Manya Matveev Kitchen March 29th, 2017
For the modernists out there you would think picking finishes and fixtures would be easier with less adornment and fewer decisions to make. For some this might be true but I find that for others this style can be just as challenging. It's all about restraint and editing and that's hard.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 24th, 2017
The warmth of orange. It's a pretty bold choice for a kitchen but when you hear architect Mark English talk about this room's color palette it makes perfect sense: "The home is sited on a hill with a 270‐degree long‐distance view toward the east and northeast. The color of the light coming into the house tends toward gray and bluish tones so the orange was used to counteract the coolness of those tones. The island and upper cabinets are 'pieces' that can be seen from adjacent rooms and I wanted to highlight them. The regular base cabinets and full‐height cabinets are meant to be background elements".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 21st, 2017
Designate a kitchen stand‐in. Eating out all the time gets tiresome not to mention the strain it can put on your budget. And no matter how much takeout you bring home you'll still need a spot to make school lunches pour a bowl of cereal or brew coffee. Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere that's out of the way of construction. If you're lucky enough to have a morning kitchen or a guesthouse you can turn that into food‐prep central. Or outfit a corner of the basement garage or workroom with a few portable tables standalone shelves storage crates and folding chairs.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 20th, 2017
Mix soft and hard. "My inspiration for hanging this black antique chandelier was to add a sense of sophistication and elegance to the kitchen space" says New Zealand designer Natalie Du Bois of Du Bois Design. "It also softens and offsets the hard solid masculine materials used in the kitchen".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 18th, 2017
I recommend that clients select appliances and sinks during the preliminary design phase which often comes before selecting the rest of the finishes and fixtures. This is so the plans can reflect the proper sizes which will in turn affect the cabinetry layout. Also I recommend picking the type and amount of lighting fixtures during this phase: cans semi‐flush mounts how many pendants over the island and so on in order to complete the lighting plans so the contractor to provide estimates. Most people haven't actually picked what style pendant light yet but at least the decision about number is done.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 17th, 2017
Emphasize repetition and balance. "I decided to do a black Hungarian crystal chandelier in the kitchen because this is a loft and the dining area was in an 'L' off of the kitchen" says Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design. "You could see the two smaller clear crystal chandeliers over the dining table from every angle in both areas". "Repetition balance and scale are all important elements in a good design so I felt I was left no choice" she explains. "I had two clear smaller ones on one side so I had to have a large one on the opposite side. I also wanted the fixture to stand out against the white wood hood and kitchen cabinets and it needed to play off the black enamel Viking range. We already had black and white happening throughout the kitchen and I felt the clear crystal wouldn't pop like the black would. It was the obvious choice for the room".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 13th, 2017
White on white. This kitchen is in sync with the overall design of the house. "It's part of a new French‐inspired home on South River in Annapolis Maryland" says Brad Creer of Bradford Design. "The wife wanted an all‐white house both inside and outside including the furniture. The only other colors are the limited use in some of the accents. And the only nonwhite space in the home is the husband's large barroom which has a dark wood finish".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 12th, 2017
Fit the space. "Because of the size of this kitchen and the height of the ceiling we needed a fixture that not only had the appropriate width but also height" says Kristin Petro of Kristin Petro Interiors. "With its tiered design a chandelier fits the space perfectly. In addition the white cabinetry and backsplash provide a neutral backdrop which lets the intricate style of the chandelier really pop".