Beautiful Kitchens and Baths Update

by Kristin on February 9, 2011

in This and That


Well, my bathroom is finally available for all to see.  The spring issue of Beautiful Kitchens and Baths hit the newsstands yesterday and I quickly scooped up several copies for family and clients.

I mentioned in previous posts that the incredibly talented Tria Giovan photographed both the kitchen and the master bath.  While I thought the kitchen photos were lovely, the master bath photos were stunning.  I am going to give you a quick peek at one photo today, but you should go and buy the magazine to see and read more.

Thank you so much, Samantha Hart and Linda Eggers for the opportunity to appear in the magazine.  Of course, I am also grateful to Bonnie Broten, regional editor for Meredith Corporation, for her efforts to get the bath and kitchen published and for her styling wizardry.

And for those of you who can’t buy the magazine, fear not, I will post the rest of the photos soon.   I just want to be sure to support the magazine that did so much to support me.  If you can pick up the magazine, you really should.  There are some truly stunning kitchens and baths featured, including a piece on Tuscan design for kitchens.  I have to say that I thought that this trend was long over, but perhaps it is seeing a resurgence, maybe in a backlash against all the white kitchens we have been seeing.  When I did my Tuscan/Old World inspired kitchen in 1992, it was because it was very much in keeping with my Tudor home, but it was also sort of my desire to swim against the crowd who were all doing beautiful white kitchens in Short Hills, New Jersey.  If you haven’t noticed, I do like to be different….

I did wonder how long it would be before I ate my words about Louis XVI and it wasn’t very long at all.  I was online at Tara Shaw Maison, looking for a sconce for a client when I found this reproduction mirror attributed to Louis XVI.  It is lovely.

So sorry the image is so small, but if I enlarge it, it becomes too fuzzy.  This is much simpler than the style that one typically attributes to the Louis.  I also love the finish, but that is something that Tara Shaw really excels at.  Speaking of Texans, I do want to give a shout out to Lisa Luby Ryan.  Many of you saw her work in the previous issue of Veranda, but you may not be aware that she has designed some great pieces for Arteriors.  Here is a sneak peek at a few of my favorites.

This is a reproduction of an antique architectural fragment, mounted on lucite and topped with a sumptuous linen shade.  The finish on this looks wonderful, too.

This stationery box is just lovely.  As you know, I am always on the hunt for beautiful and different accessories and this scores on both counts.

This bench looks very similar to those we see in Pam Pierce’s work featured on Joni’s blog, although it lacks the double gathering on the skirt.  I do like it very, very much.  Arteriors sells its product through retails stores, so be on the lookout for some of these pieces to hit your favorite home goods store.  They will also sell through interior designers, so if you see something that you can’t live without, e-mail me, and I can price it and purchase it for you, if you like.

This has been a rather random post, and I do apologize.  All the snow swirling outside of my window seems to be a distraction!  We are on our 5th snow day in the last two weeks, with prospects for another tomorrow.  You see in Dallas, we like to have a nice thick layer of ice on all of our roads before we get to the business of actually accumulating snow, which makes getting kids to school a treacherous endeavor.  Even though I drove a lot in snow when I lived in New Jersey, I do not fool myself into believing that I can drive on ice.  So, we are definitely experiencing a bit of cabin fever at Maison Mullen.

If you do pick up the Beautiful Kitchens and Baths, let me know.  I’d love to hear what you think about the issue.



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