Elizabeth Swartz Interiors https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com Distinctive & Inviting Spaces Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:28:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-fav-icon-32x32.jpg Elizabeth Swartz Interiors https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com 32 32 Colorful Kitchen Design Ideas https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/residential/kitchens/colorful-kitchen-design-ideas https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/residential/kitchens/colorful-kitchen-design-ideas#comments Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:04:04 +0000 https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/?p=5120 For many households, the kitchen is the center of activity. At Elizabeth Swartz Interiors we encourage homeowners to express personal taste and style in this busy epicenter of their home – and what better way to achieve this than by creating a colorful kitchen! The following kitchens, designed by Boston interior designer, Elizabeth Swartz, ASID, show […]

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For many households, the kitchen is the center of activity. At Elizabeth Swartz Interiors we encourage homeowners to express personal taste and style in this busy epicenter of their home – and what better way to achieve this than by creating a colorful kitchen! The following kitchens, designed by Boston interior designer, Elizabeth Swartz, ASID, show how adding color can create a beautiful and colorful kitchen that is inviting and uniquely you.

Large or small, a kitchen can incorporate the colors you love in cabinetry, wall paint, fabrics, and accents. Say “good-bye” to the all white kitchen and “hello” to color!

Colorful kitchen design: Cabinets

Cabinets are available in many colors, and custom cabinets can be finished in any color. While white cabinets are popular, they can be less forgiving with both fingerprints and scratches than a bolder color.

“We will always design for our clients’ individual taste, but are delighted to work with color,” says Elizabeth Swartz, ASID.

Use color to set the aesthetic

The kitchen is a focal point of this Martha’s Vineyard beach cottage. We worked with the homeowners to create a space that is both cozy and fresh, and reflects  their personal taste and style.

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The blue color palette reflects the Scandinavian heritage of the homeowner and adds an uplifting ocean-side feel. As a result of choosing Farrow & Ball Stone Blue #86 paint for the cabinets, we created a stunning colorful kitchen that is refreshing, calming and comfortable.

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Our clients also wanted their new waterfront escape to be bright and cheerful, so we chose a beach inspired color scheme. The blues are thoughtfully coordinated throughout the kitchen with a frosted glass tile backsplash, natural cork flooring, soft blue-green marble countertops, and clean white accents.

Kitchen paint colors inspired by nature

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“Bring the outdoors in,” was the homeowner’s vision for this New Hampshire home. Custom cabinets finished in a meadow green color bring balance and harmony to this pool-side pavilion kitchen. Furthermore, natural materials coordinate with the cabinets including fir paneling on the walls, a Vermont slate backsplash, and mottled stone flooring tiles. The result is a colorful, nature inspired kitchen.

When to use bold kitchen colors

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In this lakefront cottage we chose a deep blue by Sherwin Williams (#6804 Dignity Blue) for the cabinet color. The kitchen’s bold color reflects the waterfront surroundings and contrasts with the light wood paneling in adjacent spaces, therefore creating a focal point in this open floor plan. A mosaic tile backsplash in varying shades of blue and green coordinate with the blue painted cabinets, further contributing to the cool and calming aesthetic of this vacation retreat.

Colorful kitchen design: Accenting with color

Whether designing a new kitchen or renovating an existing one, there are many design decisions to make. From space planning and layout, to choosing appliances, cabinetry styles, and material selection. If you don’t want to commit to color on all of your cabinets consider introducing color on the island, backsplash, walls, window treatments, lighting, or other accents.

Using color on kitchen islands

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For this kitchen renovation in the suburbs of Boston, we designed the custom-made island cabinet a deep green to accent the natural cherry cabinets. Furthermore, hints of this green are reflected in the countertop, as well as the window treatments in the adjacent breakfast room.

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We designed this contemporary Vermont farmhouse with a warm color palette. The perimeter cabinets are a stained wormy butternut wood and the walls painted a soft yellow. To complement the warm hues, the large center island has a distressed teal painted finish. This coordinates with the teal color scheme in adjacent rooms of the home, resulting in interior spaces that relate to one another by simply adding color.

Colorful kitchen design: Wall color

If your preference is stained wood cabinets, consider accenting them with color on your walls. There are numerous wood cabinetry options to choose, from contemporary to traditional and timeless.

