Designing Details ~

Designers often use details to make a statement. When determining what precisely could set a certain tone  for a piece of fine furniture or kitchen cabinets, the solution is often hardware. Hardware is by far one of the simplest ways to transform a standard chest into a significant statement piece to welcome guests into your foyer or express your personality in the kitchen on your cabinetry.  As a designer, I have always had a passion for beautifully crafted hardware. I consider hardware the jewelry of your home. Sometimes just the hunt is a thrill. Well, now I won’t have to hunt too far.

If you’ve been following Chatti Patti’s escapades in London during the recent BlogTour, most likely you’ve noted that the sponsors were all about luxury and great design. From beginning to end.

Enter Du Verre Hardware, a company that produces environmentally friendly designer knobs and pulls. With a long and impressive list of Designers such as Clodagh, Goodman  & Charlton, Jeff Goodman and Erin Adams with backgrounds in various disciplines, who lend their expertise, creativity and signature to product development, it’s no wonder the collections of  Du Verre are used around the world in hotel chains such as The Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Ritz Carleton Hotels and Gettys to name just a few!

What are some of the characteristics of Du Verre Hardware that make it so unique?

  • Each piece is finished by hand,which may result in small variations in the finished product, but we designers love that!

A Du Verre Inspiration Board. Photo: Du Verre

  • All the hardware is made from recycled aluminum. ~ yes, I know that’s hard to believe by looking at these beautiful photos, but they are green. Read more here.

For a more industrial look: Harmony and Balance collection photo: Du Verre

The Du Verre Pomegranate collection. Photo: Du Verre

The Du Verre RIO Collection. Photo: Du Verre

The Lotus Collection. Photo: Du Verre

Unique and interesting, not ‘Big Box’! Photo: Du Verre

And last but not least, are these incredible small knobs.  I love the ones on the upper right so much, I want them for cufflinks for my husband!

So cool and inspiring! Photo: Du Verre

Should you be planning a kitchen or bath renovation in the near future and are concerned about the environment, then Du Verre is a company you can be confident in purchasing from!

Thank you Du Verre for sponsoring 14 eager bloggers from 14 different locales to experience the London Design Fair. Thank you also to all the sponsors of Blog Tour!

Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design, check back soon for more illustrative reports on design!

The $35,000 Kitchen Island ~

What, a $35,000 island? It better be good! When you see the photos below, you will see the design gave the homeowner exactly what they wanted, a large multi-functional working space with room for two cooks and lots of room for guests to gather ’round!

As a designer who also does kitchen and bath remodeling, I can attest that many people do not have a clear understanding on one aspect of the remodel process and that is: LABOR COST and actually, rightfully so! Who knew?

Many people come to me with ideas of what they “wish”  to accomplish in their kitchen.  Some have done their research in regards to appliances, have possibly even been to a granite yard, etc. however do not fully understand the labor involved and that is where Chatti Patti comes in…to educate the consumer, even if you don’t want or need a $35,000 island.

In this post, Chatti Patti is spotlighting a luxury kitchen makeover that Patti Johnson Interiors designed and executed in the Columbus, Ohio area, focusing on just the kitchen island in this segment and what was involved for its completion to give you, the reader, an idea of budgeting and where those precious dollars go.

Here is the “BEFORE” picture of the kitchen prior to remodel by PJI~

Patti Johnson Interiors Kitchen Remodel

Here is the Proposed Kitchen Island Improvement:

Drawing for proposed Island and Kitchen Remodel

Here is the $35,000+ Kitchen Island after remodel by PJI~ two views:

A $35,000 Kitchen Island

Here is an approximate breakdown of the island cost:

Cabinetry  & Hardware $6000.00

Granite  $8,000.00: Two pieces, Total of 80 s.f. with ogee edge with 2 cut outs – no seams

Thermador 48″ 6 burner gas cook-top & telescoping downdraft ventilation system with blower motor ~ $5,000.00

Wine Cooler $950.00

Prep sink with food disposal and faucet – $550.00

Microwave – $550.00

Demo, Installation of cabinetry and appliances

Installation of HVAC (cook-top ventilation through floor and exterior wall to vent outside of basement in rear of home), Re-routing the heat duct into the toe kick of island

Electrical: Outlets for: Cook-top, Ventilation, Wine Cooler, secondary disposal, dedicated microwave outlet, and auxiliary outlets for standard kitchen use. Adding all electrical to panels in basement and bringing to code.

