Designer Sherry Hope-Kennedy, founder of Studio SHK, is committed to being environmentally friendly and socially responsible when designing homes for clients. To accomplish this, she maximizes natural light and ventilation and uses sustainability standards and energy rating systems to guide a home’s design. Whenever possible, she utilizes recycled materials and specifies low VOC paint. To further limit the impact of a project on the environment and support the local economy, Sherry is dedicated to using regional artisans and craftsman.
This space was designed for a growing family of three. Sherry describes the clients’ needs in this home renovation: “The clients were interested in updating their home into a light-filled space that would allow them to balance their contemporary lifestyle. As a result, we worked with them to reconfigure the floor plan — we designed some of the spaces for a more open flow, incorporated a streamlined interior and designed an expansive kitchen, perfect for entertaining. We emphasized the generous windows that allow natural light to flood in and used durable materials, such as engineered wood flooring and marble countertops, that have an elegant look with staying power.
“I worked with the clients to create a healthy interior that focuses on natural systems — daylight and natural air flood the space; the more open flow allows for better circulation. We essentially designed a great room where the kitchen opens up to the living room. The kitchen features a countertop island that doubles as a bar area and eating area — perfect for large or small gatherings. And for more intimate affairs, we created a cozy breakfast nook.”
“My favorite design element is the art because it relates to the owners’ personal history and tells a hundred year old story of a place that is dear to them. When we were done with the project, the clients really didn’t have an art budget. So when I heard they were engaged in Healdsburg, I went through my great grandfather’s 100 year old negatives of Healdsburg and printed (and painted) the images you see in the space.”
“We wanted the fireplace, which is visible from the foyer, to directly speak to the entry but have a more serene quality. The foyer features a gorgeous parquet tile from Artistic Tile called Moda. We used the same large-scaled field tiles that were used in the foyer for the fireplace, arranging the Moda tiles in a unique pattern to create a functioning piece of art.”
This dining space is open to the kitchen, living room and family room. Its modern table and banquette seating have a sculptural quality that creates a beautiful focal point.
“The kitchen is a centerpiece of the house. We used European White Oak Engineered flooring, Maxfine Calacatta porcelain countertops, and Tom Dixon copper light fixtures. We wanted to create a kitchen that blended the owners aesthetics — the husband preferred a much more contemporary design; the wife a slightly more traditional feel. We married the couples’ preferences by using a mix of decorative surfaces including walnut, veneer and stone.”
“I like the kitchen light fixtures because they are modern but have a warm glow.”
Low, modern furniture in the family room allow for a clear line of site to the kitchen and provide a comfortable space for relaxing and watching television.
“The original Master Bath was a series of boxes. Our goal was to open up the space and transform it into a functional, spacious spa-like oasis. We added teak flooring alongside the tub and up onto the wall next to the shower. We used durable porcelain from Artistic Tile on the floor and Afyon Grey marble from Artistic Tile on the shower walls and tub frame. To further the spa-like experience, we created a his-and-her area with back-to-back vanities and incorporated a dressing room area.”
My design philosophy is to be as environmentally conscious as possible and to use sustainability standards as guidelines for the design. Sherry Hope-Kennedy
The low-key aesthetic of this home, created through natural materials and light filled rooms is the perfect sanctuary for a busy young family.