Designing an interior around a piece of art that a client loves and cherishes is a recipe for success!

Our Inwood kitchen project concept was centered around a lithograph by the British contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. Our client had purchased this piece prior to finding their new home and wanted our team to build a room around it.

This kitchen design was a wonderful challenge; this gorgeous home was built in the 1920s by famed Architect, John Staub. The house is absolutely fantastic and we made no changes to the “bones” other than in the kitchen. The kitchen and breakfast room were originally divided into two small, dark spaces.

In order to create the open plan we envisioned, we needed to renovate the entire space—including moving the complicated HVAC equipment located in the original dividing wall. The original kitchen and breakfast room also had great storage that we would lose once the diving walls were removed. Storage needs would have to be addressed in new ways.

Working with our amazing partners at Poggenpohl (link:, we created a new, open layout that includes a fantastic chef’s kitchen with top of the line appliances (including an incredibly cool telescoping vent hood!), a gorgeous china display, a coffee and juice bar (admit it, you’ve always wanted one!), and a fun and bright breakfast room. This opened up a lovely space in which to create wonderful meals and hang out with friends and family, but still blends seamlessly and naturally into the rest of the home.

The room also has a staircase that previously landed directly in the kitchen. With our new layout, we created a proper landing for the stair case and improved the flow from public space to the family space. We created a visual separation with the “bridge” in the center of the two spaces. The “bridge” has custom paneling in the same style as the cabinetry. It also houses the two art niches, provides necessary storage, and brings state of the art LED lighting into the center of the room where previously there was a dark space.

The cabinetry is by Poggenpohl, in a flawless high gloss white. The Poggenpohl designer, Tatiana Bacci, was fantastic to work with, and became a vital part of our team for this project! Poggenpohl provided a traditional style cabinet door, with a contemporary finish that is perfect for this home.

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The Damien Hirst Lithograph

The Hirst lithograph informed our color plan throughout, including the art-glass chandelier, and a vibrantly colored breakfast table featuring a Saarinen base and custom 3-Form top.

French bistro-style bar stools set the stage for this beautiful kitchen and breakfast room to become the vital center of our clients’ new home. Here’s a little gallery of the new space: enjoy!

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We have to thank Poggenpohl again for the incredible help they were in turning our client’s dream kitchen a reality.

For more of our River Oaks project images visit our Pinterest Board – | Kitchen & Dining!

Until Next Time,

The Team

Author is a story-teller at heart. Her unique perspective and tailored design process empower her to create singular interiors for clients all over the world.

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