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Designer Spotlight | Feinmann

This year marks the 40th annual Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards and we’ve got the inside scoop on the gold prize winner, Feinmann. For over 30 years, Feinmann has helped to create smart, beautiful spaces in the greater Boston area.

They specialize in whole-house renovations, additions and kitchen and bathroom remodels ranging from traditional to transitional to modern styles. Driving every detail of their clients’ projects from initial design concept through construction, Feinmann is a trusted partner of choice when it comes to transforming the way clients live in their homes. It comes down to blending their clients’ ideas and vision with creative, award winning solutions.

All photography by Nat Rea Photography | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo

For this Newton, Massachusetts residence, Feinmann was faced with no easy challenge: transform a once cramped and cluttered home into a spacious, modern masterpiece. The team was inspired by the homeowners’ Japanese heritage and based their design upon the principle of yin and yang by mixing traditional and contemporary styles, as well as light and dark elements.

The first step was to break down the wall between the kitchen and dining room in order to create one cohesive space. An abundance of natural light was integrated into the design, thus helping the home feel airy and uplifting.

"Wood" you believe us if we said the focal point of the kitchen and dining room was, well, a wooden kitchen island? A breathtaking live edge walnut island stands front and center in the kitchen.

But of course, an award-winning kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a little Caesarstone. “We love the durability of Caesarstone and we were looking for a neutral counter that didn’t compete with our live edge island, while providing a sleek, modern look for the space,” says Peter Feinmann. While family and friends can gather around the kitchen island for drinks, the prep work can be done on the Calacatta Nuvo countertops, which are scratch-resistant and easily cleaned.

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Gone are the days when the owners of this house will be strapped for storage space: the once small pantry was extended to be the length and height of the entire kitchen.

When you're finished admiring the gorgeous counters and abundant storage, check out the built-in office space. An expansive desk and open shelving ensure that you can have your cake and eat it, too—while responding to those end-of-the-day work emails, of course.

The matte white tiles used as a backsplash coupled with the white counters and maple cabinets produce a monochromatic color scheme for contemporary appeal. The vivid artwork created by the gifted homeowner stands front and center, offering a lively pop of color to the otherwise neutral space.

One thing is for sure: Feinmann is a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to seeing more of their unique, ingenious designs in the future.

For more Designer Spotlights: Pankonien Group | Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio

Caroline Pinkston’s Kitchen Reveal

Meet Caroline Pinkston and Jenn Rose Smith, two young professionals who work for the popular lifestyle blog, Camille Styles. While both interior design lovers by nature, neither work professionally in the field. Caroline works as the Director of Partnerships for the blog, and Jenn Rose as an art director and writer. So when it came time for Caroline to remodel her kitchen, you can imagine Jenn Rose's surprise when Caroline asked her to be the one to design it. With excellent taste and a knack for visualizing spaces, Caroline had no doubts Jenn Rose was the obvious choice for the job and lucky for her, Jenn Rose was up for the challenge.

All Photography by Molly Culver | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo

Caroline and her husband Christopher purchased a beautiful, ranch-style home in Cherrywood, Texas. The challenge was to transform the mid-century house, which was filled with dated appliances and bland design, from drab to darling. Another twist to the project? It all had to be completed by the time Caroline’s baby would be born in late August.

Caroline and Jenn Rose decided to uplift the cabinetry with a fresh coat of cheery, green paint. While Caroline initially had her reservations about the bold color, she was quick to fall in love with it after she took the plunge and saw the finished cabinets. Light wood-inspired laminate replaced difficult-to-clean checkered flooring and Calacatta Nuvo countertops balance out the richness of the cabinet color.

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The countertops have a light veining which helps bring in an element of modernity to an otherwise traditional white countertop. Additionally, having a baby is a messy job, which is why Caroline made sure all of her kitchen appliances are easy to clean and maintain—especially her countertops.

Caroline and Christopher traded in their old refrigerator for a stainless steel model with French-style doors and a freezer drawer. This upgrade allows them to have additional storage for baby food, salads and wine (at least that’s what we'd stock our fridge with!).

The previous pendant light shades used over the island were replaced with two that Camille had handy. An additional light in the center of the kitchen boasting black finishes helps to pull the space together. Flat black hardware was used to complement the green cabinets and light counters.

Want to have open shelving without compromising on storage? Take a page out of Jenn Rose and Caroline’s book: replace a select few of your kitchen cabinets with open shelves but leave your upper cabinets in place. This helps to open up your space and make it feel more modern while still ensuring there is plenty of room for baby bottles and chocolate bars (again, just what we would want in our cabinets).

