Thursday, June 18, 2015

City Creek Downtown Project {First Installment, Beginnings}

I've been working on a really fantastic project since the end of March.
The City Creek Downtown Project.
We began by discussing needs, wants, functionality and then some of the aesthetic and decor wishes that my client has. This project will be shared in a series of posts and I can not wait to catch you up on everything that we've been up to. My client has exquisite taste and it has been so much fun to help her put the pieces all together. 

The result will be a chic and sophisticated contemporary space that will be warm and inviting, even though upscale.  It is a 2 bedroom condo with a unique Salt Lake Temple Square view and walk out rooftop garden patio area. To say that this project has been mind-blowing from the start, is an underestatement. It has been so much fun to be involved in every aspect of the project.

Kitchen Area

Living Area with View to Temple Square

Roof top patio garden view
We decided to keep the existing hardwood floors as well as the Walnut Cabinetry, opting to change out the granite for a Quartz and a Ceramic backsplash that will lighten up the entire kitchen corner. The existing fire place surround is a warm, creamy marble. We found an excellent match in a warm Quartz, "Tigris Sand" that will be installed as the kitchen countertops.  We extended the kitchen island to an 8 foot island to accomodate at least 5 benches, making the island an eating area.

We selected an Artisan Reclaimed Material Ceramic Tile from my favorite tile company, Fireclay Tile, for the backsplash. Fireclay sends fantastic samples out, and it was fantastic to see the range of color and glaze choices in person, in the space. We selected a 3/6 Subway Tile in Rosemary Gloss w/ Engobe.   The Rosemary complements the paint colors that will run throughout the condo. 

Fireclay Tile samples, "Gardenia", "Rosemary", "Frost" and "Hydrangea"
We quickly ruled out the glass options as too sleek, too bold in color, not the right fit for the over all look. But aren't the beautiful?!
Fireclay Tile samples "Dusty Olive, Matte", "Dusty Olive, Gloss", "Prickly Pear, Matte", "Prickly Pear, Gloss"
We had looked high and low for a desk station for one wall of the kitchen. This is afterall part of making this a functional and usable space for the home owners and their 5 kids and extended family. In the end, we opted for a built in. I met with the finish carpenter who was working on our kitchen island extension and some built ins in the laundry room. We incorporated several elements from throughout the kitchen, including a simple Shaker Style Drawer front and beveled glass shelving and we made it as functional as possible, to accomodate a printer and cords, etc.

Don, the carpenter's hands...not mine!
Our quick desk design sketch.
And, my favorite part...we selected paint colors for the entire space.

The warmth and beauty of the walnut cabinets was lost against the busy granite and bland walls. 
The homeowners favorite colors are green and we tried to stay with a spa green starting point. 

"Rainwashed", "Comfort Gray"
"Quietude", "Sea Salt"
"Liveable Green", "Softened Green"
All Sherwin Williams

And we called in the big guns for the rooftop garden, landscape architect and planting expert, Cynthia Bee of the Conservation Garden Park.  Meadows, French Parks and Fermob Chairs are the inspiration for this space!!!

Rooftop Patio Garden with Temple Square View
The next City Creek Condo post in the series will include design boards for the master bedroom as well as other decorating choices that we've purchased. Stay tuned!!! 

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