California Takes Home Four Considered Design Awards

Remodelista just announced the winners of their second annual Considered Design Awards, celebrating the vision and domestic spaces of creative-minded Remodelista and Gardenista readers. This year's panel of judges included Pilar Guzman of Conde Nast Traveler, America's best-known handyman Bob Vila, Rita Konig of T Magazine, and designer Jenni Kayne. Everyone from design professionals to novices entered the contest, and four California-based entrants took home awards for their respective spaces. And the winners are: 


Maya Ivanir | Calistoga, CA | Kitchen Remodel

Design Statement: "The kitchen in the old house was tiny, dark, and sixties in the worst way—done up in faux brick, indoor-outdoor carpeting, orange tile, and oak cabinets. For the remodel, we knew that we wanted something open and practical: able to accommodate a lot of guests and easy to maintain. We wanted the kitchen to be open to the dining room, which has large French doors leading to a terrace with views of the vineyard beyond. On the other side of the kitchen, a set of oversize sliding windows open to the forest in back of the house; in the kitchen, one has the sense of being outdoors."

Chosen by: Guest judges John Baker and Juli Daoust Baker of Toronto-based Mjölk, who had this to say about the project: "We love the combination of materials in this kitchen: the white paneled ceiling contrasted with dark gray cabinetry, the marble counter tops, and glass pendant lights. The open shelves are a nice way to display their collection of cups, plates, and cooking pots."


Steven Harris Architecture | Calistoga, CA | Napa Valley Pool

Design Statement: This gunnite pool is semi-inground, situated on a ridge that overlooks Napa Valley. The top two feet of the pool wall rise above ground in a straight datum that contrasts with the natural topography of the slope.  The surrounding landscape, like that of the entire property, is planted with native species of trees and low-lying shrubs, including tanoaks, manzanitas, and madrones.

Chosen by: Neisha Crosland, who said she loves "the way the pool cuts through the natural landscape like a sneaky alligator. The landscape is enhanced by the presence of the pool as much as the pool is enhanced by the fantastic landscape."


Caitlin Long | San Francisco, CA | Office Shed

Design Statement: "I converted this 100-square-foot backyard garden shed into an office space for late-night studying and early morning business calls. I paneled an existing concrete wall with cedar, installed a portable camping wood stove for coziness, and painted the remaining trim a dark gray."

Chosen by: Jenni Kayne, who said: "I was drawn to this office immediately. I love the mixture of dark-painted wood walls and exposed cedar, as well as the warmth and coziness that the plaid pillows, sheepskin, and layered vintage rugs bring. I like the fact that the interior feels as if it's exactly what the exterior calls for."


Deborah Bowman | Calistoga, CA | Master Bath

Design Statement: "I wanted a generously sized bathroom, and that’s what I got. I chose natural materials that are classic and practical: fumed white oak floors, a honed Carrera marble tub deck, a carved basalt stone surround that mimics corrugated metal, and ceramic shower wall tiles that look like stone and don’t show any rust stains from our well water. I also played with pattern and texture: the hexagon tiles on the shower floor, the veins in the marble, the carved basalt, the striped rug, and the Turkish towels all help to create visual interest."

Chosen by: Gesa Hansen, who said: "It's a real masculine design without being cold. I love the bathtub's mix of materials. The gray linen curtain also adds so much cosiness, and I love the tile pattern on the shower floor. Good choice of wall lamps next to the mirror—that is something so hard to find!"