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For “Flashback Friday” I decided to dive into the archives and pull out this renovation from 2010. Although, at one time, atriums were the best thing since sliced bread, my clients and I decided to go ahead and remove it in order to enlarge both the kitchen and the dining room.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

~ Shannon

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The Satyagraha House was built in 1907 by the German architect, Hermann Kallenbach, a close friend of Mohandas ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi, who lived there from 1908 to 1909. The house, which is now part guesthouse part museum, is located in Johannesburg and was originally designed after a traditional African farm, called a Kraal.

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If I could have a home built just like this and dropped right into my Southern California neighborhood I would be oh so happy! The simplicity of the architecture, black and white palette and mix of organic materials is simply beautiful. Click here to read more about this gem.

Photographs via the Satyagraha House unless otherwise noted.

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You know the saying, “Out of something terrible can come something wonderful.” This rang true for my clients in Austin when, after torrential rains hit a year ago, their home was completely flooded. Everything that we had rehabbed three years prior was completely destroyed. So, when they asked me back to help fix what had been destroyed, I was more than happy to come up with a new design for this wonderful family.

The overall interior color of the home was changed to a beautiful warm white. We went with darker floors, a new living room and a completely new kids’ bathroom — but I think I had the most fun in the kitchen.  With the first rehab we needed to work with the existing granite countertops and the original island position. This time, since we had to gut the entire kitchen, we were able to work with a blank canvas. My color palette was simple — a mix of creamy whites, antique brass, rattan and brick.

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My inspiration behind this kitchen — brick for the backsplash, paint from Farrow & Ball for the island, a creamy piece of Silestone for the countertops, as well as my bracelet (a stand in for the future hardware).

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Fresh paint on the cabinets

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Countertops are installed
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The brick backsplash going up

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Love the brick backsplash

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Above, another shot of the kitchen. I was able to add a 10 foot island which has really become the heart of the kitchen. Food is prepared, meals are savored and homework is done.

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With a new drainage system installed, it looks like I won’t be back anytime soon but it was a pleasure while it lasted. If you would like to view the initial post with before and afters, click here.

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It seems like restaurant design only gets better and better and Gracias Madre is a perfect example. Previously an antique store, Gracias Madre is beautifully designed by interior designer Wendy Haworth and exterior designer Scott Shrader.

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Click here to read more about the design behind this little gem.

Happy Tuesday!

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Collections, if done right, can be impressive, inspiring and a huge design feature in your home.

A couple of tips are: 1) choose something you love 2) group your collection together (it makes more of a visual impact) and, 3) if possible stick to a certain color scheme when collecting, as in the photos below.

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Collecting something like glass bottles can come in handy when you want to display some gorgeous flowers!

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Shelves are extremely useful when displaying a collection
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My own collection of vintage beach paintings

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One of this most impressive collection of baskets I’ve seen.

Happy collecting!

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I have a feeling I ‘ve been here before…

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Just three years ago I did this project in Austin. However, last November Austin had record-breaking rainfall and sadly the whole house flooded. The home is now semi-gutted with half of its sheetrock removed — everything has to be rebuilt. If there’s an upside to this, it would be that we get to totally redesign the kitchen. A chance for the homeowners and I to pick out all new materials which will hopefully take their mind off the inconvenience and help them get excited about the end result.

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Another trip to Austin in April to finish up the project. I’ll keep you posted.

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