Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lyndsay Caleo and Fitzhugh Karol's Brooklyn Interiors

Every once in a while I come across a house or a project that takes my breath away. I get very... o so d  about it.  Today, on the Nate Berkus show, this Brooklyn Home was featured. What talent... Lyndsay and Fitzhugh Karol both graduated from Rhode Island School of design and tackled their 1st joint project together...their own home.  These images came from re-nest and the photographs were taken by Liz Vidyarthi.  I'm sure we'll see much more of this incredibly talented couple....Maybe a show on Bravo? How amazing...Check out the article....
Starting with white as their canvas, Lyndsay and Fitzhugh gave reclaimed materials new life – creating a couch out of recycled ceiling beams, the fireplace sculpture from wood scraps – and mixed them effortlessly with more contemporary pieces. An Ikea sideboard sits next to an Indian daybed, and a 1920s cast iron kitchen sink lives in a custom stone countertop. “The old materials,” Fitzhugh says, “help the new ones make sense.”

Creating their home, as they tell it, was a treasure hunt, gleaning treasures from eBay, flea markets, and farms across the Northeast. When I visited, Fitzhugh had just driven down 12,000 pounds of fallen trees from an upstate golf course, all destined for a second life as furniture.

They laugh now looking back at their home’s renovation (“we had no idea what we were doing!”), but they’ve fallen in love with the process. In addition to their independent projects, both design layouts for the Brooklyn Home Company, started by Lyndsay’s brother.

Our style: It’s all about creating a departure. We both grew up in the country and we designed the house to be an escape from the city. We designed the layout based on our needs, how we lived and what we had. Our design philosophy involves playing with the balance between new and old. We mix architectural elements that were created 100 years ago with furniture we make, natural elements and modern designs.

Inspiration: We love classically Scandinavian simplicity – particularly old summer cottages. Materials are a huge inspiration. Whether it be an old salvaged chunk of wood or a stack of white linens, materials are often what drive the vision for a space and sometimes stumbling across an object will send us in a new direction on a particular project. We also use light a lot of as a medium and we always try to move light into all corners of a project using the layouts, glass panels and whites.

Favorite Element: The 1920’s American Standard cast iron kitchen sink. Lyndsay found it on eBay and then we had to spend a day going to get it. Of all the sinks you can buy today there is still nothing better than this old sink. We also love the barn door that leads to the bathroom. It used to be the door to the sheep barn on the farm where Fitzhugh grew up in New Hampshire.

Biggest Challenge: The most difficult part of this house project was that, at the time, it was the biggest construction project we’d ever been involved with. There was no way for us to have known what we had taken on – or what it would lead to – and becoming comfortable with the process was a learning experience. There were many physical issues we encountered with the house – too many to count. Our persistence in making all the details just right was what ended up winning out in the end. That continues to be one of the keys to success in architectural design. In the end, problems that arise become opportunities to do something different or better.

What Friends Say: Perhaps a secondary goal with the house was creating a gathering space. This is a house for friends and family to gather. We cook and entertain a lot. I guess they must like the place because they keep coming back.

Proudest DIY: Our dining room table that we built together was a great project. Finding the kitchen sink in Massachusetts was exciting. But maybe building the garden… When we “moved in” the house was not actually near being finished. We diverted our attention to the garden for a while. We used the old bricks from the back of the house to build a retaining wall and planting beds and used bluestone window sills from the back of the house to top them off. The two of us transported 25,000 pounds of soil, stone and mulch one bag at a time through the house to the garden. It was a labor of love.

Biggest Indulgence: Linens.

Best Advice: Take risks. Trust your emotions. Don’t be afraid of doing something that seems bigger than you’re used to. Doing a project like this forces you to overcome challenges – know what you want and go with the flow.

Dream Source: The barn.

Green Elements/Initiatives: Lots of reclaimed wood and stone: all the furniture we made and as much of the building materials was possible. Salvaged lighting [in the kitchen the lighting was from an Indian ship]. Salvaged Appliances [American

Ikea lights, Circa lighting picture lights in the bathroom. Jonathan Adler lamps. Shades of light for the smaller “cage” lights.

Rugs and Carpets: A few hardwearing rugs in the downstairs hallway from the Scandinavian Design Center. Crate and Barrel Sisal rugs.

Tiles and Stone: We used Ann Sacks limestone in the master bath. Subway tile in the shower. Downstairs we used white Carrara marble in the bathroom. Our counterops are Pietra Cardosa, a soft gray stone that wears wonderfully.

Window Treatments: We made the curtains in the bedroom and used Restoration Hardware curtain rods.

Beds: Fitzhugh made the bed upstairs from a Beech tree that fell in upstate New York, Finger Lakes region where Lyndsay is from. Lyndsay designed the loft bed above the kitchen [which was the original guest room, but when you live in New York it was quickly discovered you have folks staying over all the time] so Lyndsay designed the “Captains Quarters” bedroom downstairs which Fitzhugh built and installed, and the downstairs couch is made up of two mattresses for “spillover” guests.

Artwork: The artwork in the bedroom is by Elliotte Puckette and Grace Slick. The “underpants” print in the bathroom is by Hugo Guiness. There are a number of works from friends, family and teachers. Fitzhugh made the white sculpture above the fireplace. We make frames for maps and objects that we find as well.

Paint: We used a lot of Benjamin Moore Super White. On the floors we used a Benjamin Moore floor paint – lots of coats.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bathroom envy

While working on a client's bathroom I came across these images that make me want to do my bathrooms over....
image 1: not sure where I came up with this but just LOVE IT.
2.elle decor
3.elle decor
4.albertsson-hansen architects
5.albertsson-hansen architects
6.elle decor
7.elle decor
8.elle decor
9. hgtv website
10. kelly mcguill
11.kelly mcguill

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Add texture

It’s a good thing…Such a small, simple element that can make a big impact.

Adding texture to any space is so effective, it can be done in small gestures or really large ones. I do this in my own home, in my client’s homes and when working on a photo shoot. A jute rug or runner, a basket, stool or throw can be just what a room calls out for. After installing natural roman shades at a client’s home, we saw how such a simple addition can make a room feel more balanced and interesting. I love Pottery barns new linen lamp shades, for little money they add such a nice contrast. The heathered jute rug from Pottery is an all time favorite of mine. With boys and dogs it defies logic and manages to look pretty darn good, even after years of abuse. Give it a try…just add texture

image 1.  ikea
image 2. merida rugs
image 3. merida rugs
image 4. merida rugs
image 5. Brooke Giannetti of Velvet and linen and Gianetti Homes
6. brooke giannetti of giannetti homes
7.  kelly mcguill home interior design
8. kelly mcguillhome interior design