Monday, April 29, 2013

The Lure of Gray

The big annual KBIS kitchen and bath event took place in New Orleans last week. Growing in popularity, the color trend to watch encompasses all shades of gray. It's made it's way into the hearts of both kitchen and bath designers and it's easy to understand why gray has mass appeal. Nature serves it up in all varieties of stone, glass and clay, an earthiness that's comfortable in all styles of decorating from traditional to contemporary to modern. Peaceful as a morning mist or dramatic as a stormy sky, gray dishes out all kinds of mood and and lots freedom for self expression.

Charisma Sink Cabinet

Silver, moonstone, deep opal, metal details, and faceted crystals – these are the special versions of "gray, the key components that characterize Susan Goldstick designs. Knobs, pulls, switch plates, bathroom vanities, drapery hardware, you name it – these touches of gray are used generously throughout our line of products. Our silver offers the paleness of white with a metalic twist while moonstone has the depth of gunmetal. Deep opal is not really like the gem but best described as slate with bluish or greenish tints depending upon how it behaves in the light. Then of course our satin plated silver metals add a quiet gray detail while crystal offers hints of lead and brilliance in the reflections of it's facets.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Metamorphosis of a Jitterbug Dresser

I'm amazed at how many transformations our jitterbug dresser has undergone over the years. Even a desk has blossomed from the original form. One of our advantages of working with a cabinet maker is that we have the flexibility to change a furniture piece by tweaking it's architecture.  This is how many new designs are born of course.  Altering the height, width. drawer sizes, or even the number of drawers will dramatically affect the look and even style of the piece. And that's just the structure! Details such as color schemes and cabinet hardware also play a hugh role in the design scheme as well.

Jitterbug makeup station

As I was looking through my picture files the other day, I came across some custom projects that we've done for our customers.  A classic case of "out of sight out of mind",  I was happy to discover some projects that I had almost forgotten. Here I've selected two extreme modifcations of our fabulous Jtterbug. The first is for a commercial space where we stretched the height of the cabinet from 29" – 36" to serve as a makeup station. We also straightened out the back legs so the piece could rest flush against a wall.

Jitterbug small dresser

In the second example we squeezed the overall width from 42" to 26" to allow for a night table's tight space. To give it a little wonderland feel we embellished the small drawers with 2. 5" diameter knobs.