Plumbing for running gas line,  drain and water lines for prep sink.

Delivery, parts and taxes

Labor $14,000

Actually, the cost could have gone higher with the addition of a warming drawer or double drawer veggie coolers which in turn present more electrical, cabinetry and installation costs! But as you can see, there was Italian travertine flooring, perimeter granite (black galaxy), new appliances, window treatments, sink, faucet, tumbled marble backsplash, additional recessed lighting and chandeliers all to be worked into the budget.

Costs can vary. Why? Depends largely upon what currently exists in the space and what is being added as well as the quality and quantity of  cabinetry and appliances incorporated into an island. This home was less than 10 years old at the time of remodel, however Patti Johnson Interiors has remodeled  kitchens and baths in homes built during the 1950’s and it can require a lot more work and investment when it comes to code compliance with local entities by the necessary upgrading of electrical wiring & panels, outdated plumbing, discovering that there is no insulation behind the wall and the all around “UNKNOWN” factor.  Working with experienced contractors and licensed plumbers and electricians, all work is completed to code by Patti Johnson Interiors.

Chatti Patti goes GREEN.

Green & Sustainability~ How is this design Green you ask? Notice the perimeter cabinets are original; stripped and repainted with an automotive type finishing application, new accent dentil molding, toe kick and hardware were added as well as some re-configurations i.e. plate rack, decorative end panels, etc. saved the homeowner a LOT of money while repurposing at the same time. The cabinets were solid maple and in very good condition so refinishing them vs. replacing gave the homeowner the ability to achieve the more desirous features in the kitchen! All appliances removed were donated to Habitat for Humanity of Delaware, Ohio ~ PJI will always look for “Green”practices to incorporate into every design!

  • Part of the PJI difference and design philosophy is that you don’t have to replace everything! Often when designing a room for a client and specifying furnishings, PJI will suggest one or two focal or investment pieces and some basic less expensive pieces mixed in. Certainly friendlier on the budget!
  • The Patti Johnson Interiors Motto ~ “Transforming Spaces Into Beautiful Places!”. If you are looking to hire an interior designer in the Michigan or Ohio area, please contact me at 740-816-3606. 

Thanks for stopping by ~ Be sure and check back frequently as Chatti Patti shares her interior design insight and expertise!

Disclaimer: ALL Design and Photography property of Patti Johnson Interiors and cannot be copied without consent.  Thank You.

Are You A Builder?

When recently asked “How deep is your design?” I instantly knew what the person was asking. Because I design in layers. I approach each project from the standpoint of layers. Layers of style. Layers of product. Layers of color. Layers of texture (very  important). Layers of investment. Like a five layer cake. More to enjoy.

A Beautifully Layered Room as featured in Elle Decor (Paris)

With this approach, I am able to break down the daunting task of renovating a home or designing a home for the client. I have had young clients who are spending every cent to get the big dream home and wondering how they can ever afford to furnish it. I advise them, you do it in “layers”. At first they just stare at me, until I explain, that not many homeowners, especially, at their age, can do it all at once. In fact, I have had clients in million dollar plus homes who cannot do it all at once, because they spend more on each layer or phase, so it still happens in segments or layers. Layers don’t have to be fussy or overdone, it just takes the process one step at a time.

To define it, simply put, let’s start with the basics. Insist on some focal points, outstanding pieces, maybe only one per room to begin. Possibly adding a fireplace or freshening up the mantel and surround at some point. Must have killer lighting and a soft landing-place (sofa or chairs).  Floors have to feel good underfoot (rugs) and then frame the windows with wonderful draperies for privacy, elegance and texture. Next comes incorporating accessories like Art work, previously acquired or new, a beautiful silver bowl, an antique sideboard. Add interest to the ceiling. Add crown moldings. Beautiful table settings and mood enhancers follow suite. Specialty painted finishes, wall paper, wainscot or panelling; then the books, pillows and treasures like family pictures framed out in exquisite crystal frames add the personal touch. The unique individual stamp on a space.

Virtual Metropolitan Layered Room designed Patti Johnson Interiors using Olioboard

Homes are built in layers; and there you have it. You BUILD it. So, in a sense, I am a builder. A builder of dreams, of visions, of a beautiful space. And I love every minute of it. Thanks for stopping by ~ Chatti Patti