This Interior Designer Shares Her Savvy Kitchen Secrets

Meet Jennifer Howard. She knows her way around a kitchen, and is willing to share her top tips.





Photo by Mick Hales

 

Who: 

Interior Designer Jennifer W. Howard, owner/designer, JWH Design & Cabinetry of Rye
 

Design Philosophy: 

“I start with the basics of a space, how it is constructed, and how it needs to be changed to improve the flow, function, and feeling. When the space is ‘right,’ then the rest of the details flow.” 
 

Inspiration: 

Architecture. “I love walking the streets of interesting cities or towns and looking at both old and new buildings — it always sparks my interest.”
 

Hottest Design Trends: 

The return of color! More eco-friendly and durable materials for countertops and stone. “It’s good for the environment, as well as a more relaxed living style.” 

 

Top Design Tips:

Choose function over form. “Yes, your room should be fabulous looking, but good flow, proper clearances, functional storage, and other practical considerations should be driving the design.”]

Stay true to your natural style and be wary of trends for the bigger investment decisions. “It’s much easier and more affordable to add the fun, trendy items that are easily changed as styles change.”

Spend the budget where it counts. “Fixing the fundamental problems in the space (i.e., windows, heating, lighting, etc.) should be the first priority in a renovation.”

 

Go-To Home Design... 

 

Blogs: 
www.contemporist.com
www.freshome.com
www.apartmenttherapy.com 
www.houzz.com

 

Shelter Mags (other than Westchester Home): House Beautiful, East Coast Home, Cottages and Gardens, Architectural Digest

 

TV Shows: None. “After spending so much time bringing clients’ design wishes and expectations into alignment, I find it frustrating to watch the ‘magical makeovers’ that portray unrealistic prices and timeframes.”  

 

Westchester Shops/Showrooms: Current Home (Scarsdale), Rye Ridge Ceramic Tile (Port Chester), Rye Marble (Rye), Artistic Tile (White Plains), Leibert’s Royal Green Appliances (White Plains), Carpet Trends (Rye), Patdo Light Studio (Port Chester), Casa Blanca Tile & Stone (Harrison)

 

CT Shops/Showrooms: Everest Marble and Stone (Norwalk), Farrow & Ball (Greenwich), Canaan Hardware (Stamford)

 

NYC Shops/Showrooms: A&D Building (appliances, stone, flooring, lighting); Hafele (cabinet accessories, LED lighting, closet systems); Walker Zanger (stone tiles, slabs)

 

Brands/Designers: SubZero, Wolf, Thermador (appliances); Rohl, Newport Brass (plumbing fixtures); Visual Comfort, Hudson Valley Lighting (lighting); Alno, Schaub, Emtek, Top Knobs/Atlas (cabinet hardware)    

 


 

Products She Loves:

 

1. Rohl Michael Berman pull-out/pull-down kitchen faucets

 

 

2. Hicks pendant by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort

 

 

 3. Hip Herringbone Mirror Gloss mosaic glass from Artistic Tile

 

 

4. Beveled-edge cabinet detail on a custom JWH door style 

 

 

5. High-gloss accent ceiling

 

 

6. Emtek crystal knobs

 

 

7. Architectural features

 

 

8. “Weathered Wood” series custom cabinetry (www.architectsmillshop.com) 

 

 

9. Hafele cabinet accessories

 

 

10. Farrow & Ball cabinets

 

 

11. Schaub and Company Menlo series cabinet pulls

 

 

12. Shaws apron-front sink

 

 

13. Taj Mahal (warm neutral) and Iceberg Blue (cool drama) Quartzite natural stone

 

 

 

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