Patricia Gray Interior Design

Kitchen Design

Here are two examples of kitchens designed with no overhead cabinets. This concept makes the kitchen a focal point and gives it a clean contemporary feel.The picture above has open shelves for "artful" display of dishes.
Photography Eric Piasecki
This is a kitchen I designed with no overhead cabinets. The pantry is to the left in the picture. The slab of granite behind the cooktop is like a beautiful piece of natural artwork.
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Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago

Artful Display Kitchen Shelves ...

Over the holidays I had some time to catch up on my reading. One book that I was anxious to read (especially because of the beautiful bookcase on the cover) was Briger + Briger. I love their approach to design which is very luxurious but very livable at the same time. I was particularly struck with their kitchen designs and the way that there are no over head cabinets. Instead dishes are displayed artfully. I also find it very user friendly, as you can see at a glance where everything is. Now I have a few caveats to add: #1 you need to have a uniform set of dishes to make this into an "artful" display #2 preferably the dishes should be white to make it look great.I like the uses of the bold, horizontal-stripes on the walls in the Breakfast Room. It adds width and interest to an otherwise narrow space. The dishes are set with an order that makes the utilitarian shelves especially attractive. The orderly placement of objects no matter how grand or insignificant can produce an aesthetically pleasing display.


The picture above and below is a pantry that leads to service stairs. which in turn ascend to the pool level. A plant stand holds a variety of potted fresh herbs for the kitchen.

A view of the kitchen that goes with the above 2 photos showing the door to the Pool level. This kitchen is compact, functional, and pleasing to the eye. It suggests that in this house much attention is paid to the preparation of meals.
The above picture is a walk-in pantry off of the kitchen with a library ladder to reach the upper shelves. Bottles are nicely stored in the baskets on the floor (see close-up below). I also like the way the cookbooks are displayed on shelves that float on the wall allowing the books to be stacked horizontally. Everything is visable and easy to find. No opening and closing several door to find what you are looking for

Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago

Green Design - Chimo Fireplace

I love the design and practicality of this new invention for the fireplace. It is the Chimo Fireplace by Floz Design for Blomus, and is a flue-less, chimney-less, instant atmosphere provider that burns nice, green Ethanol. It mounts directly on the wall like a picture frame and effortlessly blends form and function in a simple and unique way that requires little set up and no chimney. This means that any room of your house can now easily accommodate the comfort and pleasure of a beautifully designed and functional fireplace. I have not had the opportunity to use this particular product in any of my Design projects, but I have used a fireplace designed by Eco Smart, a company out of Australia that burns Ethanol.
This rotating, stand alone model will add all the extra sizzle a bedroom or living labyrinth might require.
As seen in the New York Times and on HGTV Blomus' indoor fireplace is a breakthrough in indoor ambiance and Green Design. It installs in minutes by mounting on any wall in your home, with no need for a chimney, gas line or professional installation. Simply mount to the wall, fill the reservoir, light it up and enjoy.The secret is that the flame is generated from Ethanol which is a safe, clean burning fuel that is completely organic and made from renewable resources like corn, potatoes, wheat and other vegetables. Furthermore, Ethanol is Green since it is not a fossil-fuel and burning it does not increase the Greenhouse effect like other fuels. This product is made in Germany.
Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago

Emergency Essentials

Warning: This post has no pretty pictures but it could save your life.

This is the new book by Colin Cowie, legendary lifestyle expert. It is an immensely practical handbook and offers step-by-step instructions on everything from how to make a gracious home to fearless entertaining. But the most important thing I gained from Colin's book was his list of Emergency Essentials on Page 66. It is a list of essentials to have on hand in the event of a disaster. If you are like me, who always thinks that it is a good idea to be prepared and then put it on the back burner to do "later".....well there is no time like the present to be prepared. This list is now my top priority, not because I think that we have a disaster looming in the near future, but as a practical and necessary preparatory pre-caution we can take for ourselves, our family and loved ones.

Step 1 - Click on image to enlarge to a readable size.

Step 2 - Print this out and do everything on the list!!!
Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago

My Style Resolutions for 2008

I have been quoted in January's issue of Canadian House and Home on my Style Resolutions for 2008
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Postscript Jan 8 2008
Thanks for all your supportive comments!! I plan to do more posts this year on how I use green and environmentally friendly products in my Interior Design for clients. It is such a timely concern and if we can each start in a small way in our own environments it can go a long way to doing something positive for our world that we all live in.
Posted by Patricia gray
over 11 years ago
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