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This homeowner requested their seaside retreat be a ‘city home with country charm’. During this renovation we accented the warm neutral color palette of the pickled oak cabinets with a bold blue wall, creating a kitchen that is harmonious with the ocean setting.

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In the adjacent breakfast nook we added bold warm colors opposite the cool blues from the kitchen walls. Colorful fabrics for the valance and built-in window seat coordinate with a contemporary glass pendant light over the table. The result is a cheerful, colorful kitchen design that meets the homeowners vision of country and city alike.

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A colorful kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean bold and bright colors, it can also be muted and neutral. In the North Shore of Boston, Elizabeth Swartz Interiors worked with the homeowners to renovate their outdated interior spaces into a contemporary, art-inspired home. We chose a soft neutral green on the walls, allowing the contemporary mahogany cabinets to become a warm focal point in this new kitchen.

Kitchen design: Planning ahead

Kitchens are the center of family activity in most homes. With many hours spent in and around this space, why not let your kitchen reflect you and your personal taste? A colorful kitchen can be intimidating, but with careful planning, and thoughtful, creative collaboration the kitchen of your dreams will come to life!

For more information about kitchen design, or the interior design of distinctive and inviting spaces for you and your family, please be in touch.

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Master Bathroom Design: The Perfect Master Bath https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/residential/bathrooms/master-bathroom-design-perfect-master-bath https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/residential/bathrooms/master-bathroom-design-perfect-master-bath#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 01:51:30 +0000 https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/?p=5025 What better place to indulge in luxurious comfort than a master bathroom.  Today’s master bath designs combine the relaxing elegance of a spa with the function and features that best suit modern-day life.  Whether your personal style is contemporary, traditional or eclectic, there are basic bathroom design elements to consider before renovating your master bath. […]

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What better place to indulge in luxurious comfort than a master bathroom.  Today’s master bath designs combine the relaxing elegance of a spa with the function and features that best suit modern-day life.  Whether your personal style is contemporary, traditional or eclectic, there are basic bathroom design elements to consider before renovating your master bath.

Bathroom Design and Layout

The overall layout of a master bath requires thinking about some of the most personal aspects of how you want to live. If two people are sharing the bathroom, you may want a private space for the lavatory, separate sinks and plenty of drying space. Is there room for a large shower and a separate tub? How much storage space do you need for towels and toiletries?

The design of this master bath by Boston interior designer, Elizabeth Swartz ASID, includes separate his and hers vanities. Providing space for this couple’s busy mornings as well as added storage. The new shower and vanities are placed in close proximity to accommodate plumbing constraints.  The beautiful new soaking tub remained centered on the bay of windows, which provide natural light, creating a spa-like feeling.

Choosing A Bathroom Style

If your master bathroom is adjacent to your master bedroom, Boston interior designer Elizabeth Swartz, ASID, suggests coordinating the colors and materials. In this Beverly, Massachusetts master bathroom, we chose clean contemporary lines balanced with the warmth of custom Indian Rosewood vanities. The rich teal color in the glass tile and wall paint relate to the bold use of color in the master bedroom. The custom cabinetry is in keeping with other build-ins throughout this home.

Materials for the Master Bath

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The Vanity

When choosing a vanity for your master bath, there are many things to consider. The number of sinks you you’d like, the space available and the materials that best suit your personal style. There are a wide range of options including those that give the illusion of a freestanding sink or custom wood cabinetry. The custom designed vanity pictured here offers maximum storage and a look that is clean and contemporary.

“Our long term relationship on numerous projects with this client and designer has helped us develop a sense of their aesthetic preferences and goals. This master bathroom renovation was to reflect their refined tastes and love of natural and exotic products with a contemporary feel, “ commented Ken Kumph, President of Premier Builders.  “We constructed his and hers vanities out of Indian Rosewood with very clean and sleek lines add a stark contrast to the overall color palette. “

Lighting

A properly lit bathroom combines task-related, accent and ambient lighting; a thoughtful balance of function and style.  The contemporary sconces, located adjacent to the vanity mirrors’ are place at eye level. They provide beautiful, functional lighting without the shadows created by a fixture located over the mirror.

Fixtures & Faucets

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Bathroom fixtures and faucets are available in a variety of styles with a range of finishes and control options.  In this bathroom a dated built-in whirlpool tub with tiled stairs and tub-surround is replaced with a beautiful sculptural free standing tub. It is both safer to access and has sleek, clean lines.  The shower controls are consistent with the contemporary style of the bathroom as is this beautiful freestanding tub-filler.

