Espresso Room - This is the first time an espresso room has ever been designed for the symphony show house.
My room was a shell of a space with concrete floors and wood studs and as a result i designed every element of this room. Given it was a small room, i opened up the room by creating a 9 foot wide cased opening. To stay true to a french cafe ambience i selected to have hardwood floors installed in a chevron pattern. The room was designed to have a hint of an art deco feel as the homeowner really liked that style. The design of the crown molding and all the trim was created to support that style without going too literal in order to maintain a softer feel for the space. The cabinet was custom designed as well as the pewter countertop and its decorative edge. The coffee silos were purchased directly from Turkey and it was quite an ordeal getting them through and picking them up from customs. The customs officials could not understand why 12 were needed if we weren't reselling them. The wainscot incorporated moorish style tile which is closely aligned to art deco and is reminiscent of what might be found in turkish coffee houses. I mixed the tile with wood for the wainscot as i felt it was much more interesting than an all tile or all wood wainscot. Also, the wood adds warmth back to the tile. The glass shelves are embedded into the wall to make them look as if they are floating. The espresso machine is a commercial grade machine and is a must have for finishing up the room. The homeowner had seen the chandelier months earlier and hoped to incorporate it somewhere in the house. Given its shape, color and style i felt i could make that happen for him in my room.