Guest Blogger Series: Design Galleria

Editors’ note: To kick off showhouse season, we’ve asked Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio for a sneak peek into the firm’s design process as it prepares for the opening of the 42nd annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens on April 20.

It is an honor to play such a large part in the renovation of this 1920’s Phillip Trammell Shutze designed home.  As noted in a previous post, it was important to honor the original details of the home and this includes the selection of appropriate materials.  One way this was done was in the selection of the un-lacquered brass decorative hardware in the kitchen supplied by the Matthew Quinn Collection.

Several of the original bathrooms had Vermont marble slab walls in the shower, so a white Vermont marble called “Montclair” was the perfect fit for the kitchen countertops and custom corner sink fabricated by Marmi Natural Stone.

Marble was the most noble of materials back in the 20’s and will be an important component to this renovation.  Specialty Tile was a perfect source for the many beautiful materials we see in the powder rooms and secondary baths.  Below, we see Mary Kathryn Timoney of Design Galleria working with Arlene Holland of Specialty Tile on Miami Circle.

A deep brown marble, called Michelangelo, sourced from A&S Marble, was the most handsome find for the men’s powder room paired with a basket-weave mosaic of Michelangelo and a white marble “dot” as the floor in the water closet.  John Fernandez and Jennifer True, the designers of the men’s powder room, selected a deep coffee bean lacquer for the paneled walls to perfectly compliment the marble. The ladies’ powder room has the opposite color palette with white Statuary marble as the prominent marble.

Two of the secondary baths boast traditional patterns and marble floors paired with a white porcelain subway tile.  As with the original design, the materials are consistent with only the variation of a tan or gray stone accent.  Classic patterns of basket-weave and herringbone paired with a traditional subway pattern are the perfect fit in these spaces, honoring the original design with updated materials.

Written by Mary Kathryn Timoney