“The thermostatic shower fixtures, which were used in this project, are always a sure way to give the client a custom walk in shower retreat. The tub used for the bathroom has clean simple lines which are aesthetically beautiful, but the thin walls also maximize bathing space inside the tub,” commented Mindy Sevinor, Showroom Brand Manager at Designer Bath. “ We loved the use of the Rectilinear lines of the shower fixtures paired with the lines of the tub filler.”

Tile

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Whether glass, ceramic, porcelain or natural stone, tile provides color, texture and definition in a master bath. There are many styles, sizes and hues from which to choose, it is one of the many creative tools available. Here, rough plumbing is concealed in a narrow wall flanked with glass to give the appearance of a freestanding column. This column, as well as the other shower walls, are all faced with vertical bands of linear glass tile and alternating large-scale, neutral stone tile. This creates a dramatic pattern. Adding two wall panels of clear glass to the shower makes the space open and airy.

A successful project such as this requires a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. With careful planning, and thoughtful, creative collaboration of everyone involved. The result is a beautifully designed master bath. Spa-like features add a bit of luxury to every day, a private oasis right in your own home.

Coco Chanel once said: Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.

For more information about bathroom design or the distinctive and inviting spaces designed by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors visit our portfolio or please be in touch.

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Living Outdoors: 5 Ways to Give Nature a Hand https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/outdoor-spaces/living-outdoors-5-ways-give-nature-hand https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/outdoor-spaces/living-outdoors-5-ways-give-nature-hand#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:28:46 +0000 http://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/?p=4736 Whether you enjoy warm weather year round, or for a blissful few months from spring to fall, open up your home to the outdoors. Spaces for living outdoors can add immeasurably to your daily joy, and the beauty of your home. Even in the lushest surroundings, when it comes to comfort, nature needs a little help. […]

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Whether you enjoy warm weather year round, or for a blissful few months from spring to fall, open up your home to the outdoors. Spaces for living outdoors can add immeasurably to your daily joy, and the beauty of your home. Even in the lushest surroundings, when it comes to comfort, nature needs a little help.

First Step: Define Your Space

There are so many decisions to make: Choosing comfortable seating and little tables to hold canapés, safe materials underfoot (such as slate, brick, or fieldstone), proper lighting for starless nights, outdoor kitchens and grills, and if you’re lucky, the best way to highlight an incredible view. You may not think of hiring an interior designer for outside your home, but with the expense of fireplaces, pergolas, fences and arches, sturdy furniture designed to handle the weather, and accenting the beauty of your largest investment, you may find it easiest to work from a professional plan.

Let’s take a look at five different ways to approach making the most of the world outside your door!

1. When Entertaining is Your Goal

When you have a beautiful outdoor space, often your first impulse is sharing it with family and friends. We’ve come a long way from a rusty, neglected grill in the corner of the cement patio. Today, you can enjoy breathtaking views and sea breezes while grilling swordfish for a crowd.

Boston Interior Designer, Elizabeth Swartz Interiors was part of a great team that designed this space for living outdoors.

(Above) We were part of a great team that designed this new waterfront home on an existing footprint. The homeowners wanted to maximize their enjoyment of their stunning water views, while creating space for cooking and dining outdoors.

The exterior spaces of this contemporary coastal home by Boston Interior Designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors reflects the bright and whimsical aesthetic used within the home.

(Above) The pergola helps to divide the large deck space, adds shade in the hotter summer months, and clarifies areas for cooking and eating.

Living outdoors i easy in this space designed by Boston interior designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors includes a complete kitchen .

(Above) The outdoor kitchen design includes a built-in grill and powerful burner to accommodate an oversized pot (lobster, anyone?), and stainless steel cabinets for storage. No more running back inside for spatulas and serving utensils. You can fill a pot, wash and rinse right here, too. Pleasure is enhanced when we take the difficulty out of a task.

These Boston home owners are dining in style with this bright, colorful outdoor dining room furniture designed by Boston Interior Designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors.

(Above) We carried this home’s fun and playful theme outdoors by choosing bold colors for the dining chairs and lounge seating.

Colorful and easy outdoor living are for dining and entertaining in Hingham, MA.

