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Andrea May Hunter Gatherer was recently recognized with a ”Best in Design” by RoomReveal. Reveal Award winners are chosen by design enthusiasts and homeowners, reviewing work from the best designers across the US and around the world.
“There are so many exceptional design professionals on RoomReveal that the decision was really close,” says RoomReveal founder, William Moynihan. “We were really able to leverage the design fans and homeowners that frequent RoomReveal to choose the winners for this season’s Reveal Awards through the feedback they contributed across hundreds of nominated portfolios.
This season’s top design professionals each receive a limited edition RoomReveal magazine cover celebrating their “Best In Design” achievement. The handful of winners can also display an exclusive “Best In Design” award badge on their Website and RoomReveal profile.
Then, as if the RoomReveal award wasn’t enough big news for one week: Our Andrea May Hunter Gatherer RoomReveal cover appeared on June 12 and June 14 in Times Square, New York City.
A very big thank you to RoomReveal and to all the RoomReveal design enthusiasts who recognized the work we do!
I’m thrilled to tell you that my great friends at the Urban Electric Company in Charleston are celebrating a special milestone: A decade of American craftsmanship.
I placed my first order with UECo nine years ago and instantly fell in love with both their handcrafted lighting and their incredible service. This is a company in a class by itself, as you’ll see in this celebratory anniversary video.
Thank you, UECo, for including me in your celebration. Happy, happy birthday and many more!
A fantastic article, 17 Things Color Consultants Want You to Know, by lead Houzz contributor, Becky Harris, came out on houzz.com this week. It is very thorough and really explains working with a color consultant–the process, rough costs and the benefits. I’m thrilled to be included in Becky’s article because I truly love learning about color and sharing my expertise. As Becky aptly points out, color consultants love what they do!
Andrea May Hunter Gatherer has been recognized as one of the 2013 Best of Houzz for both Design and Customer Satisfaction. Our portfolio contains some of the most popular images from 2012 among Houzz’s 11 million monthly users. You can see our award-winning work in this “Best of” ideabook. A big thank you to the Houzz community for this honor. Thrilled!
For someone who blogs on the subject of Slow Luxe Living, the pace around here has been anything but slow. So…..my sincere apologies for the blog hiatus. I assure you I was not snoozing, although that certainly sounds appealing. I’ve been operating at warp speed the past few months.
One of the things I have been doing is working on the La Jolla view project I mentioned about a month ago. Last I posted on this project, we were in schematic design phase. Well, now we are getting close to submitting plans. One of the must-haves on this project was room for lots and lots of books.
I love that!
Books add warmth to a home–and I don’t think you can say that about any electronic reader, can you? Here’s how I see it: Books tell you a story and then they tell your story.
If you’ll allow me a brief rant, I’m just not crazy about the current trends to turn all your books spine side in on the shelf, to color coordinate books or to buy vintage books simply to merchandise a shelf. I’m simply not a fan of any design trend that feels like it’s trying too hard. To me, books aren’t props or accessories. But, I won’t belabor this point…..
What’s your take on this?
Anyway, it’s always a privilege when I have the chance to work with clients who value books. And, in this case, we were inspired and challenged to create some very unique spaces for books.
One of these spaces is a “glass box” library that will sit off a main hallway–a bit like that wonderful library in the first image.
Another book-filled space will be the dining room. Finding a spot for this was a challenge because of the traffic pattern and the amazing ocean views. We came up with something like the floating bookshelves in the bottom image by McAlpine Booth Ferrier. We’ll have one of these between the kitchen and dining room, with room for an existing furniture piece on the kitchen side and bookshelves on the dining side.
So tell me, have you carved out any novel spots for books in your home? And have you read any good books this summer? Do share!
All images via Pinterest
I just spent a week unplugged. Not wireless, but totally unplugged. Off the grid. As in no iPad, iPhone, MacBook, iPod or other devices.
First, my husband and I spent a few days in Texas with my parents and my 99 year-old Grandma Lola. Fortunately, there was not enough time for a Scrabble game because she still beats me every time. It must be all that practice doing the New York Times crossword puzzle….
After that, we headed to my parents’ cabin in Ruidoso, in the mountains of southern New Mexico. We loved being in the cabin and in the pine forest, hanging out on the porch with my folks and starting the day together with a long hike.
The deer and elk, by the way, live on the river facing their cabin and they come right up to the house every morning.
As always, I was inspired by my mother’s design sense. While my parents’ home in Texas is edited and sophisticated and the cabin in Ruidoso is full of unusual collections and it’s a bit intentionally rough around the edges, both homes have a distinctive narrative. They tell the stories of their city life and their country life, their family and friends and they tell the stories of artisans and craftsmen who have contributed to them.
The cabin is full of art done by local artists (friends of my parents), books, family photos, quirky collections like my mother’s paint-by-numbers, embroidered testers, Western bronzes, bears in trees and the menus she collected when we lived in Paris. In anyone else’s hands, it would be a horrifying hodge podge, but Phyllis May’s curatorial eye organizes all this into something so wonderful you don’t ever want to leave.