A thoroughly unique and breathtaking brick-inspired backsplash wraps around the kitchen and extends from countertop to open shelving. Meanwhile, a small, ornately decorated rug and warm toned bud vases provide additional pops of color.

The project was finished just in the nick of time: baby Tom was born mere days after this photoshoot took place! We wish Caroline, Christopher, Tom and their furry feline friend nothing but health, happiness and plenty of new memories in their newly renovated kitchen!

For more Kitchen Reveals: Jodi Mockabee | Sugar & Charm

House Tour | Emblem Apartments by Bozzuto

The curtain to this month’s house tour opens on the bustling, bright city of Washington, D.C. Bozzuto Construction has designed a series of condos by the Barracks Row and Navy Yard called Emblem. These condos, five of which are penthouses, are nestled above two retail bays on the first floor. They feature minimalist form and European function with an emphasis on high-style color contrasts. Each condominium boasts a one-of-a-kind floor plan, modern finishes and floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow residents to take in the breathtaking D.C. skyline and Washington Monument any time they please.

All photos: Linen & Lens Photography | 4120 Raven

The light wood tones of the floors in each kitchen play off of the contrasting bright white and charcoal grey kitchen features for a clean-lined design well suited for condo living. You feel warmth without weight, uniquely blended with light-filled interiors and neutral color palettes to accent a bold style.

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Emblem kitchens aren’t just beautiful to look at, they’re built for function as well. Charcoal Shaker-style base cabinets and flat-panel white wall cabinets enhance the modern character of this metropolitan space.

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Raven quartz is used for the kitchen countertops and islands, which ensures cleanup will be a breeze. Matte brass hardware complements the slate grey of the quartz without distracting from its slightly dappled look, which adds texture and a tactile appearance.

A few of the condos boast spiral staircases, which lead to airy upstairs lofts that are perfect for workspaces, yoga studios or even a second bedroom.

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All bathrooms feature floating white vanities and a fresh, clean design. White Attica tops this bathroom countertop, giving the room a fun dose of texture and sophistication. The addition of modern chrome Kohler fittings and built-in shower shelving is both sophisticated and practical.

Speaking of sophisticated, we wouldn't mind sipping a Manhattan while lounging in this neutral-toned living room overlooking the city. A pop of greenery and a captivating piece of wall art brighten up the space.

While many of the condos in this modern complex are already sold, there are still a few available. Who could resist such a unique, contemporary dream home? Certainly not us... We’d take all 20 if we could.


For more House Tours: Turnstone House | Madison Taylor Design 

Designer Spotlight | The Pankonien Group

Since 2004, Laura Pankonien has been designing whole-home interiors and managing kitchen and bath renovations in the Austin area with her design + build firm, The Pankonien Group. Laura is known for designing classic interiors, infusing her designs with modern touches of color and texture and creating spaces that are the perfect reflection of her clients' personal styles. Laura’s timeless aesthetic and unique vision pair with her clients’ inspirations to bring each of her spaces to life.

Case in point: a modern farmhouse B&B located right outside of Dripping Springs, Texas. Originally a 7 bed, 3 bath Victorian-style home, The Pankonien Group overhauled the space with a to-the-studs remodel that included tearing out the kitchen and baths to create a new 7 bed, 5 bath house. The design concept focused on a cohesive, classic and on-trend clean farmhouse style with the durability needed for in-demand vacation rental.

Because the space serves as a vacation rental rather than a normal client home, "we needed a beautiful countertop that would also stand up to the demands of large parties," says Laura. Caesarstone is a "perfect fit with the look and design of most of our kitchen and bath designs," she continues. An island adorned with Calacatta Nuvo sits center-stage in this nearly all-white kitchen. Plenty of overhead lighting and open shelving make the space look fresh and modern.

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"Creating unique bathrooms for each guest space was a fun challenge," Laura says. "We paired Caesarstone Pure White and Calacatta Nuvo countertops with a mix of bold concrete patterned tile, subtle brick textures and neutral tile patterns, like the large-frame herringbone on the master bath floor."

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A framed antique mirror was put in the window casing of one of the upstairs bathroom vanities, giving it a truly unique look. Pure White countertops compliment the bold floor tile pattern and dark teal cabinetry.   

