Roll through the holidays with a well-stocked bar cart
The holidays are fast approaching, and along with it, the entertaining season. For many hosts, the libations are as carefully considered as the food. So we asked local tastemakers to weigh in on the components of a good bar setup — from must-have tools and ingredients to go-to resources and decorative accents.
Tineke Triggs is an interior designer by trade, but she also has a knack for making cocktails: At California Home + Design magazine’s mix-off competition at the Palace Hotel in September, her Alpine Mist took top honors. Perhaps the skill runs in the family, since Triggs recalls that her grandmother made the best Manhattans and would let her have one of the cherries from the drink. “I thought they were the best cherries I’d ever tasted,” Triggs adds. As a designer, Triggs is often tasked with incorporating a cocktail station for clients. The bar shown here resides in a home that “is neat and organized, so the thought of mismatched bottles out on display would not work,” says Triggs, who decanted the liquor for “a clean, uncluttered look.” The round decanters are from Anthem on Sacramento Street, while the square one is from Tiffany & Co.
Essential tools: “The glass cocktail shaker is key. The metal ones always seem to stick and the strainers drip. Other important tools include a double jigger, strainer, toothpicks and ice tongs.”
Always on hand: Vodka and bourbon — they are both versatile. One of my client’s mothers is from the South and apparently uses vodka to get rid of poison ivy and ear infections, and bourbon for sore throats. How’s that for versatility!”
Art matters: “The art above the cart is ‘Reflections with Raft’ by Catherine Mackey. The clients were drawn to the piece as it reflects the urban environment where they live. When you pour a cocktail and look up at the painting, you discover something unexpected that you hadn’t seen before. It’s a great distraction from the hustle and bustle of the day.”
A Very Special Blue Valentine with Tineke Triggs
A “Blue Valentine “ doesn’t have to be synonymous with “lonely." I grew up in a Dutch family where Valentine’s Day was a time to honor friendship and companionship more than anything else. The color blue symbolizes loyalty and trust, and a Blue Valentine-themed gathering is a great excuse to spend quality time with loved ones and celebrate your closest relationships - be it friends, family or significant others, let your love shine through this Valentines Day.
Vintage Aston Martin
I can’t think of a better way to kick off a Blue Valentine’s Day than taking a loved one for a spin in this gorgeous blue Aston Martin. Destination unknown - it’s definitely all about the journey here!
These archery tacks are cast representations of arrow tails with a modern twist. Out of the ordinary and adorable. Pin these to any of those Valentines notes worth saving.
Hermes Tableware, Bleu d’Ailleurs
After touring around in the vintage beauty, head home for a special meal and pull out all the stops with this gorgeous Hermes tableware. Its bold colors and exotic patterns are influenced by both European and Asian travels - a subtle way to bring different cultures together through beautiful design.
Ballar Tea Glasses
No need to buy jewlery this Valentine’s when you have these Moroccan tea glasses that are like jewels themselves. Their gold etched details and dazzling colored glass make a beautiful statement for everything from cocktails to candleholders - even a traditional Moroccan mint tea.
Good design doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This gold flatware from West Elm is elegant and festive and set a beautiful table.
Custom Tablecloth, Fabric by Guildery
I love this Loom pattern from Guildrey and had it made into a gorgeous tablecloth - perfect for a Blue Valentine’s celebration!
Tom Dixon “Steampunk”Candlestick Holders These brass candlesticks make great conversation pieces with an industrial vibe that still manages to feel delicate. The unusual design and solid material give these “sticks” major staying power.
Cards Against Humanity
Good food, great friends, and a little too much wine…the perfect setting for an after dinner game of Cards Against Humanity. Edgy, outlandish and occasionally absurd - be prepared to laugh!
Blue Graphic Desert Plates, Collector’s Edition These adorable dessert plates are perfect for after dinner treats, and are a welcome reminder of how sweet life is…
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Blueberries
A decadent Valentines treat that’s meant to be shared! Fluffy red velvet topped with luscious cream cheese frosting and just enough blueberries to count as a fruit…right?
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Blueberries
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 1½ cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1(1-oz.) bottle red liquid food coloring
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; Gradually add sugar, beating well; Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended
- Stir in food coloring and vanilla until blended
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and salt In a 4-cup bowl, stir together buttermilk, vinegar, and baking soda liquid (mixture will bubble.)
