House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2008

Yesterday morning, House Beautiful revealed it’s 2008 Kitchen of the Year on The Today Show. The kitchen was designed by the magazine in collaboration with kitchen designer extraordinaire, Christopher Peacock and is currently on display in Rockefeller Center. It is large, very functional, and has a very strong Hamptons vibe going on.
Wooden ceiling beams and an abundance of natural light contribute to the Hamptons feeling of the kitchen. Peacock chose a combination of white painted cabinets and stained wooden cabinets with vintage-style hardware to add character to the space.

The counters are made of Caesarstone, a quartz surface which stands up to virtually anything.

The dark wood floors are a source of visual impact.

Although the Delta Touch2O faucets used in the kitchen are not the most attractive option, they have a very cool feature. You can turn the faucet on or off by simply tapping it. So, when your hands are dirty from handling food, you don’t have to worry about spreading bacteria onto the faucet.

These polished nickel industrial pendants are very similar to Circa Lighting’s Houston pendants.

Another view of the kitchen

Look for more details in the September issue of House Beautiful. In the meantime, find out more about the kitchen in this video of the big reveal on the Today Show.

Images via House Beautiful.

Harmonious Living in Houston

The August issue of House Beautiful features the largest spread it has ever done on a home and it happens to belong to Andy Singer, the founder of Visual Comfort Lighting and his wife, Gayle. Those of you who a regular readers of La Dolce Vita know that my husband has the pleasure of working for Visual Comfort. The funny thing is, Andy’s house is being published in a few magazines and he is notoriously modest and doesn’t like being the center of attention.

The house, which was completed within the last year is situated in one of Houston’s most beautiful areas. The interior was designed by J.Randall Powers, whose own home was featured in Elle Decor last year. J.Randall drew inspiration from the city of Rome and modeled the home after a neoclassical villa. His aim was to create a space which was beautiful, edited, and most importantly, comfortable. He and the Singers felt it was extremely important for their home to feel comfortable and livable, a refuge from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. The house is dressed in a soothing and serene palette and feels homey, but very grow-up all at once.

Visitors are greeted by a beautiful set of custom doors, a massive Visual Comfort Zodiac pendant, creamy marble floors, and Italian antiques.
The large living room is part of a two-page spread. Powers makes its massive size work by creating two smaller sitting areas. The floor is covered in grass matting in this room, while two wooden Italian busts stand guard over the space.
A second shot of the living room (notice the beautiful door knobs)

The family style kitchen melds together old and new. The Visual Comfort Country Industrial Pendants are modeled after a vintage style, while the room is filled with antique copper cookware and vintage ironware.
The sunny breakfast room feature exposed brick walls, a beamed ceiling, an antique walnut table accompanied by a banquette and upholstered chairs.

A vignette of several other rooms in the house

The guest bedroom features several engravings of Roman architectural fragments and a bed upholstered in paisley fabric. The Pimlico bedside lamps are also by Visual Comfort.

The limestone floors, alabaster urns, and carrara marble counter tops in the master bath are meant to reference the materials used in ancient Rome. A vintage starburst mirror hangs in front of a circular window.

The master bedroom also features engravings of Roman ruins, a theme which persists throughout the house. Both the bedding and the bed itself are dressed in fine stripes. J.Randall opted for a leather settee at the foot of the bed because he felt an upholstered bench would “look too staged”.

The interview with J.Randall Powers

All Visual Comfort products are available through their sister company, Circa Lighting.

Images from the August 2008 issue of House Beautiful