Design Board to Reality: Project Frazier Kitchen

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is just as excited as I am for the holidays… I already decorated my downtown apartment for Christmas and have been listening to carols non-stop since Thanksgiving was over… Bring on the cold weather!

Today, I thought you all would enjoy seeing the amazing progress at one of our recent projects in south Austin. You won’t believe how similar the design board is to how the kitchen at Project Frazier is actually turning out. There is obviously much more work to be done, appliances to be put in, etc., but it sure is coming together nicely!

Scroll down to see the ideas from the design board come to life in this young couples’ cute kitchen…

Design Board…

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Reality

Handmade Tiles…

My very favorite part about this kitchen is the backsplash comprised of navy and white handmade tiles. They are nothing like I have ever seen before… Each one is perfectly unique and when put together, the patterns made a almost traditional Spanish design. LOVE how this turned out.

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Mint & Brass Cabinetry… 

We decided a paint color called Mint Condition Sherwin Williams 6743 for the kitchen cabinetry. The cabinetry that we chose was by Kitch Cabinetry and Design and they did an amazing job, right?!

I love the brass details for the cabinet pulls… This pallet of colors is unique, soft, and very inviting. Once this is finished, theres no doubt in my mind that the couple will host many dinner parties in here!

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Fluted Farmhouse Sink…

How amazing does this fluted farmhouse sink go with everything… It fits in perfectly, I’d say. We bought this sink from White Haus Collection and all of our faucets were purchased from Pirch.

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Sneak Peak: Powder Room

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Here is a little sneak peak of the powder room floor tiles…

I love the bold contrast between the glazed white and black hexagon tiles and think it adds more of a retro feel to the home overall. These porcelain mosaic hexagon tiles by EliteTile were purchased from Wayfair.

That is all that has been done in that space, so far, but I will give you all more updates as this powder room progresses!

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We couldn’t have done any of this without our fave people at Quick Residential Solutions! Thanks so much guys for working hard to get this kitchen remodeled just as we dreamed and in a timely manner.

As you can see from the design board, there are still many components to be installed – such as the Kitchen Hood in White Brushed Brass by Big Chill, the Eternal Statuario countertops by Silestone, and the Stove in White Brushed Brass by Big Chill.

We are so pleased with how this south Austin kitchen remodel has come together so far and are even more excited for how it is going to look when it is completed! Stay tuned for more updates on Project Frazier…

Have a great first weekend of December!

xoxo,

Greta

5 Featured Architects: AIA Austin Homes Tour 2017

HEY! It’s time for some mid-week inspiration! So, this weekend I am so excited because I get to attend the 2017 AIA Austin Homes Tour and visit with all of the incredible architects who designed these beautiful and unique houses here in Austin. You, too, can be a guest at this year’s event and get exclusive access inside all of the astounding homes by purchasing a ticket here.

You may be wondering, what even is AIA? Well, AIA Austin stands for The Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and it has more than 1,000 architect and associate members and over 180 companies working in fields related to design, architecture, and construction in Austin. Their goal is to advance the value of architecture and thus, improve the community as a whole.

Something you should know about me — I started my love for architecture way before I ever thought about pursuing a career in interior design. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with watching homes be built from the ground up. I remember when my family was looking to move from our little cottage home in Dallas to one with more room, I became obsessed with touring houses for sale, and ended up finding our family’s forever home as an eight year old. Although I do not have the expertise or knowledge of all things architecture, I sure do have an appreciation for all the hard work and endless creating that architects put in to design one single home.

In order to get hyped for this weekend’s festivities, we chose five out of the thirteen talented architects from this year’s tour to feature in this post. I had to narrow them down for you all, but I encourage you to check out all of the remaining architects because their work is just as stunning. In addition to giving you a sneak peak at some of the projects that are part of the tour, we also asked a few of the architects a question about their latest designs — their responses were almost as encouraging and impressive as the homes themselves. Keep scrolling!

