For many undertaking a kitchen remodel, the goal is typically to expand an already compact kitchen. However, the reality is often times some spaces cannot be enlarged or expanded by increasing the square footage. Instead maximizing a compact kitchen space and aesthetically improving it’s design and style is the most ideal way to turn a small space into a big improvement!

Modern and minimalist, this kitchen epitomizes the aesthetics of a compact kitchen.

Super space saver and super sophisticated – sometimes putting the best into a small space is great on the return.

This compact kitchen has a more expansive feel by it’s use of open shelving, mirrors, and pass-thru counter / bar height seating. Maximizing space to it’s fullest it includes a built-in banquette dining area.

This is a layout I have done for many small kitchens – incorpoating an island with seating and storage, prep sink optional, makes for a functional compact kitchen.

Classic and contemporary, sink side feels open with windows and cabinets are best placed to maximize storage.

A model (pun intended) example of a compact kitchen, this one in a Manhattan loft, where even the narrowest of islands provides functionality.

Light, bright, and airy – a tiny kitchen that feels very open and even includes a little counter seating area by incorporating a tiny ledge of surface area.

Another kitchen with an island and bar height seating, not to mention a full height cabinet help to make this compact kitchen feel more open.

Taking cabinets full height (to the ceiling) is a great idea to make any kitchen feel larger, whether or not it’s compact.

Images via Pinterest and Elle Decor.

Art + Fashion

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 21, 2012 | 7 Comments | Category: Art, Fashion

{framed Hermes scarves}

When art + fashion collide…

All images via Pinterest

Eventi Hotel, NYC

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 19, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Commercial Spaces, Events

During my recent stay in NYC for the Brizo event, I spent four nights at the Eventi Hotel in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The Eventi Hotel is a newer property owned by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. The midtown property boasts a spa, a bar & restaurant, and the FoodParc (indoor/outdoor dining). The highlight of my stay? The dynamic view from my hotel room suite!

A view of the Empire State Building from right next to my bed!

A daytime view from the hotel room.

The entrance/corridor of the hotel room suite.

In the corridor leading from the entrance to the room is a map of Manhattan as artwork.

The well-appointed bathroom features Carrara marble stone and tile finishes, a Kohler sink, and large vanity.

The walk-in shower with a rainhead showerhead.

Shower detailings.

Bathroom art: an etched sketch on plexiglass mounted on the wall.

Loved the fabric on the desk chair – can you spot the Statue of Liberty?

The very tall upholsted headboard is quite a focal point (aside from the nearby view), and the bedding accents include an orange bolster pillow and blanket (not shown) at the foot of the bed.

Photo is a bit dark, but this is the Bar Basque restaurant (where we met up for drinks almost every night).

View of the FoodParc plaza from the Bar Basque restaurant.

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design, hotel room photos taken from room 1107.}

While in NYC for the Brizo event I had the chance to meet up with our New York blogger Rebecca. We spent part of the day out walking the streets of NYC, where Rebecca took me around to see some design shops and showrooms, and in between we stopped for lunch!

One of our first stops was the Remains Lighting showroom in NYC (they also have an LA location too).

The storefront facade of Remains Lighting showroom in NYC.

Rebecca and I were both in awe of this large, oversized Mercer Lantern – it’s stunning in person!

We also passed through the Flower Market in Chelsea, it was neat to see streets lined with fresh flowers!

Both of us quickly got hungry, so we stopped at Cafeteria for a leisurely lunch…and talked non-stop about blogging, design, clients…I don’t think there was a single lull in conversation! (But that’s what happens when two Geminis get together!)

After lunch, we checked out canvas – which reminds me a bit of an upscale west elm meets Restoration Hardware with a little bit of Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters…all rolled into one!

Rebecca checking out this huge, large scaled tufted chaise!

Another over-scaled piece was this upholstered nailhead bench, we both loved!

Right on over from canvas is Housing Works, a store that takes donated items to sell for charity and has online auctions – such as this storefront window. The amazing thing is most of these items are rock bottom prices!

