Brooklyn Brownstone Kitchen

You probably recognize this kitchen from your favorite blogs and/or pinterest from the famous Jenna Lyons Brooklyn brownstone.   I personally have referred back to this home several times, and used this very kitchen as inspiration for current projects. So when I came across this blog post mentioning that the brownstone sold, and the new owners hired Roman and Williams to redesign the spaces I was so surprised! Don’t get me wrong, Roman and Williams is one of my favorite designers… but the spaces were so perfect! I’m not sure which I like better. I love how bright and airy the Jenna Lyons kitchen, but I so admire that every Roman and Williams design screams their name.

lyons kitchen beforeJenna Lyons Kitchen “Before”

lyons kitchen afterRoman and Williams kitchen “After”

Which do you like better? They are both so beautiful! Take a look at Domain to see the other interior photos of the spaces.

Long Beach Island Project Progress

Last year I was brought on to help design the kitchen and bathrooms for this charming bungalow on Long Beach Island, NJ. Aside from the fact that my client is amazing, I was excited to work in an area of the Jersey Shore that holds a special place in my heart. When I was younger I often vacationed in Beach Haven, an area of LBI, with family friends. I knew the area well and knew I needed to be a part of this!

Even though Hurricane Sandy did a number on the island in October 2012, my client’s house managed to suffer little damage. The project schedule was severely delayed since so many homes on the island needed much more serious work. After many months of patiently waiting, demolition started this month and my client and I are in the midst of designing!  Progress is a beautiful thing!

LBI Interior Design Before
The exterior before. We’re going to modernize the porches and add lush landscaping.

LBI Dining Room - Interior Design Before

The view from the living room into the dining area before.

LBI Kitchen - Interior Design Before

The view of the kitchen before.

LBI Interior Design - Demo

The current view of the kitchen. It already looks better! :) We’re removing the wall between the kitchen and dining area to create an open space to entertain.

LBI Interior Design - Demo

Above: Another view of the kitchen.

Below is the inspiration for the kitchen. We want a modern look while maintaining the beachy style of the bungalow. Wood flooring will be continuous through the first floor, we’ll install white inset cabinetry with glass upper cabinets, and install bead board on the ceiling. Does it really get any better than that?!

LBI Interior Design Inspiration

And just for fun – the view of the ocean that’s only two houses away!

Long Beach Island

 All photos by my client. (Hi, Karen!)

how fabulous is that?

When I’m able to steal the remote from Ryan and his football games, I enjoy spending my time watching cooking shows. Just watching the chef chop onions and herbs is incredibly relaxing to me. Lately, I can’t get enough of Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa with her homestyle, simple recipes and beautiful kitchen. Her barn, where she films her Food Network show, was inspired by Belgian homes with its laid back family friendly design. Her kitchen is designed more as a living space, rather than just a place where food is prepared.

(All photos via House Beautiful.)

Did you know that Ina’s Barefoot Contessa store in the Hamptons was featured in Something’s Gotta Give? (It’s closed since the movie was released) Also, see Ina’s tour of her 2009 kitchen of the year here.

transitional kitchen

Can you believe this kitchen makeover? This space is a basic kitchen seen in many american homes – maple cabinets, space above the cabinets for knick-knacks, mismatched appliances and laminate countertops. By moving the cabinets up towards the ceilings, adding crowd mowling, and adding a shelf gives this kitchen a custom look for a fraction of the price. I’m loving the simple subway tile and dark/light cabinet color combination!

(urban grace via my sweet savannah)

homegrown herbs

I saw this post and couldn’t understand why I didn’t think of this!! It’s such a genius idea to grow spices in a window box right outside your kitchen window. Another reason why I can’t wait to buy a house… For now, I’ll keep it in my “to-make” folder!