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling three-fourths full.
- Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pans to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 45 minutes). Then add the icing.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 pound cream cheese, softened
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- fresh blueberries, for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. On low speed, add sugar until blended. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
- Garnish with fresh blueberries
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Becky Harris April 29, 2016
Houzz Tour: Saddled-Up Chic for a Modern Barn-Style Home
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A young couple with a new baby boy
Location: Sycamore Park area of Mill Valley, California
Size: 2,715 square feet (252 square meters); four bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms
Designers: Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living and Barbara Chambers of Chambers + Chambers
The homeowners bought the house while it was under construction, so Triggs was able to help them choose the fixtures and finishes along the way. The house has a modern barnlike style that Triggs decided to play off without going all-out farmyard. “We didn’t want to do reclaimed, reclaimed, reclaimed everywhere,” she says. Instead she nodded to the home’s laid-back style via saddle leathers, more subtle rustic elements here and there, and chic finishing touches.
“These clients are neat, organized and stylish, but they are also bubbly, enthusiastic and have a casual bohemian Burning Man side,” she says. Incorporating these aspects of their personalities while designing a home that was comfortable for young children resulted in a casual yet elegant style.
Textures play a big role in the mostly neutral-colored home. Rustic and polished woods, saddle leathers, wools, and faux furs meet glitzy metallics. Triggs loved getting fringe into the mix, as on this comfortable leather armchair.
Gemsbok floor lamp: Dira; media cabinet: Mr. Brown; chair: Plantation; drapery fabric: Romo
The Indonesian coffee table was the first thing she bought, after happening upon it in an antiques store. “I saw it and thought, ‘This is it,’” she says. She texted her clients a photo, and they immediately approved. “When you find these things, you have to grab them as soon as you see them,” she says.
Sofa: Mr. Brown; sofa fabric: Beekman in taupe, Sunbrella for Donghia; pillows: Robert Allen, Kazen in taupe by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan + Tout and Lena in indigo, Raoul Textiles; rug: Stark Carpet
“I really thought about how people would transition from outdoor dining to outdoor lounging,” she says. A group of modern Adirondack chairs from Loll Designs forms one conversation area, while upholstered pieces form an L around the fire pit.
The outbuilding has workout equipment and serves as a man cave. The family also has an organic garden it harvests for meals and juices.
Lights: Palecek; pillows: Dransfield & Ross
Simple modern Shaker-style cabinetry and dark hardware play off the modern barn theme. The statuary marble countertops add the chic factor. The backsplash is a crackled ceramic tile that looks like gray-washed brick.
Charlotte counter stools: Nuevo; backsplash tile: Ann Sacks
Cloud 37 chandelier: Apparatus; dining table: custom, Big Daddy Antiques; Hadley 9-drawer buffet: Custom Furniture and Fabrics; rug: Himalayan Weavers; drapery fabric: Owando Stripe, Beacon Hill
Rug: custom, Himalayan Weavers; Jacques coffee table and Puzzle lamps: Jonathan Adler; Tibetan lamb stools: Outpost Original; sofa: custom in a Kravet fabric, Plantation; window treatment fabric: Katachi in Sketch, Pollack; drapery hardware: Vesta; pillow fabric: Annina in indigo, Beacon Hill, and Dante in cobalt, Romo
Pendant lights: Arteriors
Indoor-outdoor living extends out onto a small balcony, covered in artificial grass. “It makes their dog feel cozy out there,” she says.
Faux fur bench: vintage, House of Honey; window treatment fabric: Fresco in Chamois, Romo; rug: Stark Carpet; Markos pendant light: Visual Comfort; blanket: Serena & Lily
Lamps: Darryl Carter for Urban Electric; nightstand: Robert James; horn handles on nightstand: Ochre; sham fabric: Lee Jofa; bed: custom with Royal Comfort fabric by Robert Allen, Plantation; patio lounge chair: Gloster
Leather swivel chair: Lee Industries; chest: Robert James; dresser horn handles: Ochre
Mirror: Restoration Hardware; floor tile: Ann Sacks
Roman shade fabric: Dream Weaver in Mist, Schumacher
What inspired this career path for you? Being creative has been a major source of joy for me ever since I was a little kid, but I really got hooked on interior design when I bought my first home. I had such a tight budget for remodeling that I ended up doing it all myself – and I absolutely loved it. I had always dabbled in different artistic hobbies, but that was the moment I realized I had found my true calling.