If this look appeals to you, be sure to add colorful melamine glassware and serving pieces along with bright cloth napkins! Paper napkins are a no-go outdoors. They may seem easier, but chasing them every time the wind blows adds a hassle to your party.

2. Lighting the Night

Twilight and the setting sun are arguably the most beautiful times to enjoy sitting outdoors, but once full darkness falls, safety becomes a concern for family and friends. Glaring spotlights have no place on soft summer evenings, but there are ways to illuminate without ruining the mood.

A stone pathway from the house to the dock makes living outdoors easy.

(Above) A stone pathway leads from the house to the dock, and is subtly marked with lighting for evening accessibility. You might consider white flowering plants and shrubs along the way, as they glow so wonderfully in the moonlight.

A lakeside patio with tiki torches adds a warm ambiance to living outdoors.

(Above) Garden torches and firelight add a romantic touch. This lakeside patio uses pedestal tiki torches to create a natural, warm ambiance, with enough lighting for safety. Be sure to anchor them in the ground or in a pot. You might also hang bamboo lights from a tree.

Boston interior designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors helps to take the indoor living outdoors with the use of indoor lamps and other furnishings on this covered porch.

(Above) If you have a protected porch, don’t hesitate to use indoor lamps. Whether you’re sipping a morning cup of tea or reading by lamplight in the evening, a lamp can add homey comfort and keep you outdoors longer. The water view here, however, may be enticement enough!

3. Living Outdoors and Harmony with Nature

If your home is situated in the midst of a glorious view, you’ll want to minimize distractions, and let your outdoor living room blend quietly into the beauty of mountains, meadows, or marine blue water.

Summertime and living outdoors is easy when you have breathtaking mountain views like this.

(Above) Nothing in this serene family retreat detracts from the breathtaking mountain views.

This space designed for living outdoors in the White Mountains was designed by Boston interior designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors utilizing a short stone wall to define the space.

(Above) Situated in the White Mountains, this outdoor space is defined by a short horseshoe-shaped stonewall. Stone is a perfect complement to the naturally rocky New Hampshire terrain.

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(Above) This waterfront home on Martha’s Vineyard has a small private balcony on the second floor, looking out to an ocean vista. We selected a watery blue wall paint to mirror the beautiful water view, and repeated the soothing shade in a side table and throw. Repetition is pleasing to the eye.

Living outdoors at this lakeside home designed by Boston Interior Designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors includes a pergola overlooking the golf course.

(Above) Natural materials, such as wood and stone, blend easily into the landscape. This pergola visually defines the patio space at this home overlooking a golf course, but doesn’t create a barrier to the natural feeling of the space.

4. Blurring the Lines Between Inside and Outside

From our earliest days, humans have always sought shelter from the elements. We love living outdoors, but when the wind blows and the rain falls, we want to retreat to someplace soft, warm, and dry where we can watch the storm at a distance. Sunrooms and screened porches are the perfect solution for times when you want to be outside, but also inside.

No Vermont farmhouse would be complete without a sun porch overlooking the Green Mountains. Interior design by Boston Interior Designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors.

(Above) The panoramic Vermont mountain view is still on display from the comfort of this large three-sided screened porch, situated adjacent to the kitchen and dining room.

Dining in Style

(Above) Oversized French doors open to the three-sided screened porch. Sidelights and transom windows create a light-filled dining room where the homeowners can enjoy the lakeside views without stepping outdoors.

Boston interior designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors designed the porch to coordinate with the interior of the home.

(Above) Continuity and flow is important with outdoor spaces, too. We designed the porch to coordinate with the interior of the home.

The colors of the custom-designed stone patio provided the inspiration for the soft blue-grey upholstery on this contemporary outdoor furniture designed by Boston interior designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors.

(Above) The colors of the custom-designed stone patio provided the inspiration for the soft blue-grey upholstery on this contemporary outdoor furniture.

Bold blue hues from the interior were carried through on upholstered outdoor patio furniture in Elizabeth Swartz Interiors' lakeside project.

(Above) Bold blue hues from the interior were carried through on upholstered patio furniture in our lakeside project.

5. When Comfort is Key

We love nature, but sometimes it can be—well, itchy. Screened porches are one way to keep bugs at bay, but we also love the warmth of firelight on a fall evening, or a cool breeze on a still August night.

In this porch off a master suite makes living outdoors easy with retractable screens that can be put in place to protect the couple from insects, or on bugless days be opened to allow unobstructed views.

