MONOCHROMATIC

DESIGN CHAT:: CLASSIC CUSTOM KITCHEN

DESIGNING THE KITCHEN OF YOUR DREAMS…

Monochromatic spaces never cease to make my little designer heart skip a beat. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of color and pattern mixing, but there is something about a crisp white space that carries a calming feeling along with it! With layered elements of texture, metal mixing , and varied tones within pattern and finishes- a monochromatic space will forever stand the test of time with your ever evolving life!

We are excited to share a new custom kitchen we have in the design works for one of our new client’s future home. The lighting tells a beautiful story from the pendants layered over the icy gray quartz island, to the brass and crystal chandelier hoisted above the families dining table. These elements paired with the striking hand painted terracotta backsplash bringing pattern and play into an already gorgeous space. Anchoring all this beauty with soft white toned perimeter cabinetry and a gray washed island. The parquet flooring is the icing on the cake. Worried about being too trendy….. Fear not, this classic pattern will never go out of style!

Lisa Gilmore Design - Monochromatic Classic Kitchen

Lisa Gilmore Design - Monochromatic Classic Kitchen

Till next time!

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DESIGN CHAT:: WINTER WHITES

SOFT MONOCHROMATIC INTERIOR DESIGN

January, new beginnings, cooler temps and in some areas snow days. What is it about a fresh new snow that feels so good? (Unless you have to shovel it, of course)

All of these chilly days and thoughts of snow have us reminiscing our favorite monochromatic white spaces that we have designed over the years:

Classic interior by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Symmetry and balance at it’s finest. This classic interior will forever be one of our favorites.


Mid Century Modern interior by Lisa Gilmore Design

An oldie, but definitely a goodie. The way the shiny terrazzo floors, chrome details and white upholstery played with each other, makes the sunshine bounce heavenly through the space.


Lake house Interior Design by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Lake house Interior Design by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

While this space isn’t completely just white, we can’t help but adore this lake house interior with it’s crisp white design, lucite cocktail table and jolts of navy blue.


Traditional foyer by Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Classic tufting, mahogany, hand blocked wallpaper finished with a beautiful collection of botanical imagery. This monochromatic foyer is ever so pleasing.


Transitional monochromatic living room by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Those beams, that chandelier, the bright walls in contrast with the dark trim. There is so much we love about this space, the layout, the texture and all the monochromatic calmness.

Where ever your winter days may find you, we hope you are enjoying them in a beautiful space, hopefully with a cozy fire nearby.

With love & design-y dreams,

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DESIGN PROJECT | A CUSTOM CAPE DUTCH HOME

We just started working on a new custom residential home that is being built in sunny St. Petersburg, in the Snell Isle neighborhood. We absolutely love the start of a new project, meeting with clients, learning their styles, about their families, hobbies including everything that goes into a happy home. I joke often, but it really is a lot like dating - going back and forth, understanding likes and dislikes. Here is the vision we have created for this breezy upscale property.

A DREAMY FAMILY HOME INSPIRED BY CAPE DUTCH ARCHITECTURE

Vision board created by Lisa Gilmore Design for Custom Cape Dutch Style Home

 

BRITISH WEST INDIES MEETS DUTCH CAPE VIBE: POLISHED AND ELEGANT WITH MIXES OF NATURAL, APPROACHABLE AND DURABLE ELEMENTS.

 
  • Monochromatic tone all over incorporating the use of contrast to make it fresh and modern. 

  • Wow factors throughout: uses of interesting tile, lighting, architectural details, all shaking hands with supporting characters to create a beautiful and cohesive design.

  • High end resort feel: lush greenery, indoor & outdoor drapery, lovely & durable textiles and unique furnishings. Everyone comes to your house for a great time and they can leave their worries at the door, as if they were stepping into a Slim Aarons photograph  “I'm concentrated on photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”- Slim Aarons

  • Fashion influences: posh and tailored with an approachable feel, not trying too hard, luxury style that comes at an ease and makes heads turn. 

