o m i n g again and again
INSPIRED BY THE
HOURGLASS CHAIR Henredon
PURPLE BAROQUE MIRROR H o r c h ow
GINGER JARS Williams-Sonoma Home
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN LEIN
The Carlyle N E W YO R K , N Y
GRASSCLOTH WALLPAPER Donghia
IMPRESSIONS • A soft, subtle , sexy room • Complete organized chaos, and tha t’s a good thing —the combination of Louis XIV furniture (historical element)
element) and lacquer fireplace (more refined, manmade element) • Great use of grand scale • A ver y distinctively Baroque vibe • Furniture is round to contrast with the geometric architecture and double-height ceiling • Fantastic textured wallpaper and velvet upholster y —really warms up the room
INSPIRED BY THE
STARBURST MIRROR Crate & Barrel
GOURD LAMPS— A M O D E R N I N T E R P R E TAT I O N We s t E l m JESSICA ARMCHAIRS BY DAPHA B a ke r F u r n i t u r e
GLASS LIN We s t E l m
IMPRESSIONS • Soft shape of the chairs + cur ved shapes under the table soften rectilinear table top • The chairs are brilliant because it is so difficult to find chairs in this shape without a wooden frame around the backrest. They have a more modern aesthetic , yet still feel traditional. • Custom cur tains have extra fullness (the difference between custom cur tains and store bought) • No rug underneath the table simplifies the room layout and is “crumbs don’t show” solution!
INSPIRED BY THE
OVAL X-BACK DINING SIDE CHAIR BY BAKER The Barbara Barr y Collection
FERN WALLCOVERING Romo
SCHOTT ZWIESEL STEMWARE Po t t e r y B a r n
OSCAR DINING TABLE O ly
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM HART SHELBY
The Boca Ra to n BOC A RATON, FL
IMPRESSIONS • This room has really comfor table propor tions. • It’s so refreshing to see yellow again! We love the relaxed, beachy feel in an upscale environment. • The yellow-and-white color combination also has a soothing effect. • We love the table lamp in the corner of the room—it adds a little “old school” character to the streamlined feeling of the room.
INSPIRED BY THE
Look MONTEGO 32” LOUNGE CHAIR & OTTOMAN Room & Board
OVERSIZED ART Subtle View: Z Gallerie
FLOOR LAMP WITH CLEAN LINES L i n e a r F l o o r L a m p : We s t E l m
TAMBE ESPRESSO COFFEE TABLE Crate & Barrel
“A COMFY SOFA!” MAXWELL UPHOLSTERED SOFA Restoration Hardware
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN STEVENS
LONDON MARRIOTT MAYFAIR, LONDON
HANDSOME UP Wisteria
IMPRESSIONS • A room that incorporates men’s sui ting colors —makes such sense • Little nook for feeling cozy and playing scrabble on a rainy day • Makes great use of dead space—look at how much furniture fits into the nook: four chairs, a settee , two floor lamps, and a small game table • Nice detailing in the two-tone couch and the nail head chair treatments • Delicate and refined patterns—nothing overdone
INSPIRED BY THE
BELFORT WINGBACK DINING CHAIR Restoration Hardware
GREEK KEY RUG Jonathan Adler
CIRCLES SHADE BY LIGHTS UP! & DESIGNER RACHEL SIMON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VANDERWARKER
TOW MERLOT LEATHER TORAGE OTTOMAN
Crate & Barrel
IMPRESSIONS • Comfor table and elegant at the same time • Design appears so perfect that it feels simple— edited to perfection • A meet-up place with friends for an after-work or a low-key-Saturday night • Feels like Boston…it fits—columns at the bar like historic gas lights, reminding us of Beacon Hill • Stone walls contrast with the smooth leather furniture • Successful design brings
the outdoors inside
(impor tant for the extreme temperatures of Boston)
GIANT CORNER TREE WITH LEAVES D a l i Wa l l D e c a l s
PULLMAN BROWN LEATHER BARSTOOL Crate & Barrel
INSPIRED BY THE
LOOK FRENCH UPHOLSTERED WING CHAIR Restoration Hardware
EXETER 16-JAR PENDANT Po t t e r y B a r n
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL KLEINBERG
T he Lowes NEW ORLEANS, LA
GRAY LAV PAINT BRA F a r r ow &
VENDER ASSICA NO 271 Ball
IMPRESSIONS • Clean lines of the table pop out against the softness of the chairs • Gold outline in the table accents its elegant shape • Color scheme is a ver y tongue-in-cheek way to play with New Orleans Mardi Gras colors and colors of the New Orleans sky • Ver ticality of the mirror and twigs add perfect balance to the space • So simple , yet beautiful —who wouldn’t want an entr yway to look like this?
