Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Design seminar: the story of my kitchen (and a sneak peek)

Almost as soon as we started the design process for the new house (10 months before breaking ground), I starting looking for a kitchen designer.  To me, the kitchen is one of the most essential rooms in the house to ‘get right’, as it must be a balance between function and form.  I wanted someone on the team whose sole area of expertise is the kitchen, but also someone who could work with the entire team of architect, designer, and builder.  I wanted the kitchen designer to have a blank slate – the ability to completely shape the space.  I also wanted a collaborative approach to the kitchen, and given that I have over 500 pictures of kitchens in my image files, my expectations were high!  My search was short, because I had heard so many wonderful things about the talented kitchen designer Cynthia Ziegler, and we hit it off immediately. 

Cynthia has designed some of the most beautiful kitchens in Atlanta, and she designed one of my all time favorite kitchens (seen in the picture above), which will be featured in an upcoming issue of AH&L.  I saw this kitchen on a tour of homes a few years ago, and immediately sensed the expertise of a very talented kitchen designer behind the design.

I am excited to announce that Cynthia and I will be talking about kitchen design this Saturday, December 11 at 1 pm at the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House!  The design process for my kitchen will be used as a case study for kitchen design in today’s world, where there is a strong trend to make the kitchen more like a living space, but also a personal need to keep the function of a hard working space .  Technology permitting, we will illustrate the discussion with elevations, layout, and cabinet designs for my new kitchen, and in-process pictures of the space.   Cynthia will also answer questions about current kitchen design.

The event will be held at Craft Atlanta, which is adjacent to the Mansion on Peachtree (the location of the Christmas House), and is complimentary for Christmas House guests.  If you have already seen the Christmas House, you can come to the seminar by showing your ticket stub.

Here is the information:
 Saturday, December 11, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
"The story of a kitchen—from dream to reality"

"The kitchen is truly the heart of the home; it is the room in which our lives most unfold. The kitchen is unlike any other room in the house as it serves multiple functions within one space, and it requires a very thoughtful and detailed design". Cynthia Ziegler, c.k.d. 

Join kitchen designer Cynthia Ziegler, of Cynthia Ziegler, Inc., and design blogger Holly Street, author of Things That Inspire, as they share the details of the design process for the kitchen in Holly's new house. In this case study for current kitchen design, Cynthia and Holly will discuss the way in which Holly's requirements for function were combined with the desire to make an aesthetic statement in what Holly considers to be the most important room in the house. The resulting kitchen design is truly a personal reflection of Holly's style, and a testament to the importance of a skilled kitchen designer in making her dream a reality. 

Cynthia will also discuss current kitchen trends and design considerations for those who are considering their own kitchen renovation or build.

All seminars will be held at Craft Atlanta, and are complimentary for Christmas House guests.
Please present your ticket stub at the door. Space is limited and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Special Note: Christmas House guests may return to attend seminars on subsequent days after they have toured the house. A ticket stub is required for admission to seminars, but does not allow for re-admission to the home tour.

Here is the view of the kitchen in progress – not too exciting at this point, but it’s a start!  The kitchen is in a wing, and the large opening is going to be a steel window looking out over the back yard.  The two windows on the other side of the space will be on either side of the range and a curved plaster hood. An island will be in the middle of the space, with a view out the steel windows. The scaffolding in the room is in place so that the framework for the coved ceiling can be built. 

I hope you can make it to this special event!  It is going to be very relaxed and casual, and a great opportunity to chat about kitchen design.

For more information about the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House, including special events going on this weekend, please visit the website: http://www.atlantahomesmag.com/ms/christmas-house/christmas-house-2010

For more information on Cynthia Ziegler and pictures of her wonderful kitchen designs, please visit her website: http://www.cynthiaziegler.com/

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  1. Oh how I can't wait till I have framed walls for my kitchen as well, this phase of building is so exciting.
    Wish I could make it, but the commute is a tad too far. ;)

  2. I am so excited to see your kitchen come together! I can tell it's going to be a stunner!


  3. Holly,
    I think this is a very exciting post...you are talking about 2 of my favorite subjects: kitchens and construction!

    Cynthia's work is beautiful and what I wouldn't do to attend this talk and hang out with you!

  4. Cynthia Ziegler's work is beautiful, and your kitchen is going to be very special. What is on the other side of the two small windows?

  5. her work is gorgeous.
    i love the giant window over the kitch counter.

    xxx merry xmas

  6. Holly I can hardly wait to see your house when it's finished, it'll be so incredible we will all be green with envy. Wow to have the inspiration you have posted on your blog for years in a house that you are envisioning will be quite something to see!!
    I wish was there so I could be attend!

  7. Looking Good. Please post more updates as the pregnancy progresses.

  8. How exciting!
    Your kitchen has beautiful bones. I can't wait to see the steel windows in place.
    I wish I lived closer. I would love to attend the talk!
    Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.


  9. Holly, I think you should be crowned Queen of Suspense and High Expectations!! How exciting to have found this designer and for your kitchen to be used for the conference! Just reward for the huge amount of work and research you put into designing your new home. I wish I could come to this talk.
    My French Country Home

  10. How exciting, best of luck with the talk and seminar!

  11. I'm going to have to check this out...

  12. Holly- what I wouldn't give for big beautiful steel windows in my kitchen!!! (or whole house!!) can't wait to see it

  13. We are all anticipating the construction and unveiling of your home over the next few months. If we're excited, I can imagine how you feel! Have fun at the talk - wish I lived closer to attend.

  14. So wish I could be there. Can't wait to see your new kitchen soon. Miss talking with you. Hope you are well.

  15. I regret I can't be there this busy December. Rain check?

  16. Hello Holly,
    Oh how I wish I could attend! I would love to get the insight shared. You have made me fall in love with Atlanta, and I have never even visited! I do have a friend from Georgia who always tells me I was born in the wrong city because my style is very "Atlanta." I guess she is right, because I did name my daughter Georgia. That was before I discovered you.
    We have outgrown our home, but I cannot find anything on the market that has all I want inside. You really have your finger on the pulse of home design. After reading your blog, I have realized that it would be worth the wait to build, and spend the money on exactly what I want. Time may just be on my side, because I feel that the more research I do, the more refind my tastes become. Thanks for being a great source for that.

    P.S. I drool every time you post a picture of a kitchen! I LOVE a light bright space! I will be waitng for updates on your new kitchen.

  17. Wish I could attend, and so excited to see the first house photos!! Your kitchen sounds A M A Z I N G. I love the idea of the big steel window and I did recall that you were going to do the range between the two smaller windows. I wonder what the big steel window will look upon...something lovely I am sure.

    Oh, and now I want a new kitchen too! ; 0

    xo's Terri

  18. Holly, judging by that gorgeous kitchen, you chose wisely!

    I went on the tour over the weekend along with the Sterling Hall tour. A great way to give to charity and see beautiful homes. A win-win!

    I hate that I will miss your presentation, but I will be freezing my tail off in Syracuse, NY.!

    Have fun.

    Kristen W.

  19. Ohmy! More peaks of the house please! I can not take it! I want to see everything, I just know I am going to be beyond jealous of the kitchen you end up with...that top image is my idea of an ideal kitchen!

  20. Keep these progress photos coming, LOVE to see them!

  21. I'm so disappointed that I can't make it! I'm with Terry - could we get a raincheck/repeat performance? :)


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