Winter is in full effect which means lots of cozy snow days spent inside. I was walking through the Crate and Barrel in Cherry Creek the other day and wanted to share a few items that I loved in person and am considering for my own house. Hope you are all keeping warm!
With my son getting closer and closer to walking, every room in our house has become a family-friendly space. His sticky fingers, muddy feet, and exorbitant amount of drool test our furniture on an hourly basis. I want my son to feel comfortable exploring our house, so for now I am sticking to furnishings that can withstand an active baby without sacrificing style.
Most of our house has wood floors, so I’ve been on the lookout for reasonably priced, good looking area rugs. Here are some of my top picks- not all are completely family friendly, but the price is right. I’ve also listed three that are over the price point, but I just couldn’t resist!
With cabinet pulls there is an opportunity to add a sensual, elevated experience to your daily life. I have always tended toward real materials, particularly my favorite combination of brass and leather. That being said, don't put a leather cabinet pull in any wet area or a place where your hands might get dirty (bath, kitchen, wet bar) as it would easily stain in and you won't be able to sanitize them. I think these pulls are perfect in a master closet, high-end retail spaces, a furniture piece or office environments.
Here are a few I am obsessing over lately. The Leather Recessed Pull by Made Measure is sleek and minimal- it has an understated elegance and adds the perfect tactile element. The other pull is the Kennaston Drawer Pull by Rejuvenation. I love the combination of metal and leather and the minimal, timeless design of the pull.
The sources are courtesy of my pal Evan Gist at ArtKraft in Denver:
The kitchen is the heart of most homes. It's where the groggy morning moments happen and the celebrations end. With the open-concept home being in fashion, the trick to a kitchen that ties a home together becomes how to keep it from becoming visually overwhelming. The sink or counter that never has a dirty dish laying on it- just a lofty goal when life, time and just not being able to do it all get in the way?
I think that good design plans for real life and takes those imperfections and creates an elegant solution. It gives us a break rather than adding to our ever growing to do list.
Our founding principal architect Caroline Wilding is on the Luxe Magazine Gold List, and she has the plate to prove it! If you haven't checked out Luxe Magazine lately their new format and layout is looking amazing. Check out the project that was designed by Caroline and featured last year, the Donner Residence, in the September 2015 issue.
We recently finished the renovation of a small master bath in the Hilltop neighborhood of Denver. The client's primary request was a deep soaking tub in the existing 8' x 8' bathroom. Although this master bath has a small footprint, we designed a lot of storage so it would function well and not look cluttered. To that end, the ArtKraft built custom medicine cabinet above the vanity goes all the way to the ceiling providing ample product storage. The medicine cabinet has outlets, shelves and hooks inside so their hair dryer, electric shaver/ tooth brush can be plugged in and stored away and don't clutter the counter. There is a narrow floor to ceiling cabinet across from the toilet with a built-in hamper and room for toilet tissue and other storage. The vanity has a combination of drawers and doors for even more storage. I love the earthly and timeless palette of this bath which incorporates natural limestone, walnut wood, satin nickel and linen.
Fittings: Fortis Scala in Satin Nickel Finish from Ferguson
Sink: Kohler from Ferguson
Cabinets: Custom grain matched walnut veneer with clear matte finish by ArtKraft.
If installing a routed finger pull isn't possible, my go-to is a metal tab pull (or edge pull). It has a minimal visual effect so it doesn't detract from the design of the cabinetry, it doesn't protrude as much as other pulls, and can be very cost effective. Almost every hardware manufacturer makes a version of these, from Ikea to Sun Valley Bronze, so there are a variety of price points and ranges of quality. I also like that you can find them in almost any finish.
This one is by Amerock and available on My Knobs, retails for only around $5 a pop!
I love the idea of adding some warmth through pull hardware. Brass accents have shown up everywhere these days, but I am obsessed with the satin copper finish that Schoolhouse Electric offers in the Midvale and T Pulls. I think any of the three offered finishes would be a timeless choice for a kitchen or bath.
Here is one more pull that I have been crushing over by 12th Ave Iron. You rout out a notch into the cabinet drawer/ door and install it into the void. I like that this pull is flush and offers a little peek-a-boo into the drawer- I think it would look great in the Bronze finish on a darker finish cabinet. It adds a masculine/ industrial element to any cabinet or furniture piece.
A big THANK YOU to Evan at ArtKraft for giving me the sources on these!!
I believe poetry lies in the details of our the environments we build for ourselves. Details like what you touch and how materials come together are the language of architecture. I think no detail is too small to consider, and seeing as there are millions of cabinet pulls to choose from I wanted to do a mini-series of posts on my favorites and the ones have have caught my eye lately.
My favorite pull for Construct clients is a routed finger pull where the pull is routed out of the drawer/doors themselves. I prefer this detail for a number of reasons- it has a clean/ minimal look, it doesn't add ornamentation to the cabinetry, and it won't detract from the finish of the cabinets. In a kitchen with many drawers and doors, ornamental pulls draw too much attention to themselves and the design results in an overly busy appearance. It's flush (doesn't stick out past the face of the cabinet) so there is nothing to scratch your hip or knee when cozying up to a cabinet or furniture piece. Finally, it creates strong horizontal lines that make the cabinets look very tailored.
Below are two examples of routed finger pulls. You can do them in a contrasting material as shown in the first image with the walnut wood pull/ white cabinet, or match the finish as in the second image for a more subtle look.