INSPIRED BY THE
Look CURVED UPHOLSTERED CHAIR We s t E l m
FOOTED GLASS HURRICANE (FOR TWIGS) We s t E l m
WEATHERED ZINC SINGLE FEZ MIRROR Restoration Hardware
METROPOLITAN CONSOLE TABLE Z Gallerie
A l e x a n dr i a C ha m p a lim aud P r e s i d e n t &an d P ri n c i p al Desi g ner
E s t a b l i s h e d 2 7 ye a r s a g o i n M o n t r e a l a n d r e l o c a t e d t o N e w Yo r k i n 1 9 9 4 , Champalimaud Design is on the forefront of hospitality design. Founded by Alexandr a Champalimaud, the fir m is commissioned to wor k on proper ties all ov e r t h e w o r l d . T h e m u l t i c u l t u r a l d e s i g n team has an extraordinar y ability to deliver unique environments for each of their hotel designs. They are respectful of t h e p r o j e c t ’s s u r r o u n d i n g c u l t u r e , h i s t o r y, and locale, and through their imagination and talent are able to infuse char acter and distinction into the plan. Champalimaud D e s i g n ’s r e s u l t s a r e a l w a y s s p e c t a c u l a r. See more of their award-winning wor k at champalimauddesign.com.
amoroso | design When it comes to design, no one has a style like Shelly Amoroso’s! Steeped in the traditions handed down from their families, Amoroso and her design team create spaces with a sense of history and timeless elegance. They assimilate the best of a family’s roots and a building’s heritage into their designs, and then update them with a modern twist. There’s a spark—a liveliness—to every Amoroso Design space. It’s the energy that comes from a spunky blend of traditional and contemporary elements. The hallmark of the team’s work is astute combinations that merge past and present…formal and casual…sassy and sophisticated into spaces that are best for today’s modern family. Check out their fresh—and timeless—work at amoroso-design.com.
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decorating: hatching newbies
Jennifer DeLonge designs for today’s fashionable family. You’ve either lived it or seen it. Lovely home. Gorgeous interiors. Baby comes along, and beautiful nursery! On to toddler phase…and wait! What happened to the furniture? There’s a definite disconnect in the chic factor—that is, there was—until interior designer Jennifer DeLonge led the modern- design family movement by introducing her eponymous jennifer delonge™ line of mod tot furnishings and accessories. We selected three of our favorite jennifer delonge chairs and asked the acclaimed designer to show us how easy it is to build a hip and stylish toddler room around them.
VIBE: Mod Electric Nursery Modo Chandelier: Design Within Reach
Moderne Crib and Changer: David Netto on maclarenbaby.com
Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica: Stuart KliîŒŒer on 20 x 200
Zigzag rug: Anthropologie
Hexagano wallpaper: Walnut Wallpaper
DwellStudio Owls-Sky Crib Set : Genius Jones nestingnewbies.com
Ava Toddler Chair and Ottoman
VIBE: Chic Moroccan Hang Out Atlas Tapestry: Urban OutďŹ tters (to use as curtains)
Natural Sisal Grasscloth (NEP003): Discount-Wallcovering.com
Poofs: jennifer delonge (instead of benches for the table)
Moroccan Door Knocker 13: Saint Tropez (use as hardware on the wall-to-wall sto
z Boutique orage)
Moroccan Hanging Lamp: VivaTerra
Veneto Suitcases: Z Gallerie (for extra storage)
Turquoise Herringbone rug: Jonathan Adler
PAX wardrobe: IKEA (add a bunch of these together side-by-side for wall-to-wall storage.)
