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EW: How did you make a traditional white kitchen look so modern?
CE: White kitchens have always been in high demand. We gave the public what they love and introduced them to a variation of an old favorite. The kitchen island is made of wenge wood framed in stainless steel. We also included a pair of Jonathan Adler's Porter Pendants to really make the space shine.
EW: I notice most of your designs contain a monochromatic palette of whites, creams, black and grays. What was the motivation behind the blue sofa?
CE: In choosing the sofa, upholstered in Kravet's blue velvet, we took cues from the runway. Blue is quite prevalent in the latest fashions and became the catalyst for the home's color palette.
EW: Many tend to love the idea of a two-story great room, but are intimidated by the ceiling height. Can you give us a few words of advice when tackling tall rooms?
CE: 1. Unless you have a great art collection, use painted moldings throughout to add depth to walls.
2. Dress tall windows in full height drapery panels.
3. Create a welcoming seating area to encourage conversation.
EW: Now this principal bedroom is very moody, but has an understated glamour. You really took full advantage of the natural light in this room when painting it such a dark color.
CE: The room overlooks a golf course and does receive a ton of light. The darker color softens the effect of all the sunshine pouring in to the window.
EW: Here we get a better look at the headboard and rich fabrics on the bed and window. You cleverly blur the lines of modern and traditional.
CE: We remained true to our design aesthetic in combining contemporary elements with traditional furnishings. The traditional, tufted headboard is custom and the drapery has a modern pagoda motif by Thomas Paul for Duralee. The fabric is repeated in the toss cushions which adds pattern to the bedding scheme.
EW: At first sight, I would have never guessed this bedroom was in the same house.
CE: We added an element surprise here given the fact it was separated from other parts of the house. Even though we are known for keeping a neutral palette. We're never afraid to take a risk with color.
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