Month: February 2020

A Florida Kosher Kitchen for Entertaining

Rochelle Flug and Eva Staiman of EVRO Interiors have been designing kosher kitchens for more than 35 years. When they were hired to redesign this Southeast Florida kitchen, the client wanted her dream kitchen with plenty of room for hosting – from weekly Sabbath dinners to frequent parties.

“The client desired an elegant and traditional tone, while still having the aesthetics reflect the 21st century,” says Flug. “When we married those styles together, I like to call the result 21st Century Updated Transitional.”

The design process started with the countertops. The client found a quartzite slab with a vein of light purple. This inspired the deep purple island.

“We used a light gray as the neutral in this space, because the client has many different colored tablecloths and textiles she uses when entertaining,” says Flug. “This backdrop allowed her the option to add the color she desired through décor and floral arrangements.” The design team used mirror-front cabinets that give the visual illusion of open shelving, without exposing the cabinet’s contents.

When it comes to kosher kitchens, functionality is key. Given that there are two of each appliance, the space must be maximized and beautifully appealing.

“Monogram ovens are our No. 1 choice when designing a kitchen,” says Staiman. “Not only does the remote-enabled option allow for easy accessibility when away from the home, my clients love being able to leave the racks inside during the self-clean mode. Monogram is a natural favorite.”

The 2020 BUILDER Chowa Concept Home: Collaborating to Create Calm

Home is where you go to recharge. It’s a place to find calm in an often chaotic world. A place to find balance.

Balance is the inspiration of the 2020 BUILDER Chowa Concept Home in Summerlin, Nevada, a collaboration of Japan-based Sekisui House, its subsidiary Woodside Homes, and Ryan Young Interiors. Chowa is the Japanese principle of balance, and this one-of-kind home brings that to life from its efficient construction methodology to its innovative, health-conscious technology to its soothing, streamlined décor.

Harmony, inside and out

The marriage of elegant form and efficient function start with the exterior of the 5,400-square-foot home, which is pre-fabricated within millimeters accuracy in Sekisuki House’s factory. Parts are shipped, with precise instructions, and constructed on site in less time than traditional methods. That new approach to home-building creates less waste and an easier construction process – what the collaborators are hoping will be the future of American homebuilding. The floor-to-ceiling windows, seen throughout the home, bring in ample natural light and blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living, a key to chowa living. The zero-edge pool stretches across the backyard, offering a serene sanctuary for relaxing alone or gathering with a group.

Inside, balance is reflected in the four bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home’s layout with clear sight lines and an open floorplan. A centralized living area anchors the first floor with a full guest suite on end and a sleek, state-of-the-art kitchen on the other. Elements of nature set the tone, from the floating wood stairs to the white oak ceilings to the kitchen’s monochromatic palette. Here, top-line appliances were chosen to accommodate a gourmet chef while managing not to overpower the overall kitchen design. This isn’t the place for bulky knobs or abrasive finishes, but rather the clean lines and smooth, earthy tones of the Monogram Minimalist collection. The appliances bring impeccable quality with an understated beauty that melds seamlessly into the design.

Simplifying with smart features, health-conscious technology

Balance is further introduced with thoughtful technology that promotes ease and aids healthy, sustainable living. The Monogram Minimalist appliances have interactive LCD screens, push-to-open oven doors and smart features that simplify the cooking process. The post-and-beam architecture and panel walls inside the home create a more airtight, energy-efficient structure. Air quality in the home is regulated by a state-of-the-art system that reduces allergens and pollutants. And a high-tech electrical panel connects with smart-home systems and analyzes energy usage for homeowners.

Bringing balance to your home

The collaborators earned praise for this artfully-efficient home. Ryan Young Interiors has earned a reputation as one of the top design firms in the world because of its ability to integrate function with beauty in family-friendly spaces. Woodside Homes is one of the largest home builders in the United States while Sekisui House is the largest home builder in the world. But chowa is a concept within reach for anyone. Homeowners can integrate chowa into their own lives through careful design choices that focus on sustainability, function and and fuss-free artistry. To learn more about how the Monogram Minimalist Collection can help you achieve your balanced design, please visit: https://www.monogram.com/minimalist-collection/