Last Look With Steve Pallrand

Printer Friendly, PDF & Email
Steve Pallrand kitchen
(Photo: Cris Nolasco)

When he started working on this historic Hancock Park, CA, home, Steve Pallrand, Founder of Home Front Build, planned to remodel the kitchen, but zoning laws prohibited any additions. So Pallrand got creative and took the room, originally built in 1928, from the Jazz Age to today, modernizing it to become the hub and heart of the home.

1. The demands on a family kitchen can be intense and messy, so the finishes must be elegant and bulletproof. The sumptuous marble countertops were installed with a layer of protective film that could endure a spill of battery acid. The backsplash is an imported, hand-cut, Moroccan tile, which facets light like a jewel, but is also high fired so it has the surface durability of glass. The rich blue with elegant brass accents signified that this was no longer a utility space, but was a room synonymous in tone and grandeur with the rest of the house. Elegance is not only about looks, but also about grace under fire.  

2. The challenge of designing a contemporary kitchen in a grand period home is that it must be completely functional, but also completely elegant. It is no longer a utility space for the help, but a public space for friends and family. Guests never see the dining room anymore, except maybe at Thanksgiving, so the grandeur that was once expressed in those rooms now needs to be showcased in the kitchen. And, you must be able to whip up a snack at a moment’s notice before the next soccer match or reheat the morning coffee in an out-of-sight drawer microwave to revive the spirit before heading back to pick up the kids from school.  

3. We kept the original north-facing bay window and opened the kitchen to the adjacent breakfast room to the south. Originally the two rooms were connected by a swinging door to separate the utility space from the formal, but now that the spaces were contiguous, we added a wide Moroccan arch, an element used in the more formal entry. 


Steve Pallrand
Steve Pallrand

The Industry Voices blog captures the thoughts, insights and challenges of the lighting and home decor industry from those who know it best. We want to hear from showroom managers, interior designers, trend forecasters, manufacturers and other professionals who have a unique take on the industry.

Got a blog idea you want to pitch? Read our submission guidelines on our Contact page and send your pitch to Managing Editor Alison Martin at [email protected]

Related Content

Martha O'Hara Interiors
Office Designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors. Troy Thies Photography.
January is the perfect time of year for interior design entrepreneurs to reflect on the past year
Cisco Brothers showroom
High Point exhibitor Cisco Brothers is SFC certified and committed to responsible wood sourcing. The manufacturer uses Forest Stewardship Council Certified wood in its frames and furniture.
Today’s consumers are increasingly interested in sustainably-designed products and spaces.
environmental impacts of luxury furnishings
Helen Rutledge, owner of antique shop Bibelot, says mixing antiques like this Georgian Pine Secretary with modern pieces looks fresh and luxurious.
With today’s
Melissa Galt shares 5 passive income streams for interior designers.
Melissa Galt shares 5 passive income streams for interior designers.
Are you aware of how digital technology can give you multiple passive income streams?