My HGTV Kitchen #1

I’m so glad that the episode featuring my first design for HGTV House Hunters Renovation has aired. Now I can share pictures and talk about the design!! So many great things about working on this project – from teaming up with my husband Will and his crew at Crescent Canyon Construction to make the transformation happen, to filming with the HGTV crew over the course of the remodel, to styling it all for the for the reveal and these pictures at the end.

Scott and Nyrie were the homeowners. They were fun to work with, and had really good taste in design! Here is a breakdown of their wishlist:

Style: Traditional – with industrial touches for him, and farmhouse elements for her. They wanted the room to feel visually light and bright, and emotionally warm and inviting.

Function: A place where all 5 family members could sit and eat; a chalkboard wall as a family message center; a separate cooktop and oven – with the wall oven at a very specific height for Nyrie.

Features: White Shaker cabinets, marble countertops, farmhouse sink, subway tile, glass-fronted cabinets, some light green color.

This is where we started – there was no budget to change the slider doors and window, but everything else from the soffit on down obviously had to go. Goodbye, 1980!!

Hello, Today! I was going for an airy “Los Angeles gastropub” vibe – what do you think?

Spatially, we took the wall behind the fridge back a couple of feet, into the former tiny dining room (now a home office overlooking the living room). This allowed us to include a counter-depth fridge  that doesn’t stick out far from the pantry cabinetry on the same wall. It also bought us some room on the back wall to incorporate a larger cooktop, separate wall oven and more counter space and cabinetry.

The key to doing a Traditional / Industrial / Farmhouse kitchen that isn’t boring and formulaic is all in the design details. Instead of trusty but ubiquitous 3×6 white subway tile for the backsplash, I sourced this gorgeous Ann Sacks tile – 4×8, in a subtle gray-green. It coordinates with an engagingly textured (as in everybody on the HHR crew wanted to run their hands over it when they saw it) 2×8 tile that I used to make a focal point of the cook-top and hood.

Painting the interiors of glass-fronted cabinets gave them depth, and broke up all the white millwork in the kitchen with color. Glass-fronted cabinets can be challenging to style, but a colored paint makes them a fine backdrop for an easy-to-build collection of functional and eye-catching white ceramic pieces. I sourced most of these on hauls at Marshall’s and Homegoods.

We explored expanding this window, but the budget did not allow for it. I made the black work for us cohesively by introducing black lighting fixtures and hardware. I love the way they ground the white and pale green. The black elements are the punctuation in the room!

This is the custom shelf unit I designed with Will and his crew to be a marriage of farmhouse and industrial elements. The piece is suspended from the ceiling so it is visually light, while it also allows much more actual light to bounce around than a clunky cabinet would. On a practical note, it puts the family’s most oft-used dishes, serving bowls and glassware in easy reach for dining.

There is a whole host of beautiful industrial light fixtures I could have used at the bar, but instead I went for more unexpected sculptural shapes. I kept them cohesive with the overall design by choosing black finishes.

I embraced minimalism in the bar’s design, fixing it to the wall and supporting it with a sturdy metal pole. Backless barstools tuck in easily, and allow the eye to travel uninterrupted from kitchen to dining room, making the entire space feel connected. A butcher-block bar top provides an organic (and economical) contrast to the marble-like quartz countertops.

 

The family wanted a chalkboard wall as a family message center. In my styling, I wanted to show it as a place to create a focal point for a lifetime of special occasions.

I’m currently working on a new kitchen remodel with Will for House Hunters Renovation, with an exciting new set of design challenges. I expect it will air in the spring or summer. In the meantime,  I will be back soon with details about my design of the dining room and patio adjacent to this kitchen. Skip on over to my portfolio of this project if you would like to see it now!

If you would like to see the HouseHunters’ Renovation episode, it’s called Big Family, Big Renovation, and the design fun starts halfway through the show. Here it is on YouTube. 

