July 26, 2012

Rebirth of an Arts & Crafts Style Kitchen

As a result of its importance and complexity, kitchen design is one of my favorite parts of the total home design.  I work with the client to personalize the space plan with regards to how they cook and entertain, as well as, I delve into the kind of cooking they do and the steps they follow. Each client has their own desires and lifestyles and the kitchen needs to be designed to accommodate those desires and lifestyles. Some clients have a casual lifestyle while others may have a more formal lifestyle.

Laura Litton, ASID (a designer with Jane Page Design Group) and I had the opportunity to work with the homeowner of a 1930's Arts & Crafts Style Bungalow.  The home owner's wanted to renovate their kitchen/family area, while maintaining the Art's & Crafts design details and colors.

Before sink wall
As you can see, the sink wall centered with a new stained glass arched window.  The new base cabinets are designed with many full-extension drawers and are topped with a honed green slate slab.  The new island is larger than the original and has concealed storage on both sides as well as a second sink.

Before stove wall

Looking toward the new range wall you get a glimpse of the butler's pantry and dining room.  By installing a 48" range (a cook top with ovens below) the client has a larger cooking surface than the original cook top which was 32" and the wall space originally used for wall ovens is free for the free-standing refrigerator placed in a built-in cabinet.

Space for the butler's pantry along with the food pantry was carved out of the original kitchen-- simply a matter of recognizing inefficient space to make it more efficient and bumping the range wall 15" into a 5'  wide hallway.

The Shaker style cabinet door design is reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts style of the early 1900's. The patterning and colors of the backsplash along with the honed slate countertops are also seen in the kitchen and reinforced the home's architecture.

Interior Design: Jane Page Crump, ASID and Laura Litton, ASID of
Jane Page Design Group

Contractor: Cameron Kreager, Cameron Builders http://www.cameronpools.com/

July 6, 2012

A Movie Night - IN

Fourth of July weekend is one of the largest box office weekends for movie-goers. One way to beat the crowds is to enjoy a flick or two in the comfort of your own home theater room.

Jane Page Design Group is one of Houston’s leading award-winning theater designers. We work with the finest media companies and contractors to make sure that our client’s dreams are brought to life. From the classic to the themed and whimsical... they are all unique in their own way.

Art deco elements were designed and incorporated throughout, creating a fun and vibrant space.

Ancient Egypt and their kings are the inspiration for this Egyptian Themed Theater.  From the colors selected to the hieroglyphics and symbols used on the wall murals and in the carpet design.  The exquisite custom home theater is a room King Tut and Queen Nefertiti would approve of and the client loves! Faux Artist: Jonie Fife and Steve Crowder with Transformations: jonifife@aol.com

A fantasy castle was design in the upstairs home theater, complete with faux stone walls, a starry fiber-optics ceiling and incredible hand-carved wooden male and female dragons flanking the 100-inch screen. Faux Finish: Imago Dei http://imagodeigallery.com/
The entry to the "Castle" and theater  |   A close-up of the custom designed and hand carved dragon
Classic theater complete with a ticket taker waiting in the hall.

With a mere step into this royal home theater, one gets the sense that you are about to experience something special. Rich tones of purple, gold, velvet, & crystals greet the eyes. The ceiling rises to a starry night sky. Intricate wall and carpet motifs that echo the homeowner’s namesake beckon you to further explore the room’s details. With a press of a button the lights lower, the drapes part, and you eagerly settle in for the coming attraction. Faux Finish by Anything but Plain:  http://www.anythingbutplain.com/

Gothic shapes and classic colors are expressed through the red velvet, gold leaf on trim work, gold damask wall treatment, fluted pilasters, iron quatrefoils, carved lion heads, and repeated arches adorning all the walls and screen.
While incorporating Disney characters, the client stressed the importance of sophistication for the space. The client has teenagers and did not want the theater to look childish, but still wanted to incorporate Disney characters. Kevin Davis, Kevin Davis Wall Artisans: http://kdwa.net/
The equestrian influence appears in the hand-carved and painted wooden bridles and bits, back dropped with the natural stained tongue and groove wall panels. Directly above the customized carvings and the paneling, the pop-up ceiling is rimmed with majestic horse busts. The designer also incorporated equestrian motifs in the custom carpet.

All theaters designed by Jane Page Design Group