The finds at Housing Works.

So this place was like a little jewel in the middle of a big city! Following Rebecca, she lead me through a very narrow corridor, lined with mirrors, past a front gate, in the middle of tall buildings…and surprise! Here is a tiny little house – which houses an antique jewelry and home goods store!

Rebecca checking out all the little accessories at Pippin Vintage.

Our last stop was the showroom “from the source ny”, a really cool organic furniture store with unique pieces of furniture made from slabs of wood imported from Indonesia.

All pieces are handmade with natural slabs of wood, like this trestle table.

Really loved the metals legs paired with the natural, organic slab table top.

A handmade rocking horse!

Thank you Rebecca for spending the day with me and taking me around your city! It was so much fun to meet up with a fellow Material Girls blogger! Had such a great time!

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}

Brizo Fashion Week

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 14, 2012 | 5 Comments | Category: Design Bloggers, Events, Fashion, Kitchens

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Fashion Week in NYC, sponsored on behalf of Brizo Faucet, along with their unique collaboration with fashion designer Jason Wu. The three day event kicked off with a cocktail party where we were introduced to the other 19 bloggers invited to attend, which is now infamously known as “Blogger 19” based on the original group of nineteen participating bloggers and designers.

In taking part in the event, we had the opportunity to preview the collections from Brizo, including yet to be released concepts and the inspiration behind the designs. It was amazing to hear first hand from the actual Brizo designers themselves…and have them ask us for insightful feedback and input on products in the works!

While many of the products that are still in development can not be shared, one that is an up and coming release is this “handle-less” lavatory faucet! It operates by using Brizo’s hands free technology and adjusting the water temperature by rotating the finial on the top!

Fashion Designer Jason Wu’s exclusive collection of accessories for Brizo, inspired by Baroque design.

And of course we wouldn’t be invited to attend Fashion Week without an invite to the Jason Wu fashion show!

The packed crowd at the Jason Wu fashion show.

Sitting front and center at the show!

The dramatic red doors from which the models entered, the collection was very theatrical and inspired by Chinese inspiration (including the Chinese dynasty, military, and Hollywood regency). Check out a video of the fashion show here!

A model walking the runway.

I also got a backstage pass to check out the “behind the scenes” at the Jason Wu fashion show!

(Models being interviewed after the show.)

The hair & make-up inspiration board.

The set up backstage and behind the scenes.

Jason Wu being interviewed right after the show.

Following the fashion show we were invited to an intimate after party with Jason Wu at a penthouse suite with extraordinary views of the Manhattan skyline!

Jason Wu at the after party with the fabulous Brizo team!

A sincere thank you to Brizo for inviting me to attend and hosting such an amazing event and experience! I feel so honored to have been included among “the best Blogger 19 group” ever! (Shhh…that’s what they told us!)

Jason Wu for Target

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 05, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Designers, Fashion

Fashion Designer Jason Wu launched his exclusive collection for Target today in stores and online. The 53 piece collection includes accessories, handbags, dresses, and separates which all retail for under $60. Rumor has it pieces have already hit eBay and most stores sold out in minutes!

Jason Wu for Target Trench Coat in Black

Jason Wu for Target Peplum Top in Gold, Pleated Skirt in Black,  & Lace Clutch.

Jason Wu for Target Flared Dress in Black with Nude Patent Leather Belt

Jason Wu for Target Collared Cap-Sleeve Pleated Blouse in Red, with Pleated Skirt in Navy Floral.

Jason Wu for Target Straw Cluth

Looking forward to meeting Jason Wu this coming week during Fashion Week in NYC, sponsored by Brizo!

A very special thank you to Christian of Maison21 for nominating my name for the event! Check out the giveaway he is currently featuring on his blog for a Brizo Faucet, and read about his own trip to attend Fashion Week with Brizo!

Inspiring vignettes of personal collections…

{Found treasures}

{Art, books, & accessories}

{For the vanity…makeup brushes & jewelry}


{Artwork & photography}



{Art supplies}

{Vintage photographs}

What things do you collect?