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Flooring – Lapacho engineered hardwood /Simple Floors

Tile – Savoy 4×8 field tile and 2×8 textured tile in cottonwood / Ann Sacks

Faucet – Vimmern with pullout spray / Ikea

Sconce at sink – Sconce with spun brass shade / Olde Brick Lighting

Sconce at chalkboard – Donovan Glass Sconce / Pottery Barn 

Pendant lights at bar –  Black Pod Pendant / Shades Of Light

Barstools – Barchetta 30″ Stools / Wayfair

Cabinet Hardware – Stone Mill Hardware Marshall Pulls in matte black / Lowes

Rug at sink – Mikey by Magnolia Home / Pier One

Cake stands – Jade colored glass and Ivory AmelieWorld Market

Paint – Healing Aloe 1562 (walls) and Quiet Moments 1563 (cupboard interiors) / Benjamin Moore

Appliances – KitchenAid

All Photos (except the scary “before” picture!) by Amy Bartlam, 

 

 

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I’m Baaaaack!

Hello – I haven’t been here for a while, but the design inspiration keeps coming!  I’m back to share it, and in case you can’t tell by the vegan leather and the Raybans, I mean business 😉

This year has been full of fresh experiences for me. Here’s a highlight that you’ll soon be able to watch…

A kitchen and dining room remodel I designed in L.A. was filmed in all its stages for HGTV’s Househunters Renovation! I had a blast doing this project, teaming up with my husband Will and his crew at Crescent Canyon Construction. There is nobody on the planet I trust more than Will to do his job well and have my back, so with him as my G.C., I was really able to focus on doing what I love – listening to my clients, coming up with practical and creative solutions to the design challenges, and executing it all as beautifully as possible within our time and budget constraints. The transformation was dramatic, and I am so excited to have it documented by HGTV!

I will be sharing pictures and lots of details about the design as soon as our episode airs on October 28th at 10pm (9 central). One little thing I’ll reveal about my clients is that one of them wanted a kitchen that felt warm and somewhat Traditional, while the other was really excited about Industrial style. Tune in to see how I married their hearts’ desires!

 

 

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Recently Completed // Master Bedroom Suite Retreat

One of the best things we can hear from a client is that our design work has changed their relationship to their home. In the weeks after we installed this master bedroom, my pair of television-writer clients told me that they would wake up in their transformed master bedroom and talk about how they couldn’t believe they were in their own house. The wife reports that her husband, who may lean toward untidiness, now rushes around in the morning, making the bed and tucking clothes into drawers. He always jokes that he has to leave the room “looking nice for the guests”. Given that the couple asked me for a space that felt like a serene, comfortable and unique suite in a bed and breakfast, I’d say our work here is done!

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natasha Jansz Design.

The architecture of this space and some of its details were already great to begin with: a spacious suite with vaulted ceilings, French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the pool, a freestanding tub in the bathroom, a fireplace with a lovely stone tile surround, and plenty of natural light. The wife showed me this Serena and Lily bed that had captured her heart, and told me that they would like to see pale blues and greens in the design. Inspired by the shape of the headboard, its brass nailhead detail, and the prettiness of watery colors, we proposed a feature wall of an exquisite blocked-printed wallpaper by Galbraith and Paul, and showed it with Lulu DK’s playful bird fabric as a focal point on a backdrop of textured neutrals. We added dark metal furniture to balance all the lightness, and had so much fun with the details.Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natasha Jansz Design.Although much of the furniture here was sourced at retailers such as Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware and West Elm, it was great to go custom to get certain details right. Case in point: this generously proportioned ottoman at the foot of the bed, clad in a soft velvet, with legs that complemented the turned legs of the bed. The tall mirror with inlaid capiz shell frame, Roman shades, drapes and throw pillows were also custom-designed for the project.

