Have you ever seen the ad where the client challenges an architect to design a house around a Kohler faucet? Spokane-based designer Emily Mejia of Emily Anne Interiors can relate.
Her customers shared four bright yellow and blue square plates they had picked up in Spain, challenging Mejia to transform their kitchen and dining room to reflect the meaning of the “cuisines they had cooked around the world and made. making something feel unique and timeless. âshe said.
Mejia combined several woods, textured tile and stone countertops to fulfill the client’s vision in this North Spokane home, she says. For example, Mejia mixed a variety of wood finishes in the island seating, hardwood floors, cabinets, dining table and seating, and even the wood beads of the dining room chandelier.
One of Mejia’s favorite features is the wooden dining cabinet. It features an underlit shelf with a brass rail for guest Spanish plates and cabinet windows that evoke the tall, narrow spaces of Gothic cathedrals. The white hexagonal tile backsplash has a bas-relief texture similar to rose-patterned windows, again in Gothic cathedrals, most notably Notre Dame.
The AGA range is a British import and a work of art, says Mejia, who received her BFA in interior design from the Design Institute in San Diego before creating Emily Anne Interiors in 2015. The stove features three separate ovens, allowing for conventional and dual convection cooking, as well as browning, defrosting, reheating and broiling.
More personalized touches in the space include the alder-clad metal range hood vent, which matches the wood used for horizontally paneling the inset in the kitchen island. A large floral painting by artist Toby Keough sets the tone for the entryway to the dining / kitchen area, with colors that tie into the kitchen island, as well as the seating in the adjacent living room.
Balancing creating a design that is both quirky and classic is a hallmark of his process, says Mejia, who spent hours as a child browsing the plans of the house and imagining herself browsing the plans.
âMy father-in-law was an entrepreneur and still is, so I feel like I learned how to build a house from an early age,â Mejia explains. âIt has helped my design process tremendously over the years as I really understand what it takes to build a house and how things fit together. “