Kitchen to Relax

After a long and busy week day, we want to come back  home that provides refuge, and comfort.  It’s a place that we can  chill out and relax  in a style.   One of The kitchen trends today is to create live-in feeling in the kitchen, which often incorporates built-in banquette seating to make a kitchen a secondary living room.   The kitchen we designed in the video features with Moroccan tiles, antique Louis XVI chairs, custom built-in banquette, a mid-century wood table and modern brass chandelier… etc.  Mixing and matching of different styles infuses playful yet elegant vibes to this urban kitchen.



2017 Kitchen Trends I

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen in 2017?  From today, we are going to blog kitchen trends in 2017:


Yes, white will remain as popular as ever.  However, it will be more  fun to make it interesting like adding an elegant chandelier, eat-in breakfast table, gold hardwares…



7 Steps to Create a Timeless Kitchen

#TBTThursday !  Here is the kitchen we renovated 5 years ago.  I am still in love with it deeply today. We totally changed the overal layout.


  1. the minimalism warm cherry cabinetry style with long pulls.
  2. The black trims on the top and bottom of the cabinets lend a hand of a cool feeling in this kitchen while balancing off the warm tone on the cabinetry.
  3. Modern multi-color glass tiles add a touch of playfulness and bring life to this kitchen.
  4. The metal-framed glass doors are another cool element in the space.
  5. Black leather granite countertop is a practical choice yet looks very classic.
  6. Under and over-cabinet lighting for task and mood.
  7. The curved island makes access to the kitchen much easier and serves as a large prep station and bar.

Kitchen Island


It’s always more fun when you have a big island in your kitchen.  It can be both an awesome workstation and a bar where friends and guests hang out.  To make your kitchen more stylish, it is always a big plus to choose some good-quality and functional bar stools.  It took us a while to find the right bar stools for the client.  So we just designed and customized the chairs for her.  The bar stools are swivel with embodied silk in the back and blue tufted velvet in the front.  When the family  is sitting by the island,  they are able to turn around to watch TV or join the conversations in the family room.  They are so happy with this design concept.

Breakfast Nook Makeover



We did this house several years ago and just made some fresh-up recently.  The big change is the drapery.  This green silky drapery with Chinoiserie cornice is actually talking to the current silk area rug and the main color scheme in the dining room and living room.   I am never a big fan for a cookie-cutter brownish kitchen.  By installing this long elegant drapery and some chinoiserie decor and a modern oversized chandelier over the breakfast dining table, we really make the space brighter, much bigger, airy and organized with a touch of elegance.  Although it is still traditional, it is very chic and fresh.

Sunday Kitchen


The best way to chill out on Sunday is to prepare family brunch in a beautiful kitchen with a lot of sunshines.

Pantone Color of the Year 2016

For the first time, Pantone chose the blending of two shades—Rose Quartz and Serenity as the Pantone Color of the Year 2016. The two shades demonstrate calm, connection, relaxation, as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. Here is our take on Color of the Year.

7 Ways to Create a Fashionable Kitchen

The inspiration from the current fashion weeks is really the color impact. Earthy orange and gray and brown are such a fresh combination.  We did something interesting for a living room project Now, it is time for the kitchen, the heart of the house.  Instead of putting cabinet boxes together, we freed up the space and got rid of most of wall cabinets.  I specially like the idea that the breakfast table is just in the middle of the kitchen.  Ultimately, the kitchen is for use and not for storage.  We are all striving for healthy life style and would like to eat the real food when they are fresh with nutrients in peak. With being more conscious in healthy life style, we actually don’t  need to have a lot of  spaces to install all of the cans and processed food.  Therefore, the design for this kitchen is light, airy, fashionable and relaxing.

a fashionable kitchen
a fashionable kitchen
  1. The color palette of orange, brown, gray and blue is truly channel the new colors from the fashion weeks.  It’s fresh, chic and have a touch of warmth for the fall.
  2. We keep the original architectural details such as moldings and painted all the walls, ceilings and moldings in dark blue to present the originality in a very soft and elegant way.
  3.  Checked- tile floor—timeless and classy.
  4.  Tufted brown chairs add a touch of luxury to this streamed line kitchen.
  5. Pop of orange on the cabinets and chair makes the whole space so fashionable.
  6. The brass British chanderlier with a cream shade adds another layer of classy.
  7. Of course, fresh flowers always make us feel life is so beautiful.

Now it is time to make something this fabulous kitchen.

Friday Eye Candy—8 Timeless Kitchens and bathes

Can you believe that the temperature in LA today is about 100 degree. It’s hot!  Therefore, I put together some quite stylish kitchens and bathes in blue and  color for you. Maybe that will help cool down a little bit.

This is Gwyneth Paltrow's KITCHEN. Love the shade of gray.
This is Gwyneth Paltrow’s KITCHEN. Love the shade of gray.
The color palette has nice contrast with pink. The feeling here is very feminine and fashionable.
Jo’s kitchen—the color palette of blue, black, cream and pink create  a water-color painting.  It’sfeminine and fashionable.
grey kitchen
grey kitchen. Love this light grey cabinets with brass hardware–clean, crisp and chic.
A bespoke kitchen---functional, organized and fashionable. Love the black vintage ranged with brass trim, subway tile and open shelves.
A bespoke kitchen—functional, organized and fashionable. Love the black vintage ranged with brass trim, subway tile and open shelves.
Teal color on the ceiling and cabinets creates visual interest.
Teal color on the ceiling and cabinets creates visual interest.
Gray wall has such nice contrast with crisp tub.
Gray wall has such nice contrast with crisp tub.
Bluish mosaic wall is just so beautiful.
Bluish mosaic wall is just so beautiful.
soft and beautiful
soft and beautiful

Have a wonderful Friday