Designing My Year–2011

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Calcutta Gold Sofa courtesy of Stone Master Craftsman
Ilia De Ploti of New York Stone

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 2011 was a fantastic year in kitchens in many ways, I had the opportunity to design by some of the most fun creative materials from Brooks Verdicrete to Ceasarstone Concetto, from Stainless Steel Irpinia cabinets in an dirty brick Chelsea loft  to a serene sophisticated uptown penthouse Rutt Kitchen, with clients who really cared about the aesthetic result, and with a fellow staff that is fun to be with, professional, clean and responsive. My clients affirm this to me daily in emails, phone calls, and referrals.

When a name comes in to do their dream kitchen and they have the checkbook to back it up, you know  the raw potential to be fantastic, after all in New York City we are fortunate to be dazzled by the newest, best, latest and the greatest, presented in such a way we want to have it all. For a excellent designer this has the potential to be a playground of epic proportions. This was my year for such fun and excellent hard work. I found myself bouncing between Park Avenue in the 80’s, Manhattan’s Gold Coast, and Brownstone renovations in Cobble Hill and the Promenade areas in Brooklyn, where my own parents started their life collectively 50 being ago this year.

With so much going on around us each day of the bustling year,  it feels excellent to look back at times and take notice of things and people that made us smile or jobs that gave us satisfaction or others who shared their gorgeous work to inspire us. It may have been a needed laugh, a sundown captured,  a job well done, a hug, or simply thoughts of the kids at home growing smarter and more independant each day but still not too grown up to goof around, but all in all 2011 was a year of personal and professional growth and “taking New York”.

The job I do wouldn’t be possible without so many people who make my days bright and help me get my  designs off paper and into the home. Here is a glimpse of 2011 at MCK+B and at home.
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Cheers to Meryl Dourmashkin, the finest, brightest most organized and thorough project manager
I have ever worked with, who can converse volumes in a two
word email, she gets it done!

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Eamon, Malachy, and Giovanny who run the cleanest

 jobsites I have ever seen for
MCK+B where we call this “under construction”

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Kitchen Designed for West 20th Street, NYC project run by
Marthe Rowen AIA of Virginia. Celophane still
on the steel cabinets nearly ready to unveil. Installation

By Manhattan Center for Kitchen + Bath.

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Steve Naphtali of Kitchen Expressions and fellow MCK+B
designer Hany Gerges Steve talks me through it and Hany is
never to busy to answer a question or weigh in an opinion.

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The girls in my life who constantly amaze me,
growing by leaps and bounds more gorgeous every day.
Thanks for keeping me young at heart xoxo.

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This stunning small bathroom will be the initially page in my book
“101 Uses for Semi-Precious Stone”

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2011 Saw the opening of the World Trade Center Memorial and the
Frankness Tower climbs to a height where it is dominating skyline of lower Manhattan.
Photo by Laura Candler

Kendall DeLisa and Clare Hernon taking in “Occupy Wall Street”
with Laura Candler on a warm November day.

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With Sky Views of all of lower Manhattan and
Brooklyn from the 30th floor, this kitchen
and client will be a lasting  favorite.

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Eric Williams, the man who photo-chronicles every family

outing I can’t make it to, it’s as close to being there
as a working mom could get. Thank you!

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People watching in NYC, never dull, is it part panda,
 not really but it was nearly 100 degrees with not a breath of air,
and they were huge and wooley.

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A silent simple view of a kitchen that is a perfect fit in every way, can you find the laundry room?
You are looking aptly at it.

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And the sun goes down on another year, I am looking forward to the fun and excitement of 2012.
 Photo by Eric Williams

Special thanks to Andie Day, Fran Asaro, Allan Linder, Sol Kassorla, Leah Primamore Pavlovich, Ahuva Ginden, Jamie Goldberg, Eric and our girls, Laura Fancy Pants Candler, Paul and Lena, Paula Cecere, General Electric, Monogram, NJ Transit, Trader Joe’s, Blogger19 and my mom.



Living in your Kitchen — design trends– Aston Smith

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