(Above) In this porch off a master suite, retractable screens can be put in place to protect the couple from insects, or on bugless days, be opened to allow unobstructed lakeside views. The architectural details provide the room boundaries, while the natural stone flooring reminds you you’re just steps away from the water.

An outdoor fan make living outdoors comfortable all summer long.

(Above) Living outdoors comfortably means keeping guests cool and the bugs away. We installed outdoor fans throughout this lakeside retreat to take care of both.

I hope we’ve inspired you to look at your home with fresh eyes, and find new ways to enjoy the all-too-brief summer. Remember that opposites attract: cool grey houses are fabulous with warm pinks and reds from roses or window boxes filled with impatiens, trellises are another way to shield an unsightly view or have a bit more privacy, classical statues can add a touch of Rome, while fountains and the sound of running water ease the stress of a long day at work.

Opportunities to add beauty and ease abound! Don’t hesitate to add color and drama to the palette of your home—and your life.

To learn more about opening your home to the outdoors, please be in touch.

 

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Storage 101: Organizing Space with Function and Style https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/organization-storage/storage-organizing-space-function-style https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/organization-storage/storage-organizing-space-function-style#respond Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:26:43 +0000 http://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/?p=4734 Each spring, most of us look to dust off the cold of winter, open up the windows and get our homes in order. For many homeowners, the biggest challenge to bringing order and getting organized is having the right storage in place. How do you store all your belongings in a way that combines both […]

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Each spring, most of us look to dust off the cold of winter, open up the windows and get our homes in order. For many homeowners, the biggest challenge to bringing order and getting organized is having the right storage in place. How do you store all your belongings in a way that combines both function and style? Whether you are displaying favorite treasures, maximizing a small space, or hiding clutter from view, at Elizabeth Swartz Interiors, we recommend built-in storage; with all the options available, built-ins can add architectural interest to your home as well as help you get organized in resourceful and clever ways.

Built In Display

Often storage does more than hide away clutter, it is meant to display art, favorite books, photos or other collections important to a homeowner.

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(Above) In this White Mountain retreat, a collection of teapots and kettles are artfully displayed while the drawers below provide storage for items to be hidden from view.

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(Above) Custom mahogany built-ins line a full wall of this contemporary home adding architectural interest with various sized cubes to display the homeowner’s eclectic collection of art and decorative accessories.

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(Above) Built-ins often provide clean lines that blend smoothly into the room’s décor, like the beautiful architectural details found in this dining room on Boston’s north shore.

Kitchen Storage

The latest designs in kitchen cabinetry provide endless opportunities for efficient storage. To make the most of built-in custom cabinets, consider taking advantage of space that is typically underutilized like corners, or specialized drawers designed to hold hard-to-store items like cookie sheets or utensils.

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(Above) A beverage cooler creatively fills the “dead-space” corner of this kitchen peninsula providing easy access from the adjacent living room, dining room and outside deck.

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(Above) Here, we designed a custom cabinet with a false front and open shelves for easy access to cookbooks and other small kitchen items.

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(Above) This island was designed with cabinets and drawers to store kitchen clutter along with an open space under the counter to allow visiting or snacking, and to tuck away the barstools when not in use.

Bathrooms

Bathroom storage requires creating a space for unique items like oversized towels, electronic devices and small jars and bottles.

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(Above) The custom cabinetry in this master bathroom was designed with multiple storage options. There are large open shelves that reach to the ceiling for easy to grab items as well as colorful display. Drawers below the shelves allow for personal items that are best hidden.

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(Above) Combining function and style, this master bathroom includes a pair of custom designed large mirrored medicine cabinets, recessed into the wall. Each has adjustable glass shelves and an outlet for easy charging of electric toothbrushes.

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(Above) In this small waterfront cottage, every inch of available space was utilized. This custom designed vanity includes a wonderful Hafele pull out system. That allows easy access and visibility for products. Photo courtesy of Crown Point Cabinetry

Master Bedroom Closets

Dressing rooms have become a popular way to store and organize clothes and accessories. More than a closet, they are often designed with windows for natural light and organized with easy access to both hanging and folded clothing and accessories.

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(Above) While renovating this master bedroom suite, we claimed the previously un-useable space below the eaves by raising the ceiling and adding a shed dormer with windows. The design included His and Hers spaces created by the center peninsula as well as a built-in bank of drawers and a full-length mirror. All the contents here are visible and accessible, and there is space for dressing.