What is your go-to source for inspiration? I draw a lot of inspiration from my travels abroad, and when designing for clients I will often think about the places I’ve been, different styles I’ve admired, and the history and culture that inform those styles. I have a Dutch/Belgian heritage, and I adore European furniture design and the whole European eclectic movement.
Tell us about your creative process. When I first meet with a new client, I sit down to clear my mind of any other projects I’m working on and try to get a very clear picture of the people I’m designing for and how they live. Do they entertain frequently? Have small children? Love to travel? I try to envision them in their happy place and then set to work on creating a beautiful but liveable environment that suits their personal style, whatever it may be.
Describe your style in 6 words or less. Eclectic, chic, vibrant, playful, and, most of all, balanced.
What’s a staple in your tool kit? My pencil and my sketchbook go with me just about everywhere. They enable me to think outside the box and capture design inspiration whenever and wherever it strikes!
Who do you look up to in the design world? Dorothy Draper, Kelly Hoppen, Tommi Parzinger, Kelly Wearstler, and my most favorite Italian designer of all, Pucci!
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? I’d love to build a luxurious modern beach house on an island for Justin Timberlake. I think he is so fun and would be an absolute kick to design for. Who wouldn’t want to spend time at the beach with Justin?
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? I am a big fan of 1stdibs and Remodelista.
What do you love about Viyet? Viyet is a fabulous marketplace for designers and the general public to pick up high-end pieces at a great value. They do a terrific job curating the products so that quality is top notch. And there is such an amazing group of designers to pull from – it’s better than an auction house!
Designer Crush Q & A: Tineke Triggs
Tineke Triggs founded Artistic Designs For Living (or ADL) over a decade ago after undertaking a huge project that became a major career change. She was in the midst of building her dream home in Wine Country and decided to leave a job in tech sales to pursue interior design - and we are so glad she did. Tineke has called color her muse, and when looking through examples of her work, you can tell how much she adores, and respects, the power of bright hues. She lets vibrant color be the star of the show, and supports hot pinks, fiery oranges, and lemon yellows with classic shapes and clean lines. We appreciate how Tineke's designs are bright but never gaudy and are especially drawn to her bathroom designs. Whether vast white-on-white spaces or tiny jewel-box sized powder rooms, they all feel like works of art.
Big thanks to Tineke for sharing her answers to our Designer Crush Q&A!
1. Where do you currently live in CA and what's special about how you've designed your personal space?
I live in San Francisco. My personal space is like my personality - half Bohemian and half Ralph Lauren/Hermes. Growing up in Woodside, California, I'm a horse girl at heart but adore living in the city. In my own home I love pops of color and text with little elements of surprise and culture. My home has elements of my travels to Southeast Asia, and antiques from Europe and Africa too.
2. What's your dream design project? Who would it be for (dead or alive)?
I'm dying to do a modern beach house overlooking Malibu, Santa Barbara, Bali, Mexico, or the Hamptons. Something, clean, fresh, and bright, but contemporary. Of course a project in Paris or London would be amazing too.
3. In real life, what's your favorite design project you've completed to date?
This is hard. I have two favorites right now. One modern, rustic home in Tahoe with reclaimed ceilings, metal, and stone. The other is a historic home in black-and-white with navy and orange accents, high ceilings, lots of light, and really cool intricate molding. The projects are very, very different from each other but extremely fun to work on with amazing clients. Both have elements of surprise that you wouldn't normally see in these types of homes - which is part of my signature look.
4. You've been gifted a fabulously furnished dream home but can only bring one item from your current space. What would it be?
That is easy! My 6x5 foot photo of the wild horses of sable by Roberto Duesto.
5. What's your creative process when designing a space?
Every time I start a project I imagine living in the space myself, then I pretend I am my client. How do they live and who are they? I think of what I can offer them that they wouldn't think of themselves. I think that is why I design a lot of my own furniture; I'm always coming up with things I want that I can't find...so I make it.
6. Where do you score prized interior design items? Any shopping tips?
1stdibs is one of the best places to shop for unique one of a kind items. My best tip is to pay attention to scale and color. No matter how much you like a piece, make sure it can fit and look good in your space. I can't tell you how many times I have seen a client purchase something they love but doesn't work in a room. It's such a waste! And if you are buying online, make sure you know the quality of the company you are buying from and the return policies.