Grace Reî‚ angle Table: jennifer delonge
Luxe Child Chair
VIBE: Traditional “Grown-Up” Girl’s Room
Emelia Drer: Baby&Child|Restoration Hardware
TÅRNBY rug, ﬂatwoven: IKEA
Claridge Component Lamp: Jonathan Adler
Brigitte Side Table: Eboniﬆe
Industrial Baskets & Liners: Baby&Child|Restoration Hardware
Grass Gobi Embroidered Sheets: Serena & Lily
Book Bound wall storage: jennifer delonge (looks good in a set of 3 or 5)
Pondicherry Headboard w/ Nailheads in Black Gardenia fabric: Serena & Lily
What Every Toddler Room Really Needs
ACCORDING TO JENNIFER DELONGE... EVERY TODDLER ROOM SHOULD INCLUDE: • Multipurpose storage—functional storage is a necessity. Young children grow quickly, and so do their collections of toys, books, and artwork. Make sure everything can be easily accessed and then tucked away when not in use. • Overhead light on a dimmer—perfect for middle-of-the-night checking (and as a soft nightlight to keep the bogeyman at bay). • Comfortable glider—you’ll be spending lots of time in the room, too; so, make sure you really love it, and it works comfortably for you and your body type. • Soft carpet or rug—Tummy time, train building, crawling…and other sorts of floor time are so much more yummy this way! • Memories on display—Every tot needs to be surrounded with notes of love and personal photos. It will teach your children to cherish moments and help them look back and recall fun family happenings.
Inspire Creativity! “Hands-on involvement is the key to success!”
he best way to nurture creativity and foster its development is to expose our children to all forms of art and encourage them to get involved!
When you expose your children to different forms of art—from drawing to visiting museums to making sticker collages—you’ll be amazed at how they always learn something new. The next time they sit down to draw, you might see one more detail added to their superhero picture or they might now love to paint on an easel, when before they didn’t understand it. Children are sponges, and exposing them to new forms of self-expression is important to building their own personal sense of creativity. I believe it sets them up for becoming great students in school, too! Hands-on involvement is the key to success! Let your children build their own collages using photos from places you’ve traveled. Make sure that their personal spaces have a way to showcase all their drawings…and just watch your child beam! Always be sure to show your own excitement for their artwork, and let them know how proud you are of their creativity. You’ll empower your children beyond measure.
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aura L Photo Credits Images of Laura from Aqua showroom: Natalie Wi Images of Laura with her daughter: Valeria Castillo Mendoza Images of Laura on Trading Spaces: Mary Beth Anderson
encourages us all to shape the way we live!
from farm girl
in rural Arkansas to Manhattan design maven…From world-traveling single girl with a dream to living the dream as mom, wife, and celebrated design star…Laura Day inspires us to keep “an open mind and a keen curiosity,” so we can be in charge of shaping the way we want to live! Take a peek into Laura’s world and enjoy her rosy point of view.
What are your most important earlycareer experiences that transformed you into the designer you are today?
My time spent working at Conover Restoration on Martha’s Vineyard was transformational. I did everything from gutting the walls to lacing the last piure frame…each step was crucial to making the design vision a reality. Prett y much every life and work experience after that has been vital to getting to ere I am today. In your online bio, you speak of turning all your life experiences into inspired design…please share what you mean by “inspired design”?
