Case Study: Silestone Trendspotter Theresa Casey Organic Loft
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Accessible design was also key in the kitchen; Theresa integrated an ADA-accessible roll-up counter and wider hallways to easily accommodate wheelchairs.

Q+A with Theresa Casey

Outdoor space and organic materials seem to play a significant role in your kitchen design. Why is marrying indoor and outdoor spaces important to you as a designer?

I think it is and always will be important to connect people to the earth, especially in urban environments. It grounds them, positively affects the psyche and forces us to see beyond our manmade worlds and connect to the seasons and the passage of time. I think it inspires us.

And do you think it’s a trending element in kitchen design?

No - I think it has always been a focus and will continue to be.

Your kitchen features strong artistic elements – from the sculptural light fixtures over the island to the art hanging over the wet bar. How did you select colors and materials that both contributed to – and complemented – this artistic tone?

Bringing in handmade elements enlivens a space. In this case the 1930s Italian handmade sconces bring texture and interest to the wall. The hanging pendants above the island are wonderfully patterned and perfectly frame the island and the symmetrical floating shelves beyond. Both light fixtures beautifully complement the balanced, clean lines of the kitchen. I was so excited by the new Silestone Eternal series. I love Marquina; it adds a hit of graphicness to the archway between the two spaces, making the transition particularly engaging.

Art is always a reflection of the owners and brings “them” into the space. In this case the art is made by them as well as collected and inherited. I think it is very important to have objects that surround you that have meaning, connect you to where you come from and have meaning for you today.

Every element is important and I decide where to place emphasis by what mood I am creating. In this project I wanted an environment that would allow space for the client's passions while leaving room for quiet contemplation. I am interested in finding out what excites my clients so that I can incorporate those interests into their homes; in this kitchen/family room there was dedicated space for books and art. But also, there is a calm nurturing atmosphere where they can create new ideas in their work and where the young family gathers. I started with Silestone Pear Jasmine for the countertops here because of its freshness, it really contributes to the tranquil nature of the space. My work is client driven, I don't have a formula and I tailor unique, individual, concepts to reflect their interesting lives.

Balance and symmetry are key components in this design. Can you tell us how you went about achieving this effect?
This is indeed a very balanced design. Centre view of island with balance floating open shelves on either side of the stove framed by the textured pattern of the matching light fixtures. A discordant element which is not symmetrical but rather organic is the installation of the art in the bar area. I purposely installed them this way because it creates tension and interest. Similarly, the accessories throughout are installed with this in mind. Too much symmetry can dull a space.

Your color palette embraces contrast. What are your tips for homeowners looking to create a contrasting color palette in their own kitchens?

Take inspiration from art - Franz Klein is a great example. While the Marquina archway creates a tonal contrast within the space; the Pearl Jasmine countertop complements the Calacatta Gold on the back wall with more subtlety and nuance.

Do you have any kitchen design tips for homeowners thinking about ‘remodeling or building?

Don’t be fooled and think you can do it yourself, invest and hire a qualified architect and interior designer. It will save you time, money, stress and ensure that your space functions with style that reflects you. You will have a comprehensive drawing package that is the essential component for the team. And, project management by your professionals is essential.