Home Remodeling: Adding a Pop of Color

Houzz brings us inside the transformation of a home improvement project. Home remodeling requires careful planning. A married couple from Boston is looking to update the kitchen in their Victorian home that they have lived in for more than a decade. Jodi Swartz and her team at Kitchen Visions was hired to reconfigure the kitchen layout, while preserving the architectural details. One of the first remodeling projects included replacing the brown kitchen cabinets with new ones. The cabinets were covered in a Benjamin Moore’s Application to lighten up the space.

The original layout included two staircases that merged into one. The staircase in the kitchen utilized too much space. In order to be creative, extra space was gained by eliminating the kitchen staircase and adding an additional row of lower cabinets to maximize storage. The extra wall of cabinetry included a built-in microwave, dishwasher, and main sink.  This new design makes the kitchen functional and aesthetically appealing.

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Appliances are now available with abundant color customizations. Small burst of colors can make a kitchen pop. Swartz was able to incorporate a bold red range and a new built-in red refrigerator. The creamy cabinetry helps increase the presence of the red refrigerator and range, making it a focal point of the remodel.  To brighten the kitchen interior and keep the kitchen feeling open, the design team covered the wall in a classic white subway tile. Some other design features of the kitchen renovation included black granite countertops, new cabinet hardware, and pendant lighting. The kitchen island was modernized and topped with marble-look quartz that features a prep sink.

Kitchen renovations improve the overall function, creates a beautiful remodeled space, and adds value to your home. Pick design elements that match your style and preference. If you need inspiration for your kitchen remodel and would like to see more details of this kitchen transformation,

Frank Lloyd Wright | Dreaming of Hollyhocks

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Summertime makes me dream of gardens filled with flowers; many moons ago, an architect/artist took his clients’ love of flowers to heart.

The Hollyhock House, designed by the incomparable Frank Lloyd Wright, is the first historic landmark located in Los Angeles that’s also a World Heritage site. The house sits on an expansive 36-acres in East Hollywood and overlooks a magnificent view of the art deco-styled Griffith Observatory and the iconic Hollywood sign. This beloved architectural masterpiece was built for Aline Barnsdall, originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1920s. The house is arranged around a central courtyard with dramatic temple style structures, reminiscent of the art of the Mayans.

The residence offers stunning views from a myriad of outdoor spaces including pergolas, porches, and rooftops terraces with scenic panoramic views. The hollyhock flower, a favorite of Barnsdall, is nestled around the perimeter of the building. Wright created a geometric abstract of the flower, and these motifs are seen in the concrete columns, pinnacles, and parapets. The abstract is also incorporated into the furnishings of the home.

The unique design features interesting details throughout the house which makes Hollyhock an architectural icon. According to Houzz, leaded glass is one of the many designs Wright used in the house. The leaded glass is a prominent design element that you will find throughout the Hollyhock home. Custom windows bring a distinct definition to the house and connects the modern indoors to the extensive outdoor living space. The glass stained windows and glass corners create a remarkable amount of natural light throughout the home. In 2015, the Hollyhock house went through a multi-million-dollar renovation and in 2019 the home was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List .