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1/ AlterStudio Architecture “Constant Springs Residence”

The home that is featured by AlterStudio in this years’ show is the Constant Springs Residence. I am absolutely amazed by the cedar ceilings that run throughout the home and continue outdoors. The coolest part about it is the cutout that allows a towering live oak tree to pass through. Floor to ceiling glass windows surround most of the home, exposing the interior spaces and giving it a very contemporary feel overall.

What was the biggest challenge for you when designing this home and how did you resolve it?

“The biggest challenge when designing this home was transforming the latent possibilities of the challenging site- comprised of amazing live oak trees- into something special. Our solution was to design an agile building that deftly engages the landscape, intertwining the life of the home with that of the oak trees to create a glass home that is nonetheless private in the midst of a relatively dense suburban condition.” – AlterStudio Architecture

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Constant Springs Residence

2/ FAB Architecture “Retama House”

Retama House, designed by FAB Architecture, is composed of four levels that utilize the exclusive characteristics of its site, which include living and sleeping areas that open up to balconies nestled in the dense, old oak trees that surround it. This classic-modern home also emphasizes a roof deck that sits on top of the highest branches to view all of downtown Austin. How fun would star gazing be on top of this home!

What was the biggest challenge for you when designing this home and how did you resolve it?

“By far the most challenging aspect in designing this home was balancing the city’s requirements with our client’s needs and desires. In the end, we accomplished this with skill and grace, after much hard work and rumination.” – FAB Architecture

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Retama House

3/ Tim Brown Architecture“Timberline Pass”

The single-family home represented by Tim Brown this year is named Timberline Pass. The architecture of this home uses classic structure and scale while incorporating contemporary fundamentals, as well. My personal favorite aspect of this house is that the central living space can be opened up to the pool patio by the stacking sliding doors. This element allows the main house to be connected to the beautiful outdoors during pool parties with family and friends.

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Timberline Pass

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4/ Matt Fajkus Architecture“Main Stay House”

Main Stay House, a minimalist, contemporary home, allows the inside and the outside to feel as one. The structure of this house entirely opens up the metropolitan living space to the backyard and pool area. This architect’s work is a perfect example of how a home can reflect a family’s flexible lifestyle.

What was the biggest challenge for you when designing this home and how did you resolve it?

“The design is intended for clients looking for a new home to raise a young family of four in an Austin neighborhood that is perhaps most “uniquely Austin.” The challenges were both cultural and site-specific. The residence needed to best represent the spirit of the neighborhood – artsy and eccentric, helped partly by its varied history and rapid evolution paced with the city’s growth, resulting in highly diverse architectural styles. The site itself is regulated by the City’s McMansion Ordinance with strict restrictions on zoning, controlling building envelope size and form, buildable area, setback, impervious cover, and so on. The large existing trees have already occupied the front portion of the property and a quarter of the area within the setback. Limited by square footage, the clients’ requirements included 5 bedrooms and a pool under budget constraints and a desire for a streamlined aesthetic. The proposal is simple and straightforward – an architectural experiment with clean forms, relatable materiality, and a flexible urban infill living space that blurs the lines between inside and outside, for both humans and nature.” – Matt Fajkus Architecture

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Main Stay House

5/ Stuart Sampley Architecture“Lakemoore Residence”

This one-story, dark grey modern farmhouse home by Stuart Sampley caught my eye because it is almost exactly how I picture my dream home. The traditional gable roof and six heritage live oak trees make this house feel like a cozy home nestled in the trees. Inside, the open living room connects to the dining room and kitchen, and proceeds out the back to the flat roof pool house and swimming pool.

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Well guys, I could go on and on forever about these unbelievable homes and the architects who constructed them. To say the least, every architect that is going to be featured in this year’s annual AIA Austin Homes Tour is well deserving of the honor. I encourage all of you to buy tickets for this exclusive experience–it will be worth your weekend! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Greta