HGTV recently asked Pineapple House owner Stephen Pararo to judge their 2015 “Fresh Faces of Design” competition along with five other industry pros and HGTV celebs and execs. The judges panel will choose an overall winner from the most popular candidates that win top honors in a dozen categories. The colorful categories include:
Small Spaces That Live Large
Big City Digs
Great First Impressions
Design With A Passion
Posh Public Spaces
Voting happens from September 25 through October 30th, with the winners announced on November 3rd. The judges look forward to seeing the innovative, forward-thinking spaces that will capture the attention of America in this inspiring competition.
Pineapple House Interior Design is featured on HGTV’s website for work that was done on an award-winning home in Canada. Entitled “Spectacular, Welcoming Summer Lake Home,” the piece states that “like the beautiful landscaping surrounding it, wood plays a central role in this lake home’s style, expertly crafted by Pineapple House Interior Design. Whether rough and rustic or polished and elegant, every room features local wood materials.”
Pineapple House was responsible for both the interior design and architectural specification package (the patterns and material selection for all interior walls, doors, floors and ceilings, the plumbing and lighting fixture selection, the electrical plans, etc.) We had worked with the clients before, so were thrilled when they asked that we handle their new construction project, even though we were not in the same country. Over the years, we have done “long distance decorating” many times, so knew that the miles that separated us would not be problematic. Ultimately, Pineapple House and the wonderful local craftsmen that we partnered with — John and Rob Schenk of Muskoka Custom Cabinetry — completed the project prior to the deadline. It was a very exciting process, especially since we’d all decided to introduce a new look to the area via a summer home that was brighter and more sophisticated than the rustic cabins that are typical in the region.
In the 16-page presentation, HGTV states that “throughout the house, the designers manipulated size, materials, surfaces and textures to achieve a balance that would fit with the natural setting. The use of native stone and timber maintained a connection with the surroundings and emphasized locally sourced materials.”
It was critical that we honored principles of sustainability and interfaced the outdoors with the indoors, plus networked the home so the owners could enjoy their natural setting in any weather condition. We incorporated materials like stone and cedar shake, which is usually found on the exterior, on the interiors, and created screened rooms, covered porches, a gazebo and connecting walkways to help network the home and integrate the indoors/outdoors experience. For a look at the entire project on the HGTV website, please click this link.
In 2005 Pineapple House spent nine months mentoring a young, creative designer from India — Maya Shah. Maya was a promising design talent who, until that time, had been working exclusively in her homeland.
It’s been ten years, and today Maya heads her own firm, Maitreya Designs, in Mumbai, India. On a recent trip to the United States with her husband and daughters, she dropped by Pineapple House to say hello.
Maya and Pineapple House designer Seble Bebe Mengistu, who is originally from Ethiopia, met at Pineapple House early in their careers. After Maya completed her internship and moved away, Facebook helped them stay in touch. Both of these amazing women are wonderfully well travelled, speak two languages fluently, and have design sensitivities that expand horizons. They each have their own success story. They have made their families and client’s worlds a more beautiful, empowering place, and Pineapple House is happy to be a part of their journey.
It is with great pride that Pineapple House congratulates its designers for being recognized with three “Design Excellence” awards at the 2015 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Awards Gala. The winning residences were “Beach Glamour” in Florida, “Lake Hartwell Home” in Georgia and “Golfer’s Retreat” in Florida. Every designer on the Pineapple House staff took the stage, as they all were involved in one of the three award-winning projects.
We certainly appreciate being acknowledged by ASID, our industry’s largest professional organization. We strive to make every home that we design be considered a “winner” by our clients. Our goal is for homes to be beautiful, compelling, innovative, enduring and supportive of our client’s vision and lifestyle. Each scheme is a unique amplification of our client’s taste and preferences. Clients entrust us with a many, many decisions, and for us to be effective, we must completely understand them. We interpret and bring their dreams into reality, and truly, it is an honor to do it.
We sincerely thank our clients for giving us the inspiration and opportunities to produce their amazing projects.
We are delighted that a poker room designed by Pineapple House Interior Design is featured today on the Home page of the popular design site houzz. The editorial is Full House: 12 Stylish Poker Rooms and it includes a very special retreat that Pineapple House designers Stephen Pararo, Zach Azpeitia and project manager Kate Fleming orchestrated for a wonderful client, a five-time Super Bowl winner. To read the article, click here. To tour our clients amazing home, which includes many oversized, custom furniture pieces and living spaces that are “super-sized” for the 6’6″ super star athlete — click here.