From the Editors
And so we meet again … the last several months have been a blur of gorgeous interiors, breathtaking outdoor vistas and stylish endeavors. We’ve been looking forward to sharing our inspirations and are pleased to present the fall edition of Design Oklahoma.
One of our favorite things about our state is its distinct seasons. There’s no namby-pamby “75-and-sunny year ’round” forecast to get bored with. Summers are hot, fall is golden, winter is crisply stark and spring is green. At the time of this writing, the summer days are waning and the golden afternoon light is taking on that quality that signals it will soon be fall. As the leaves begin to turn to brown, orange and yellow, we can’t help but be mindful of transitions. Outdoor living becomes a little more bearable as the weather cools. Al fresco entertaining and patio time is a must. And in that vein, we start with the backyard.
To inspire a little open-air time, we visited the oasis at the Walton residence. With zones for dining, cooking, relaxing, playing and growing, this yard takes full advantage of every inch of the landscape, with purposeful choices in keeping with the owners’ philosophy of reusing and recycling.
The Gikas house has been lovingly renovated top to bottom, including a move across several city blocks. Natural light spills through its bountiful windows, and the modern aesthetic paired with classic bones create a striking juxtaposition that flows beautifully.
Also in this issue, we examine the heart of the home - four homes, actually - and see how re-envisioning your kitchen pays big dividends in the hardest working room in the house. Remodeling can be a challenge, but with results this amazing, it’s easy to see why kitchen renovations consistently top home buyers’ must-have lists.
Rounding out the lineup are articles featuring a wonderfully creative utility room, table settings for holiday entertaining and our thoughts on all manner of topics from trendy terrariums to decorating with heirloom objects.
There is plenty to read about, and as always, it’s our hope that these pages inspire you.