A home should tell the story of your life. Every pie should be inspired by something and/or inspire you. Otherwise, at’s the oint, really? You’ve been covered in all the major décor magazines…how does it feel to see yourself and your work in the biggest and best glossies?
It’s an amazing honor and accomplishment to be rognized. At the end of a proje, I usually think about at I could have done diﬀerently, at I could have done better, and I scrutinize every detail. So, it’s nice for someone to ariate a proje for at it is. It’s so great to hear that others like it!
You were also on Trading Spaces, one the most popular DIY décor television shows ever—what did that do for your career?
This took me in a diﬀerent direion. I didn’t have time to take on clients for many years. It was a “turn ‘em and burn ‘em” design life. Trading Spaces was very diﬀerent from real-life interior design work, ich involves endl lead times and completion dates. It was nice (in a way) to be able to see a ﬁnished proje so quickly…and then move on to the next design challenge. How have you grown as a designer since those days on television?
I’m embarrassed by how some of the projes turned out on that show, but very proud of others. It was always so frantic, heic, and crazy! You had an idea, toed it up in the air, and erever the pies fell is how it ended. I’ll never forget one of my ﬁrst episodes…the sorority episode that had 2000 square feet of nothing to work with. The design in my head was fantastic—a very “Vosges Chocolates” idea—but the results were far from my vision! It’s diﬃcult to compare a job I would do for myself or a client versus at I did on Trading Spaces. The design concepts were good, but the results were always iﬀy bause of the budget and time constriions. In general, though, I’d say my design has bome much more organic.
The Laura Day Living webazine, your latest web(venture), is hot! How is it working out for you?
I love working on every iue and putting it all together. It’s a completely diﬀerent way of designing and editing, but it’s so rewarding en the iue is ﬁnally ready! I think that this transition from paper to computer is a very cool thing, and it will just take a ile for everyone to get used to it. It’s deﬁnitely more green…ich is great! I’m proud to be part of the ﬁrst few online magazines, and it will be so interesting to see ere this all goes from here. You’ve said that your goal is to “inspire others to see their homes in a different light, take a risk or two, and ﬁnd a fresh life design.” Tell us how you’ve taken a risk…or two…when it comes to your own home décor.
Well, I have a giant, sparkly chocolate donut hanging above my ﬁreplace! I personally like a more tranquil backdrop with a little bit more arive art, so that’s ere I go out on a limb. But everyone should ﬁnd their own lace for daring design! Now that you are a mom, how have you changed the way you approach designing a home?
Everything needs to be washable and able to camouﬂage stains! I tend to buy a lot of things in duplicate, so if one has to be washed, I have a spare. I think more about not having sharp corners. I never thought that I’d do without a coffee table in my living room, but it just works so much better for us without one. So, I gu I would say that I am much more laid back about it all!
What advice do you have for “newbie” moms who want happy children AND a beautiful home?
I personally like a more tranquil backdrop with a little bit more aggressive art, so that’s where I go out on a limb.”
It’s hard not to end up with a living room that looks like a toy store, but at the end of the day (after the kids go to bed), have some easy lace to put the toys away. A storage ottoman as the coffee table is a great way to put everything away quickly, lus it’s a safe pie of furniture for the middle of the room—no sharp corners : ) It makes it easier if you choose fabrics with texture and in colors that will hide those inevitable spills. But if one must have ite, then just make sure the covers are removable and always buy two (as I mentioned already), bause one will most likely always be in the wash. Something else that really stuck out as really changing for me was the amount of “stuﬀ” I had within reach of little hands. My “curiosities” got the better of my little curious one, and I had to rethink how I displayed things.
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Finally, there are so many cool options for children’s furniture these days—from Jennifer DeLonge to Jonathan Adler to Target to Y Living—there are so many laces that carry very cool small furniture that will ﬁt right into (and actually add to) any dor.