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natasha Jansz Design.I’m a little giddy about the details above, so beautifully captured by photographer Amy Bartlam. There’s the textured trellis pattern of the drapery, teamed with the textured chevron pattern of the duvet cover. The “lingerie dresser”, clad in zinc, is the ideal smooth counterpoint, and lends the room a masculine warmth. This was a very narrow space between the drapes that called for a very tall something for balance, so finding that dresser was a real eureka moment! And let’s not forget those spectacular pink peonies, which we were so glad to track down in November for the photo-shoot!! Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natasha Jansz Design.Here we are on the balcony, which needed a Dash & Albert outdoor rug to make it feel like a room. We had my clients’ old teak furniture refinished, and ordered new cushions for the chairs, covered in Perennials outdoor fabric. The tie-dye pillows are from One Kings Lane, and my psychologist friend remarked that they remind her of a Rorsarch test! I don’t know about you, but I think about sipping a cup of tea and reading a magazine when I see this space.Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natasha Jansz Design.I am obsessed with the “Saturn” ceramic planters here, found at Potted in Atwater Village – more textured pattern in our palette of whites, and they strike a pleasing balance against the vertical lines of the balcony railing and the upholstery fabric. The succulents are sedum – a bushy-for-a- succulent plant that can take a lot of direct light, which is perfect out here. (In real life, my clients have a nice shady Sunbrella patio umbrella to hide under when they are spending time  here – it just couldn’t be adequately captured in a photograph without a crane!)Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natasha Jansz Design.

More texture and pattern quietly abound here at the fireplace, along with organic touches – the basketweave stone tile of the surround, the nubby weave of the chair upholstery, flora in the Miguel Arguello still-life art and fauna in the pillow print…and sometimes you just need a spiky brass urchin to finish things.Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natasha Jansz Design.This gorgeous inlaid bone dresser mixes clean lines with intricate pattern and an exotic flair. I often use black to ground a design in a pastel room, and I love the way this piece complements the black granite counters in the master bath beyond.Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natasha Jansz Design.

The color, texture, pattern and organic touches found in the bedroom flow seamlessly into the master bath, which is anchored by a large indoor-outdoor rug for its own unique character and warmth.

The paint colors used to create this haven are all by Ralph Lauren Paint: Pale Cap on the bedroom walls, Crescent Blue on the bathroom walls, and Egret trim throughout.

This and other pretty bedrooms can be seen in my portfolio here.

 

 

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Scouted! Getting Handsy

It’s not like I set out to be a collector of sculptures and household whatnots in the shape of hands… it’s just that they always seem to beckon! I have a few spread around the house, and here was a bunch I had accumulated for “future projects” (that I of course could not part with) and finally made a little vignette out of in my bedroom.

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The big one is my favorite – a vintage mold from a rubber glove factory that I found in Healdsburg on a weekend trip to Sonoma a couple of years ago. (Nothing like prowling an antiques store after a couple of glasses of wine!)

This week we installed two sets of brass curtain tie-backs in a kids’ room for some fun clients, and they add such magic to the room! This is all I can reveal of that project for now…

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….but I am happy to share resources for some of the best handy home accessories I have come across lately for giving a room some life.37781564_025_b

Anthropologie Handheld Tieback // $48

 

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Shades of Light Need a Hand Wall Sconce // $89

 

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Kelly Wearstler Saints Hand in Burnished Bronze // $225

 

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hodihomedecor Hand Hooks (Set of 2) // $56

 

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Areaway Reality Hand Hooks (Set of 3) // from $225

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One Thousand Saves!

When a perfect stranger comes across an image of a room, and sees fit to add it to an Idea Book they keep online with a title like “Dream House” or even simply “Our New Home”, it gives a girl a thrill to be the designer involved. So it was a happy day last week when Houzz.com let me know that images from my portfolio on their site have been saved over 1,000 times by their users.

