Rat Residence Part I

Some clients are more private than others and in respecting their wishes, I will occasionally create fictitious names for my not so fictitious clients to give you a glimpse of what I’ve been working on. In the next three posts, we’re going to take a look at details, finishes, materials, palettes and rooms within the Rat’s lair. Why the Rat? Said client was born in the year of the Rat and sometimes I greet her as such.

When you’re working on an entire house, it can be daunting in terms of where to begin. Oddly enough, we started the project using 3” x 3.5” Tunisian tiles (Utica Border from the Baba Chic line from Country Floors) that made their way into the backsplash of the kitchen. Those very tiles set the tone for one of several color palettes that the Rat and I worked on. I love the idea of breaking up large spaces of tile with unexpected accents of more artisanal pieces to rest your eye. I use this treatment on walls and floors when appropriate.

Looking from the kitchen into the dining area, you can see the sliding red door with inlays of botanicals embedded in the resin, an eco-friendly product. (Lumicor | Botanicals collection)

This is the entry to the house and the Rat is particular about having people take their shoes off before coming in, hence the Japanese clogs/Geta sandals. Good luck walking in those! I brought ballet slippers to the job site while all of the work was in progress. If you look to the right of the sandals, you’ll see another Tunisian tile. We found this beautiful shoe cabinet from Via Diva and then worked with artist Deborah Childress to create a custom frame with a gingko treatment embedded in the finish.

Here’s a close-up of the frame to give you an idea of how beautiful her work really is.

The Asian-inspired bamboo and leaves that were adapted into the custom forged hand rail tied in beautifully to complete the flow of the space leading up to the second floor. (Hand Rail by Steel Geisha Designs)

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