Judith Sutton ABR CRS IDS PMN ASP IAHSP SRES GREEN
Judy@JudithSutton.com 908 803-0472
Haute Design: Tommy Hilfiger’s Stunning Gourmet Kitchen
They are some of the most coveted kitchen features today, the popularity of which reaches its peak in October during National Kitchen & Bath Month. October is the most popular time of the year for homeowners to remodel their kitchen, thanks to being sandwiched between kids returning to school and “families not yet overwhelmed by the flurry of activity around the holidays,” according to the National Kitchen+Bath Association.
If you’re in a renovation head space, that likely means you have been poring over design magazines and websites, visiting kitchen showrooms and touring model homes, and tagging, clipping, pinning, and snapping pictures of all the appliances, fixtures, and finishes in your kitchen redo fantasy.
It also may mean you’re more conflicted than ever about how to create the perfect space that offers all the function you insist on with the feel you crave. And, how to make sure your kitchen is on trend without being trendy. And, beyond all the features and fixtures and finishes, how to still allow your individuality to shine through. Thankfully, what can sound like an overwhelming mix of must-haves can yield an amazing kitchen that balances all your needs, and your wants. Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger shows us how.
Hilfiger’s Miami mansion in the exclusive Golden Beach enclave, listed for for $27.5 million in South Florida and Miami Beach, is a pop art and post-pop art confection that Hilfiger has described as “part gallery, part beach house, part disco.” Featured on the cover of Architectural Digest in 2014, the 14,075-square-foot oceanfront home with interiors by renowned interior designer Martyn Lawerence Bullard is a head-to-toe, floor-to-ceiling example of how to imbue luxurious personal style into your abode.
When you’re Tommy Hilfiger, that means bold bursts of color and great graphic prints throughout, like the red, purple, black, and white swirled hair-on-hide carpet in the show-stopping living room. The faux suede fabrics by Robert Allen and Kravet in Hilfiger brand colors covering the walls of the icon’s home office. Diagonally-striped fire engine red-and-white walls in one of the kid’s bedrooms and yellow and white polka dots from ceiling to walls to floor in another. And, don’t forget about the banana-motif scratch-and-sniff wallpaper in one of the home’s eight bathrooms.
By contrast, the exquisite gourmet kitchen in Hilfiger’s home is stark and subdued, but no less spectacular. Black-and-white, diagonally-striped tile floors set the dramatic tone, with an expanse of stainless Miele appliances including double ovens and a built-in coffeemaker the only interruption among walls of floor-to-ceiling, custom, white Aran Cucine cabinetry. The Gaggenau cooktop and Aran Cucine hood are integrated into the back wall of the kitchen, with a mirrored backsplash that adds another reflective surface to the lustrous, luscious space. Gaze up toward the ceiling, where the contemporary Robert Sonneman chandelier brings some ‘70s-era swag.
The massive island features a waterfall edge and a black stripe that bisects the white Caeserstone countertops. Pull up a stool, or in Hilfiger’s case, four amazing Willy Rizzo–inspired acrylic stools dressed in Mongolian lamb’s wool cushions, and convene at the eating bar; it affords a stellar view of the entire space, as well as the adjacent breakfast nook and the lush, tropical grounds.
The nook is flooded with light through tall windows on two sides; on one, Elizabeth Taylor (from Pictures of Diamonds) from Vik Muniz, one of Hilfiger’s noted artworks (also featured throughout the home are works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring). On another, palm trees and ocean blue hold court. A side door also offers access to the property’s expansive oceanfront patios, infinity pool, ample lounge areas, and the beach beyond, with 100 feet of water frontage.
In all, it creates a one-of-a-kind space that is at once personal, professional, and pristine, just as the perfect kitchen should be. Please contact me for more decorating ideas in your kitchen.
Judith Sutton ABR CRS IDS PMN ASP IAHSP SRES GREEN
Judy@JudithSutton.com 908 803-0472
Millennial Pink is the New Color of Luxe for the Home
Just what is “Millennial Pink”? It’s a muted shade that lies somewhere between beige and blush. Called it “ironic pink” or “pink without the sugary prettiness.” It also has been described it as “androgynous.”
Now Millennial Pink has weaved its way through the runways at Gucci to jewelry stores like Tiffany and Cartier to the furniture showrooms of Milan. Interior designers are embracing the trend too, unapologetic-ally dressing their walls, drapes and chairs in various shades of Millennial Pink. In short, it’s turning up everywhere — on our iPhones, our clothing, our jewelry, our furniture, our art, our restaurants and — even our plumbing hardware. And, it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon. If you happened to stop by Mansion in May this year- I refer you to the gorgeous "pink" bedroom on the second floor of the mansion in Madison!
So, when and how did pink become so in vogue, and so refreshingly luxe?
When Everything Started Coming Up Roses
The trend can be traced back to 2016, when Rose Quartz became one of Pantone’s two colors of the year.
Declaring Rose Quartz “a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure, the color company later went on to cast Pale Dogwood — a closer match to Millennial Pink — among its top 10 colors to watch on its Fashion Color Report Spring 2017 report.
Pale Dogwood is “quiet and peaceful” and “engenders an aura of innocence and purity,” according to Pantone.
“Every female client of mine over the past one to two years has come to me seeking a full pink or blush look for their home,” says the fellow millennial decorator. “I just completed an entire home in solely dusty pink velvet, white and rose gold. Pink tones are becoming the new neutral in design. I can’t name a recent project that I haven’t used a pop of pink for!” (again, I mention the pink bedroom in the Mansion in May!)