7. Ever had an epic DIY disaster? What project would you never take on again yourself?
Of course- you can't be in the business this long and not have a couple great war stories. But I think my worst is when I first got started and I thought I could be a general contractor and hang crown molding myself. It looks so easy when you see them do it on TV! It was a disaster. I have such respect for my contractors and craftsman - I will never do that again.
8. What new design trend are you excited to integrate into your next project?
My new thing is custom hardware, including fun cabinet pulls I designed myself and some unique one-of-a-kind objects that I turned into pulls for furniture and cabinetry. It really makes furniture stand out!
9. Lightning round!
Beach or mountains?
Twitter or Facebook?
Architectural Digest or Wallpaper?
Should you spend money on a fabulous bathroom or kitchen?
Depends on if you love entertaining and cooking more then spas and tubs. I'm a spa girl and my husband is a book cook. He would say kitchen and I would say bath!
Would you rather shop new or vintage?
Great view or perfect pool?
SF or LA?
San Francisco. Go Giants!!!
10. What's one tip you wish someone had told you when first starting out in the design world?
Understand budgeting and learn how to use a spreadsheet. Design and budgeting go hand in hand. They don't teach that in school and they really should!
Tineke's Courageous Colors
Name: Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living Location: San Francisco, CA Tineke Triggs of San Francisco's Artistic Designs for Living office illustrate one's computer may look like everyone else's, but your workspace certainly does not have to abide to conventions, especially when it comes to color. A bold and fashionable palette of magenta and vibrant yellow permeate into textural patterns on upholstery, flooring, and wallpaper, neutralizing the otherwise mundane PC and wired phone elements into the background.
Cool Countertop Design
In today’s kitchens, countertops are much more than just a work surface, serving as an integral part of the design, and often as a focal point for the space.
The growing number of countertop materials offered by manufacturers makes it easier, and in many cases more fun, to design with countertops that command attention. Consider the opportunities provided with materials that range from natural stone and quartz, solid surface and wood to glass, metal, recycled materials and more. Add a bit of creativity with interesting angles, mixed materials and LED lighting and every client can have a unique statement piece designed specifically for them.
This month, KBDN features several kitchen designs with countertop designs that feature plenty of “cool.”
Designer: Tineke Triggs, associate ASID, designer/founder; Artistic Designs for Living; San Francisco, CA
Materials used: Jerusalem Grey limestone; cold-pressed steel (raised island)
Desired look: With the goal of blending a rustic retreat with urban chic, Triggs created this Lake Tahoe getaway for a fun-loving family of four. Utilizing salvaged and reclaimed wood and industrial metals, this year-round vacation home exudes a sense of warmth. “The family was all about fun, family and friends. We strived to keep that rustic Tahoe feel but placed a premium on edgy over stodgy.”
Achieving the look: “I knew I didn’t want the typical heavy, knotty wood look…I’m tired of it. Instead, I wanted to create a contemporary, urban feel…without compromising the history of the gold rush days.”
To achieve that goal, she created a cohesive color palette in grey that includes the Jerusalem Grey limestone countertops as well as the raised metal island top that is highlighted with industrial rivets that mirror those used in the bar stools and complement the massive custom range hood sculpted from cold-pressed steel. The open kitchen also features salvaged materials, including pendant chandeliers made from baskets designed to catch minnows.
Most creative aspect: “The Jerusalem Grey limestone is stunning! There is subtle movement in the stone and color of grey is gorgeous.”
Countertops’ role in the kitchen: “The countertop and the backsplash end up being a main interest in the room so you want them to look great.”
Trending countertop materials: quartzite. “It looks like marble but is durable like granite. I’m also using more flamed and textured surfaces, in particular those by EuroStone.”
Most unusual countertop material used: plate steel. “We used it for the island and allowed it to wear down, adding character to the space. I’ve also designed a marble countertop that was cut on the bias, creating linear lines for a contemporary look.”
A San Francisco designer brings urban sophistication, wit and imagination to a family retreat at Lake Tahoe
The thing about decorating a Lake Tahoe Getaway is that you’re pretty much indebted to the dramatic High Sierra terrain, and therefore obligated to pay homage to its grandeur in your design. But if you aren’t careful, all that timber and leather and plaid—the de rigueur riggings of mountain living—can start to feel just a little tired, despite their inherent “warmth.” Chances are good, after all, that your neighbors have adopted the same aesthetic. How, then, can you infuse some modernity and imagination into such an archetypal style?
