Our Monthly Favorites - January

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

Welcome to our new ‘Favorites’ section! We want to use these blog posts to highlight certain aspects of our process where we add complementary touches that enhance our vision. Our training as architects taught us to appreciate good design everywhere, so we like to incorporate some of these items as final details to our projects. We believe there is no clear separation between architecture and interior design, and our list of favorites is a natural continuation of that belief.

Our favorite items from the Back Bay kitchen

Each item is handpicked by us, and, just like our selection of

materials and finishes for the projects, they echo the story of integration between old traditions and modern living we are telling in a specific project. For our January selection, we want to highlight the kitchen renovation of our Back Bay Townhouse project.

The original kitchen featured a dark,1980s ‘back of house’ design, in a style that did not match the level of detail and character of the ‘front’ (the living room and dining room).

A 1980s vibe before renovating.

Our design strategy was to update the space in a way that would blur the line between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. The careful selection of finishes and patterns that were modern but have an ‘old world’ or ‘patina’ look helped to accomplish this. For the kitchen, we selected a herringbone tile pattern for the floor, light gray paint for the cabinets, a statement marble backsplash for the countertop and sink area, and a black range with brass knobs and pulls that we echoed with our choice of brass hardware.

As maintaining functionality is a key component of our work, the kitchen was also updated to reflect a contemporary understanding of the room as a visible and celebrated space in the home. The result is a beautiful but fully operational kitchen: the refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave are present but hidden behind the cabinetry, the gray cabinetry itself echoes the wall trim in other areas of the condo and gives the kitchen a serene aspect.

To create a layered look, we incorporated smaller items, modern ones alongside the vintage.

The ceramic bottles were chosen because they provided a pop of color, the wood boards had a rich texture, the marble shelf added interest to the clean backsplash area and the smaller vases, salt and pepper shakers and faucet echoed the brass elements in the hardware of the kitchen.

Here's the list of items:

  1. Handmade Earthenware Vintage Bottle - Similar on Etsy

  2. Kitchen Faucet - Brizo

  3. Salt and Pepper Shakers - West Elm

  4. Handmade Earthenware Vintage Bottle - Similar on Etsy

  5. Large Round Gilded Vase - Anthropologie

  6. Small Gilded Vase - Anthropologie

  7. Marble Wall Mounted Shelf - CB2

  8. Wooden Bread Boards - Similar on Etsy

We believe that smaller details like these can really enhance the architecture of a room and see them as an opportunity to enrich and introduce some playfulness to a project.