Hearst Castle and the Products it Inspired

July 24th, 2010 § Leave a Comment

Luxury as Defined. Period.

Preserving the history of design and craftsmanship through inspired contemporary design.

How does architectural history translate into kitchen and bath products? View pics at KBB online to view stunning products inspired by the architectural elements found at Hearst Castle. Once the private home of publisher William Randolph Hearst, the estate also known as La Cuesta Encantada®  or “The Enchanted Hill”, overlooks the spectacular California coast and was the shared design endeavor of architect Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst. Today Hearst Castle is a California State Historical Monument and State Park.

View of The Hearst Castle overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Some of my favorite manufacturers have been licensed by the Heart Castle Collection to produce inspired reproductions from design elements found throughout the castle. Tilevera, Enkebol, Soko, Barclay Butera Home,  Taracea, and Habersham to name a few. Not everyone can own a castle nor would want to furnish one, but the design details inspired from The Hearst Castle lend themselves beautifully into kitchen and bath projects inspired by the antiquities collected by Mr. Hearst from around the world.

Fortunately for me, Hearst Castle, on the Central Coast of California is a short day trip to escape to. Designers, artists and artisans from all over the world come to Hearst Castle for inspiration for their own reasons. Whether they come for inspiration for a major product line or for a one of a kind studio piece, the one thing they all leave Hearst Castle saying that in their wildest dreams they never imagined what an inspirational design resource it is.

For every client I have worked with there has always been a pivotal inspiration point for the design. Be it a color, a view, a vacation getaway, there is always a trigger point that inspires a design direction. What inspired your last renovation?

Where designers come to be inspired.

Sources:

Fit for a King: Part 1

http://www.hearstcastlecollection.com/index.html

http://www.hearstcastle.org/

Houzz

February 22nd, 2009 § Leave a Comment

A great new resource for design inspiration. Houzz is your online source for finding a design style for your kitchen, patio, living spaces, baths, bedrooms, exterior architecture and more.

Pretty cool source.

Mrs. Cubbison’s Kitchen

January 29th, 2008 § 1 Comment

“Casa de Mi Sueño” or “My Dream House” was the two story house that Sophie Cubbison helped designed.
Sophie Cubbison, creator of the boxed stuffing that bears her name, appeared on TV shows as a cooking expert from the ’50s into the ’70s. She and her husband, Harry, lived in Mt. Washington for 16 years.
For the full story, read the November 18,2007 LA Times article,
A Noted Cooks House with all the trimmings.”The ironwork and tiles are exceptional; this house has so much character,” said current owner Glenn Williams, who with his wife, Kathryn Patitucci, refurbished the home and gardens. “Friends come over and say they want a two-week vacation here.”

Take a look at the beautiful photos of “Casa de My Sueño
for authentic views of Spanish Style details with the exposed wood ceiling, iron work and tiles. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe parts of this house was used in the Diane Keaton Movie, “Because I Said So”.

The kitchen where Cubbison once cooked up her creations features Viking appliances,
limestone counter tops and Saltillo floor tiles.
(photo by Jeff Elson), November 14, 2007

Decorative ironwork and a Spanish-stile stairway curve up to the home.
(photo by Jeff Elson) October 9, 2007.

Mrs. Cubbison’s Kitchen

January 29th, 2008 § 1 Comment

“Casa de Mi Sueño” or “My Dream House” was the two story house that Sophie Cubbison helped designed.
Sophie Cubbison, creator of the boxed stuffing that bears her name, appeared on TV shows as a cooking expert from the ’50s into the ’70s. She and her husband, Harry, lived in Mt. Washington for 16 years.
For the full story, read the November 18,2007 LA Times article,
A Noted Cooks House with all the trimmings.”The ironwork and tiles are exceptional; this house has so much character,” said current owner Glenn Williams, who with his wife, Kathryn Patitucci, refurbished the home and gardens. “Friends come over and say they want a two-week vacation here.”

Take a look at the beautiful photos of “Casa de My Sueño
for authentic views of Spanish Style details with the exposed wood ceiling, iron work and tiles. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe parts of this house was used in the Diane Keaton Movie, “Because I Said So”.

The kitchen where Cubbison once cooked up her creations features Viking appliances,
limestone counter tops and Saltillo floor tiles.
(photo by Jeff Elson), November 14, 2007

Decorative ironwork and a Spanish-stile stairway curve up to the home.
(photo by Jeff Elson) October 9, 2007.

Spanish Style

January 27th, 2008 § 1 Comment

Dark Stained Beams Influence Spanish Style

The front of Komarov’s house offers the first hint that what lies inside defies easy labels.
(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Whereas many people might fill the kitchen window with plants and flowers, Komarov uses the space as a stage for her latest fascinations. The most recent: white porcelain and ceramic figurines — some kitsch, some classic — that form a still-life of quirky elegance. “That space is like an altar to me,” she says.
(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Botanical artist Krislyn Komarov, shown with husband Dmitri, kept her creative streak in check when designing her Los Angeles home. Although visitors will see the occasional exclamation point — here in the form of hanging bubble chairs — the overall effect is more lived in, less design lab. “We didn’t want the house too packed,” Komarov says. “I collect things and love curiosities, but I don’t want a house that looks like people don’t actually live there.”

(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Komarov’s botanical sculpture and a resident fan.

(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

For more information, The Komarov Residence was featured in the LA Times Home & Garden Jan 17, 2008.

Painted Cabinets and Hand molded Spanish tile influence this Spanish Style Kitchen Design

The kitchen’s new layout called for an entire wall of cabinets, but it meant the homeowners would be losing two windows. Solution: Place clear cabinet doors in front of the window. The unique window cabinet allows light to enter and creates an interesting display for the homeowners’ glassware.


This one, designed by Kenneth Brown, is one of my favorite patterns. For more information on this kitchen view HGTV episode, 303 from reDesign.

Noteworthy Kitchens: 1926 Spanish Style Kitchen

September 8th, 2007 § 2 Comments


This California Spanish Style Charmer is lovely! I have a special love of these homes. My grandmother had one. I moved into one many years ago and still miss it today. (Except for the closets which were always a narrow impossible skinny space behind a single narrow door. Did people back in the 30′s have less clothes? But the closets did have a window!) The charm of these homes cannot be missed. The Malibu Pottery Tile, the coved ceilings, the arched entrances. Muy bonito!

The Oakland Homeowners (see Contra Costa Times for full article), have completed a kitchen renovation beautifully that accomplished two things: provided a better layout for the kitchen while respecting the style of the home. Good job!

It looks like they used either a blind corner cabinet or voided the corner. (I think I have something against lazy susans lately). I prefer drawers where ever I can get them in.

Also note: the end panel at the refrigerator is deeper than 24″ to allow the counter top to die into the panel. Good detail. Great space to hang the pot rack.


I wonder if the kitchen sink used to be located between the two windows? Typical for this floor plan. The range is an interesting option in this space however…The thing I may have suggested against is the tab top curtains. I don’t want anything blowing in the wind that is anywhere near an open flame. Especially next to a Wolf Pro Range.

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