Urban Alchemy

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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If we think we're any better
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I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Designerly: The VA Kitchen- Before and After(mostly)

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I will be making a *really* big LJ post with all the photos I
currently have along with explanations of everything(including all the
blueprints) , but now that the kitchen in Virginia is 95% done (well
my portion is done-- the rest is just construction and installations)
Here's a before and after shot. This is, in fact, the same space.
11th Jun 2005, 17:28   | tags:,

Joe says:


11th Jun 2005, 17:33

bronxelf says:

Thanks. Im hoping to get the shots I actually *want* next week.

11th Jun 2005, 17:35

pandairo says:

that looks great!

11th Jun 2005, 17:39

bronxelf says:

thanks. as I said, I have a LOT of photos of this (and again, it's not fully complete-- the panels needs to go on the fridge, as well as the handles, and the upholstery needs to go on the chairs/banquette and the window treatments need doing) but unfortunately, the after photos I have don't really match up with the before photos in terms of angles.

The rest of the photos are here.

11th Jun 2005, 17:42

kikuchan says:

Very classy :-)

11th Jun 2005, 17:47

sallypnut says:

Looks gorgeous. I especially love the backsplash and the sink/fixtures are great.

11th Jun 2005, 18:01

bronxelf says:

the sink is copper, *very* deep (9.5") and custom, with the drain and pitch to the right side. The sink is also HUGE. Absolutely vast. It's over 2.5 feet wide.

Thank you!

11th Jun 2005, 18:04

crickson says:

I like the lights : )

11th Jun 2005, 18:10

bronxelf says:

The lights caused me some problems, since most of the budget went into the cabinets (over half, actually) and the ceilings in there are only 8' high. The two small lights are hanging over the new cooktop (I separated the oven from the stove-- there's *2* ovens now, and there's a 3' 5 burner cooktop on the other side of that bar counter, with an exhaust vent that raises out of the counter when you use the cooktop.). But the lights worked out fine, even though they were really not expensive at all. I just managed to find the right style.


11th Jun 2005, 18:13

crickson says:

Well, if i ever get a kitchen, you can totally design it. Perhaps a fancy box for my microwave in the meantime?

11th Jun 2005, 18:18

bronxelf says:

Actually if you want to see a more impressive kitchen,

Read those.
I still have to put the final photos up... but youll see why this one got published. The change is MUCH more dramatic (and truth be told, was done on half the budget this one was.)

11th Jun 2005, 18:20

Helen says:

Wow. What a difference.

The window's gorgeous and I'll never understand curtains like the ones they had before.

11th Jun 2005, 18:33

bronxelf says:

the window treatments for the new space are being ordered today. It will have a padded cornice to match the upholstery fabric, and roman shades in a sheer, shimmery sort of gold, to match the walls and floor border.

You can see all kinds of fun details in the other photos though.

Thank you!

11th Jun 2005, 18:35

Stacy says:

THANK YOU for getting rid of that wallpaper and changing the bar counter. Is this the job that needed the red/gold upholstery? The new wood finish is a beautiful color. I'm not sure how I feel about the tile (it screams 70s to me for some reason) but the space is just gorgeous now... I am jealous of the cooktop - we just saw one with the pop-up ventilation system for the first time the other day at a business-related BBQ. We turned absolutely green...

11th Jun 2005, 18:37

bronxelf says:

well before it wa just a peninsula island. Now half of it is at bar height (42") and the other side at counter height (36") and has the viking cooktop on it.

This is the job that needs the red/gold upholstery. It goes into the hands of the upholsterers today. They have a meeting with the upholsterers today-- Mike is going with them.

The tile is *really* nice. It's 2 shades of a deep wine color (very good tile-- British and hand-glazed) and the gold ones are the crushed glass tiles from Sonoma Tileworks that I love so much.

I actually have a full box of the dark wine tile here, Im going to ebay it out. I wont use that color here-- too traditional for me.

Thanks! Check out the other photos, Stace-- youll like the sink.

11th Jun 2005, 18:42

Stacy says:

The sink is *gorgeous*, but I'm really married to the idea of having two compartments in my sinks - years of training on how I do dishes.

But it's magnificent... everything is just beautiful. Did you not get a photo of the cabinet for the barware? And did they really have two spice cabinets, both installed right next to heat sources? I know they insulate the ovens/cook tops but I'd still want my spices somewhere less likely to undergo heat cycling like that... The appliance storage always makes me envious!

You should see the pantry in our new kitchen. It's a cavern. My mom was in up to her knees when helping me paper the upper shelves. Everything fits, it's just a matter of access port and arm length as far as what I can/can't reach. I've left the back corners largely empty, or filled them with rarely used items like canning supplies. But at least I can store the mixer (which I personally never use) in one piece and where it can easily be lifted out instead of tilt/strain/struggle like in the last house!

11th Jun 2005, 18:56

bronxelf says:

The sink was entirely custom-- 2 or even 3 compartment combnations are possible. They just dont go well with the look of the room, and they dont hold roasting pans well.

They wound up using the barware cabinet for potato chips. What can I tell you.

everything is really well insulated but really there wasnt a lot of space for the spices to *go* otherwise. that room is big, but *really* tight, cause the layout couldnt change. But they LOVE the easy spice access, so it's all good.

Fridge is FUCKING. HUGE. 42" wide. Not a typo.

11th Jun 2005, 19:01

Tori says:

I just read the entire tale of the DC kitchen. Very, very impresive. Too bad for me that you aren't on the west coast.

11th Jun 2005, 19:33

bronxelf says:

Ive done jobs in California before.

And thank you!

11th Jun 2005, 19:36

Tori says:

I am poking around on the cork flooring website now.

12th Jun 2005, 00:53

bronxelf says:

DC kitchen photos are so up there. :) Theyre VERY nice people and I have a great relationship with them.

12th Jun 2005, 00:56

Arkadeis says:

you are too fucking talented. Looks amazing.

12th Jun 2005, 00:58

bronxelf says:

Mike gets props- he did the installations.

12th Jun 2005, 01:02

Tori says:

What did you use for the floor in this one?

12th Jun 2005, 01:07

bronxelf says:

Cork, again. 2 shades.

12th Jun 2005, 01:08

Tori says:

I had been leaning toward bamboo for upstairs, but was concerned because I have a lot of curves and installers said bamboo was harder to cut to fit the curves. Plus I didn't want bamboo for the stairs or the master bath. I am definitely going to spend some more time looking into the cork.

12th Jun 2005, 01:12

bronxelf says:

I have a bamboo connection also, but I LOOOOOOOOVE cork flooring.

12th Jun 2005, 01:13

Lee says:

Damn, baby. You make that stuff into house porn. Sweet.

12th Jun 2005, 02:49

lizziepants says:

this is simply fabulous. I had no idea you did this kinda thing, I knew you were an artist/did design, but had no idea it could be residential redesign. beautiful.

12th Jun 2005, 17:21

lizziepants says:

omg. the pullout/popup counter for the stand mixer. i'm in love.

12th Jun 2005, 17:23

sfw says:

This kitchen belongs to a friend of mine. The DC kitchen IS mine.

Photos don't do justice to either kitchen.

13th Jun 2005, 00:41