Author Archives: The Interior Collective
The talented team at FLOAT Studio designed all 2,500 square feet of the private space, which is complete with Western exposure, 12-foot ceilings and a skylight. FLOAT Studio captured the essence of Tasting Table’s culture while ensuring the space looked modern, warm and inviting.
"Aesthetically, we tried to do something that wasn't too masculine or too feminine—gender neutral. We maintained what you need for events while not losing that Tasting Table touch and having some personality in it," says Barbara Giacoman, a junior designer at FLOAT Studio.
Let’s start our tour off in our favorite room: the kitchen. Matte burgundy cabinets bring a refined flair to this dynamic space. The FLOAT Studio team wanted to keep the rest of the kitchen neutral, however. “When you’re working with food, gearing toward neutrals helps to highlight what you’re doing,” says Brad Sherman, a partner at FLOAT Studio.
This brings us to the pièce de résistance, the Frozen Terra countertops and backsplash. “The creamy color was ideal to contrast the burgundy, the black outlines [between the cabinets] and the black outlets,” continues Brad.
The matte ivory finish speckled with charcoal and silver adds lightness and dimension to the design. Since The Commons is going to be used for hosting plenty of events, the FLOAT Studio team wanted to be sure they used only the best, must durable materials.
“Function leads the design process,” says Brad. “[It] is the number one thing to understand [to know] how clients are going to move through the space." That’s why they decided to work with Caesarstone, whose quartz is virtually maintenance-free and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Additionally, tambour wall coverings were used throughout the space to add warmth and texture.
Let’s pop over to the lounge area which features an electric, royal-blue sofa. The stand out design elements incorporated throughout The Commons ensure there will be no shortage of conversation starters for the lucky guests.
A touch of greenery adds freshness and life while the wall of mirrors is a clever trick to make the room appear more spacious. Bar tables and stools are incorporated for an easy place for guests to sip on martinis and discuss the latest food trends.
The Commons can comfortably accommodate 30 people for a sit-down dinner and 75 for a walk-around tasting. The army green chairs at the oversized wooden dining table add a refreshing pop of color without competing with the bold, blue sofa.
A grand skylight opens up the space while overhead potted-plants radiate effervescence. The army green color used in the dining room is carried through to this sit-down area in conjunction with blush pillows and stools. Whether it’s rain or shine, guests can enjoy a view of the New York skies while remaining indoors.
“It feels like you are in a warm, comfortable environment that has a unique personality," says Brad. "There's nothing like this that exists. It really is a unique, one-of-a-kind space." We couldn’t agree more! One thing is certain: we know where we’ll be hosting all of our future wine-and-dine gatherings. Schedule your next event at The Commons!
The firm was founded in 2010 and is based out of Ontario, Canada. Madison Taylor is known for providing designs that are creative, memorable and seamlessly unexpected. They have a track record of surpassing expectations and achieving extraordinary results.
With an in-house staff of interior designers, architectural technologists, an OAA architect and other subject matter experts, Madison Taylor can provide a full service, integrated design team while creating a personalized relationship for each and every client.
For example, the firm created this truly unique design for RIPE JUICERY, an all plant-based, organic and unpasteurized juice company. Raw Concrete adorns the exquisite chevron-patterned cashier stand, which is highlighted by the copper overhead lighting.
If modern minimalism is more your style, Madison Taylor can do that, too. This kitchen achieves a fresh, clean look with the help of a Noble Grey adorned island and contemporary chairs.
“Madison thinks outside of the box when working with each individual client and strays away from the ‘cookie cutter’ look by using unique and creative design concepts with our inside/out approach," says Alexis Farrell, a team member at Madison Taylor Design.
In the past, the firm has used Caesarstone's Concetto collection to help create one-of-a-kind, unforgettable spaces. The petrified wood look of Albero takes center-stage in this kitchen while playing off of the eclectic, iridescent lighting.
A pop of indigo from the tufted couch in this home plays against the gold accents used in the cabinetry and exhaust hood. Meanwhile, the Pure White countertops help to balance out the design.
Madison Taylor Design chooses to incorporate Caesarstone into their designs because each piece provides the space they are creating with a unique look that brings the entire design together. “Our clients are always blown away with the look, feel and quality of Caesarstone products,” says Alexis.
Madison Taylor consistently creates and executes designs that are custom-made for each individual client. Their ideas are fresh and innovative while remaining comfortable and made for easy-living. Whether you want a whimsical space or a clean and simple sanctuary, Madison Taylor can do it all.
A Bit of Background
This plot of land wasn’t always destined for such greatness. When Dan Brunn, Principal of Dan Brunn Architecture, purchased the property, he intended to simply renovate the existing home. But after a visit to the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island, he was inspired by the dramatic driveways that serve as focal points for many of the area’s homes. "One thing I loved was entering through the huge motor court," says Brunn. "Everything starts from the car." Rather than situating the home toward the front of the lot, Brunn realized that a system of 20-foot modules spanning the length of the plot would not only provide the processional entrance he desired, it would also allow the home to traverse the stream and better engage the landscaping to create a structure that looks as if it floats in nature. “I wanted to create a groundbreaking, ‘floating’ retreat perfectly saddled over a bubbling stream located on the property. We truly are creating an inhabitable bridge over a stream. Peaceful. Tranquil. And, not quite what you would expect in the hustle and bustle of LA living,” shares Brunn.
Redefining the traditional one-story home into a 4,500 square foot rectangle that spans 210 feet long and 20 feet wide is not without its challenges, however. Enter BONE Structure, a modular steel construction system tailor-made for each unique project that’s paving the future for building technology. Through creative development and collaboration with the innovative company, the structural undertaking of Bridge House was made possible.
Every aspect of the home was designed from a computer, then each part of the home was constructed and shipped directly to the construction site. From there, it was like putting Legos together—each portion of the home fits together piece by piece. But ease of assembly isn’t the only perk of this impressive steel skeleton. It’s also extremely sustainable, highly cost effective and doesn’t require interior load bearing walls, offering complete freedom of interior customization and design.
Perhaps one of the most exciting elements of this project is its commitment to sustainability. Brunn has partnered with a number of forward-thinking brands, including Caesarstone, to bring his progressive vision to life. From energy-efficient windows and home appliances to solar panels that will power everything inside the home, Bridge House is designed to be net-zero, producing as much energy as it consumes. “Many of the partners and I are charting new ground with Bridge House, and in the end, we get to show our clients the potential of a net-zero energy build,” Brunn said.
The home will also be responsive to the natural environment around it—a key takeaway from the project. Brunn hopes to show people that we can’t simply think about the design of a building alone, we also need to consider how that building is connected to its site. Take, for example, the way the home is situated. It has no front yard/backyard but rather, it’s all one giant yard. “You’re constantly in nature on any given point of the house instead of looking at nature, which is one of the biggest gains of this house,” Brunn continues.
Bridge House will be Brunn’s first solar home. He plans to use it as a showcase for his business and all of the sustainable products he’s using to build it. “Maybe this will spearhead others—developers, architects, homeowners—to be a part of this and to say, ‘You know what, let's rethink how we do things.’ I encourage others to try and push the envelope forward instead of just saying, ‘Okay, well this is how we have to build in Los Angeles.’”
Caesarstone will follow Dan Brunn’s Bridge House journey on the Interior Collective and social media channels. Follow Caesarstone and Bridge House LA on Instagram to stay up to date on this innovative building project as it unfolds.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Their modern light fixtures are always eye-catching and, pardon our pun, lighten up any room.
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?
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.
All images: Riley Jamison | Frosty Carrina 5141
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.