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(Above) This well organized closet in a Vermont home combines the efficiency of built-in wooden shelves and hanging for clothing with the warmth and charm of free-standing furniture.

Mudrooms

Benches, shelves, bins and hooks are all part of organizing a mudroom, entryway or closet. The goal is to have an easy way to drop and pick up coats, mittens, boots and sporting equipment, storing them neatly, often out of sight.

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(Above) We designed custom cabinetry in this new mudroom to be multi-functional, adding a large drawer under the upholstered bench for hats, gloves and other items.

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(Above) In this small beach cottage, storage space is at a premium. These simple shaker hooks are multi functional, providing easy access to an array of items.

Wine Storage

Even the smallest spaces can be used for a bar or wine storage. With a little creativity, often-overlooked spaces can turn into shelves or pull out drawers while remaining decorative design elements.

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(Above) Hallways are often overlooked for storage but they can be used in interesting and creative ways. Here, narrow wine shelves are conveniently located adjacent to the family game room and bar.

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(Above) Maintaining the clean lines of this contemporary home meant keeping clutter to a minimum. These large wine drawers are hidden behind cabinet doors. Photo courtesy of Premier Builders.

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(Above) This bar, tucked in to otherwise unused space between the kitchen and formal dining room of this mountain retreat, allowed for storage as well as a bar/serving area that is attractive and convenient for entertaining.

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(Above) In this family room bar the space above the sink provides the perfect place for a wine bottle rack flanked by leaded glass doors on upper cabinets. The result is beautiful as well as functional.

When considering your options for storage, places that often go unnoticed, like small nooks, spaces under stairs, or the walls along hallways, can provide the space you need. Add a creative use of custom cabinetry and shelving and your beautiful belongings can be displayed and clutter will be out of sight. Spring organizing? Bring it on!

If you’d like to know more about storage options that add both function and style to your home, please be in touch.

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How to Choose a Kitchen Backsplash https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/residential/kitchens/choose-kitchen-backsplash https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/residential/kitchens/choose-kitchen-backsplash#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 18:29:09 +0000 http://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/?p=3718 A backsplash can be an important design element in any kitchen, often providing a focal point that helps define the room. Regardless of the style of your home, you’ll find an endless variety of materials available in every possible color, shape and size. Natural stone, glass, ceramic tile or stainless steel; how do you choose?

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A kitchen backsplash can be an important design element, often providing a focal point that helps define the room. Regardless of the style of your home, you’ll find an endless variety of materials available in every possible color, shape and size. Natural stone, glass, ceramic tile or stainless steel; how do you choose?

At Elizabeth Swartz Interiors, we consider several factors when advising our clients on choosing a kitchen backsplash: design, (including the overall look and how the backsplash integrates with other design elements), function and budget.

Overall Look and Style

Traditional or contemporary, bold or subtle, you want your backsplash to be consistent with the overall look and style of your kitchen. Be sure to consider other surfaces in the room, such as the countertop, the floor, the walls and the appliance finishes when narrowing down your options.

 rustic stone alcove kitchen backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

(Above) The backsplash in this rustic stone alcove incorporates several different patterns and sizes of honed stone tiles behind the cook top, consistent with the old-world feel of the kitchen. The inner tile arch is an intentional mirror of the outer stone arch, both reminiscent of a hearth.


farmhouse bead board kitchen backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiros

(Above) The painted farmhouse bead board backsplash along with the dark marble countertop and traditional, decorative faucets blend with the custom cabinetry to create this French country kitchen.


zebra striped natural marble by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

(Above) The vertical installation of this large-scale, richly veined, zebra-striped natural marble tile contrasts nicely with the leather finished black granite countertop, and is the perfect backsplash to showcase the floating glass shelves in this contemporary home.


Combining Color, Texture and Shape

Designing a backsplash that is aesthetically pleasing often involves bringing together a variety of colors, textures, sizes and shapes.

honed marble tile kitchen backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

(Above) In this small South Boston kitchen, you’ll find honed stone tiles set on the diagonal with polished Pistachio marble accents both interspersed and as a small mosaic horizontal border that runs the length of the countertop.


Multicolored slate kitchen backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

(Above) This backsplash in the family room bar of a vacation home combines multicolored slate cut in varying sized horizontal strips. Positioned against the smooth granite countertop, the rustic stone backsplash adds texture and visual interest to this otherwise traditional space.


