Recently photographed in Florida- Spec House decorated by Lisa Kahn

One of the greatest pleasures of working for talented designers capturing their work is to see what is going on in different parts of America. Lisa Kahn decorated a Spec house by the architects KUKK from Naples, Florida.

Fountain fitted rills line the entry to this bay side house.

The property sits right on a lagoon with a boat birthed up behind it. The house is large and spacious, appropriate for the Florida weather with high ceilings and large roof overhangs. To decorate a house of this size with no incoming furnishings from a client’s previous property takes a lot of everything, from beds and chairs right down to napkins and flatware.

Swimming pool and falling wall fountain abut the exterior kitchen dining area.

Lisa Kahn enjoys working with spec houses because she gets the freedom to do what she wants- as long as it is in the budget. As she has been very successful in this area with spec houses in the past  the developers are confident she will create a great interior. The colors are quiet and harmonious creating a peacefulness in the house.

Beautifully chosen fabrics by Lisa Kahn add to the quiet feeling of the house.

When photographing a house like this, I like to use as much available light as possible, to reveal the house’s design elements.

Natural light pours through the shower stalls into the bathroom. All enclosed with light green tile work.
A guest bedroom on the upper floor has a green color scheme.
Bringing together soft colors of green and blue create a layered feeling.
Kitchen colors come together with marble and ceramic matches.
The high ceilings enable plenty of open space in the kitchen area.
Final details of matching colors with furniture and exquisite elements.

New York Living; Re-inventing Home. Rizzoli book.

Coming soon to a bookstore near you-
New York Living:
Re-Inventing Home
Written by Paul Gunther, Gay Giordano and Charles Davey, Foreword by Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Photographed by Mick Hales

Penthouse living room of New York artist.

Pub Date: April 11, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Category: House & Home – Decorating
Publisher: Rizzoli
Trim Size: 9-3/4 x 10-1/2
US Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-5845-3
About This Book
Residences featured here show New York living from our present time: homes that defy traditional definition but which are nevertheless rooted in the historic ground of the city.

Remodeled Brooklyn brownstone takes advantage of all available daylight
Beautifully combined bathroom with sitting room .

What does a home look like in twenty-first-century New York? While the city’s name alone brings to mind very specific ideas—the Fifth Avenue penthouse, with its elegant moldings and crystal chandeliers; the SoHo loft, with its bright spaces and air of bohemian ease; the Brooklyn brownstone, with its fireplaces, parquet floors, and lush backyards—the truth is, New York today is much more than this, and the potential for variety in ways of living is, now more than ever, virtually limitless. As a result, in the twenty-first century, the combined design professions enjoy an unprecedented menu of prospective solutions, whether based upon respect for a classically inflected New York past, an emphatic denial of such a tradition, or, most often, some hybrid response that often yields the best innovation possible.

beautifully constructed marble shower stall

This was a wonderful project to work on and gave me the opportunity to see what is being done within the New York area. Of course space is the huge challenge in NYC homes and apartments and getting light into the interior of brownstones. The variety and inventive nature of the projects chosen for this book go from the humble to the very well off. Enjoy the book!!

Dining table sits in the living space between kitchen and seating area.


Recently Published: NY Cottages and Gardens March 2017

Catskill Charmer: NY Cottages & Gardens March 2017

It takes a diverse palette for Herman Vega and Eduardo Rodriguez, both Venezuelan, to furnish a Catskill retreat house set deep in the woods. The actual building is quite undistinguished but their combinations of ‘clean lines and eclectic elements’, produces stunning results, both inside and out.

Mick Hales photographed the story for NY Cottages and Gardens. The magazine  loves to use as much natural light as possible.  The great thing is Mick Hales loves to shoot that way too, it gives a real rounded feeling.  Mick first started reflecting light into rooms from outside when his strobe flash blew up on a shoot for House and Garden magazine in India. He has learnt a lot from years of shooting for magazines.

NYC & G March 2017 Catskill
Herman Vega and Eduardo Rodriguez Catskill retreat
White floors counter and ceiling
Kitchen and dining area are open to living room.
Interior decorators outside
Beautifully composed outside seating
White on white bedroom
Rustic objects compliment bedroom closet
Interior designer attic
Attic becomes guest bedroom. Perfect retreat.

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