Banquettes: Where Comfort Meets Function

Banquette Affection We love banquettes! Built-in benches, also known as banquettes, are one of our favorite space-saving tricks for maximizing function in the dining room. Banquettes not only use space efficiently by providing a large amount of seating in a small area, but they are inviting, comfortable and multifunctional. They encourage lingering over a casual meal, working on a laptop, spreading out projects, playing games, or reading the morning paper with a hot cup of coffee. Below are a few examples from our portfolio which illustrate that banquettes are versatile enough to be included in any style of home. They fit especially well in a modern or contemporary style and reduce the cluttered look of so many chairs. The fabric adds warmth, texture and pattern to the space. Placed ... Read More »

Kitchen Renovation for an Avid Entertainer

We've been looking forward to sharing this luxurious yet functional kitchen renovation we recently completed in Baltimore, Maryland. On most Friday evenings, our client opens her Mid-century Modern home to more than 20 guests for Shabbat dinner. Needing a larger and more organized space to entertain, she came to Anne Grice Interiors to design a kitchen that is uniquely tailored to her lifestyle.   Kitchen Renovation Goals The homeowner's primary goal was to be able to easily and efficiently prepare meals for large dinner parties. However, it was important that the space not feel like a commercial kitchen (even though it has three dishwashers!) in order to blend with the Mid-century Modern style of the home. Kitchen Renovation Challenges The biggest challenge was ... Read More »

Chicken Fajita Dinner

This is one of the easiest recipes that I have made since I was in college at the University of Texas at Austin. I served it to some friends on my back deck in Basalt, Colorado last weekend. There is lots of chopping, but it's pretty foolproof. Marinate for at 2-24 hrs. in refrigerator : Boneless Chicken Breasts – 4 halves – Pounded to a uniform thickness Fresh lime juice (juice of 4 small limes) Soy sauce (I use the lite) – approx. ½ cup   You can also substitue skirt steak for beef fajitas.   Make Guacamole – not too far ahead :   Mash 2 or more ripe avocados squeeze of lime dash of salt 3 tablespoons salsa of your choice   Mix together – cover and refrigerate   Make pico de gallo : Chop small and uniformly   1 large or 2 med. Tomatoes ½ ... Read More »