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Spanish Style

Dark Stained Beams Influence Spanish Style

The front of Komarov’s house offers the first hint that what lies inside defies easy labels.
(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Whereas many people might fill the kitchen window with plants and flowers, Komarov uses the space as a stage for her latest fascinations. The most recent: white porcelain and ceramic figurines — some kitsch, some classic — that form a still-life of quirky elegance. “That space is like an altar to me,” she says.
(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Botanical artist Krislyn Komarov, shown with husband Dmitri, kept her creative streak in check when designing her Los Angeles home. Although visitors will see the occasional exclamation point — here in the form of hanging bubble chairs — the overall effect is more lived in, less design lab. “We didn’t want the house too packed,” Komarov says. “I collect things and love curiosities, but I don’t want a house that looks like people don’t actually live there.”

(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Komarov’s botanical sculpture and a resident fan.

(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

For more information, The Komarov Residence was featured in the LA Times Home & Garden Jan 17, 2008.

Painted Cabinets and Hand molded Spanish tile influence this Spanish Style Kitchen Design

The kitchen’s new layout called for an entire wall of cabinets, but it meant the homeowners would be losing two windows. Solution: Place clear cabinet doors in front of the window. The unique window cabinet allows light to enter and creates an interesting display for the homeowners’ glassware.

This one, designed by Kenneth Brown, is one of my favorite patterns. For more information on this kitchen view HGTV episode, 303 from reDesign.



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

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