Manya Matveev Living Room September 16th, 2017
Chesterfield sofa. It's an ongoing favorite in fashionable bars and boutique hotels and no wonder. With their clean lines and comfort button‐backed chesterfield sofas are truly timeless and look as good in a modern warehouse apartment as in a grand country abode. The classic version comes in tan leather but for a sumptuous update I love the raspberry‐pink and pewter‐colored velvet numbers here.
Manya Matveev Living Room September 11th, 2017
Keep a thoughtfully edited book collection. Books can be one of the great pleasures in life – staring at an overburdened bookcase with tomes spilling onto the floor is not. Aim to keep only the books you love and those you will read again and let go of the rest. Your living room will thank you.
Rosetta Loreta Bathroom May 17th, 2017
Make peace with a loss of privacy. If you don't like to feel exposed – even when you're alone in the house – an open shower may not be for you. Even if you don't have a bare window wall such as the one in this bathroom you'll be on full view from the rest of the space. Consider a frosted or textured glass half‐wall as a compromise if modesty is an issue. Integrate the design with the rest of the space. Because there's no concrete border between an open shower and its surroundings choose materials that will create a smooth transition. The wall tile in this bath continues seamlessly into the shower with only a change in ceiling materials to provide a visual stopping point.
Manya Matveev Kitchen May 16th, 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 May 16th, 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 29th, 2017
Layer your lighting. "In the last five years we've seen a huge change in the way that our clients look at kitchen lighting" notes Heather Moe of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath. "While function is still important we now layer the lighting to give homeowners an extraordinary flexibility of effect. We routinely have seven levels of illumination: countertop and general lighting under‐cabinet task lighting over‐cabinet up lighting accent cabinet lighting some supporting sconce fixtures (mounted on walls or on cabinets) ceiling lighting and – to top it all off – a central accent fixture usually something pretty and eye catching at the room's focal point".
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 28th, 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 27th, 2017
Once I've worked with the client to pick the collage of materials for the kitchen we lay these out to focus on paint color. The reason this phase often comes bit later is that the kitchen might be under construction and still have the old paint color on the walls. The floors may be covered in that pinkish‐red rosin paper which can affect the look of the color on the walls.
Manya Matveev Kitchen April 24th, 2017
Our washer and dryer are concealed behind bifold doors and while we will replace the cabinetry when we renovate our kitchen the layout is the bee's knees. It allows for us to store our cleaning supplies with our laundry supplies in a central location. Whether you're able to add a laundry unit to your kitchen or outfit your butler's pantry I highly recommend the kitchen laundry room.