Cool & Collected!

Posted by Devon Shryock

This home has great bones! But it needed serious updating. Twelve rooms in all including three full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, a kitchen, a living room, family room with wet bar, pantry/ laundry area and basement. To keep the budget in check the project focused on replacing -adding floors, cabinets, fixtures, tile, stone, fireplaces, mantels, windows, shelving, wardrobe closets, wallpaper, glass, paint and refinishing the entire basement into an office (not shown in the video)... phew!!!

The result? Peaceful and sophisticated.

The cliché, "the kitchen is the heart of the home," instantly puts most of us on the same page. And when it comes to this Hillsborough home, it becomes difficult to say exactly where the heart of it is. The owners are repeat clients whom we have grown very fond of over the years and so, to us, their entire home reflects heart.

Fresh living.

The new design for the interior was joyous collaboration between architect Eva Ching, designer Frederick Yasaki and the pragmatic guidance of our Steven Albert. While Paul Keitz, our talented photographer, did a beautiful job capturing the fine details and relaxed interiors, nothing equals simply being there.

Whatever you may be carrying on your shoulders on arrival evaporates at the yawning entry. The floors with their cool, organic texture seem to let us float onto them in any Feng Shui'ed direction into an interior generous with light.  

It's impossible to write about everything here. To describe it all detracts from the simple experience of just being there. But being there does seem to awaken the very bad poet in me.


A Peek at what's coming... 

"Tita’s strong emotions become infused into her cooking and she unintentionally begins to affect the people around her through the food she prepares. After one particularly rich meal of quail in rose petal sauce flavored with Tita’s erotic thoughts of Pedro, Tita's older sister Gertrudis becomes inflamed with lust and leaves the ranch making ravenous love with a revolutionary soldier on the back of a horse before being dumped in a brothel and subsequently disowned by her mother." -From Wikipedia, Like Water for Chocolate

Have you ever walked into a brand new kitchen, glinting with gorgeous stone, glass and cabinetry, and complete with he most inspiring, state of the art appliances... only to stop the muse suddenly and think,"Wait a minute, who can possibly work in here?"

A poorly designed kitchen is a space that cannot function and flow smoothly, and that means more accidents, more breakage, more mess to clean up. Imagine family meals whose magical impact is decidedly not the blissful euphoria of Tita's sensually charged quail in rose petal sauce.

Chef Gator Thompson

Join us for our next new update when San Mateo's best Louisiana Chef, Gator Thompson, talks about his ideal design arrangement for his kitchens and his must have (if stranded on a desert island) kitchen tools.

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