NJDhouzz1klogoI’ve been on Houzz for 3 years, and it has proven to be a great way to connect with people who are interested in working with me – around the corner in person, and across the country online. It also illuminates what a more general audience responds to in my portfolio by showing me which images are inspiring them when they think about their own homes.

Last month, Houzz interviewed me about a recent project that they featured as their  “Room of the Day”. Thanks, Houzz!

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Photo credits: All images by Tessa Neustadt, except for the bottom right image in collage by Judson Morgan.

Fast Work // A Fresh, Eclectic Entry Hall and Living Room

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With some projects, the art is a part of the finishing touches. With this one, we looked to it as a starting point for color. These clients had become engaged on a ski trip to the Swiss Alps, which I considered a sexy jumping-off point for the design! I showed them reproduction vintage travel posters that could reflect their history – and also be framed and shipped fast. The one that really resonated with them featured black and white with deep blues, which gave us an interesting palette to mix with grays and wood tones.

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Sampling blue paints for this project was my happy place!
The one we picked very inexpensively defines the entry, and gives the tiny space a presence in the living room by drawing your eye there. These clients love sailing, so this was a bold color that didn’t feel too crazy for them. I tried out this black dresser from their bedroom to ground the blue a bit further, and it turned out to be a perfect fit as an entry piece with storage.

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The contrast of the deep blue in the entry with white walls in the living room made the space feel instantly fresh.
My clients wanted to keep some of the Traditional furniture that they had been given by their parents, but were ready to jettison an overstuffed gingham sofa and a few ornate tables for some pieces with cleaner lines and a more low-slung Mid-century style.

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Everyone’s favorite new piece is the vintage dresser, found at a flea market and used here as a credenza. While its wood had an ugly grain and looked terribly beat-up, I was sold on the distinctive brass hardware, which was miraculously all intact. It was also a well-made piece, with the scale and storage we were seeking. We patched up the wood in places, and painted the dresser a sophisticated blue in a durable glossy finish to make the hardware shine.

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The sofa was custom-made, but most of the other pieces in this space were either sourced online and delivered fast, or picked up on a World Market / Ikea / Target styling haul. Many are still available.

All photos by Tessa Neustadt

Resources
Ralph Lauren Paint – Harbor Blue in Entry, Picket Fence in Living Room, Rue Royale on credenza in Living Room
World Market – Riveted table lamp bases, Tribal Drum shades, Deer Departed canvas, Leila sunburst mirror, glass vase, pillows, candle holders, frames
Ikea – Llapljung Ruta rug, Hektar floor lamp, Fejka potted plan
Crate and Barrel – Pastis walnut and white lacquer nesting tables
West Elm – Nook coffee table, Martini table in brass, throw blanket
Urban Outfitters – Moda leather chairs, hand sculpture
Target – Small floor lamp, trio of brass wall decorations, tall wood vase
Allposters.com – Zermatt by Pierre Kroenig print, framed
Huset Shop – Hay tray table
Melrose Trading Post – vintage credenza (restored and custom painted by Natasha Jansz Design)
(Clients’ own – Leaning mirror; black dresser; Edison glass cloche table lamp – similar at World Market)

Show Me 3 // Leaning Blanket Ladders

The stylist in me loves a leaning blanket ladder! Where most pieces in a room are usually only 18-30″ high, here’s a tall piece that can add a bit of vertical interest to a space.  I like one as a towel-rack in a bathroom or pool-house, a place to hang pretty scarves and textiles in a bedroom, or a spot for a cozy display of textured blankets in a living room.
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The trick to styling a blanket ladder is that less is more. And unless you like looking like a doctor’s office, leave off the magazines!
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MID // Found Rustic Wood Ladder // Pottery Barn // $250

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LOW // Wood Ladder Decor // World Market // $60

A leaning blanket ladder can skew modern or rustic depending on the material used and the sleekness of its construction. It isn’t my style to jump on every design trend that comes along, but when a statement piece such as this can be found for $50 (or a DIY version can be thrown together for even less), I am happy to lean in!

