Monthly Archives: June 2014

70s Makeover by Brownhouse Design

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A little drama never hurts! Tod Detro’s cabinetry is pretty special stuff, so we really wanted to make it the star of the show.

Here’s a fun half-day project we shot in May with Julie Brown (Brownhouse Design) in Los Altos, California. This was a condominium complex built (we guess) in the 1970s and Julie gave it a modern look with devastatingly awesome millwork from Knotty Hole Woodworks throughout the place. The rest of the photos, plus Behind The Scenes, click here!

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“Photography is 1% talent and 99% moving furniture.”
– Arnold Newman

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On location in Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles) — we heard sirens….

Nob Hill (San Francisco) Elegance

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More Muratore goodness today, with a project I first scouted last year but only shot last month — high atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill.

Venetian plaster, white oak floors, handsome laminated wood columns, marble floor inlays, and some striking vertical stripes in the kitchen woodwork made this space exciting to shoot — lots to work with! Full write-up, LOTS of photos, and Behind-the-Scenes, click here.

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It is a beauteous evening, calm and free…
– Jeffers

Still Today: More FLW Goodness

And there I was, with nothing but an iPhone. Best camera is the one you have with you!photo

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FLW in Buffalo, NY

I genuflected…

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On location in Rochester, NY.
This is how the furniture was arranged when we walked in. Um…. I think we’re gonna be moving a few things….yeah….

(Another) Mid-Century Modern by building Lab

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Nobody “gets” mid-century modern like Stephen Shoup of building Lab. His Eichler remodel (which I shot last fall) has received acclaim and is being published in multiple venues.

So I knew that this project would be a good one — a mid-century house with the building Lab design touch. Stephen created a flowing, connected space along this ranch house’s long axis with peaked-ceiling spaces at each end and a lower, flat-ceilinged central area in between, encompassing the kitchen and eating area. This space is clearly the “heart” of the structure, where the family will spend 80% of its time.

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Looking back towards the playroom we can see the intricate architecture and the way the ceiling lines interact to help define the spaces.

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Stephen is absolutely brilliant when it comes to defining discrete spaces even within a fluid or open floorplan. Here, the kitchen is separated from the foyer and dining room by a slot skylight that channels light straight down in the wide pass-though. When you walk beneath it, you can’t help feeling that you’ve left one space behind and are entering another, despite the lack of structural boundaries.

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This project features the trademark building Lab book-matched wood paneling, although in a much more subdued way than other of Stephen’s designs.

We’ve already got the next building Lab project on the calendar, so stay tuned for more architectural happiness!

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OAK>MDW>ROC

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At Pier 24, San Francisco. (iPhone)

New Work – May Edition

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It’s been a great winter and spring, and I can’t believe I haven’t curated a “New Work” portfolio since November! That meant I had to go through an awful lot of images and make some hard decisions to keep this collection to a manageable size.

Click the image above to take a quick run through what I think is my strongest work from the last 6 months. While I was at it, I gave the “Residential Interiors” portfolio on my website got a refresh, too.

Many thanks to the awesome clients who conceived, designed, built and allowed me to photograph their work:

Muratore Corp  •  Leslie Arnold Architect  •  building Lab  •  Mulberry USA  •  Pfau Long Architects  •  Thrive Homes  •  Susan Diana Harris Interior Design •  Bleu Leman Design  •  Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins