bulthaup, Robertson Blvd

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 15, 2012 | 2 Comments | Category: Kitchens, Shops and Showrooms

Having two friends that have both worked / one currently working at Bulthaup, a German kitchen design company, I’ve long been familiar with this exclusive contemporary kitchen product. I happen to pop into our local Los Angeles showroom on Robertson Boulevard recently for a quick visit.

A full kitchen is on display in the showroom to view the various cabinet styles and finishes.

Sleek countertops integrating a sink make a Bulthaup kitchen uber minimalistic.

The streamlined sink detail.

Part of Bulthaup’s “Kitchen Workshop” concept, a kitchen workbench with a cabinet for housing appliances and supplies.

A kitchen vignette showcasing lower and upper cabinets with open work space.

Everything has it’s place: functional yet minimalistic.

The appliance garage; one of my favorite features for any kitchen (& have incorporated them into a few of my own kitchen design projects).

Appliances integrated into tall cabinet storage.

…or concealed behind cabinet doors.

The bulthaup showroom in LA is located at 152 South Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

{Photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}





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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.





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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!)





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{image via Elle Decor}

There is something about a white kitchen that screams “classic, clean, and timeless.” While it may not be an appropriate look for every home it is often a request for many of my clients. With the right mix of finishes, there are a lot of variations on the classic white kitchen.

{image via La Dolce Vita}

The bright accents of yellow make this otherwise all white kitchen fun!

{Hicks Pendant by Thomas O’Brien, available through Circa Lighting}

Globe pendants are stunning above a kitchen island!

{image via Birch & Lily}

Black countertops are a great contrast to white Shaker style cabinets.

Absolute Noir from CaesarStone.

{image via My Paradissi}

Can’t quite give this kitchen credit for being all white, but it still remains classic as being black and white – and I love it!

{Carrara Keystone, available through Waterworks}

A Carrra backsplash is undeniably classic.

{image via Pinterest}

Varying from traditional Carrara marble countertops is this more unique stone, Biano Macabus Quartize – stunning! (Read about it here)

{image via Pinterest}

A more modern classic white kitchen, always looks sharp when paired with stainless steel appliances.

Subzero-Wolf stainless integrated wine cooler.

{image via Flickr}

A warm wood flooring, contrasting countertops, and bronze hardware give this all white kitchen characteristic (& the beadboard wall of the pantry too!)

Pulls from Restoration Hardware.

{image via Decor Pad}

Mixing countertop materials, such as in this kitchen with a butcher block island creates visual interest.

Butcher block countertops, available at Lumber Liquidators.

{image via Apartment Therapy}

Last but not least, if you are going to play it safe with classic white cabinets – why not go a bit dramatic with the floors!

(Which can be achieved through staining, read here for the how to.)





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In the Pantry

Posted By Jill-LA | May 17, 2011 | 10 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Kitchens, Small Spaces

Having a walk-in pantry is a luxury.  Many of the kitchen remodels I have been designing lately have not been able to afford such a luxury due to space limitations.  Instead the client has opted for tall pantry storage, which is still essential even if it means forgoing upper and lower cabinets, and using a portion of counter space to accommodate tall pantry storage.  But with one exceptional client, she has not only room for a butler’s pantry – but also a walk-in pantry. Because this is a room in itself – the idea came into play:  how do we make this room a beautiful space? I think the images here provide some great inspiration (the above picture being my favorite)!

All images via Houzz.





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Found: Counter Bench!

Posted By Jill-LA | May 03, 2011 | 4 Comments | Category: Furniture, Kitchens

I had been searching for a counter bench for a client project, inspired by the picture above.

Then just the other day as I was looking through the latest issue of House Beautiful magazine:

Found! Counter Bench!

Available from Four Hands.






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DIY Kitchen Transformations

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 20, 2011 | 8 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Kitchens, Paint

As an interior designer, I love to see a great transformation. Whether it’s a piece of furniture repurposed or an entire room transformed – the process of changing or transforming things is usually really exciting.  So recently when I was invited to experience two new products in kitchen transformations from Rust-Oleum – I was curious to see how this product could work and what the outcome would be.

Rust-Oleum Transformations has two kits for the DIY-er to transform kitchen cabinets or kitchen countertops as an inexpensive and efficient alternative to replacing cabinets or countertops entirely.  Experiencing the product for myself, I can say the process is simple and easy to use (that’s coming from a person who isn’t capable of anything DIY-the fact that I could actually do this was a bit exhilarating for me!). The kit includes everything needed to complete the project. (The kits can also be used for bathroom counters/cabinets or even furniture.)

With the help of the people from Rust-Oleum, each of us got to test out both the countertop kit and the cabinet kit, using the easy step by step process.

The kits come with everything needed to complete the project. The countertops involve five steps, and the cabinets involve four steps.  Depending on the size of your kitchen most transformation projects could be completed in a weekend.


Here I am, happily sanding a laminate countertop sample (in preparation to resurface it).

The countertop kit comes with five color options, from light to dark, replicating a “granite like” finish (solid finishes are not yet available).

There are many options to chose from for the cabinet colors.

The kits can be purchased from local home improvement stores (such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc) or visit the Rust-Oleum Transformations website for more info, including details and tutorials. The retail price for a newly resurfaced countertop kit is $250 and cabinets $150 (depending on your square footage).

The outcome?

Countertops and cabinets that look like they were custom without the custom price!

Thank you to Rust-Oleum for inviting me to experience the products hands-on!





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Modern Kitchen Source

Posted By Jill-LA | Mar 08, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Kitchens


I thought I would take the opportunity to showcase a kitchen design product line from Germany called Uro Kitchens. The line is represented here in Los Angeles by a colleague and friend of mine, Morgan, who often assists me with kitchen design projects for clients of mine. Morgan is extremely competent when it comes to understanding kitchen design and specifications along with knowledge of appliances for kitchens having a great deal of experience both working for high end kitchen design companies along with it being a family business. On a recent kitchen remodel, I asked Morgan if she wanted to bid her product but my concern was my client being on a budget. She introduced me to a line she has acquired which features the same look for a fraction of the cost with a better lead time.



The Uro line is similar in quality and specification as some of the other high end European kitchens but it is a fraction of the price. Many of my clients who are knowledgeable of some of the other high end kitchens from Germany & Italy are concerned with the cost factor but with the Uro kitchen line, the price points are much more competitive. I’ve found as a designer trying to provide a good value for my clients along with the aesthetics – this is a great product to introduce to my clients. There are some limitations as far as no custom colors or sizes, but by providing specific dimensions the company will configure a kitchen layout that best incorporates the function and needs of the client along with the specifications of the product line. Production and lead time runs 4-8 weeks and that for a European product is typically unheard of. All in all, I think if going for the look of a modern high end kitchen – this is definitely a product to consider.



For more information & to receive pricing info based on your specific kitchen please email to: info@urokitchens.com.





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Smitten Kitchens

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 22, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Kitchens















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Concetto

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 27, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Bed and Bath, Kitchens


I am a huge fan of CaesarStone for counter top surfaces (kitchen, bath, bars, etc). CaesarStone also has a line called Concetto, which consists of stone slabs of crystals and semi-precious stones. I once inquired about the product, only to discover it’s several hundred dollars per square foot. However, it makes a beautiful stone top for any table or surface if you are looking for a unique stone.

CaesarStone has just launched a new website for the Concetto. The site explains everything from the essence and energy of the crystals to the process of Concetto creation to its care and maintenance.

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