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Tip #5: Something new. Now that you have spent hours scouring the trash, grandma’s attic, and your friends’ castaways, it’s time to put it all together. But before you turn your room into an homage-toold, add something brand new for balance. To bring the space into today, your room needs a little bit of something fresh—whether it’s modern fabric, a sculptural piece, or a new rug.
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Bright.Bazaar Colour Cocktail: Cobalt Blue and Black Will Taylor brightens our styles. Will Taylor is 23 years old, living in London, and enjoying the time of his life freelancing as an interiors writer and prop stylist. He has turned his passion for the vibrant and quirky into Bright. Bazaar, a popular daily décor blog. We asked Will to conjure up one of his famous “Colour Cocktails.”
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Tote: You need lots of room for all of your necessities…plus extras. Sneakers: Comfort is what sets the professionals apart from the amateurs! Blog Card: Because you never know who you will run into or who might need your help. Sharpie: I never leave home without one. Measuring Tape: This prevents any sizing conflicts. Organizer: It’s best to write down measurements, color choices, and other items to remember in your organizer so that it’s readily available. This prevents making unnecessary mistakes…and purchases. Lip gloss: I still want to be pretty : ) iPAD: Since I am a blogger, there are times when I am shopping that I might notice an item that triggers a memory—something that I saw in an inspiration photo or on a blog. I usually go to my iPAD or cell to confirm, make an informed decision, and keep on shopping. Camera: I take photos of anything and everything that’s blog worthy. I love sharing what I find with my readers! Jeans/Sweats: I wear good, comfy jeans or stylish sweats when I am décor shopping. I may have to crawl, lift, or dig. (You never know.)
A Stylish Vignette
Keely Overbye shows us her ﬁnishing touches.
reating stylish vignettes in your home can truly be the finishing touch. Use things you already have or seek out things you like that will cohesively fit together in a small space. For example, the sun mirrors above the chair—I’ve had the one on top for a while, and a year or so later I found the one underneath knowing that both mirrors would work well together. Mixing metals also creates visual depth. The silver glass lamp and candle sticks complement each other without looking too “matchy-matchy.” Consider repurposing an old piece of furniture by painting or reupholstering it. Choose colors and fabrics that draw you into the space. And, finally, no space is complete without a few decorative objects. Books you love…an intriguing piece of art…a sparkly piece of quartz…or a little statue will certainly catch attention!
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Lately, Iâ€™ve found myself endlessly inspired by a sea of costumery. After all, who says the only month of the year for dress-up fun is October? From floral heads to handmade masks, the art of donning yourself vibrantly is making a surprising comeback. And in the monochromatic winter season of camel, black, and gray, I find nothing more inspiring than a dash of color, a touch of ingenuity, and a completely, utterly, overthe-top outfit.
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A few of my favorites? A sharp-as-a-tack mask (that I can only hope was Photoshopped!), a triangle dress and, of course, Iris Apfel and company. Happy costuming, my friends! May your doldrums be lifted at the drop of a (quite literally) hat! XOXO.
Dutch Design Crush Lise M. of Urban Style Vibes* in Rotterdam tells us who’s the hottest designer in the Netherlands.
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Get to know Piet Boon, renowned furniture designer of the Netherlands
ur tiny little country produces designers—such as Marcel Wanders, Viktor & Rolf, Droog, and Moooi—who are famous across the globe. Today I’d love to introduce one of my favorite designers: Piet Boon. He is a renowned furniture designer based in the Netherlands. His design work is clever, timeless, and durable. His unique and robust design style shows a contemporary signature that’s also timeless. In addition to his furniture work, he has branched out into interior design at home and abroad. On the island of Bonaire, he has designed unique beachfront villas that are sophisticated and chic.
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Tips to Beat Clutter Chaos Gail Gray illuminates the art of decluttering.
Clutter seems to multiply faster than ďŹ‚eas in the summer heat. Why do some homes seem to be on top of clutter and others seems to be swimming in it? Routines, strategies, and choices are tools that those who live organized have added to their toolboxes to beat clutter. Staying on top of your clutter with simple solutions will prevent chaos from ruling your roost.
