Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Manhattan Beach Kitchen UNVEILED!

This Manhattan Beach Kitchen exudes warmth while still capturing the essence of beach living. These fun Spin stools from Crate and Barrel sum up the client's design sensibility; fun, functional, clean and always young-at-heart!

Over the course of the past 9 months, GEORGE I.D. has had the privilege of working with the most wonderful couple, on a dream home project in Manhattan Beach. When the couple first interviewed GEORGE, they expressed a desire to keep the interiors light, bright and simple. They wanted warmth but not the feeling of stuffiness that sometimes accompanies it. They smartly decided that Mediterranean architecture was most suitable for the Los Angeles climate (sea air takes a toll!) but they did not want to sacrifice a light, airy, beachy-feel for the interiors.

From studs:

To drywall:

To designing millwork (guided by the patience and expertise of Tom from Holly Cabinets) and nervously awaiting installation:

To shopping slab yard after slab yard...

...before finally deciding that Caesarstone was the right choice for this kitchen... (Pebble caesarstone for the wall countertops and Organic White caesarstone for the island and "Waterfall mosaic tile for the backsplash) :

To selecting stain and paint colors (we stained all of the downstairs millwork in Zar's "Chestnut" and painted the kitchen cabinetry with Dunn Edwards perfectly chalky-white, "Milk Mustache.":

To shopping fixtures for the kitchen and prep sink, like this Hansgrohe model which we ultimately selected:

To fine-tuning the hardware... we went with these totally cool 3" modern cup pulls in Satin Nickel from Top Knob:

and these sleek satin nickel 1-1/4" cabinet pulls (also Top Knob) for all of the doors:

To installing carefully planned out appliances, like the subzero refrigerator, 48" Wolf Range, Wolf double ovens and warming drawer, GE beverage center, and the impressive Modern Aire kitchen hood:

and then to watch Dutko Flooring install the drop-dead gorgeous hardwood floors, at long last (!):

Here are some photos of a 2 of the 4 baths prior to finishing touches:

It has been a long road but a very gratifying journey. The clients are moving into their beautiful home this week but there is still much to be done! The bedrooms were all carpeted yesterday and we have begun shopping for furniture and window treatments.

Time to get back to work!!


  1. Gorgeous kitchen!!! Your blog is beautiful.

  2. I LOVE it! Great job! I am going to show these pics to one of my clients.She is going to love it.

  3. that was me above, under my husband's account, whoops

  4. This is gorgeous!! What a great job! And it was fun kind of coming along for the ride via your pictures. :-)


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