The Clouds Are At Your Fingertips With This New Glassware Line {The Clouds Are At Your Fingertips With This New Glassware Line} – English

The Clouds Are At Your Fingertips With This New Glassware Line {The Clouds Are At Your Fingertips With This New Glassware Line} – English

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three engraved crystal glasses

PHOTO COURTESY JONATHAN HANSEN

New York-based designer and consummate collaborator Jonathan Hansen—who has worked with everyone from Thom Browne and Ralph Rucci to The Haas Brothers and L’Objet—recently released his first collection of handcrafted, engraved crystal glassware, aptly named In the Clouds. Made by master craftsmen of the Bohemian crystal tradition in the Czech Republic, the collection features 10 pieces in clear and tinted gray crystal. Luxe tapped Hansen to learn more about his ethereal work.

What was your initial inspiration? It started with hand-painted ceilings in European palaces and cathedrals, which made its way onto a porcelain collection in collaboration with Marie Daâge. As we were all inside over the past year, my eyes were drawn to the actual expansive skies. Taking the cloud theme and working it onto crystal objects felt like the right step in the evolution of my exploration.

Talk to us about the process. After studying hand-painted skies on porcelain with artists in Limoges, France, I was curious to see how the same theme would work in another material and through a different process. Clouds are masses of water and, somehow, the engraved crystal captures this, in that the clear crystal sits directly next to the “clouded” engraved crystal—a kind of embodiment of what the clouds in the sky are actually doing.

Do you have a favorite piece? The stemless wine glass feels wonderful in the hand—drinking a glass of wine while feeling the engraved clouds is a multi-sensory experience.

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Custom Cabinetry Meets Antiques At This Holistic Denver Showroom {Custom Cabinetry Meets Antiques At This Holistic Denver Showroom} – English

Custom Cabinetry Meets Antiques At This Holistic Denver Showroom {Custom Cabinetry Meets Antiques At This Holistic Denver Showroom} – English

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beige mirror and sofa against grey wall displayed in furnishings showroom

PHOTO COURTESY COEUR CABINET + CURATED INTERIORS

As director of interiors for Denver-based Ruggles Mabe Studio, designer Emily Lindemann takes a holistic approach to her work, marrying architectural details and luxurious finishes to create rooms with timeless style. “Giving clients an integrated experience has always been important to us, and we wanted to expand that,” she says. So, when the opportunity arose to create a tactile showroom experience, she embraced it. Called Coeur after the French word for “heart,” the Washington Park studio offers fine custom and semi-custom cabinetry, interior design services, and a selection of new and found home furnishings and accessories. coeurinteriors.com

What’s Coeur’s niche in the Denver design market? We’ve seen a surge in requests for smaller renovations, and Coeur focuses on that scale of project. If a client just wants to redo their powder room, we can help.

Why is cabinetry such an integral part of your offerings? I think it’s absolutely essential to have good cabinetry in your home. It’s something you touch every single day and always a big line item in the budget, so it’s crucial to get it right. That’s why we wanted to partner with Plato Woodwork—they get it.

What are the possibilities for custom cabinetry? Plato is really innovative with their materials, and while they offer classic, solid-wood cabinetry, they’re always pushing the envelope with everything from beautiful textured woods to doors inlaid with brass.

Can you describe the other home goods Coeur offers? We’ve curated antiques, new furnishings, a custom upholstery collection, and we’ve brought in lighting, candle and apothecary lines. I look for pieces that tell a story. Everything is very warm, textural and organic.

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The Midcentury Home Of A Former Ford President Enters A New Era {The Midcentury Home Of A Former Ford President Enters A New Era} – English

The Midcentury Home Of A Former Ford President Enters A New Era {The Midcentury Home Of A Former Ford President Enters A New Era} – English

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When general contractor Mark Kelley first saw the Woodside, California, dwelling that once belonged to Arjay Miller, former Ford Motor Co. president and retired dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he knew it was something very special. “It was a classic, midcentury, one-story house with tall ceilings and huge windows looking out onto a beautiful backyard,” Kelley says. “The home was really well built, and it was filled with furniture from the 1960s that people today would lose their heads over.”

Upon his death in 2017—at the age of 101—Arjay bequeathed the abode to his son and daughter- in-law, for whom Kelley, architect Steve Simpson, interior designer Linda Sullivan and landscape architect Bob Cleaver dreamed up a renovation honoring the home’s historical style while modernizing it for 21st-century life. “In essence, we tried to make everything better without making anything worse,” Simpson says of the challenge.

It’s another way of saying that central to the renovation was a profound sense of restraint. To that end, the architect reallocated space without changing the structure’s footprint: A couple of bedrooms became a home theater, the area for the kitchen expanded, a wine room was added, and two spaces transformed into the new main bedroom suite. Other elements were carefully preserved. The team left Arjay’s office, clad in walnut paneling, as it has always been, and the original front door received only a small upgrade of fluted glass, for the sake of privacy. Much of the hardware is also original to the abode, just powder coated in a darker finish for a fresh look.

Sullivan and her colleague, design director Silvia Hendrawan, took cues from the home itself as the pair decided how to revamp the interiors. “Arjay’s wife, Frances, was a designer and her taste was obviously fantastic,” Sullivan says. “For us, taking a different viewpoint on the interiors while still achieving the original vibe was really important.” This approach led them to select walnut flooring, millwork and cabinetry—unifying old and new installations throughout—to uphold the original style. They also opted for elevated, natural materials such as marble and fabrics in wool, cotton, mohair and silk to continue the residence’s timeless appeal.

