This AM I was browsing one of my favorite design blogs, Remodelista.com for some over-coffee inspiration, & I ran across one of my own kitchen designs! Thanks to Editor Christine Chang Hanway for including the Colorado modern kitchen on her post 10 White Kitchens. Have a lovely weekend, enjoy this gorgeous Spring Day! xoEB
There comes a time, every year, where this redheaded left handed southerner turns South and just wishes for a moment she could transport herself Home.
The idea of Home is so transfixing. It’s the Past, the Future, Smells, Memories, Songs, Feelings. Tonight I’m thinking of my grandparents, of spanish moss, of pulling crab traps we released off the dock the night before. I think of flowers, of yellow cake, of walking the suspended bridges over our marshlands. I miss them so much and can’t believe they’ve been gone for over half my life.
At the end of the day, I’m happiest wrapped in a blanket sitting on a porch somewhere. Depending on time of day, perhaps with an iced tea (half and half to you southern readers) or a vodka lemonade. I’m dedicating this post to my grandparents, front porches & the South. Good Night. xoEB
I was recently commissioned to design a media unit for a client in Williamsburg. The homeowners come from two schools of thought: One works in animation & is an avid record collector, the other is a minimalist who doesn’t like clutter. Let’s intrepret this: DVDs, toys, records must be properly stowed & easily accessed. They wanted something chic, contemporary & simple. NOTE: These are Iphone shots documenting the installation. Professional photos will be on elizabethbolognino.com soon.
The other requirement: a warm fireplace to endure hard NYC winters. I reached out to Hearth Cabinet, the only ventless fireplace company that is approved by both NYFD & Department of Buildings. Hearth Cabinet uses a gel based alcohol that only off-gases H20 & oxygen. Another huge plus is that Hearth Cabinet makes the firebox custom to any shape or size, right here in New York.
To achieve the experience of “cozying” up by the fire, I integrated a walnut bench into the system & custom built a 3-sided fireplace to sit on the 11′ plinth. The top is a liner cut Olympic Grey marble, furnished & fabricated by my buddies at Pro Design.
The drawers on the left are custom metal vented shelves for the av equipment. The remaining drawers were built for the client’s DVD collection. Below are progress shots sent by my millworker during the build process.
The right side cabinet is open for easy record access.
The left cabinet has an integrated thumb pull with adjustable linear shelving. Both cabinets are an equal/equal module built for records.
One of my favourite periods with respect to artistic movements, was that of the Cubist era. Artists such as George Braque and Picasso. Never having been one for a Landscape oil, or painting of the Mona Lisa, I loved the idea of Cubism which argued that painting in the two dimensional does not show you the whole aspect of the object, so bringing you verious angles to the front of the canvas...but that is enough of my very very rusty art history lesson....and I will hand over to show you the photography of…
It’s Sunday… spent a great day with my family but got caught looking at the grey sky wishing for warmer weather. Here’s to hoping with a few Pinterest selects. Have a great week!
I have been such a busy bee the first few months of 2013. Apologies for my radio silence… It’s great that business is good but I’ll try not to neglect my blog in the future. I’m blessed to have great clients with great taste. My job is pretty fun right now.
Wednesday evening I went to the Armory Show preview. The pieces below were some standouts; my art consultant friend mentioned the works below are generating quite a buzz…
The piece by James Hugonin is so intricate in it’s detail – could work as a singular statement piece or in a collection within a room.
I was really enchanted by Cecily Brown’s feminine pieces with soft but intentional color usage.
The mixture of corals/oranges and greys is such a great combo. Her work is so transitional as it can fit both traditional & contemporary interiors. Clients reading my blog, take note.
Yoon Lee. How do you begin to describe Yoon Lee’s work? First off, it’s BIG. And makes a major statement. Her paintings feel like a landscape, a daydream, a trainride at 100 mph. The piece will define a room, so I’d see in a dining room or in a living environment with very minimal furniture. Yoon’s art is your tassel & your doublewelt. There is no need for anything else.
I loved the simplicity of color/intricacy of craft in this Turkish piece. It’s perfect for transitional interiors, or anywhere where the viewer can really get close to the piece.
I love how colorful the piece above is. It’s quasi psychedelic – primary color blast would be a rockstar in a traditional setting… Perhaps a mantle in NYC will become its new home.
In other news, I am hosting a table at Dining By Design in March! My friends at DEDAR & Avenue Road are the generous donors to DIFFA, and Hermes / St. Louis are providing my tabletop. I’m THRILLED to curate such greats as Christophe Delcourt, John Pawson, Massimo Castagna, Anna Torfs with the lux-moderne fabrics of DEDAR.
Million Dollar Contractor Stephen Fanuka is graciously donating his time & labor into building my vignette. This year’s theme is “Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose”, so Steve & I decided to use remnants from his millshop to make my platform.
Happy Friday! I’ll send another update soon. xoEB
Here are a few selects from a recent project located in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea. The clients wanted a neutral, clean feeling with simple colors. With so much happening outside their full-height glass windows, there was a need to keep the place succinct with purposeful details. You may recognize the chairs from an earlier blog post :). I played on confluence of geometric line within the pieces we purchased… perhaps I was inspired by the crazy traffic patterns of Manhattan; There is always calm within chaos. Hope you enjoy!
We fell in love with this floral cowhide by The Rug Company.
I designed this custom lacquer banquette with a lux camel leather that will get better with age. Banquettes are great for families with young children.