Real Housewives Redo

Traditional Home has an on-line spread showing the home of Jill Zarin, of Real Housewives of NYC  fame.  The new color choices are fresh.  I love the dining room’s new light and bright feel. 

The kitchen cabinets were painted white with wallpaper used on the flat panels of the upper cabinets.  The flooring and countertops were not changed. Mirrored backsplash helps to open up the tight space.  You can see the whole spread with before photos here.

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Showtime House: Dexter Kitchen

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Metropolitan Home magazine and Showtime Network teamed up to turn a New York townhouse into a modernist masterpiece creating different rooms inspired by 6 of the network’s shows -Californication, Dexter, The L Word, The Tudors and Weeds, plus the soon-to-be-launched United States of Tara.

Johnny Grey Studios designed the Dexter kitchen inspired by the character’s South Florida lifestyle reflecting Miami’s Art Deco architecture and tropical setting.

Grey chose to depart from the typical predictable kitchen.  His blog discusses his desire to get away from the typical work triangle and create a space that will appeal to the visitors’ senses.

Immediately upon seeing the kitchen you can’t help but notice the curved walnut countertops.  I am reminded of the display Grey designed a few years ago for the Electrolux booth at KBIS.  It’s very disappointing there are not more pictures of the kitchen available.  I was able to find many photos of the Dexter Dining Room.

Grey used many natural materials including Aspen, Walnut, Blogged Oak, Zebra grain Maple, Bloodwood and Teak Tiles.   He used Caesarstone on the countertops, windows and bookcases to give a nod to Miami’s modern architecture.  Paints were also inspired by Miami and ranged from ocean blues to spicey hues.

Metropolitan Home’s Showtime House is located at 23 Gramercy Park South and will be open to the public for tours until October 26, 2008. Proceeds from the tour ticket sales will benefit Nemcova’s non-profit organization, Happy Hearts Fund. For more information about tickets and tours at the showhouse, visit

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