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Another showstopping example of The Pankonien Group's talents is the Westlake Drive Home. Originally an ornate traditional Spanish-style home with dated, country-french decor, The Pankonien Group decided to give the home a fresh modern twist for a fun family of five. An aesthetic of clean-lined, neutral and traditional furnishings with bold pops of color and texture is used throughout the home.

The family members will have no trouble keeping their guests entertained with their new at-home bar. The bar is comprised of white oak cabinetry and a White Attica countertop with waterfall edge, making for a perfect conversation starter.

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The Pankonien Group's favorite room in this home, however, is the bathroom. "The periwinkle cabinet and printed metallic grasscloth wallpaper in the powder bath contrast with the neutral Calacatta Nuvo counter," says Laura. The texture in the wallpaper provides a nice balance to the modern, sleek look of the countertop.

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So what is the secret to The Pankonien Group's success? "We always start by assessing the architecture and space plan. Since we often work with large open floor plans and clients who entertain large groups, good flow is key to a successful space," says Laura. We have no doubt that this interior design team will continue to produce unique and functional spaces that combine bold and modern elements. We'll be keeping an eye out for more stunning designs from this group, as should you!

For more Designer Spotlights: Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio |  Four Point Design Build 

House Tour | Turnstone House

Are you ready for a taste of paradise? Close your eyes and take a moment to transport yourself to the sunny beaches of Turks and Caicos Islands. Take in the clear blue skies, the smell of the ocean and, of course, the stunning views of the new Turnstone House designed by Sharon Weil Hornstein! Let’s take a closer look at this gorgeous rental, shall we?

All Images: Jon Nickson

When designing the Turnstone House, Sharon aimed to keep the space open and bright, using art and accessories to make it feel like a home away from home for guests. “Durable, easy to clean surfaces such as Caesarstone countertops, tile floors, wood and acrylic furniture keep the space simple and elegant,” says Sharon.“We loved using Caesarstone in this project because it is beautiful, durable and easy to clean and maintain. Because this is a rental property for now and a home for down the road, we needed countertops that will withstand the wear and tear of rentals but still be beautiful when we are ready to live in the property,” she continues.

The modern, bright red chairs at the kitchen island (which is adorned with Pebble quartz) add a pleasant pop of tropical color to the otherwise neutral kitchen. Quartz Reflections countertops grace the perimeter and pick up the beautiful sunshine from the glass window behind the oven.

 4030 Pebble Island | 7141 Quartz Reflections Perimeter

Large sliding glass doors create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor areas. 

Even the whimsical collection of silver chrome fish from Phillips Company on the wall look like they're dancing with delight in this dreamy beach home.

Woven furniture topped with cream-colored cushions stick with the laid-back, tropical style of the design. The turquoise, hourglass-shaped tables pick up the blues of the shimmering water in the luxurious pool. 

Check out all of the beautiful greenery used in the backyard! We can practically hear the steel-drums playing in the background.

All of the art used throughout was created by Sharon and her company, Sand Dollar Images. The images are of the Turks and Caicos Islands and feature vivid colors of compelling island scenes. Dyes are infused directly into specially coated aluminum sheets to create the artwork. This technique gives the images a luminescent appearance and an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant surface that is both waterproof and weatherproof, making it the perfect artwork to display both indoors and out.

All three bedrooms are made comfortable and breezy with king size beds and their own attached bathrooms. Quartz Reflections was used for the bathroom countertops to keep the space looking fresh and cohesive. 

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From the upstairs deck, you can kick back, relax and watch the sunset over the renowned Grace Bay Beach.

There you have it: a perfect beachy, breezy vacation getaway. Grab a Mai-Tai and book a plane ticket, it's time for a trip to the Turnstone House!

Still need more convincing? Watch the incredible drone video tour of the property's exterior below.


For more House Tours: Madison Taylor DesignRacing Green


Designer Spotlight | Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio

When architecture and interior design collide, you get Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio. The Portland-based company works with clients from around the globe to create spaces as unique and dynamic as it is. 

From residential to retail, this design firm has a knack for creating custom-tailored designs with a flair of modern style. The studio-based company uses a highly collaborative style between its office and clients in order to produce breathtaking and original spaces.

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Take the kitchen design below, located in the Northwest Portland neighborhood. After the owners of the loft experienced a devastating fire that rendered their home unlivable, they found a silver lining and used it as an opportunity for a full kitchen and bath renovation.

Enter Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio, who led the charge in transforming the space from ruins to riches. The design firm played off of the loft’s dynamic angles by selecting faceted geometrics and high contrast features. A custom-built overhead light from Ekko Workshop hangs over the Noble Grey kitchen island. 