Kitchen Backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

Using several materials for the backsplash can add visual appeal to a single color or smooth texture.

Glass and bronze tile kitchen backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

(Above) In this kitchen, the textured glass tile has an iridescent glow that adds warmth while the cast bronze tiles add texture and are a subtle complement to the outdoor motif of the room.


Function & Maintenance of a Kitchen Backsplash

When it comes to backsplashes, function is every bit as important as style. Choose materials that are heat and stain resistant, and require little to maintain.

stainless steel stovetop kitchen backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

(Above) We chose stainless steel in this kitchen, a solution that cleans easily and holds up to the heat thrown off by the oversized cooktop. It is the perfect complement to the wood cabinetry and both the honed marble and butcher block countertops, creating a look that is clean and simple.


glass tile kitchen backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

Ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles are a practical choice because of their stain resistance. Clean up is as simple as a quick wipe with a sponge or cloth. (Above) This kitchen backsplash was designed using a large polished glass tile with antiqued copper leaf applied to the reverse side. The result is a beautiful look with warm hues throughout the tile, counter and custom cabinets, yet it is practical for every day use.


Budgeting for a Backsplash

The cost of a backsplash varies greatly depending of the size of the kitchen and the materials chosen. In the overall budget of a kitchen remodel, however, it is a relatively small expensive. Yet, because a backsplash is a significant design element, it is the perfect place to splurge.

frosted blue glass tile kitchen backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

Glass tile comes in an ever-increasing number of colors, shapes, sizes and combinations. (Above) In this ocean-side kitchen, we specifically chose a pale frosted blue glass tile to coordinate with the custom cabinets.


subway tile kitchen backsplash by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

Subway tile is an American classic and can be found in a variety of colors. (Above) Instead of a traditional white, we chose subway tile with a unique texture and a soft off-white glaze for this Colonial-style home.

The kitchen backsplash is an opportunity to let your personal style shine through in what is one of the most important rooms in your home. At Elizabeth Swartz Interiors, we help guide you through the process of design, space planning and material selection so that your kitchen, and every room in your home, reflects your personal style.

For more information about creating a distinctive and inviting kitchen, please be in touch.


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Designs that Warm Your Home and Kindle Your Heart

February is the season of love and romance, and with the cold nights of winter just outside your door, little is more romantic than a cozy night at home snuggled up in front of a fire. Often the focal point of a room, fireplaces can warm both your heart and your home — whether rustic, traditional or contemporary. You’ll find fireplaces in a variety of shapes and sizes, often surrounded by wonderful materials or enhanced with features that deliver function as well as style.

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Style

When designing a fireplace for a traditional New Hampshire vacation retreat or a Vermont ski home, I often favor local field stone extending the full height of the fireplace and chimney providing both rustic charm and a dramatic centerpiece. Adding a fireplace in dark hand-crafted cabinetry or a custom fir beam mantelshelf completes the casual look by reflecting the wooded New England setting in which the home is located. Rough stone can also be used as a fireplace surround in a contemporary home. Once again, it’s the cabinetry and mantel that create a fresh look and feel.

Stone fireplace by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

A fireplace in a traditional living room is often surrounded by marble. To add color and depth, I’m fond of framing the fireplace with custom cabinetry stained in bold tones. For a French-inspired look, a custom limestone fireplace surround with traditional detailing adds elegance to any room.

Limestone fireplace by Elizabeth Swartz Interiors

Function

Often, a fireplace provides a practical function in addition to adding style and romance to a room. To integrate a large television above or beside a mantel, custom cabinetry can be built to either display or hide the TV when not in use. A wood or gas-burning stove surrounded by a fieldstone fireplace adds both warmth and convenience.

Custom Cabinetry Fireplace Surround by Elizabeth Swartz Interios

In this season of romance, stay home with the best remedy for a cold winter night; enjoy the warmth only a fireplace can bring. “There is no place more delightful as one’s own fireplace,” said Roman philosopher Cicero. We couldn’t agree more!

For more information about creating a distinctive and inviting fireplace in your home, please be in touch.


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Before & After: Seaside Residential Renovation https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/renovation/before-after-seaside-residential-renovation https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/renovation/before-after-seaside-residential-renovation#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:09:25 +0000 http://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/?p=3620 We transformed this dated ranch home on the water into a vibrant and contemporary seaside retreat. Working closely with the architect and builder on this new custom home, we were able to create distinctive and inviting spaces, with elegant interior detailing.

