Most people who live on the Gulf Coast will recognize the name “Hopkins’ House”. It was a North Hill restaurant and former boarding house, founded in 1949 by Arkie ” Ma” Hopkins that served Southern cuisine to patrons seated at large communal tables. The fried chicken served on Sundays was the best in town. It even made the prestigious pages of Gourmet Magazine.
Over the years, Hopkins’ House was frequented by a number of celebritiy diners, including singers Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Miss America 1965 Vonda Kay Vandyke, who made repeated visits with her husband.
After the 1986 death of Ma Hopkins, her son Ed took over the business. Losing money and balancing the duties of his law practice, he decided to close the restaurant in February 2004. In July of 2005, new owners bought the run down former restaurant and commenced turning it back into a single family home. This is when we came into the picture. Over the next year, we helped the dedicated homeowners redesign and rebuild the previous restaurant kitchen into a modern kitchen that still retained the charm of the original architecture of the home. I am excited to show off the pictures!!
Original brick fireplace in center of room. We utilized this to configure a butlers pantry on one side.
We used same brick chimney and made a butlers pantry on one side with double sided glass doors
Overview of kitchen
Breakfast bar with original sign
Butlers side of brick area
Useful storage at end of island
Modern convienences fit right into new design
I have to admit…not my favorite design idea for a bath but in recent months there has been occassions where we really needed the targeted storage that a medicine cabinet provides. Especially in spatially challenged baths. It is important to get a good one. I like Robern for several reasons. There are many styles to choose from, they have the new “cold” storage varieties, and there are frames you can by from other manufacturers that work really well with Robern. I have posted a pix of inside and outside of one we recently used. The frame is stationary and the glass opens. The inside back is mirrored as well as the inside of door. Also, take a look at this extra, extra small bathroom and see how the use of tile on all surfaces…yes i mean walls, ceilings and floors has given this bathroom closet an extra dose of flair.
Awesome lights highlight this very much used medicine cabinet
Tile on all surfaces is a clean contemporary look
Altmans new faucet line
These are cool, sleek and modern! It is not that easy to find really great contemporary faucets. These are some of the nicest I have seen in awhile.
The details matter. I love to find the “everyday” home fixture that either is sleeker than the norm or is useful in an unusual way. Ok, I love to challenge the status quo…I admit it. But here are a couple of electrical “gizmos” that you might find…well, kind of cool. I credit the Aspire outlets and switches to an electrician on one of my jobs that found this for my client. Whoo hoo! They look even better in person! Perhaps not for the traditional home but great for modern and transitional design. Check it out!
Aspire switches and outlets
Here is a great idea…for those areas you must have electrical such as an island but do not want to cut into your wood cabinetry. It is a large diameter but worth it in right situation. Doug Mockett
And yet another idea to avoid all the cuts in a gorgeous backsplash….use plug mold outlet strips. There is a downside to this if you keep your small appliances plugged in but if you want to really emphasize the backsplash this will allow you to do it without any visible outlets. Switches will need to be planned as well so they are placed in another area.
Plugmold can also be used on islands to have a handy strip of electrical outlets without cutting into side panels. If you plan your overhang correctly, it will snuggle right up against it!
I also really like using CFL bulbs in recessed can fixtures. They last forever and you can now get them dimmable!
|20W R40 Dimmable Reflector Flood ALTO
This 20 watt, R-40 dimmable reflector flood is ideal for recessed and track lighting fixtures, indoors and outdoors. Light output is comparable to a 75-85 watt incandescent.
It will provide diffused, soft, white light, generate less heat than will an incandescent flood, and is suitable for use in wet locations (when used base up).
This jaclo rain head is incredible. I am dying to use it in someone’s bath.
Create a soothing symphony of color within the privacy of your own shower. JACLO’s new Dream Light Rain Canopy in rectangular, square, and round shapes, enables you to experience revitalizing color while fulfilling a daily ritual. The futuristic design of this lit Rain Canopy features LED lights, which illuminate the falling water. The lights can be programmed to turn on manually with the flip of a switch or they can start automatically whenever the shower is turned on. The light intensity is fixed. All Dream Lights feature a full rain spray and each canopy can be customized with fixed color combinations. Finally, you can enjoy the ultimate in chromatherapy by allowing white, blue, amber, red, green, or warm white light to wash away your daily stressors.
Dream Light Rain Canopies are available in three sizes:
Round 16″ Diameter