Perhaps the most significant source of inspiration in the dwelling is the grand living room, which Simpson describes as “the kind of room you don’t find often in houses anymore.” It’s a large space with tall ceilings and abundant windows that look out on massive, old oak trees. “The original architect, Willard Doane Rand Jr., really captured California living, that indoor-outdoor feeling that we all like,” Simpson says. Here, Sullivan and Hendrawan riffed on the original design with punches of color in yellow, blue and purple. They replaced the fireplace surround with a limestone version and topped it with an antique mirror that bounces the light around the room. Smaller gathering areas allow for easy circulation and plenty of space for entertaining. “I love how the room feels like the existing home with an updated, modern twist,” Sullivan says.

Of course, some spaces were completely transformed—most notably, the kitchen. The design team opened the space to boost the room’s functionality and made aesthetic changes along the way. Plain-sliced walnut cabinetry by Henrybuilt offers a handsome counterpoint to the marble countertops and waterfall island. The blackened-steel custom hood now serves as a subtle focal point, and a trio of small over- island light fixtures helps illuminate the space without blocking the views to the backyard.

The new main bedroom is also an entirely fresh space. Sullivan incorporated a few nods to midcentury design—a custom, channel-tufted headboard and a bubble-like chandelier—while creating a sophisticated, serene vibe. Textural elements, including a mohair chaise lounge, leather benches and wood side tables, give the tonal room an elegant aesthetic that aligns with the home’s overall style.

The renovation was a kind of history lesson— both about Arjay Miller, whose brilliance in the business world and personal vivacity were well documented, and about the value of paying attention to the past. “Maybe if Arjay hadn’t had a vision for passing this home to his family, someone else might have missed all the beauty that was here already,” Simpson says. “But we respected the heritage of the property and the patriarch of the family, and we came out with something great.”

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Inside A Reimagined Florida Home With Bold Blues And Island Charm {Inside A Reimagined Florida Home With Bold Blues And Island Charm} – English

Inside A Reimagined Florida Home With Bold Blues And Island Charm {Inside A Reimagined Florida Home With Bold Blues And Island Charm} – English

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For nearly 30 years, designer Megan Winters and her family gathered at her parents’ seasonal home in Bonita Springs, Florida, for holidays and other memorable occasions. “Everyone in the family loved the house,” she recalls. “It was such a bright, beautiful setup, and the way my mom decorated it was spectacular. It was impossible to not be happy in this house.”

As time passed, however, the residence became too difficult for Winters’ parents to maintain, and so they downsized to a nearby condominium. That’s when the house keys passed to their oldest daughter, who endearingly followed in her mother’s footsteps to make the dwelling a joyful site for wonderful memories. “I wanted it to be more casual but still very sophisticated and comfortable,” Winters says. “There’s good energy here.”

When the designer and her husband acquired the 1990s residence, it had remained largely untouched since her parents had purchased it nearly three decades ago. She saw opportunities to reinvigorate its character, reconfigure spaces and present a chic twist on its buoyant spirit. Teaming up with general contractor Drew Hemmer, Winters repainted the pink façade a crisp white and swapped out the green shutters for a sky blue Bahama style that exudes instant island charm. Hemmer replaced all the windows with hurricane-impact glass and squared off the half-round windows above the doors for a more contemporary look.

Inside, “Megan wanted to expand the kitchen and family room out through the lanai, which was an extensive part of the project,” the general contractor says. “So it made this large great room they never had before and gave it a more modern, open feel.” To create the space, he blew out the wall separating the family room from the screened-in lanai, enclosing the expanded area with windows that bring in views of the surrounding water and golf course. “It made the whole house brighter,” Winters says.

The interior renovation connects the family area to the now-open kitchen, which doubled in size. There, Winters painted the walls a sentimental bright blue. “It was the exact color my mother had when it was her residence,” she says, “and it makes me feel so happy.” This hue served as a jumping-off point for the rest of the house: Embracing a Floridian quality, the designer touched nearly every room with a vibrant shade of blue, including the kitchen’s cabinetry and lighting pendants as well as the patterned rugs and artwork in the more neutral- toned sitting and dining areas.

New European white oak flooring, jute rugs and wicker furnishings—including the kitchen’s counter stools—are a warm contrast to the clean- lined pieces Winters incorporated, such as the sitting area’s metal-armed lounge chairs and the dining area’s rectangular high-gloss table. And in another mix-and-match move, just like her mother did before her, the designer audaciously blends patterns in each space. “It’s the best way to bring a room together with interest,” she says. “Pattern adds the extra element that makes all designs personal.” Dining chairs in a painterly fabric rest on a checkerboard rug, while a swirling blue zebra print defines a hallway alcove. In a guest bedroom, a modern toile repeats on the wallcovering, bedding and armchairs.

Still, Winters smartly offers a break from the bold prints and bright blues with more serene moments. Her classic use of black and white dominates the dining and sitting areas, welcoming guests from the foyer and leading the eye toward the pool. “Every color can complement this pairing—it’s the best ‘neutral’ I know,” she observes. The color combo also shows up in the main bathroom’s soaking tub, marble flooring and leopard-print wallpaper. And it pairs with navy in the main bedroom, a striped haven decorated with grayscale photos of horses, a passion for the designer, who is also an equestrian.

Living on in the hands of the next generation, the residence has transformed entirely without losing its legacy as a cherished memory box. “In some respects, the home is not much different from what it was,” Hemmer says, “and yet it’s still night and day.” Perhaps the greatest testament of its respectful refresh came from Winters’ parents, who visit every Sunday for dinner. “My father told me I brought this beautiful old home back to life,” the designer says. “This home is the lighthearted, casual and happy version of me.”

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