  • Modern art mixed in with modern and traditional furniture: a curated vibe, nothing will feel matchy, as if you picked up a side table on a trip to South Africa, a painting in France and a light fixture in New York. 

Rendering of Cape Dutch custom home by ClearPH

The home was designed and is being built by our friends at Peregrine Construction. We are so excited to break ground January 2019, follow along with the progress in our social media. #lisagilmore #capedutchmodern

DESIGN CHAT:: WELL DESIGNED KITCHEN NOOKS

THE BEST USES FOR KITCHEN NOOKS, FUNCTIONALITY & DESIGN

You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.
— Anthony Bourdain

In the world of interior design, lately one of the most coveted spaces are well designed kitchen nooks. People aren't really using formal dining rooms as much and they are flocking to their kitchen nook. 

There are many factors to this, it's close proximity to the kitchen; usually kind of centrally located creating a great space for family meals, homework sessions and to enjoy a cup of coffee.

However, one of the biggest factors that comes into conversation when talking about a kitchen nook usually falls somewhere in the line of durability and easy maintenance. 

Here are a few of our favorite kitchen nooks and different things we love about them.


LAKE HOUSE KITCHEN NOOK

When we were designing this space, a few things came into play that we couldn't ignore. The curved bay window with lower windows and a great view of the homeowner's lake. We decided to do a curved custom banquet that would extend past the windows onto the wing walls, for extra perch spots and also just adding some visual weight to the space. 

The fabric we chose, of course durable for family use and a great tufting on the top half of the banquet. The seat back height does hit a little bit higher than the window sill, so we made sure to wrap the back so it's pretty from the outside looking in!

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TRADITIONAL WATERFRONT KITCHEN NOOK

For this kitchen nook, we kept it rather simple. For obvious reasons, doing a banquet just simply wouldn't work, who would want to interrupt this view?! So we kept it to the basics and did a quick refresher with textiles. Our client wanted to keep her existing table, chairs and chandelier. So we updated the fabric on the back of the chairs and coordinated a simple roman shade. 

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ENERGETIC + BOLD KITCHEN NOOK

This kitchen nook just makes me happy. Point blank, happy. I honestly don't even know where to start on the elements here. I love the functionality of this nook. We custom designed this L shaped banquet to be cozy and the perfect family spot. Since the nook is right next to the back door (aka shoe clutter zone) our carpenter created a slide out drawer to house all the shoes in one spot. Genius! We topped the banquet with an incredibly durable velvet  and paired it with a rustic table and a super glam chandelier. 

However, my favorite part is all the colorful kids art we put on display. The pride beaming from our clients little boy's face is a level of cheer that I will never forget!

Lisa Gilmore Design / Native House Photography 

Lisa Gilmore Design / Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design / Native House Photography


CASUAL KITCHEN NOOK

We are super smitten with this kitchen nook completed by our friends over at Bee Studios alongside Becky Morrison, Lynn & Campbell. There is quite a bit of design goodness in this photo. First, I love the perfectly executed casual vibe, with just the right dose of modern touches. The cozy seat cushion on the bench makes for a great place to relax, eat and visit with family & friends. It looks to me that they had the same thing in mind and getting optimal storage for their client!

I don't know about you, but I can never get enough of the iconic tulip table, they integrated it perfectly with the design. 

Bee Studios / Becky Morrison, Lynn & Campbell / Native House Photography


As you can see, there really are no perfect rules for the kitchen nook, other than what works perfectly for YOUR kitchen nook. You can really have fun with this space, keeping it functional and beautiful. Don't be afraid to inquire about custom pieces to fit perfectly into this sometimes oddly shaped crevices of our home. It's usually an investment people do not regret spending. 

Here's to memories of family meals, delicious cups of coffee, homework victories and if your lucky the perfect rays of sunlight in your happy little kitchen nooks. 

With love & design-y dreams,

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