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Next, let’s take a look at this master bath design in an Alphabet District townhouse. From the textured wood cabinets to the raw, exposed edges of the porcelain hex tiles behind the sink, this room is filled to the brim with texture and whimsy. Fresh Concrete countertops keep the space feeling modern and sleek while balancing out the bold features of the room. “One of the most sustainable design decisions you can make is to select timeless, durable materials,” says Jenny Guggenheim. “The level of durability paired with the elegant aesthetic Caesarstone provides is a no-brainer.”  
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Speaking of bold and unique, check out this Atwater Place kitchen remodel. The bright white kitchen is both modern and minimalistic without sacrificing a sense of creativity. Just look at the inventive use of mirrors underneath the Blizzard prep island: they create the illusion of open space while concealing casework and wine storage on the other side of the island. Clean-lined furnishings complement the southeast views of the Willamette River and accentuate the natural beauty of the home's surroundings.

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The wonderful team over at Guggenheim prides itself on having a keen eye for cabinetry detailing and well-made hardware. They are certainly not ones to shy away from a stunning bold navy, either.

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Their modern light fixtures are always eye-catching and, pardon our pun, lighten up any room.

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Whether you’re after an all-white kitchen or an eclectic, colorful bathroom, Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio can do it all. Every design is created with the utmost care and attention to detail and no two projects are alike. The design team has found the perfect balance of architecture, design and customization. Our only question is: when are they available to renovate our kitchen and bath?


For more Designer Spotlights: Four Point Design Build | Kendall Ansell Interiors 


Designer Spotlight | Four Point Design Build

While it’s important to show off some of your signature style when designing and building a home, it is equally as important to create a space with your client in mind. Husband and wife team Laura and Cliff Muller took this to heart when creating their company, Four Point Design Build Inc.

With over 60 years of experience between them, Laura and Cliff have mastered the art of creating interior spaces that are livable, dynamic and custom-tailored for each client. Their collaborative mentality makes clients feel at ease and helps the pair to build long-lasting relationships with engineers, architects and suppliers. Laura and Cliff always make sure each and every space they work on is uniquely fit for each of their clients, down to the last detail.

Case in point: the beautiful kitchen transformation they pulled off in this 1970s classic ranch home.

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They drew inspiration for this project from their client, who had dedicated her life to volunteerism and selfless generosity. She wanted to remodel the kitchen in her family’s legacy home to create a modern space that allowed for plenty of room for cooking.

Laura and Cliff went with an all-white design and a few glass door cabinets. Frosty Carrina countertops basque in the sunshine from the large windows behind the sink.

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The dynamic designers can do more than a one-room renovation, however. Just take a look at the 2,600-square-foot home they worked on in the heart of Los Angeles. “Laura and her team advised on sensible, affordable solutions and improvements, but still delivered the creativity and tastefulness that we sought for our home,” says homeowner Deborah Tudor.
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The built-in kitchen desk topped with Pure White quartz keeps the kitchen free from clutter and allows for easy access to snacks from the pantry! 

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Laura and Cliff are definitely not afraid of a bold pattern or pop of color, either. Check out the beautiful, intricate wallpaper used in this bathroom. The gold faucet and cabinet pulls make this room chic enough for any emperor or empress.

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Are you more in the mood for a mid-century modern design with hints of world traveler? Look no further. The glossy tile backsplash and simplistic faucet make this kitchen design elegant and modern. The wooden mortar and pestle and potted herbs give the space an eclectic flair while adding an element of chicness and wanderlust. The family who lives in this home was looking for a space that would accommodate their active and busy lifestyle. That’s why Laura and Cliff went with Pure White Caesarstone countertops in both the kitchen and bathroom; it's easy to maintain and a breeze to clean.

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Break out your spa water and face masks, because this next contemporary kitchen in West Hills, California is ethereal. The Shitake countertops bring warm and soothing color into the otherwise bright white space. Large windows are used to fill the area with ample lighting and the open, friendly design perfectly matches the active and socialable lifestyle of the homeowners.

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Every build and design that comes from Four Point Design Build is clean, fresh and modern. Not only will you get a stunning space with Laura and Cliff, but you’ll no doubt form a life-long relationship with the two as well. Their relevant and innovative designs are cutting edge and they truly listen to their clients when designing a space. From wallpaper to floor tiles, Laura and Cliff Muller sure know how to transform a house into a home.