Solution #1: Take Time to Make Time Taking the time to clean up after yourself will save you time in the long run. The more you put this off, the longer it will take to handle. Think of cleanup like an unwashed casserole dish that was left overnight. You will end up soaking and scrubbing for much longer than if you had just washed it before you went to bed. Solution #2: Have Your Must Do List Make a list of things you must do on a daily basis to keep up your home. Things like making the bed, doing the dishes, and even cleaning the trash out of your car will help you stay on top of clutter with little effort. The neater your home is, the more you will want to keep it that way.
Solution #3: Be the Mail Maven Accumulated paper is the biggest complaint from professional organizers’ clients. Mail is how most paper comes into the home. Papers that come into the home require decision making. Postponing your decision making will leave a pile of clutter behind. Be decisive!
Solution #4: Set a Schedule
Solution #5: Set Boundaries Boundaries are limits we can set for ourselves and our loved ones. Rules like “one in, one out” and “only handle it once” are mantras many organized people live by. Also, assigning “homes” for your items will establish a boundary, defining where they belong. No more digging through drawers looking for a flashlight in the dark! You will always know where to find things; but, most importantly, you will know where to put them away.
The more routine we have in life, the less mental effort we exert to deal with it! If you set a cleaning schedule for the week, month, and year, your home will stay clean with little effort. Don’t wait until you have a mound of clothes on the floor of your closet before you get the laundry done.
Clutter doesn’t have to take over. Staying on top of simple tasks will keep your home running smoothly.
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Effortless Style by Camila Pavone Camila Pavone is known
throughout the blogosphere and on Twitter as the editor behind High-Heeled Foot in the Door. She recently launched a new design firm Effortless Style Interiors and moved her high style and blog over to her new website. Since most of us live beyond her personal reach, Camila offers virtual e-decorating services for color consults, room layouts, and design plans. We put her to the test, asking her to design a room for a 20-something moving into her first apartment with no roommates! Here’s how Camila worked it out: Room Assumptions: The apartment is on the small side, so the living- and dining rooms are combined. Because it is a rental, we will need to work with white walls. The Budget: $2,500 The Plan: With some careful splurges, budget finds, and revamping of some hand-medown pieces, we will be able to achieve a modern, glamand-grown-up space!
1 Drop cloth curtains: Lowes 2 Pom pom trim in black: Decorating Studio LLC 3 Twinkle Living ZigZag Throw Pillow in seafoam and white for sofa: Design Public 4 Cancun Port fabric, 1 yard sewn into two 16” toss pillows (or have your dry cleaner/tailor or seamstress sew them): HouseFabric.com
5 Madrid Double Wall Sconces: Overstock.com 6 Praia Piquinia 27/09/09 15h17 Digital Print by Christian Chaize: 20x200.com 7 Vintage black-and-white photo of a beach scene (try Dream-On Vintage Restored Photography or similar): Etsy 8 Sutton Sofette: West Elm 9 Elle Decor Metal Accent Table: Kohl’s 10 The Rug Market Resort Zebra Black Shaped Outdoor Rug: CSN Stores.com 11 Seafoam coral—similar one can be found at HomeGoods.com 12 Peakaboo Clear Coffee Table: CB2 13 Hand-woven Natural Jute Rug (or similar): Overstock.com
Here’s an easy DIY project by Kara Paslay to add texture to the paper lantern.
14 Frames for client’s own favorite shopping bags: IKEA 15 White 20-Inch No Frills Large Paper Lantern and cord set: Luna Bazaar. 16 Client’s hand-me-down table from parents. Originally maple wood. You don’t need to sand with the help of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water-Based White Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer: Home Depot Then use 2 cans of Rust-Oleum Semi-gloss Black 2X Painter’s Touch Spray Paint: Home Depot Finish up with Minwax 60900 Polyurethane Quart Finish Wipe-On Finish, Gloss: Amazon.com
Camila says that adding the striped fabric as piping on the two dining chairs will create an even more polished designer look. She even suggests using the David Hicks fabric as piping on the x-benches for the same high-end results.