Design Inspirers // Tribute Art: David Bowie, George Michael & Prince

Last time I talked about some of the special design inspiration I found recently at QuiltCon 2016 – a quilting convention in Pasadena. In addition to the events and products a quilter would get excited about, there was plenty there for art-lovers like me. And what is a more unifying form of art than music? Musicians are the artists we most often feel connected to and claim as our own. These tributes to David Bowie, George Michael and Prince blew me away.
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David Bowie quilt by Holly Hickman with Moda Fabrics

 

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Every Little Hungry Schoolgirl’s Pride & Joy by Rebecca Burnett

 

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I thought of this quilter when I heard Prince passed away last week. I remember studying the detail when I was standing in front of it a few weeks ago, and thinking I could see her love for the Purple One in every stitch.

 

Design Inspirers // QuiltCon West

Though I have never quilted anything, in the last few years I have often admired quilts as spectacular pieces of art. Alissa Haight Carlton is a fabulously creative lady I know, and she’s the one who told me about The Modern Quilt Guild. It’s a huge organization, and among its members are some seriously talented artists who are passionate about this medium. Alissa is the MQG’s executive director, and they mounted QuiltCon West 16 in Pasadena last month. Along I went for some general visual inspiration, and I was not disappointed.

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Big Love by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Not your grandma’s quilt, right?  I am so inspired to put some of these kinds of modern quilts into some fresh interior spaces.

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Let’s Connect by Christopher Thompson

When I think of elements you would find in my favorite kind of interior designs, I think of engaging art…interesting fabrics…tactility…warmth…pattern…geometry – all things that are inherently a part of many a modern quilt! 

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Central Pivot by Kim Eichler-Messmer

I would love to design a quilt for a project – as a wall-hanging, or something to cover a bed. Given my enduring obsession with textiles, I imagine that choosing the colors and prints of the fabrics and arranging them into a pattern would just be a slice of heaven.

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The Big Swirl  by Betsy Vinegrad

My all-around crafts-iest friend is Scott, and he has actually been part of a quilting circle for years. He made a very fine QuiltCon companion, and I think we have found a new tradition.  Scott is a big fan of Hillz, so this was obviously his favorite.
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Something I did not expect to find at QuiltCon (although it totally makes sense) was the most glorious array of cotton fabrics I have ever seen in one place.

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So many of them spoke to me, and I had to completely restrain myself from snapping up bolts of the stuff for pillows. (As a matter of fact, now that I look at these pictures, I’m having a lot of remorse about that restraint!)

How sweet would all these pink prints be in a soft nursery? The mama cats carrying their kittens in their mouths is everything.

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Another fantastic find at QuiltCon West was the work of Aussie textile design goddess, Kim Andersson. Check out her website to see all the wonderful prints she has designed.

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I wish I knew where to buy these Good Hair Day pillows readymade!  At least you can find the fabrics and the patterns to quilt them yourself on Anderrson’s site.

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Speaking of hair, I did buy just a few yards of some gorgeous textiles at QuiltCon. I had them made into pillows immediately.

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The indigo print can work in so many styles, and how about these ladies for some special design magic?

Show Me 3 // Shaggy Stools

HARK!! It’s a room, calling out for a fuzzy little perch.

How can you not smile when you see one of these sheepskin-covered stools? A shot of texture and a dash of whimsy that can be moved anywhere in a house where an extra seat is needed. These three can skew earthy or glamorous, depending on your design.

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HIGH // Bianca Stool // Overstock // $640

 

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MID // Mongolian Lamb Stool // West Elm // $400

 

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LOW // Natural Flokati Stool // World Market // $80

I like to imagine a pair of these stools under a lucite console table for a textural contrast…or a single one sitting beside a free-standing bath-tub.

Catch Natasha Jansz on HGTV's "HOUSE HUNTER'S RENOVATION" October 28th 10pm/9c