Monday, August 3, 2009

Create a Jewel Box

Have a small kitchen? Work with it! Use shiny fixtures, glamorous tile, and unexpected color to create an elegant but inviting space!
This glass Mosaic back splash is stunning!

{Excerpt from a 2005 article in The New York Times - Design Section} Miles Redd's kitchen demonstrates these qualities beautifully. It doesn't get much more glamorous then this!
You may have seen this article - it's a bit old but his kitchen is still amazing and so are his tips.

Champagne and Mirrors
Glass countertops, glossy wood floors, and a silver sink: Miles Redd’s thirties-inspired version of the glamour kitchen.

The sink: From German Silver Sink, it traditionally came double wide. The new versions keep the S-curve but have a more manageable size. The faucet is from Gracious Home.
Decorator Miles Redd’s kitchen has less in common with the Formica-and-maple spaces of our collective youth than with the highly stylized bars of his neighborhood. It’s a drink-in kitchen—the fridge always filled with mixers and champagne—built for visual entertaining. “You know how everyone always ends up in the kitchen at a large party? My kitchen doesn’t feel like just a kitchen; it feels like an extension of the rest of the house.” It used to be somewhat more subdued—celadon walls, a bleached floor—but after he installed Chinese wallpaper in the foyer, Redd began dreaming of something more graphic. “I had been meditating a lot on black and white. It seemed right in relationship to the other elements of the house, as a foil to my pink living room.” And it references his favorite period, the thirties. “It is a Hollywood version of a thirties English kitchen,” he says. “I was inspired by the kitchens in Gosford Park.”
Why glass countertops?They’re hardly the most practical . . . In college, I had a cheap piece of furniture, and I had a piece of mirror cut for the top. I loved the way it reflected light, and that it gave the room sparkle. It works here—it is a black room with a black ceiling, but it never feels like you are in a cave.
Any other countertop surfaces you recommend? I like stainless steel. It has an old-fashioned quality, but at the same time it’s modern. I love stone. I love lava stone. I love butcher block in a country kitchen. I have used black granite in a kitchen, honed so it looked like soapstone. When you get into colored granite, it tends to have a Sopranos quality.
Favorite self-cooked meal?I’ll sear a steak. I’ll make roast potatoes and sautéed kale.
Favorite champagne?Veuve Clicquot is kind of standard issue around this house.
1) The appliances: Redd has a G.E. ice machine, a KitchenAid dishwasher, a Viking stove and Sub-Zero fridge (neither pictured), and a Miele washer and dryer. The Miele “really does clothes in a professional way. It doesn’t dry things all the way, so nothing shrinks. But do you remember Maytag dryers? The towels would come out all fluffy and hot, and I miss that.”
2) The wood floor: Painted white and sealed with an oil-based polyurethane, which has held up well. Chris Pearson painted the neoclassical star and stripes on the floor, Redd’s homage to his favorite American architect, David Adler.
3) The lights: Redd chose not to have under-cabinet lighting, and illuminates the counters instead with these thirties Venetian crystal lamps, bought at Tepper. “I like the idea of lamps in the kitchen. It makes it more like a room.”
4) The TV: An Aiwa. Redd could use it to watch the Food Network, but he doesn't, preferring American Idol. The door pulls: From Urban Archeology
Images: House Beautiful - Miles Redd, Elle Decor, New York Times


Rebecca June said...

That black kitchen makes my heart skip a beat...or three. I die.


Rebecca June

The Consummate Hostess said...

Great suggestions!! That green is so glamorous!

Ivy Lane said...

I LOVE the Miles Redd kitchen..that green lacquer is a delight!

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

Aren't both Miles Redd kitchen amazing!! SO Glamourous.

susie q said...

The shiny Miles Redd kitchen is fabulous!

Kitchen Ideas said...

Great suggestions!!


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