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Interview :: H2 Design + Build

Seeking a one stop shop for architectural drafting and planning, engineering, permitting, construction, landscape design and interior design? Paul and Katie Hackworth the husband and wife team behind H2 Design + Build can deliver! The boutique style design and build company tackles projects ranging from designing interior spaces, to remodels, additions, and new homes. H2’s projects have caught the attention of numerous publications including House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine and Rue Magazine. I’m thrilled to be interviewing them today!

Simplified Bee: I love that you are a husband + wife team! When did you realize that you wanted to work together?

H2 Design + Build: H2 Design + Build wasn’t something we had set out to do. It was basically happening in front of us during our “off” time and we finally made it official in 2010. I had a background in graphic design, and to this day utilize the programs affiliated with the industry. Simply speaking, mastering the architectural ruler was the beginning of it all for me. Paul had many years of project management under his belt, and had learned all the tricks of the construction trade during his time managing a handful of blue collar commercial buildings in need of vaiouus tenant improvements and upgrades. Our first project as a team was in 2006 when we renovated a charming cottage style home for our own family.

modern farm house // H2 Design + Build

SB: Your firm seems to do it all – including architecture, interior design, and landscape design – which aspects do you enjoy the most?
What are your personal styles? How are they similar? Different?

H2: Lucky for me, Paul stays out of the architecture and design realm. He has almost mastered the art of listening to me (no one is perfect, right?) and he definitely knows what I expect quality wise. There really is a solid line between each of our skill sets and job descriptions. I create and/or oversee all the architecture, design, and promo of our company and it’s projects. Paul oversees the scheduling, budgets, and timelines of each. This is probably one of the reasons why we have made the husband and wife thing work. Most importantly, we both admire and respect what the other brings to the table. 

I can’t say I like one area of my job description more than the other. It’s nice to get to move back an forth between them and so rewarding to see it all come together in the end.

timeless kitchen // H2 Design + Build

SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?

H2: There really is no “one” person. The best collaborations are the ones where both sides respect the others talent and vision. When it works, it works. And it’s usually apparent right of the start.

gray kitchen cabinets // H2 Design + Build

SB: Do you have “go to” paint colors? If so, which ones?

H2: The Full Spectrum Color Collection by Benjamin Moore is my go-to collection these days. The colors feel very European to me and seem to fall into my work seamlessly. Colors like Crisp Linen, Chimichurri, Plantation, Sea Glass, Pinky Swear, Porch Swing, and City Shadow are all, literally, on my desk right now.

simple mudroom entry // H2 Design + Build

SB: Which of today’s interior design trends are here to stay and which ones will we see fade away?

H2: In all honesty, I don’t pay attention to trends because they are just that. I find myself drawn to timeless materials and designs and pair them with modern lines and amenities. Longevity is so important. No one wants to put money into something that will be out of style next year!

breakfast nook // H2 Design + Build

SB: Where do you recommend clients splurge versus save?

H2: Where someone decides to splurge is so personal. Items that you can see handing down to the next generation are a good rule of thumb. Artwork, lighting, an iconic piece like my favorite Saarinen table, for example, all could get put into the splurge category.

Architecturally speaking, you need to splurge on the bones of the house first. You don’t want to put money into something that you aren’t in love with initially.

outdoor living area // H2 Design + Build

SB: What excites you most about landscape design today?

H2: What excites me most about landscaping is how it can set apart a home from it’s neighboring houses. The same principles apply: keep it clean and simple, and don’t overwhelm the landscape with numerous species and focal points. I would guess that all of our favorite homes have a yard to pair with it that is just as lovely. 

One other small piece of advice; natural evergreen hedges are by far more welcoming that a fence.

artwork above bed // bedroom // H2 Design + Build

SB: Fill in the blank. No room is complete without…

H2:  … a personal touch. I love adding quirky, out of place items that reflect my clients’ personality.

marble bathroom // H2 Design + Build

SB: Do you have words of wisdom for those thinking about building or renovating a home?

H2: Start with the bones of the house. Perfect it, and then add on… whether that be spatially speaking or interior furnishing wise.

modern elements dining area // nuvolette wallpaper by cole & sons

SB: What’s next for H2 Design + Build?

H2: We are just going to keep going! We have a small restaurant remodel opening very soon, which is a first for our company. Additionally, we are working on a handful of new homes, plus various remodels and renovations. And of course, interior furnishings for all of the above.

