How Eddie Ross Designed His Own Kitchen
Meet the man who does it all! From designing, to styling, to cooking, to appearing on television, Eddie brings an out of the box approach in all of his roles. Read below to learn about how the living arts master made all his style dreams come true in his incredible, revamped kitchen. Watch the full instagram live video here.
What did you consider when designing your very own kitchen?
When designing the kitchen for Edgewood Hall, we didn’t want it to be like “oh they put in a white kitchen,” we wanted it to feel like furniture pieces. We wanted a hardworking space that was pretty but not precious because it’s the heart of the home. I wanted it to be a beautiful kitchen but it also needed to work really hard.
Every detail has been so thoughtful- tell us about the drawers and cabinets.
We found this beautiful wood which we used for these drawers. The wood actually matches the oak on the floor which I love. Over here we have a double door for the pantry. We used brushed oak on the cabinets that have been painted. I really love that you can see the wood grain in it and it brings the look together because all the doors in the house also have the same wood grain. It feels cohesive throughout the house. On the inside of the pantry doors, we used a brass bar to keep the bottles from falling over. We are also adding a brass rail to go around the counter top to mimic the butler’s pantry. We had the brass custom made by a friend out in Pennsylvania who is just a metal master. We liked that the brass finish coordinated with the hardware we selected. And of course, speaking of the finishing details, you can see that the hardware really is the jewelry for the kitchen, it’s like the engagement ring on a finger. For the pantry we installed the Tortoise Edgewood pulls.
“Hardware really is the jewelry for the kitchen, it’s like the engagement ring on a finger.”
This island is gorgeous, what are your favorite details?
We wanted two dishwashers on the island, so we were able to put a dishwasher in on the left hand side of the sink for entertaining in addition to our other one. We designed the Bamboo Drop pull for the dishwasher because when you open the dishwasher, your hand moves with the pull and it’s easier than just a straight bar. For the island, we did a black paint that will have a clear coat of European Marine varnish so it’ll be super polished and shiny.
It’s not your classic kitchen hardware. People are getting more and more comfortable with using unique types of hardware and not worrying about what their neighbors are doing. They are getting more confident and saying “if we like it then let’s do it and that’s what matters.”
- Eddie Ross
How did you choose your hardware for your kitchen?
You can see the plan here where we have the cabinets and drawers and I drew out ideas for what I wanted for the hardware. I don’t want everything to be the same, I want to mix things up where it feels more decorated. I ended up mixing and matching things together. I laid out all of the hardware. Here’s the little elliptical pulls we worked on which I love! I love the way the round pull looks like but it squares up the corner of the cabinet here but when you put the elliptical knob on it elongates the door. We’re going to use the Geometric knob on all the smaller drawers on the perimeter counters. And then to make the drawers feel more like pieces of furniture we’re going to use the Bamboo swing arm. It’ll have this really cohesive feel without it feeling like we just did one thing and replicated it over. For the refrigerator pulls we’re going to use the Edgewood Bar pulls in the tortoise shell. We are also going to use the Edgewood Bar pulls for the pantry doors; it’ll be a nice pull to pull that heavy door when there are jars in there and stuff like that.
Also, I wanted to note how with the hardware and the knobs- you can add one of the brass backplates behind it, it just creates this whole new feel which I love.
Do you gravitate more towards pulls or knobs?
It really depends on the drawer and stuff that you’re putting it on. I think it’s difficult when you have a big drawer and then small, dinky knobs; it’s awkward. But with the Bamboo Drop pull it’s a really beautiful weight and has movement which is something we associate with furniture, and kitchen cabinetry is one of the most expensive things in your home so make it nice. We also designed this pull for the dishwasher because your hand moves with it and it’s easier than just a straight bar. And I think that it’s not your classic kitchen hardware. People are getting more and more comfortable with using unique hardware and not worrying about what their neighbors are doing. They are getting more confident and being like “if we like it then let’s do it and that’s what matters.”
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About Eddie Ross
Designer Eddie Ross is best known for his maximalist creative spirit - layering modern with vintage into an alluring style. From faceted knobs in faux tortoise to solid brass bamboo pulls, Eddie scoured through his vast collection of antiques and collectibles to create distinctive hardware with a timeless appeal. Add modern glamour to dressers and vanities or uplift any treasured piece of furniture with these knobs and pulls. Like his collection, Eddie is multi-faceted and has worked as a design, decorating and food editor for Better Homes & Gardens, Food Network, Martha Stewart Living and House Beautiful.