If you’re interior designer Tineke Triggs, who recently created a High Sierra escape near Homewood Mountain Resort on the west shore of Lake Tahoe for a young family of four, you do the following: 1) Scour the property for relics of ski seasons past for possible design fodder; 2) freshen up quintessential embellishments of mountain décor with wittier versions; 3) bring in unexpected texture to liven up the neutral palette that rustic environments demand; and 4) accomplish all of the above while maintaining a sense of authenticity.
“There’s a thread of unpredictability in this house that I love,” says Triggs, principal of San Francisco-based Artistic Designs for Living. “At the same time, you still have that not-so-precious, curl-up-on-the-couch comfort and coziness that mountain cabins are known for.”
As you might expect, timber is well represented in the 4,000-square-foot house, imparting its warmth and rusticity in nearly every space. But even this traditional material reveals itself in unorthodox ways: In the master bathroom, for example, the ceramic floor tiles, arranged in a classic herringbone pattern, realistically mimic wood grain. And reclaimed barnwood isn’t used on the floors, but overhead—a trick Triggs used to draw attention to, not away from, the low ceilings in some parts of the house. “When there was nothing I could do to make them taller, I opted to make them interesting,” she says.
As a counterpoint to the rustic surroundings, Triggs found plenty of opportunities to urbanize the design with the addition of metal details. The metal frame of an old ski patrol toboggan was reimagined as a chandelier for the dining room. The kitchen’s dramatic custom range hood is made by the same artisan who crafted the majestic hearth in the living room; both are essentially artistic sculptures of cold-pressed steel. “They’ve got that Gold Rush-era, coal-powered railroad vibe,” says the designer, who notes that the hood’s mammoth scale vies for attention with the tall aspen trees framed by the kitchen’s double-height windows. “I wish I could take credit for the beautiful trees,” Triggs adds. “I really appreciate the depth they give the space.”
While California poppy-inspired orange-red pillows, throw blankets and artwork enliven the neutral color palette, Triggs also relied on texture to provide interest. The walls of the powder room, for example, appear to be covered in black horsehair, but it’s really vinyl wallpaper. Old minnow baskets lined with crisp linen were repurposed for light fixtures in the kitchen. And two club chairs in the living room are upholstered in sumptuous, oh-so-fluffy shearling. “Sinking into them feels like I’m slipping into a pair of warm Ugg boots,” Triggs says.
With snug seats in mind, Triggs also installed a window bench wherever she could, from the dining room to the master bathroom. “One of the husband’s true pleasures in life is finding a sunny place to sit and watch the world go by,” the designer says. “I swear he was a cat in a previous life.”
While the surprising design elements give this residence its personality, it’s the designer’s attention to coziness that provides its soul. After all, comfort is often directly proportional to that unmistakable feeling of home.
Rustic rooms can sometimes feel a bit heavy. Interior designer Tineke Triggs gives us her tips on how to lighten the mood.
Swapping out heavy fur and velvet throw pillows and blankets for lighter fabrics is an easy and inexpensive way of changing the look and feel of a room.
ADD BOLD COLOR
Warm autumnal colors seem like a given for a mountain home, but don’t be afraid to go bolder by incorporating hints of saturated color.
CHOOSE LIGHTWEIGHT DRAPES
Heavy window treatments made from velvets and mohair might not be the best match for a rustic room. Try Roman shades or even a lightweight plaid—they can feel traditional without being stuffy.
Art can soften or energize the mood of a room. Work with an art consultant. It can save you time and money.
Rustic environments often have rich wood flooring. Be expressive by choosing rugs with a variety of colors and textures. For example, don’t be afraid to mix a Moroccan rug with a hair-on-hide covering.
HAVE SOME FUN
Choosing a few whimsical statement pieces, like the old ski-patrol-toboggan-turned-chandelier suspended over the dining table, is much more interesting than an off-the-showroom-floor light fixture.
