Making Lemonade Out of A Flooded Kitchen

I recently had a major flood in my kitchen.

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I loved my kitchen. 

Everything had to be pulled out of the room. The cabinetry was not salvagable. The floor and even the subfloor were destroyed. The threat of mold and the level of dust forced us to move out of our apartment.

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But there is a silver lining here: I get to design a new kitchen. 

Time to think about the space in a fresh way. I didn’t want to recreate what I had because I’m not the same person I was when I first designed the kitchen seventeen years ago. And being a designer, I have the need to make things as beautiful as I can and there are always new ways to do that.

Here is my plan.  I am changing all the surfaces to lighter colors.  I’m opening up the space by replacing all upper cabinets with two floating shelves. LED lighting is replacing halogen. I am moving from stainless steel countertops and backsplashes to glacier white corian tops and white marble back splashes that go to the ceiling. The half of my kitchen that was stainles will be brushed aluminum, which has a lighter, airier feel. The other half of the kitchen was an anegre veneer, which will be replaced by a chestnut veneer that is pickled to read warm, light grey in tone. The floating shelves will be of the same veneer.

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I think the new kitchen will feel uplifting to be in. I can’t wait to cook my first meal there.

Look out for updates and more photos in the coming weeks!

SK

 

Early Influences

The purpose of this blog is to share my thoughts on design. It is a platform for me to put forward my opinions and  experiences. I invite you to comment on what speaks to you and what doesn’t. The relationship between designer and client is  intimate. It is based on trust. It takes time for both parties to develop that trust. I think it is valuable to learn who the designer is that you are interested in. And it is always a leap of faith.

My aesthetic awareness began in my early childhood. I was very aware of the beauty of my environment. We lived in a  building where people were design sensitive. A well known architect, an art dealer, an artist and a high end lighting manufacturer were just some of the people who lived in this vintage coop in Hyde Park. I knew everyone’s apartment and still remember the nuances of each family’s style.

When I was 11 years old, my parents took me to London, Paris and Rome. That trip changed my life. I became aware of  visual differences--  the fact that different cultures have their own style. I loved the romance of Paris and Rome. I loved the formality of London. This  stimulating visual education affected me deeply.

I didn’t know it then, but I was profoundly influenced by French and Italian style.

After the trip, I  secretly wanted to live in Rome or Paris. Paris has always seduced me. The French have a way of being that is naturally beautiful. One can actually see French and Italian  influences in my work. For example, I love to use the Royère bucket chair in people’s bedrooms. It’s cozy, enveloping and captures a sense of that French romanticism. From Italy, I am always looking for the  opportunity to do something in the style of Giò Ponti. His designs are stylized,  sleek and finessed.

I find that revisiting my early influences in design can help to paint a more complete picture of my work today. Check back soon for new projects and more details about my design philosophy.

-SK  

My Philosophy

I invite you to explore a sampling of my work on this website.

Each project has its own unique feel. My goal is to reflect the individual client’s personality, style and needs, while integrating
my insights and design knowledge to create a beautifully distinctive environment.

My background in Fine Arts as well as extensive international travel have enriched my
visual vocabulary. The use of rich color and luxurious textures combined with an eclectic
attitude towards furnishing are elements that permeate my projects.

The rooms that I create have a “feel good” quality. As one client so simply put it: “Sherry always honors my sense of design and lifts it up to a beautiful new place.”
-SK