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.
"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!