ARCHITECTURE Ron Diller, INTERIOR DESIGN Tineke Triggs, Artistic Designs for Living, San Francisco, CA, adlsf.com CONSTRUCTION Fellner Construction, 530-546-7899, homesbyfellnerconstruction.com CUSTOM LIGHTING Jim Misner Designs, San Francisco, CA, 415-928-0400, jimmisnerlightdesigns.com ARTWORK ENTRY Andrej Karwacki, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com LIVING ROOM "Engine," by Blair Bradshaw, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com Metal Pieces, Linda Raynsford, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com GAME ROOM "Star," by Blair Bradshaw, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com BEDROOM Benjamin Anderson, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com KITCHEN BARSTOOLS Hinkle Swivel in wood and iron, Arteriors, arteriorshome.com CHANDELIER Custom by Jim Misner Designs, San Francisco, CA, 415-928-0400, jimmisnerlightdesigns.com HOOD Custom in cold-pressed steel, Hunter Metal, huntermetal.org COUNTER TOPS Limestone in Jerusalem Grey, IRG, BACKSPLASH "Hex" Bedford Collection in Zinc Matte, Country Floors PAINT Cabinets in "Iron Mountain," Wall in "Revere Pewter," Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com DINING ROOM CHAIRS Banyan Side Chairs in Craftsmen's Leather, Nichols and Stone, nicholsandstone.com TABLE Custom in metal, Big Daddy WINDOW SEAT FABRIC Duralee, duralee.com CUSTOM PILLOWS "A," in brown stripe, Manuel Canovas, manuelcanovas.com; "Carpet" in pumpkin, Verrain, Velvet in orange, Pollack, Trim in blue sky, Kravet, kravet.com CHANDELIER Custom, Jim Misner Designs, San Francisco, CA, 415-928-0400, jimmisnerlightdesigns.com PAINT "Revere Pewter," Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com GAME ROOM CHAIRS Rockwell Bistro Dining Chairs in dark red WALL COVERING "Aspen" in silver birch, Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com LIVING ROOM SOFA Custom sofa in Linen, Kravet kravet.com OTTOMANS Custom in Genius Hershko by Joseph Nobel CHAIRS Lee Chairs in leather shearling dusty beige with Summit Fennel RUG Custom Nadia Wool Rug, California Carpets, calfloor.com
2011 CH+D Award for Kitchen + Bath Design
By Lily Gahagan/ 01/31/11 at 2:32 pm
Designer Tineke Triggs made the most of an unusually spacious kitchen in her client’s Edwardian flat.
Artistic Designs for Living, San Francisco
Bush Street Kitchen
A kitchen renovation is no piece of cake, but designer Tineke Triggs might beg to differ. Tasked with transforming the awkward, dark kitchen of a 1,000-square-foot Lower Pacific Heights apartment into an open and inviting space, Triggs found her muse in the sweetest of places. “My client had a postcard of Wayne Thiebaud’s Cakes, which she loved, and it ended up inspiring the palette for the entire project.”
Whether used as a prep station or a breakfast bar, the streamlined metal table is less bulky than a solid island and offers the same amount of counter space.
Triggs started by switching out the room’s tiny window for a taller one, and then opening up the doorway to the dining area to bring in some of the kitchen’s new light. An original Thiebaud painting would have blown the $75,000 budget, so Triggs had the postcard’s image enlarged instead. Frosting-white paint was chosen for the cabinets, while the gray-blue background of the painting is mirrored in the kitchen’s subway tile backsplash.
The palette was inspired by the adjacent dining area and Wayne Thiebaud’s Cakes painting.
To keep the room open and fresh, a clunky island was nixed for a slim stainless steel table on casters that doubles as a casual dining spot. An antique armchair scored on eBay got a fresh coat of paint and new upholstery to fit the palette. The round shape of the cakes in the inspiration artwork is echoed in the arches above the sink and the curves of the chandelier. Yellow accents dot both the kitchen and dining areas like icing.
The finished product was just what the client, a single woman who works in public relations, had hoped for. “Kitchens tend to be very masculine,” Triggs says. “Being able to tweak that and create a room that’s feminine and glam was a lot of fun.” Sounds like sweet success.
A Modern Masterpiece Goes Big and Goes Bold
By Adriana Angelini
Tineke Triggs, the founder of Artistic Designs for Living, is a master at creating awe-inspiring spaces that make a bold statement. Her process begins by putting herself in her clients’ shoes to better understand what kind of interior they want. When she took on this art-filled project in San Francisco near Fisherman’s Wharf, we weren’t surprised to see that this space became its own masterpiece.