Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Kitchens Galore!!!!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will show more pictures than words.....
these are all kitchens, that I have done from the ground up...every surface, color, fixture, and accessory.
"Form Follows Function"....this oven/fireplace can be a working fireplace, or a warming oven...keep in mind, this was in Wisconsin...where it truly is needed and appreciated!

My clients wanted an orange kitchen, and they got it. I believe it's not about my style, but what the client wants...I am just there to facilitate their dreams.
Sleek and sophisticatead...this kitchen is one of my favorites......black galaxy counters on the perimeter...I like doing one color counter surface on an island, and doing the perimeter in another.

I designed this space for a kitchen and bath showroom....Yes, it is an Egyptian Kitchen...(all the other themes were taken...I kept the surfaces neutral, and the cabinets a bit traditional...but you will see that the accessories made the theme...a client would be able to change it out, if they tired of it

Sub-Zero and Wolfe are based out of Madison, WI, and now, are the "standard" hi-end appliances throughout the country. This kitchen is a mixture of sleek, stainless steel, combined with a "shot" of wallcovering, that doesn't overpower the space.
I had two clients, who both were professional hockey players, who spent eight months out of the year in Switzerland...the wives made a few trips back-and-forth, but a great deal of time was spent emailing, and lot's of telephone calls.
The above kitchen reflects the client's penchant for natural woods, neutral tones, and lots of space.
The other "hockey couple" opted to be able to display many of the items they picked up on holiday in Europe...and were drawn toward brighter, warmer tones.
So, these are not "all my kitchens"...perhaps, I will do another segment down the road apiece....
Here in Texas, outdoor kitchens are very popular...along with outdoor cooling, misting systems, open hearths, and big screen tvs...Texans always go big!!!

Back to work Tuesday

The Vineyard of Florence....Texas, that is....

Other than it rained, somehow, it didn't seem like Memorial Day Weekend...Usually, it is later...My birthday, and my husband's birthday are four days apart, and mostly fall on that weekend...so, everything seemed a bit "off". Still, it was heartwrenching, watching the news, and seeing so many of those mourning the loss of their loved ones.

We did take a lovely drive yesterday....Texas is so huge, and although we've been to most of the big cities, we are still exploring the vast country around us...alot of it is Hill Country. This time, we ventured to The Vineyard in Florence....Texas, that is....There will be an Art Show on the 13th of June, and I have been creating as many paintings, floorcloths, and painted glass, as I can squeeze in.

Unfortunately, it was closed for the holiday, but we took a few side roads, and loved the scenery, the wildflowers, the longhorns........ In fact, I got up at 6:15, threw on my clothes, grabbed my camera, Wellies, and a bottle of water, and raced the sunrise, but alas...the sun did come up, but the day was too dark and gray. After all, with photography, it's all about the light..hence the Greek definition "light writing"....I got a few shots in, but will try again....
I've lived in Boston, been to New York (Manhatten) many times, and have been to Europe, but Texas has grabbed my heart somehow. It's only been three years, and it may wear off in time, but I do love it right now.