Spring Forward

  • Panelled walls and cofferred ceiling, were designed and installed to satisfy the clients’ craving for architecture more commonplace in stately east coast homes. The sunburst mirror is a “placeholder” to enjoy until a large scale piece of artwork is purchased.
  • Art: Oil painting by artist Michelle Armas provides a counterbalance to the geometric prints on the furniture and pillows.
  • Kitchen: The all-white kitchen gets its drama from dark stained 5” wide rift cut white oak floors, with a Rubio Monocoat oil finish. The table and Navy chairs are Restoration Hardware.
  • Dining Room: White panelled wainscotting is handsomely paired with a Phillip Jeffries grass cloth (Manila Hemp Graphite 3444). The head chairs, backed in raspberry, create a flow of colour from room to room.
  • Children's Bedroom: Fiorella likes to take her colour cues from the clients—pink and green are obviously a favourite combination for the girls (age 4 and 6) in residence.
  • Family Room: “We rotated the kitchen and removed walls so all the rooms face the back yard and pool area.”

When clients moved from Connecticut to sunny Menlo Park, it didn’t take them long to shed those extra layers required for warmth back home and embrace their new lighter California lifestyle.

The designer created a blend of east coast-west coast that would respect her client’s love for architecture with a pedigree and inject a more playful west coast palette.

The result? Springtime, year round.

Photography by Frank Paul Perez

Cat Cora’s Tips on Eating Healthy

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle involves commitment. Chef Cat Cora knows the importance of making healthy choices when it comes to creating mouth-watering feasts.

In a recent interview with Parade Magazine, she shared tips on eating healthy. Here’s a tip on instilling nutritious eating habits for children.

At [age] 3, start saying to them, ‘Let’s all make a family decision about dinner tonight. Do we want chicken or salmon? Do we want broccoli or edamame?’ Give two options, not three, four, five. The more invested they are in the meal, the more likely they are to eat it.

Read the entire article ‘A Day with Cat Cora’ in Issue 5 of Dabble.