Check out these gorgeous installations at A. Rudin’s beautiful new website which features yours truly. Thrilled to be part of this amazing selection of talented designers showing off one of my go to swivel chairs.
Each year, the Pantone Color Institute, the world’s authority on color standards, introduces a color landscape reflective of cultural moods and trends. JMorris’s kitchen with caesarstone’s pure white countertops is a prefect example of how a white kitchen base allows for accents. Check out the feature.
3 Secrets to Maximize Space
in a Small Kitchen
Featuring Optimistic Stone from the Urban Collection
It’s a challenge for anyone looking to conquer tight quarters in the busiest room of their home: making a small kitchen look and feel bigger. We went straight to Brooklyn-based designer Jennifer Morris of JMorris Design to see how she mastered this skill in her beautiful redesign of a Brownstone kitchen. Follow these three strategies to make the most of your space:
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Organize your tall cabinets and appliances in one location.
This makes the other areas feel more open and airy.
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Swap open shelves for cabinets.
Hiding stacks of dishes away behind doors keeps a clean and simple look.
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Raise the upper cabinets and backsplash.
Moving a little higher than the standard 18 inches adds the illusion
of a taller ceiling and creates some extra room to work below.
Jennifer used a wide plank white oak floor by Carlisle to give lots of warmth and character to her clean design. The client was looking for a warm neutral palette and Optimistic Stone from our Urban Collection was the perfect choice. One of our most popular floors, it brought depth, color and personality into the space.
Get the Look
Our Urban Collection is perfect for unique open floorplans and loft living because of it’s interesting grain. Get sample of Jennifer’s pick:
Jennifer allows our wide planks to add personality in this contemporary interpretation of traditional Brownstone design. See other custom floors here:
“I brought the Optimistic Stone in to give lots of
warmth and character to this clean design.”
Jennifer Jean Morris, Interior Designer
JMorris Design is located in Brooklyn, New York.
See her complete portfolio and learn more about JMorris Design here:
Getting a new kitchen can make a huge difference in how you feel about your home. We spend so much time and do so much work in our kitchens. Carefully consider how this space can work for and with you and then invest in the design, the cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures. JMorris turned a space their client was sad about with a dishwasher that scraped the wall it was butted against, dated white appliances, and a floor that always felt dirty, into her dream space. We maximized the storage with smart planning, located fixtures that worked better for flow, and selected durable but gorgeous materials.
JMorris can reenvision any space, see how this dining nook transformed.
Before: Blah vanilla walls, an overscale swagging curtains, and heavy (literally) iron furniture cramps the space and style of this dining area.
AFTER: Wallpaper gives a color and texture that warms up the nook. Everything gets a lighter touch, from the faux fixed roman shades adds pattern and softness without overwhelming the window. A white stone table sits on a slim pedestal base. A Kelly Wearstler light fixture adds the finishing touch.
Teenage years can be tough and ugly..but their rooms don’t have to be. See how JMorris tackled this tough time giving their occupants a place of their own.
This room was tall and narrow, adding a two-tone break in the walls gave the room a better sense of proportion. The color is sweet but mature. Some grown up touches blend with playful patterns.
This small room was by design. The parents wanted their kids to want to leave their room but we got creative and added a loft to get her a desk. The pops of color are bold, like this young woman.
A boy and a girl joined rooms and they wanted to express their artistic inclinations. The window treatment is like graffiti art but with couture roots (it’s Alexander McQueen for Knoll) and the ceiling got a splash of blue with iridescent coat that gives a rich and unexpected sheen.
This room needed a quick transformation, we added wall dots to give the perfect burst. It was just as fun installing them as it was seeing the finished product.
Finding a moment in your day is important. These pauses can be something you can build into your home. Make a place where you can look out the window or read a book.
What first impression does your home make?
In my Park Slope apartment the entry opening into a narrow hallway. It blocked traffic when the door was in use and you had no place to drop off items which was not going to work for a family. I had to carve a space from an adjacent room and steel from a closet to make a room that had the 5 basic needs for your entry, whether it’s a grand foyer or a mudroom, or a hallway.
- Firs things first. Run through your exit and entrance motions and have a place for each need. Do you sit, do you need a shoe storage. Then you can decide on the best furniture given the space you have. It could be a console with a ottoman you pull out and basket of shoes, a bench, or in my case, a open storage unit where I put our shoes and I have the top for our grab and go items. Mittens and gloves can get a basket in winter and get switched out for sunscreens. Decorative bowls are great for keys and ear buds, then put a tray or two for phones and wallets to have a home. Even if you don’t have a lot of room you can find a space for this Esty Entry Organizer.
- Check Yourself. I am big on a mirror moment, even if the mirror isn’t big like this Blu Dot Last Chance Mirror. Consider a wall mount shelf for chap stick and comb for last minute touch ups.
- Coat Check. Even if your family doesn’t use it day to day, it’s great to have for the shopping bags you always forget and guests. This classic Eames “Hang it All” Coat Rack is a great way to get a bunch of items off the floor and where you need them.
- Weather-ready. Umbrella stands don’t eat up a ton of real estate and make you ready for the unexpected showers. You can be creative here, use a planter, or large vase, metal trash can. It’s a great place to be unexpected and unique.
- Express Yourself. Something special that’s just for you and, ideally, sets the tone for rooms to come. For us it was a hand printed navy wallpaper from Pineapple Froud from Soane Britain. But it can be art, painted stripes, or just a beautiful mirror or chair. Don’t be afraid to make a statement. If wallpaper or room for art, even a plant can give live and personality to space!