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In this residential renovation we transformed this dated ranch home on the water into a vibrant and contemporary seaside retreat. Working closely with the architect and builder on this new custom home, we were able to create distinctive and inviting spaces, with elegant interior detailing.

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Keeping the original footprint for this residential renovation, the new home gained both space and architectural interest with the addition of a second floor on the previous single story home.

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Prior to renovation, this sunroom was dated and drab. It lacked the feeling of a space for conversation or entertaining.

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One of the highlights of this residential renovation include a new sunroom that is a comfortable and inviting space. The new design takes full advantage of the beautiful water views and natural surroundings.

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Before this magnificent residential renovation by Boston Interior Designer Elizabeth Swartz Interiors the dining room was very traditional and dated. It did have a nice big bay window to let lots of sunlight in, but the dark furnishings and busy wallpaper and rug detracted from the view.

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The beautiful bay window in the new dining room includes a casual breakfast nook with a custom built-in banquet in vibrant colors.

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The old kitchen was small, crowded and dated. It was quite inconvenient to work in. Not the ideal kitchen for a family who likes to entertain.

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The new kitchen features custom cabinetry by Crown Point Cabinetry. Natural stone countertops, a metallic glass tile backsplash and updated appliances transform the kitchen into a contemporary space for family entertaining.

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The original master bedroom had large windows and amazing views, but felt dark because of the oversized furniture, dark wood and closet that was built in the middle of the room.

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The new contemporary master bedroom is open and spacious. The pale and restful color palette of this room is in contrast to to the bold colors used in another areas of the home.

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In the old home, often the beautiful views were obstructed. And dark colors made the rooms feel small.

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The new home embraces the wonderful natural light and beautiful waterfront views. In the living room we chose custom cabinetry with traditional detailing to provide the homeowners a place to display some of their favorite things. This space is now perfect for gathering and entertaining.

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Before the complete home renovation, the foyer was confined, dark and dated.

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The new foyer keeps with the overall feel of the new home. It is light filled and inviting with custom paneling for detail. Traditional custom millwork allows this residential renovation to remain true to it’s original roots.

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Before the renovation, the deck was large, but did not take full advantage of the surrounding landscape to offer optimal enjoyment of the waterfront views.

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The new expansive deck includes a wonderful pergola, custom outdoor kitchen for entertaining, and vibrant furniture.

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Additional Seaside Residential Renovation Information

This spectacular residential renovation is featured in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine. You can also view this complete residential renovation project in our portfolio.

If you are looking to transform your home with a renovation, please be in touch.

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Inviting Outdoor Spaces https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/garden/inviting-outdoor-spaces https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/garden/inviting-outdoor-spaces#respond Thu, 07 May 2015 19:08:43 +0000 http://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/?p=3516 Whether you dream of a luxurious outdoor space for entertaining or a private sanctuary for relaxation, outdoor living spaces are the perfect way to expand your home into nature with comfort and style.

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Design on the Outside

Whether you dream of a luxurious outdoor space for entertaining or a private sanctuary for relaxation, outdoor living spaces are the perfect way to expand your home into nature with comfort and style.

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Details Make the Design https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/design-inspiration/details-make-the-design https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/design-inspiration/details-make-the-design#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:18:20 +0000 http://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/?p=3497 Here we showcase how the details of a space add variety and interest to a home, featuring our Scandinavian-inspired kitchen on Martha’s Vineyard. The famous designer Charles Eames said  “The details are not the details. They make the design.”  We agree.

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Interior Design Details

Here we showcase how the details of a space add variety and interest to a home, featuring our Scandinavian-inspired kitchen on Martha’s Vineyard. The famous designer Charles Eames said  “The details are not the details. They make the design.”  We agree.

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Color: How to Use it in Your Home https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/color-theory/use-color https://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/color-theory/use-color#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:47:23 +0000 http://www.elizabethswartzinteriors.com/?p=3442 Color is a wonderful way to brighten a room, but too much can be overwhelming. Here are some ideas for creating the right amount of color in your space.

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How to use color in interior design

Color is a wonderful way to brighten a room, but too much can be overwhelming. Here are some of our ideas for creating the right amount of color in your space.

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