Recently, we identified the kitchen booth as a trend to watch. Defined as an L- or U-shaped banquette or two facing benches (think 1950s diner), the new kitchen booth is on the rise. Here are our current favorites.
Danish-American couple Catherine and Toke Nygaard moved from California to a Victorian townhouse in East London. Their remodel, by Mike Tuck Studio, includes the ultimate Scandi-meets-Brit kitchen made up of Plain English cabinetry, Dinesen flooring, modern British craft furniture, and an unexpected color palette (pink and green). The look as a whole works so well, it’s infectious: All of us at Remodelista are taking note. Here’s a list of the kitchen’s key elements, right down to every light fixture (there are many) and accessory.
Leave it to design stars Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co. to infuse an undistinguished 2004 builder’s special (see Remade in Maine: Jersey Ice Cream Co. Upgrades a Recently Built House) with rustic charm. The reimagined kitchen has tinted plaster walls, a now-signature Jersey Ice Cream Co. feature, Shaker-style cabinets, a luxury chateau-style range, and luminescent white tile. Here are the elements for re-creating the look.
We’ve long admired the work of New Zealand interior designer Katie Lockhart whose distinctive style crosses the boundaries between midcentury and contemporary while pulling from European, New Zealand, and Southeast Asian design. Lockhart recently completed the renovation of a traditional New Zealand villa in Ponsonby, Auckland, working with Jack McKinney Architects. The clients both work in creative fields, and took inspiration from a recent trip to Sri Lanka, where they encountered the work of architect Geoffrey Bawa.
Working with a relatively small site constrained by houses on all sides, McKinney was limited by the heritage rules surrounding the original dwelling, a timber construction with hipped metal roof typical of early New Zealand homes. Unable to change the exterior or the roofline of the original home, McKinney suggested an architectural expansion and the renovation to only the non-original parts of the house. McKinney and Lockhart agreed upon an identity for the architecture and interiors, preserving. the integrity of the original villa, located at the front, while developing a new vocabulary for the new spaces facing the garden in the back. “The result is very far from a typical Auckland villa alteration, but feels natural and calm, not strident and forced,” says McKinney.
Lockhart set out to enhance the sculptural nature of the space and support this vision, integrating an indoor garden, a palette inspired by Italian terracotta tiles and tinted trowel-polished plaster walls, and one-off design objects sourced from vintage dealers and her own travels.
Here’s a walk through the space.
Photography by David Straight courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio.
The only thing better than a closet of neatly-arranged shoes, is a hidden storage cabinet for shoes alone. It’s our favorite way of stealthily corralling shoes by the front door. Here are our 10 picks for shoe storage cabinets.