Pink can enhance an interior,” which can reflect the soft, rosy glow throughout the home.
Millennial Pink is the New Neutral
Usually color trends come and go — so why has Millennial Pink remained in such desire and demand?
“It’s a nuanced neutral,” offers Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It has that staying power.”
The new pinks have become a wonderful backdrop to any style interior.”
Designer and “king of color,” Carlton Varney, offers another explanation for pink’s staying power. He says pink is “more flattering than beige, grey, or white.” (Varney knows a thing or two about pink. He is the author of “In the Pink: Dorothy Draper–America’s Most Fabulous Decorator,” and he’s also the president of the company that still bears Draper’s name.) Because the hue is so “flattering to the face” and adds instant warmth to interior spaces, Varney says that “all successful ballrooms in hotels and resorts are painted pink.” Thomas explains further: “When natural or artificial light is reflected off a pink surface, such as a ceiling for example, it casts a warmth that can be very familiar to a client as well as flattering to their complexion. Pink has a warmth and a glow that immediately brings pleasure to the person experiencing an interior.”
Millennial Pink is not only flattering and warm — it is also “ambivalent.” While traditional pinks may have evoked feelings of femininity and girlishness, Millennial Pink is different...with its hints of peach, grey, lilac and cream, it has become a more “sophisticated” and “subtle” hue.
“Previously, pink was mostly thought of as a color relating to youth and immaturity,” but I feel that as women are redefining their power and role in the world it is only fitting that the color pink does the same. Women are powerful and sophisticated while still maintaining their femininity... so why can’t the color pink do the same?”
Millennial Pink, in all its complexity and hard-to-define qualities, has become the modern answer to chic, defining a new generation of luxury in interiors.
“Millennial Pink is the new fab, because young people look for a touch of glamour.”
Bringing it Home
Millennial Pink is moving its way into our residential spaces in various ways. Pink is finding its way into all kinds of interior spaces — except for male spaces; “go-to rooms” bring in pink tones to bedrooms, living rooms and offices.
“By adding blush, peach and dusty pinks into an interior space, it adds a softness and hint of femininity that’s not too overbearing.” “Whether it’s pale pink tones in paint, pillows, drapes, accents, rugs or lighting, there are ways to bring in pink that are soothing and beautiful that even men love and appreciate too. When designing with pink, I often mix it with white and rose gold and brass metals to compliment it, and use charcoal and grey tones to contrast it.”
Thomas says his goal with his pink-obsessed client was to use the color sparingly in such a way that it wouldn’t dominate his client’s interior color palettes, but enhance it. I would also agree with the notion that less is more when it comes to Millennial Pink. The male client dared to bring a dusty hue into his bedroom — hardly a sanctuary of sweetness. He balanced any suggestion of the saccharine with contrasting cooler tones and dark hardware from his collection. The effect is fabulous, as you can see below.
“The key to styling Millennial Pink in the home is choosing contrasting cooler tones such as pewter, concrete grays or green toned blue grays".
Varney is known for using pink on the walls and ceilings of resorts as well as in commercial properties. “Combine pink with chocolate brown, navy blue, rich forest green, black lavender, and a room scheme is born,” he says. “When I plan my collection of products for my HSN television appearances, I always include sheets and bed throws in ombré pink tones. The pinks always are five-star sellers.”
Some interior designers are also using Millennial Pink to breathe new life into classic furniture pieces. For example, interior designer Robyn Branch recently took a furniture piece by Dorothy Draper/Kindel Furniture that has been around for decades: the Monte Carlo Chest. Working with Kindel’s decorative paint experts, it gave the chest a modern twist with a custom pink lacquer to appeal to a younger affluent audience.
Kindel has other Millennial Pink offerings, including another Draper classic — the España Bunching Chest in a peach-salmon hybrid color (which Varney customized) that is a popular choice among discerning younger buyers.
Countless manufacturers in the luxury home decor space have also capitalized on the Millennial Pink craze. At Milan Design Week this April, Spanish brand Sancal and Note, a Swedish design studio, chose to launch the “Isla” sofa in a soft pink.
Even manufacturers who have had pink versions of their home decor products and accessories for years are seeing an uptick in interest for them. Stone Forest, a high-end manufacturer of natural stone products, was way ahead of the curve when it debuted a gorgeous collection of pink onyx vessels in 2004. The rare stone has been so sought-after that the company is currently sold out of it, but “searching hard to locate some blocks.”
The always fashionable French bathroom manufacturer, THG, launched a chic rose gold finish for several of its faucet collections, including the contemporary, Collection O by Studio Putman (Starting at $2,000). First debuting in 2015, the rose gold finish has proved to be especially popular among the younger generations and those who have a modern aesthetic.
“We always track what’s happening in the design world — whether it’s jewelry, fashion or auto, and we started to see rose gold transition into the interior design space about 2-3 years ago." “Rose gold is a play on gold, which can feel old and tired to a lot of younger people. It’s a way to maintain the luxury feel that you might get with gold, but it’s more playful, youthful and warmer.”
The finish has become an element of differentiation in the home. It has become a way for homeowners to balance good taste with sophistication and a sense of uniqueness.”
Uniqueness has been a defining quality in luxury. But as the Millennial Pink trend plays out, there is also a danger that its ubiquitousness will eventually be seen by homeowners as commonplace.
The real trend is the gravitation towards bespoke in the luxury home space: “People are going for customization, and a variety of colors and unique finishes.” Perhaps that’s the real undercurrent behind the modern Millennial Pink movement: the homeowner’s authentic desire for that one thing that no one else has.