Thank you to Amy and Gene Howard for hosting a wonderful Patina Style book event at their shop in Memphis. Steve and I loved meeting all of Amy and Gene's friends and clients as well as all of you Velvet and Linen readers! We were thrilled to stay at the Howard's gorgeous home, beautifully decorated for Christmas...
and tour their inspiring studio!
The templates used to create Amy Howard's furniture pieces are works of art.
The craftsmen that work at Amy Howard are true artisans.
A reflection of Gene Howard in one of the gorgeous gilt mirrors created at the Amy Howard studio. Can you believe that mirror is new?
We flew home on Saturday, with the rest of the weekend to recover from all of the fun we had in Memphis...
and to celebrate Charlie's acceptance to the Gallatin School and New York University! Yay Charlie!!!
On Monday, it was back to work.
A couple of weeks ago, I did a post about a Modern Mediterranean house that Steve designed. I explained that many of our clients are requesting different traditional house styles that incorporate modern elements to their design. This post is about an East Coast Style house with a modern twist...
Here is one Steve's first sketches, working out the multiple levels in the backyard and the porches off the back of the family room.
As the design developed, Steve refined the elevations and introduced the round window into the master bath and the sliding pocket doors on the back of the family room in the lower left of the top image. The lower image is the front of the house.The garage on the left will be covered in a stone veneer in later versions, but the first idea of a house that has been added onto over time will remain.
This image shows the round window in the master bath.
The inside of the master bath will look like this... The Interior designer, Adam Hunter, and the owners have pushed the inside design more modern and glamorous. Some walls are paneled and some have a stone mosaic.
The round window will remind you of this image from the Cliffwood house...
Steve creates these sample walls for his projects whenever he can. They help busy clients by allowing them to see all of the details of the house on a small mock up. All of the refinements are worked out here early in the process rather than on the house later on when changes are more expensive or impossible.
and the outside trim. You can see where Adam Hunter is trying out some colors on the exterior siding.
A few months ago it looked like this..
Here is the view towards the main stairway. It has a loft feeling. The wall near the stairs will be painted paneling.
Here is another view of the stairs, looking up towards the landing,with the opening to the basement below.
Next to the kitchen is the octagonal breakfast room. Adam has some cool ideas for furniture in here (stay tuned!)..
Here you can see the breakfast room from the outside.. The porch will have motorized roll down screens for a real indoor/outdoor ( bug free) experience ...
Down in the basement, a wine cellar and game room will open to a home theatre.
You will be able to slide open a wall in the back of the theatre and watch movies from the game room. The rear projection system will make it easy to see the screen even with the lights on...
Adam has some exciting ideas for materials, and we will see more images soon of furniture selections. It's much more modern than you would expect. It will give the house a very fresh feel... Its great to work with new designers. There is always a new take on things....Check out the aluminum subway tile on the right.. It looks even better in real life..
That's it for now. We are looking forward to sharing this project with you as it progresses.
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