Get to Know: Brick House Designs
After leaving her career as an Oncologist, Kendra Feeney founded her own firm, Brick House Designs. The firm was named after her English bulldog, Brick, and inspired by her beloved family, brick clad home. A “Brick House Design” can be spotted by the unique combination of colors, patterns, and personality.
Q: We love your use of color in your projects, any tips on creating unique color palettes?
A: Pick what you love, not what is trending. I want my clients to fall in love with the room again every time they walk in, and color is the best way to achieve that. I use that color as the jumping off point for the room. That doesn’t mean every room needs to be the same color. But touches of it may be seen throughout the different rooms, weaving a cohesive color story in the home.
Q: What is your favorite room to design?
A: It is so hard to pick. Depending on the week, you most likely will get a different answer from me. I fall in love with every room while I am designing. But, if I must choose one, a powder room. I love to make a big impact in a small space. Clients are more willing to take risks with color and pattern in a small area. I find that once they see how beautiful it can be, they are willing expand that to larger areas of the home.
Q: What trends are you loving right now?
A: I love that vintage furniture is making a comeback. For me it has always been a part of my designs. I feel every home should have, at least, that one piece that has sentimental value to the homeowners. Maybe it’s something they picked up on a vacation, a vase, or a rug. Or perhaps it is a furniture piece that has been in the family for years. I love taking that piece and designing the room to make that piece shine. Sometimes the piece, like the home, needs some love and refreshing to see how special it is. That may involve painting it. One of my favorite people to collaborate with is Sucheta from The Resplendent Crow. Her work is impeccable, and my clients are always amazed how she can transform that vintage piece with lacquer. Or maybe it’s new hardware- Or better yet, both lacquer and hardware! Always a fantastic combination. Those special pieces make a room and a home feel collected and put together over time.
Q: How do you think about Hardware when designing a project?
A: Hardware is always the first thing I choose when designing new cabinetry. Thinking about the size of the drawer front necessary to accommodate these pulls or what color paint best complements the handle are great starting points. Although it is truly the jewelry on the room, it should be at the forefront of your design plan, not the afterthought.
Q: What is your favorite hardware finish and/or gemstone?
A: It is so hard to pick, but I do love a burnished brass finish. One that looks like it has always been on that piece of furniture and is well used and loved. It has a story to tell. It doesn’t stand up and say “look at me I’m new”, but rather complements the piece. BUT every now and then the hardware needs to steal the show and that’s what I love about your gemstones. Malachite and Tigers Eye are my two favorites. But your recent addition of prehnite is gorgeous. I haven’t used it yet, but I will!