The Julian Price Showhouse Kitchen
I’m so honored and humbled to participate as the kitchen designer for the Julian Price Showhouse. It has been an extraordinary experience to transform the dark, neglected, dilapidated space to a cheerful, sophisticated and functional hub of the home. My journey to designing the kitchen began in late summer of 2017 upon hearing about the recent notoriety of the Julian Price house on A&E’s television show, Hoarders and how the new homeowners, Michael Fuko-Rizzo and Eric Fuko-Rizzo were planning a Designer Showhouse in partnership with Preservation Greensboro.
After touring the house in it’s then renovated state with Showhouse Chair & Project Manager, Linda Lane and learning that Marsh Kitchens & Bath was already on board as the kitchen sponsor, I immediately signed on to design the kitchen. I’ve been a long time consumer and specifier of Marsh Kitchens & Bath and have worked closely with designer, Carol VanZile. Knowing their esteemed reputation as a leader in the kitchen cabinet industry, I felt very confident the kitchen would be remarkable. With Carol’s lead, a cabinet plan was in motion, complete with layout, door style and colors/stains of the cabinetry. Once I joined the design team, Carol and I continued to tweak the plan to best fit the functional needs of Micheal, Eric and their adorable twin daughters. In case you didn’t know, the Fuko-Rizzo family plan to live in this gorgeous estate as their forever home. One of the requests from Michael and Eric was to incorporate into the kitchen an antique butcher block table that was uncovered under hoards of debris in the butler’s pantry. Carol and I discussed several options on how best to incorporate the butcher block table and together decided to encase it into the island, rather than it be a stand alone piece.
Given full reign on the rest of the kitchen design, I sourced and selected products and services from my trusted and long-term vendors/sponsors such as Silestone by Cosentino quartz countertops, Marble Granite World fabricator, Studio Tile & Design backsplash and floor tile, Thibaut Wallpaper and Fabric, Window Works Studio workroom, Vince Pendl wallpaper installer, and Woodbridge Furniture bar stools, to name a few.
As an ongoing story, I’ll be sharing more behind-the-scenes tid bits about the design plan and vendor sponsors in future posts. So please come back.
In the meantime, here are additional before and after pictures of the Julian Price Showhouse Kitchen.