For more Designer Spotlights: Kendall Ansell InteriorsDrury Design 

House Tour | Madison Taylor Design

Just outside of Barrie, Ontario sits a beautiful and newly renovated home. Madison Taylor Design helped to transform this space from an average house into a bold and sophisticated designer’s dream. Madison used existing pieces that her client owned to complete the look of the home. Let’s begin this house tour in one of our favorite rooms in the home: the living room.

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Open shelving, white walls and modern art make this room luxurious and sleek. The real star of the show, however, is the Blue Agate quartz surrounding the fireplace. “Caesarstone was able to provide us with the perfect slab of Blue Agate to fulfill this client’s vision for their new home,” says Alexis Farrell, a team member at Madison Taylor Design. The homeowners were looking for a design that was vivacious, glamorous and completely modern all at the same time. The grandiose fireplace does all that–and a bit more!

Next, we venture into the master bedroom.

From the textured walls to the chandelier, this room is anything but average. The cool color palette of greys and tans keeps the space looking cozy, yet elegant.

Let’s journey back downstairs to take in the stunning dining room.

If there’s one thing that Madison Taylor Design has perfected, it’s statement pieces. The large horse print catches the light from the beautiful, oversized chandelier and serves as the focal point of the room. Modern-styled chairs and sheer curtains accentuate the chic style that radiates this room.

Last but not least, the kitchen. “When going for a glam style, we chose to think outside of the box,” says Alexis. The Blue Agate wall behind the stove creates the perfect centerpiece. Brass finishes and hardware bring a modern flair to this bold kitchen. The homeowners “absolutely loved” the accent wall and felt “it brought that excitement and wow factor that they wanted,” Alexis continues.

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Large chandeliers provide a flair of drama and the open layout of the space allows guests to marvel at the grand piano in the adjoining room.

There you have it! A Madison Taylor Design house dripping in glamour and luxury. The clients adore their new bold and modern home, and the multiple chandeliers will provide the perfect lighting for any proper soirée. If you need us, we’ll be sitting beside the Blue Agate fireplace with a glass of rosé and a good book in hand.


For more House Tours: Racing Green | Spazio LA

House Tour | Racing Green

When Dougal Murray from Racing Green stumbled across a derelict 1930’s home hidden away in the Mulholland Hills, he knew he’d found the perfect setting for his next home. “Decent Los Angeles hillside properties are becoming harder and harder to find and finding somewhere where you aren’t overlooked is almost impossible. I knew at once we had to find a way to get it,” he says. ‘The Earth House,’ as Dougal lovingly now refers to it, sits on almost half an acre of land. It's nestled on the outer Mulholland Corridor in the Hollywood Hills.

“I’ve always been a massive fan of contemporary Californian architecture. My goal was to create an open space that utilized the incredible views and natural light that the land so generously gave us," he says. While Dougal and Jonthan Waud, his design partner, wanted to build something impressive, it was also important to them that the design reflected the surroundings and remained understated. Both Jonathan and Dougal are originally from the New Forest in the UK (a national forest which is home of the mighty oak), so the pair wanted to ensure that the home accentuated the natural beauty of the forest just as they would have seen at home.

Throughout the property, Dougal used a variation of earth tones and neutral, textured fabrics to create an earthy and natural feel. The color palette effortlessly blends the interior spaces with the exterior’s expansive wrap-around decks and infinity pool.

Our first stop on the tour is the heart of the home: the kitchen. Dougal wanted to keep the design functional, sleek and easy to maintain. “The kitchen is visible as soon as you descend from the entry into the great room so simplicity was key, as we didn’t want to distract from the views," he says. 

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They used the new Caesarstone Cloudburst Concrete on the worktops as it "complimented a lot of the natural stones we used in the rest of the house," Dougal says. "Using Caesarstone was the only way we would get that level of overhang without having to run a ply substructure which would require a mitered return or add unsightly metal supports to the underside of the island.”

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There is no wall separating the kitchen from the living area, which allows for interactivity and connection between the rooms. A beautiful electric fireplace is nestled into the wall–which is visible from both the living room and dining room–so that you can remain nice and warm during the winter while admiring the gorgeous view.  

In the dining room, you will find a handsome wooden table sitting beneath an electric candelabra chandelier. A modern black sculpture and glass bar cart keep with the black and white color scheme and add depth and character to the room.