Moving on, we spent the last few days of our vacation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with my brother and sister-in-law and our cute, cute nieces, Tessa and Samantha. Hiking through the mountains in the morning is awe-inspiring. It reminded me of something I was told years ago and try to remember:
All of your design problems are solved in nature.
What do you think of that? Is Mother Nature ever “off”? How are you inspired by nature in your own design?
Happy to be back and feeling quite energized by my technology break! Have a great week…..
As I was agonizing over which Slow Luxe Design company to feature this week–this one or that one or perhaps the other one–a miraculous thing, indeed, occurred. The decision appeared via email.
The table is handcrafted with a centuries-old technique where water-saturated leather is stretched over a maple frame and molded into shape. And it’s made in New York City. So sweet, sleek, chic and altogether irresistible.
Who is this KGB, you ask? Well, I would tell you but I might have to kill you. Okay, not really…. KGB Limited is Khouri Guzman Bunce Limited, founded by architects David Khouri and Roberto Guzman and interior designer/sculptor, Christiaan Bunce. Together, they create a line of handcrafted American furniture which can be seen at their stunning showroom in Chelsea’s Gallery District.
The line is, as they put it, “unapologetically modern but executed in materials and utilizing methods associated with older levels of craftsmanship.”
KGB works in some of my favorite materials, including fumed white oak, silicon bronze, Statuario and Nero Marquino marble (and some surprisingly amazing materials I never considered, like Pyrex).
And yes, I am somewhat obsessed over the finger-jointed walnut detail in the Statuario marble. In fact, it is the thoughtful detailing of all of the KGB pieces that really makes this collection special.
KGB Limited has fashioned sophisticated pieces that employ marquetry, leather molding and precious metal plating techniques.
This is one of the parts of any project I love the most: the blue sky phase. This is where we bubble out all the need-to-haves and want-to-haves and discover how we can make the home significant for the homeowner.
Then, we go to work on the schematic design.
The lot on my first project has a fabulous ocean view, so siting the house right is absolutely critical. We’ve spent hours looking at the grading plan, walking the site and scurrying up and down ladders to get onto the existing structures so that we know exactly how everything looks from every spot on the property. For the record, climbing onto roofs is not my favorite part of the project!
As I said, we’re just beginning the project and everything at this stage is still very schematic. In other words, we have a general floor plan in place but we haven’t fully fleshed it out–not by a long shot–and everything is still shifting. So, I’ll wait until we are more finalized on that to post about the floor plan…..
By the way, I’ve worked with the architect on this project for many years and because we’ve done so many projects together, we have an almost telepathic work style. It’s going to be a lot of fun to team up with her again!
This family wants an indoor/outdoor home, comfortable for entertaining on an intimate as well as a large scale. Since this La Jolla beach house will be a place for friends and family to visit and to gather, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about how to accommodate guests of all ages.
So, here are some of the thought bubbles I have so far, via Pinterest.
I’m really liking the idea of using part of the second floor family room for bunk beds. It’s an efficient use of space. I love the feel of tucked-away, cozy spots, which can also multipurpose for reading or just hanging out.
Or maybe building a great multi-bunk unit in one of the secondary bedrooms is the way to go.
What do you think of the bunk idea?
Images via Pinterest.
Here’s what it says on Edwin Blue Furniture’s Facebook Page bio: “At Edwin Blue, our mission and namesake is dedicated to reviving the spirit of a time that treasured things built to last.”
Edwin Blue was founded by industrial designer Clayton Vogel and architect Matthew Hufft. The two longtime friends set out to put their unabashed idealism into practice, designing and building beautiful, functional, inheritable furniture. Vogel and Hufft were inspired by the reputation the United States once held as a nation of makers. They sought to do their part to earn that reputation back with their collection of thoughtfully-designed, hand-crafted furntiure.
Simple lines, generous proportions and a focus on sustainable, high-quality materials distinguish Edwin Blue furniture.
Designed for the contemporary market, the furniture is built through mostly traditional means by a team of craftspeople in the century-old stable that now houses the Edwin Blue studio.
“We create furniture that people want,” Clayton recently told Architects + Artisans. “To do that, it has to be executed in a timeless manner so that not only will you like it, but your children and grandchildren will too.”
This kind of precise detailing–the type that appears clean and simple–is anything but simple. The process is excruciatingly precise, much like creating a fine piece of jewelry.
Edwin Blue only uses responsibly-harvested lumber, and chooses locally-produced or salvaged wood whenever possible. Currently they work with locally sourced timber like Black Walnut, White Oak, Sycamore, Sinker Cypress, as well as FSC-certified Machiche. Grown in Guatemala by local farmers, Machiche has the rich grain and durability of a tropical hardwood and is one of the most sustainably-grown woods in the world. Edwin Blue uses only VOC-free finishes on its wood furniture.
“It’s as green as we can make it, and still make it heirloom quality,” he says.
Edwin Blue’s work is aimed at accentuating the owner’s experience (of course, it elevates the maker’s experience, too.) Every piece is made to order with the client in mind, like a limited edition art piece.
All this, of course, is Slow Luxe Design–the farm-to-table of the home. Thoughtfully designed, heirloom quality, sustainable materials, handmade in America.
For more information on Edwin Blue furniture, go to http://edwinblue.com/. All images via Edwin Blue.