architecture, Decor, Design

Thank you, Ilve!

Last week, I had the wonderful surprise to see that Ilve USA had chosen one of my projects as #KOTW (that’s Kitchen Of The Week) on their social media platform. This means a lot to me, not only for what it represents, but because that kitchen was a work of deep, deep love. In fact, it started with the stove. An Ilve Majestic, in a royal shade of blue. The 60″ version, with the French top, THE one.

Then came the flooring. Sourcing 300-year old terra cotta roofing tile from France was a starting point in my ultimate goal of creating something not only unique, but something that was true to the definition of Old world charm. The brick that was used for the brick wall, for example, was the same brick that was used on the exterior of the house, for that exposed brick wall feel, the hood vent shelve was cut from an old piece of wood that was salvaged by my parents from the St. Lawrence river in Québec, the baskets and accessories were all sourced from antique shops and flea markets, and the exposed shelving was used to recreate the kitchens in the South of France.

This project, which was a portion of a bigger, whole-home endeavor, was also featured in a local advertising campaign. It took many months of research and a few trips to Europe to really attain that level of authenticity. It became clear to me that in order to stay authentic, it has to stay simple, but passionate. That was the goal with this overall project. Thank you Ilve for highlighting my work. I feel blessed that I was able to build a home that will stay for generations, and a kitchen that will see those generations grow.

Please click here to see more pictures: http://www.houzz.com/professional2/140872/karine-kuchipudi-design 

Ilve USA giving KK Design some love

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And we’re nearing the end

I can feel it, the end is near. The vision is finally taking its final shape, I can picture the furniture, it’s all coming together. After nearly a year, Casa Beausoleil and its little sister are putting on their last layer of beautiful. Here are some pics before the final reveal.

   
         

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From this…

I always have a Before/After in my head. I love transforming a space. As I come close to the end of the Casa Beausoleil project, I wanted to look at the Before pictures once more. Shocking.

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Casa Beausoleil Update

It’s summer in Arizona. My first summer. It’s hot. Deadly hot. Thankfully, I’m a heat and sun worshiper. I don’t complain. Ever.

My dear workers on the other hand, I salute them. They are just the best. This heat is blazing and they work just perfectly, no corner is cut, no stone is left unturned.

Here are a few pics of where we are.  

             

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Inspection Time

Here we are. Inspection time. Pre-drywall, and my hands are sweaty. I feel like a kid before a big exam. A lot of fireblocking, a lot of nail plates. Making sure my studs are straight, covering openings, double, triple checking the work of at least 15 people. My subs are great, but we are all human. And you always want to make sure you comply with all the different codes. Every inspection taught me a lot, and this one won’t be the exception. Today’s inspection is familiarly called the pre-drywall inspection. It entails framing, lath, plumbing rough in, electrical rough in and mechanical rough in. Once the inspection passes, I can continue with insulation, drywall, flooring, trim and all that fun design stuff! Wish me luck! 🙂   

         

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Porter Barn Wood

I visited Porter Barn Wood in Phoenix yesterday. Such a great place. Yes, they have reclaimed wood, but they can also do many things from scratch. That’s what I found out after talking with Thomas, who was very helpful with my current project. Check them out if you’re in the Valley and looking for something unique for your home. Here are some pics.

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