17 Client’s mom went through a shabby chic phase, but is now over it, so the chairs were gifted to the client. 18 David Hicks fabric: La Florentina Wine/Magenta (#240-GWF-97) to recover the seats, making the chairs fit the client’s style: Lee Jofa 19 Paint the wood and caning with Benjamin Moore’s Colony Green (694). Because space is tight, we only used 2 of mom’s hand-medowns. They can also be brought into living room area for extra seating.
20 Because at times the client will need additional seating, we recommend 2 Essential Home Leopard Animal Print Accent Stools from Sears that can be stored under the table when not in use.
21 Paint the legs of these x-benches in the same black as the dining table and then recover the cushions using the Vertical Collection 21 3” wide alternating stripes in black/white from Premier Fabrics: Premier Prints Inc.
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decorating: do over
Stephanie Sabbe is an interior
designer who lives in Boston and works for local architectural firms and individual clients. She’s actively engaged in building her own nest with her hubby…their first baby is on the way! Stephanie’s passion for design fuels her DIY fire, and she’s lucky to be blessed with all kinds of handy skills to flawlessly execute her ideas.
Stephanie sat down at her drafting table to develop an art project for Nesting Newbies. She envisioned a hanging jumble of letters with a hidden ““LOVE” message!
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Rather than arrange the letters in a row, play with the arrangement until you ﬁnd a random positioning that you like.
Find Stephanie Sabbe, Sabbe Interior Design, at 617.448.4393, sabbedesign.com. Discover more of her DIY advice on her blog.
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This just isn’t your grandma’s paisley! Osborne & Little’s Nazim wallpaper is modern and whimsical, so you’ll never have to settle for stodgy. Make your room one for the ages with this charming wallpaper, an outstanding twist on a traditional paisley print. Available through the trade osborneandlittle.com Price Upon Request
Rest your feet or your glass on a Purple Garden Seat, an elegant hand-painted porcelain garden seat from Horchow. Although the color was inspired by the bitter leaf in the inspiration spring mix salad, this stool would look sweet in any space. Available at horchow.com $165
Illuminate your space with a heavenly scented candle placed inside a Green Capiz Lotus. These votive holders are made from the seashells of windowpane oysters and hand wrapped with gold foil. Guests will ponder whether this is a souvenir from your international travels…but you can buy one in Raleigh, North Carolina at Furbish Studio. Available at furbishstudio.com $16
Any great room begins with great foundation pieces. The Dean Leather Sofa, a tailored, pecan-leather couch from Room & Board, is the perfect starting point for your space. Available at roomandboard.com $3,099
Thereâ€™s something regal about purple, and adding it to your ďŹ‚oor with an Overleaf Rug by Marni from The Rug Company is an instant way to bring glamour to your space. This handmade, Tibetan-wool gem will invite you to shed your shoes and socks immediately, and its durability will last for years to come. Available at therugcompany.info Price Upon Request
Capture the freshness of baby greens with the Camo Floor Lamp from CB2. The brushed nickel base blends in with any modern décor, letting the sleek shade and its illumination take all the shine. An added plus: it’s wired for compact ﬂuorescent lamps (CFLs), so you can save a little green with this green! Available at CB2.com $149
Perhaps one of the most beautiful colors found in nature, celadon is a vibrant celebration! Celadon green reminds one of the cool crisp of an apple’s skin. A pair of gorgeous Leaves Double Gold Special Pillow Covers from South African Skinny Laminx would juxtapose nicely against the leather sheen of the pecan-colored Dean Leather Sofa. Available at Skinny Laminx $50 a pair
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