Just inside the patio sits another lounging area. This room includes a luxurious kitchenette for all of those quick trips inside to get snacks and cocktails. A white sectional adds to the light and sophisticated design of the room.

When you open the mahogany-colored door in the kitchenette, you will find a spacious bathroom complete with a Pebble vanity and shower curb. An oversized circular mirror adds an interesting geometric accent to the otherwise neutral space.

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As you ascend to the tiered second floor, two guest bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms and north and south facing views, can be found to the right. Blizzard quartz is used to create the vanities, shower curbs and niches in the guest and master bathrooms. 

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There are fun accent pieces in both guest rooms–like the canary yellow chair and retro framed artwork– which add interest and personality.

 Next, we will venture into the pièce de résistance: the master bedroom. A charismatic seating area leads to the impressive 1200 square-foot space with a double-fronted glass façade and master bathroom access. “Los Angeles, for all its charm, can be a hectic city. The opportunity to create sanctuaries throughout the house for people to escape to is always a must for us," says Dougal. 

"The master bedroom has some of the best views of the house, with various seating elements and views over the pool,” he continues. We have no trouble imagining how lovely it would be to unwind with this view at the end of a long day!

Who says quartz is just for countertops? A standalone Blizzard bathtub sits comfortably in the master bathroom with a beautiful view of the mountains. To the side of the bathtub is a floating Blizzard vanity with a weathered-colored wood and conveniently placed lights underneath. Gone are the days of fumbling around in a dark bathroom in the middle of the night! 

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Opposite the bathtub is a large glass-door shower. The marbleized design of the shower walls plays off of the various hues of brown in the bathroom tiles. The frosted glass used on the double doors creates privacy from the bedroom while adding an element of contemporary design. 

“I suppose if one must live in Los Angeles, this isn’t such a bad place to escape to at the end of the day.” We couldn't agree more, Dougal. 

If you're as head over heels with this home as we are, we have some good news: it's currently listed for sale

For more House Tours: The Curbly House | Spazio LA

Designer Spotlight | Kendall Ansell Interiors

Unique. Expressive. Custom. These are the words that come to mind when we think of Kendall Ansell Interiors, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Principal designer Kendall Ansell isn’t your average cookie-cutter designer. Instead of focusing on fleeting trends, Kendall creates a visual interpretation of her clients’ lifestyles. During the design process, she figures out how the renovations can complement her clients’ day-to-day lives.

You could say that design was in Kendall’s genes, as she grew up spending most of her weekends helping her contractor father with family projects. Her childhood passion inspired her to study architecture and interior design in college and ultimately led to a full-time career in design. Kendall launched Cherry Interior Design in 2010 and rebranded to Kendall Ansell Interiors in 2013. Her goal is simple: to help her clients reflect their personal style through interior design.  

Image: Janis Nicolay Photography | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo perimeter, 5100 Vanilla Noir island

The classic combination of black and white gets a boost of modern flair in this kitchen design. The large windows, high vaulted ceiling and skylights allow light to fill the room with warmth and brightness. The neutral color palette used is complemented by the bold backsplash and minimalist range hood. Classic white Calacatta Nuvo countertops enhance the sophisticated style of the kitchen and balance out the black-on-black island. Meanwhile, the Vanilla Noir kitchen island serves as a bold and sleek centerpiece.

Image: Janis Nicolay Photography | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo and 5100 Vanilla Noir

Design Tip: Use two-tone countertops to add interest to a room. The contrast between the two colors draws your eye around the room and makes a huge visual impact.

Image: Janis Nicolay Photography | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo

The open wooden shelves are elegant and double as extra storage space. All of the Caesarstone countertops sit atop cabinets, making this kitchen both stylish and practical.  

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Kendall Ansell Interiors always uses Caesarstone for their quartz needs due to its versatility in color and style. While the designer gravitates towards neutral color palettes, she is certainly not afraid of pops of color and pattern, as demonstrated by the large, flowing pattern in the Turbine Grey countertops and cool teal-colored cabinets used in the design above.

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Kendall’s designs are completely custom and are based on each of her client’s needs. This white and grey kitchen with Alpine Mist countertops projects sophistication and simplicity. It just goes to show that you can have your cake and eat it, too!

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These glass cabinets add dimension to the space and make sure the gorgeous dinnerware inside are displayed front and center.

Whether you’re looking for elegant and chic or bold and eccentric, Kendall Ansell Interiors will be sure to turn your design dreams into a reality.


For more Designer Spotlights: RTG Designs | Melissa Lenox Designs