Far too much of the  architecture and design of today has lost the attention to detail that existed in the past. I hope and aspire to bring some of this back, but from a modern perspective.
*all images provided by H2 Design + Build
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Design Crush :: Maggie Pierson Design

Comfortable sophistication. That’s what homeowner, jewelry designer, and founder of Dogeared Jewelry, Marcia Maizel-Clarke was seeking when re-designing her Malibu, California home. She hired interior designer and friend, Maggie Pierson to execute her vision of an inviting home that flowed and was well suited for entertaining. The result, as featured in MyDomaine is light & airy, approachable & open, and chic & relaxed. Love, love, love!

white contemporary kitchen // maggie piersonmarble kitchen // pendant lighting // maggie pierson designwhite marble kitchen // maggie piersonboho living room design // maggie pierson designLOVE sign // boho living room // maggie piersonnavy tufted sofa // family room // maggie pierson designround brass coffee table // seating area // maggie piersonwhite laundry room with wooden floors // maggie pierson designcontemporary california bathroom // maggie piersoncustom walk-in closet // maggie pierson designsquare marble tiled shower // maggie piersonsocal patio // maggie pierson design

There are even more beautiful images of this stunning home here.

*photo credit Tessa Neustadt

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Read full story By on August 26, 2015 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Closets, contemporary decor, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, laundry room, laundry rooms, Living Room, living rooms, mid-century modern, Organization, outdoor living, patio furniture

Hampton Designer Showhouse 2015

Need a little dose of sophisticated, yet relaxed Hampton style? Take a peek into the Hampton Designer Showhouse 2015 featuring 25 top tier interior designers. Located at 233 Old Sage Harbor Road in Bridgehampton, New York the designers transformed the barn style house into a decorating masterpiece. One notable trend throughout the home was the use of the color blue. I’ve pulled a few images of the showhouse featuring the the hue that typifies coastal living.

nautical foyer // hampton decorator showhouse 2015

Foyer // Elissa Grayer Interior Design

Kitchen // Hampton Designer Showhouse 2015

dining room // hampton designer showhouse 2015
Dining Room // Barbara Page Home
master bedroom // hampton designer showhouse 2015
Master Bedroom // Dyfari Interiors
master bathroom // hampton designer showhouse 2015
Master Bathroom // Baltimore Design Group

For over 25 years, Traditional Home has featured beautifully appointed show homes across the country and the Hampton Designer Showhouse continues to be a favorite,” commented Ann Omvig Maine, editor in chief, Traditional Home. “Year after year, the participating designers continue to surprise and delight us, creating beautiful spaces which we showcase prominently in our coverage. It’s for these reasons Traditional Home is thrilled to serve as the National Media Sponsor for 7 consecutive years.”

blue bedroom // hampton designer showhouse 2015

Bedroom 3 // Hagins & Mortimer Design

mudroom // hampton designer showcase 2015

Mudroom // Scot Meacham Wood Design

This of course is just a small selection of the beautiful designs showcased this year. To get a grand tour, showhouse is open to the public now through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hamptondesignershowhouse.com.

*photo credit: Phillip Ennis Photography

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Read full story By on August 10, 2015 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, color, contemporary decor, design trends, dining rooms, Features, foyers, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens

Book Review :: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT

Her interiors are glamorous, yet practical; sophisticated, yet relaxed. She strikes the perfect balance. I’m talking about A-list interior designer, Windsor Smith. She is simply one of the best in the business and so it’s no surprise that her first book, HOMEFRONT (Rizzoli) is absolutely fantastic. Filled with over 200 inspiring images, Smith walks through her process for creating beautiful, functional spaces from design intuition to the home in balance. In the book’s introduction, she explains her goal is to “design beautiful rooms for the way people today actually use them, regardless of their intended purpose, breaking the rules as to how a room ‘should’ function.” Her approach of creating livable spaces in every corner of the home resonates with me. Take a look at just some of the gorgeous images that grace the pages of this book and I think you’ll agree too.

Book Review :: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT #decor #book #homeentry staircase // windsor smith HOMEFRONTmarble farmhouse sink // kitchen // windsor smith HOMEFRONTbrass chairs // windsor smith HOMEFRONT

A home in balance is masculine and feminine, antique and modern, light and dark, austere and glam, rustic and sophisticated – all these things in perfect harmony. – Windsor Smith

home office // windsor smith HOMEFRONTliving room // windsor smith HOMEFRONTdining space // windsor smith HOMEFRONT

I’m like an unruly child when it comes to design. There’s always a point where I say: “What if this weren’t the dining room?” – Windsor Smith

ottoman // living room // windsor smith

*photo credit: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT

 

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Read full story By on June 9, 2015 in book, book review, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms